Marine and Offshore Engineering

Marine and Offshore Engineering MSc

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £7,050
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £39.20 per credit
International full time annual tuition fee: £14,450

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Course type



Maritime and Mechancial Engineering

Study mode

Full Time (1 year)

About your course

This Marine and Offshore Engineering Masters at Liverpool John Moores University is closely aligned with its leading marine research institute. A long history of high quality teaching in this Masters subject contributes highly qualified graduates to a global growing industry.

  • Complete this masters degree in one year (full time)
  • Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), this programme meets Chartered Engineer requirements
  • The Liverpool Maritime Academy is an international centre of excellence in maritime education and professional training and education
  • The programme has close industry links and is widely recognised by employers as meeting the requirements needed to succeed in the industry

Over 125 year teaching history at the Liverpool Maritime Academy.

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

Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering 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 our research submitted to the REF 2014 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 Department 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. 

Why study this course at LJMU?

The practical elements of the programme are underpinned by the Department’s research activities through LOOM (Liverpool Logistics Offshore and Marine Research Institute) and staff industrial experience.

LOOM research includes the high risks associated with the maritime environment. 

Studying with us could help you to: 

  • specialise in marine and offshore engineering to a Masters level and gain Chartered Engineer status at the same time
  • change your specialism to marine and offshore engineering from another engineering discipline
  • gain promotion in your career
  • add more marine and offshore engineering skills to your career profile

At the beginning of your Masters, you can also choose to take optional modules to prepare you for the high level application of these analysis tools during the course. 

Throughout the programme, you will be studying alongside motivated and experienced marine and offshore engineering students with a broad range of employment experience. 

The course has strong links with an Industry Advisory Committee including local, national and international organisations and their networks.  

Programme outline and structure

This MSc degree programme will provide you with the engineering skills and techniques that you need to work as a specialist in the marine and offshore engineering field.

You will learn skills and techniques that will help you to make an immediate contribution to a company's capability and operation, and to 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 focuses on: 

  • 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. 

The course combines substantial marine modules with mechanical engineering options to produce a bespoke skills learning set. 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.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 7
  • Maritime and offshore safety analysis
  • Offshore engineering
  • Marine design engineering
  • Research skills
  • MSc project
  • 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

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

You will gain knowledge and skills on this course through lectures and directed student-centred learning.

You will also have the opportunity to complete open-ended reports and project work to demonstrate your understanding of topics. 

Assessment is through a combination of coursework in the form of case study reports and assignment submissions and, where appropriate, short class tests. 

Some modules also include testing of problem solving skills through a combination of unseen written examinations. Modules including CAD software and professional skills include assessment of development as well as attainment in these areas.

Staff research interests

The Liverpool logistics Offshore and Marine Research Institute (LOOM) includes research projects which have contributed to the modernisation and productivity of the marine industries.

The EU funded InTraDE project, for example, has helped to improve the efficiency of port and terminal operations, developing specialist automation and new techniques for optimising container movements. 

Projects in logistics supply chain studies, such as the EU funded Weastflows, have optimised transport networks to reduce energy and emissions and improve resilience to external uncertainties. 

The Liverpool Logistics, Offshore and Marine Research Institute’s research in safety, security and reliability has contributed to the development of decision support systems in the design and operation of large maritime engineering systems, such as ships, offshore installations and port terminals.

LOOM’s collaborations with industrial and regulatory organisations, include: Maersk Line, Peel Group, Shell, ABS Group, UK Health and Safety Executive and Maritime and Coast Guard Agency. 

LJMU’s marine work is also supported by the participation of its members in various research and professional bodies, including IMarEST and SaRS, in addition to our UK and international research partners. 

Research grant income has totalled nearly £2 million over the last five years and is increasing.

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, MRes, MPhil or 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?


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

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

Postgraduate loans for students from England, Wales and the EU

Postgraduate Masters loans are available for those studying in the 2017/18 academic year. The new government loans, of up to £10,280, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses. To be eligible part time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity. Personal Eligibility is based on your age, your residency and if you have studied at Masters level previously.

Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to:-

Postgraduate Loans for students from Northern Ireland

The Northern Irish government is also introducing a loan for students commencing postgraduate study from September 2017 onwards. Unlike the loan for students from England and Wales this scheme offers a loan for tuition fees only with no funding available from the NI government for living costs. The loan for tuition fees will be paid direct to LJMU.

The maximum loan for those starting in 2017 is £5,500 per course. Please note this means in some instances the loan will not cover your tuition fees in full and you will need to make alternative arrangements to pay the balance as well as source funding for your living costs.

LJMU Alumni Award

Alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% 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

As a graduate on the programme you will be highly sought after by employers and gain the skills to enter senior positions within major UK and international companies.

A large percentage of Marine and Offshore Engineering graduates are employed by Lloyd’s of London.

Industry 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. As a postgraduate of this course, you would also be well-qualified for consultancy and government body work.

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

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where 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.
Further guidance on programme changes

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