MSc Marine and Offshore Engineering

Start date(s)
January 2023
September 2023
Study mode
Full-time (1 year)

Tuition fees 23/24

Home (full-time, per year): £9,450

Home (per credit): £52.50

International (full-time, per year): £17,400

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About this course

LJMU’s long history of high quality masters teaching in Marine and Offshore Engineering will ensure you are prepared for a successful career in this growing industry.

  • Study at one of the UK’s leading Maritime Schools
  • Follow a curriculum accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • Meet Chartered Engineer requirements
  • Benefit from close industry links and excellent career prospects

This MSc programme provides the engineering skills and techniques you need to work as a specialist in the marine and offshore engineering field. On graduation you will be able to make an immediate contribution to a company’s capability and operation, and progress into senior management positions.

The course combines substantial marine modules with mechanical engineering options to produce a bespoke skills learning set. It capitalises on the demand for highly qualified postgraduates and maintains LJMU’s longstanding reputation for meeting the needs of the maritime industry.

Studying alongside students from all over the world you will learn about: safety analysis, design engineering, structural analysis, maritime law and insurance, quality systems and alternative energy systems.


Our highly qualified and respected academic team combine specialist knowledge with relevant industrial experience. This combination of academic and professional expertise, as well as our well-established links with the industry and the worldwide maritime research sector, will help to ensure that you are well prepared to meet the opportunities and challenges of this expanding sector.

This programme is also available as a 2 year (240 credit) programme. This consists of the standard 120 credits of taught modules plus 60 credits of MSc project, accompanied by an additional 60 credits. This can be taken as either a single semester group design project (a current module) or a sandwich placement year of 30 weeks (a current module). 

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Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)

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  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

With an increasing demand for qualified experts in the field, you will be highly sought after by employers and you will have the skills to enter senior positions with major UK and international companies. A large percentage of Marine and Offshore Engineering graduates are employed by Lloyd’s of London. However, you will also be well-qualified for consultancy and government body work.

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The student experience

Discover life as a postgraduate student at LJMU.

Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the university’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

Some of the new module content that is being considered, and is subject to approval, may include Renewable energy and alternative fuels, Finite Element Analysis, Professional Leadership, and  Maritime Legal principles.

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Core modules

Offshore Engineering
20 credits

This module is designed to provide advanced understanding of various offshore installation types and the engineering plants required to operate these installations.

Marine Design Engineering
20 credits

The module is designed to provide you with an in-depth grounding of the typical practices and procedures that you will encounter should you pursue a career in the Marine Engineering Design environment.

Msc Project
60 credits

This module aims to develop your ability to independently undertake, investigate and critically evaluate high quality academic research. It:

  • enables you to develop a high level of subject knowledge and associated skills
  • helps you to demonstrate your ability to drive your own thorough investigation and demonstrate critical skills

Project Management
10 credits

This module aims to develop a sound understanding of the fundamental concepts of managing projects.

Marine Maintenance and Asset Management
20 credits

The aim of this module is to provide knowledge about how the maintenance and repair of an offshore installation, vessel or a fleet of vessels is managed. In particular, it is intended to consider the lifecycle of a vessel and how maintenance is planned, scheduled and executed. This module contributes to the development of specialist management skills required to operate in a management role such as that of a Marine Technical Superintendent.

Marine Technology Management
20 credits

The aim of this module is to provide knowledge about the management of technical projects with emphasis on risk assessment, safety analysis, regulation and certification. It also considers the management of resources required for marine maintenance projects including dry-dock and retrofit.

This module contributes to the development of specialist management skills required to operate in a management role such as that of a Marine Technical Superintendent.

Maritime and Offshore Safety Analysis
20 credits

The module is designed to provide the underpinning knowledge and understanding to implement formal maritime safety assessment procedures. It enables you to understand and implement the requirements of formal safety design, assessment and review in marine, offshore and port areas.

Research Methods
10 credits

The aims of this module are to develop the students' ability to formulate a coherent and well- designed research project and associated proposal. The module also aims  to develop the skills required to critically analyse and evaluate research findings and the effective presentation of the results.

The module is very important as it sets the groundwork for the completion of the MSc Project. The module provides grounding in the skills required to formulate a project question or hypothesis and the development of credible project plan for the resulting investigation(s). The module will explore techniques for the design of interviews/surveys/empirical work/computer simulation and visualisation/design testing and provide underpinning knowledge to aid the selection of the most appropriate statistical methods and data analysis tools. Tools for considering and mitigating against risk and uncertainties will also be explored. An important part of the module will look at the statistical treatment of project results, their critical evaluation, questioning validation and reliability.

Project Management
10 credits

The central theme of this module is the management of projects using known standards and methodologies. You are given the opportunity to develop your skills in industry-standard project software and demonstrate your ability through a time-constrained exercise. It aims to develop a sound understanding of the fundamental concepts of managing projects.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

Teaching takes place throughout the week. Exact timetabled hours depend on the option modules selected.

Teaching methods

On this course you will be taught by academics active in industrially-oriented research and scholarship, via lectures and directed student-centred learning, such as case studies.

Applied learning

Industrial visits are an important part of the course enabling you to understand developments in the market. They typically include: ports, ship visits, insurance underwriters (usually in London).

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme.

On this programme you will be assessed through open-ended reports, project work, case study reports, assignment submissions, short class tests and unseen examinations.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

As MSc students typically come from a wide range of backgrounds, it is very fulfilling to observe their development as they progress through the programmes. One of the most satisfying parts of my role as a programme leader is being involved in the delivery of engineering analysis modules during which students gain practical analysis skills and a robust approach to problem solving.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

The Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering is located in the Byrom Street site of LJMU’s City Campus. In addition to specialist engineering facilities, Byrom Street has high quality lecture theatres, meeting and seminar rooms plus a large café and social spaces. The Avril Robarts Library, open 24/7 during semesters, is just minutes away on Tithebarn Street.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

1. A lower second class (2:2) or higher honours degree in mechanical engineering, or a related engineering discipline.

2. A lower second class (2:2) or higher honours degree in mathematics or a physical science, together with experience in a field relevant to engineering.

3. Graduate or corporate membership of one of the following professional bodies: The Institute of Mechanical Engineers, The Institution Engineering and Technology, The Institute of Measurement and Control, or IMarEST.

4. Professional qualifications considered equivalent to the above (e,g, MCA Class 1 Chief Engineer COC).

Additional information:

  • IELTS English language requirement: 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme

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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.