Marine and Offshore Engineering

Marine and Offshore Engineering MSc

Course fees

Option / fee Value
Home full time annual tuition fee: £6,500
Home cost per credit:

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Course type


Master of Science


Engineering, Technology & Maritime Operations

Study mode

Full Time (1 year)

About your course

Study at the famous Liverpool Maritime Academy for this Masters in Marine and Offshore Engineering. Liverpool John Moores University focuses this postgraduate course on the global demand for highly qualified postgraduates in the field

  • Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and meets Chartered Engineer requirements
  • The Liverpool Maritime Academy is an international centre of excellence in maritime education and professional training and education
  • Advanced marine simulation facilities at Lairdside Maritime Centre amongst the best in the world
  • Close industry links and programme widely recognised by employers as meeting requirements needed to succeed in the industry

Our Lairdside Maritime Centre offers you some of the world's most advanced marine simulation facilities.

The School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations provides excellent support for international students and recruits students from countries around the world, particularly from Asia, Africa and EU countries such as Greece, France and Germany.

Introduction to the School

The School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations has a long and distinguished history of teaching and research and an established reputation for producing excellent engineers and maritime professionals.

All of our postgraduate courses are taught by academics active in industrially-oriented research and scholarship. Our teaching and research is supported by long-term partnerships with universities and employers in the UK and overseas.

Such links help ensure that our courses are kept up-to-date and that you have opportunities to develop skills and experience in solving realistic problems during your studies. It’s also why we attract so many applicants from around the world and why our graduates are highly sought after by UK and international employers.

So irrespective of the course you want to study at LJMU, you can be confident that you will enjoy a dynamic, professionally-relevant and international student experience.

Our suite of Masters programmes combine leading-edge academic education with professionally relevant practical training and our expert graduates are highly sought after by employers operating both in the UK and internationally.

All programmes are informed by our ongoing research and partnerships with industry and are taught by subject specialists. So you can be confident that whatever you study you will receive excellent and professionally-relevant tuition, training and support.

World-class research and facilities

Around 95% of research from LJMU submitted to the REF 2014 for the Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering category is considered world-leading or internationally important. 

Research covers the following areas:

  • Microelectronic Systems 
  • Electric Machines and Drives
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Mechanical Engineering and Materials
  • Process Control 
  • Logistics Offshore and Marine Research 

This research is supported by a modern materials and structural testing laboratory together with a manufacturing and product development laboratory and a high performance computing system. 

City centre location 

The School is located in the Byrom Street complex in LJMU’s City Campus, right in the heart of Liverpool city centre. In addition to specialist engineering facilities, Byrom Street also has a large Starbucks café, social spaces plus high quality meeting and seminar rooms and lecture theatres. The Avril Robarts Library, open 24/7 during semesters, is also located just minutes away on Tithebarn Street. 

Programme outline and structure

This programme will give you a range of skills and techniques appropriate for companies working in the marine and offshore field.

The skills acquired during this programme will allow you to make an immediate contribution to a company's capability and operation, and to ultimately progress into senior management positions.

This programme capitalises on the demand for highly qualified postgraduates and maintains LJMU’s longstanding reputation for meeting the needs of the maritime industry. The programme covers:

  • safety analysis
  • design engineering
  • structural analysis
  • maritime law and insurance
  • quality systems
  • alternative energy systems

LJMU’s expanding and internationally acclaimed marine and offshore engineering research underpins the programme, ensuring the curriculum reflects contemporary practice and thinking within the sector. Current research activities focus on Marine and Offshore Engineering, Maritime and offshore Safety Analysis, and Marine Design Engineering. In addition, collaboration with industry and knowledge transfer is an important aspect of research within the School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations.

The School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations is home to internationally recognised research groups: Liverpool logistics Offshore and Marine Research Institute (LOOM), Mechanical Engineering and Materials Research Centre (MEMARC), General Engineering Research Institute (GERI) and Electrical and Electronic Engineering Research Centre.

Our highly qualified and respected academic team combine specialist knowledge with relevant industrial experience. This combination of academic and professional expertise helps ensure that graduates are well equipped to meet the opportunities and challenges of this exciting sector.

Modules, core and optional

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.

Core modules:

  • Maritime and Offshore Safety Analysis
  • Offshore Engineering
  • Marine Design Engineering
  • Research Skills
  • MSc Project

Option modules:

  • Advanced Materials
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Operations Research
  • Alternative Energy Systems
  • Project Management
  • Engineering Design using Solidworks
  • Engineering Analysis using Solidworks
  • Modelling with Matlab and Simulink
  • Programming for Engineering
  • LabVIEW

Entry requirements (Home)

An Honours degree in a relevant engineering subject with a minimum 2.2 classification or a professional qualification with equivalent standing such as Maritime Coastguard Agency Class 1 (Marine Engineer) certificate of competence, or a non-UK equivalent.

Non-UK applicants will be expected to have demonstrated competence in English language equivalent to a minimum of IELTS 6.0. Applicants who have studied and successfully achieved a UK degree within 24 months of the start of the MSc are exempt from this requirement.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.

If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, Masters by Research, MPhil/PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.

Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. 

In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Will I be interviewed?



6.0 (Min. 5.5 in each component)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.

Sources of funding

Scholarships for taught masters students

LJMU will be awarding over 100 scholarships worth £10,000 each to students starting a taught Masters degree in September 2015 and January 2016. The funding is part of the government match-funded Postgraduate Support Scheme and is a fantastic opportunity to secure a Masters qualification in any discipline without added financial worry. You will have to pass certain eligibility criteria in order to be considered for one of these generous scholarships. For example, you must: 

  • be a UK or EU resident
  • have been paying the higher undergraduate tuition fee since 2012
  • want to start a full-time Masters degree (MA, MSc, MREs) in September 2015 or January 2016

LJMU Alumni Award

Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 15% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*). 

Postgraduate International Scholarships

LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. 

English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary

A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Earn While You Learn

Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.

LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. 

Employer sponsorship

Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.

Support for disabled students

Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.

Council tax exemption

All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.

Graduate employment

Our postgraduates are highly sought after by employers and many occupy senior positions within major UK and international companies. We want to help you reach your potential and this course will develop both the technical and managerial skills you need to succeed in your chosen career. 

As well as the obvious marine and offshore roles, a large percentage of Marine and Offshore Engineers are employed by Lloyd’s of London. 

Positions in both small and large companies require a good technical understanding and strong interpersonal skills. The MSc in Marine and Offshore Engineering is widely recognised by employers as meeting these requirements. Graduates are also employed by consultancies and government bodies.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

English for Postgraduate courses bursary

A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.

This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.

Please Note: The University reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify this information at any time.

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