Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical 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

Course type



Maritime and Mechancial Engineering

Study mode

Full Time (1 year)

About your course

This Masters in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by IMechE and meets Chartered Engineer status. Study with Liverpool John Moores University, master modern CAD software and progress quickly as a postgraduate in this exciting industry

  • Complete this masters degree in one year (full time)
  • Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, this programme meets Chartered Engineer requirements
  • Study at one the UK’s leading Engineering Schools
  • Close industry links and programme widely recognised by employers as meeting requirements needed to succeed in the industry
  • Excellent career opportunities with consultancies, government bodies and public utilities as well as technical design and mechanical engineer roles

Develop advanced engineering skills including using CAD software to create mechanical engineering components and systems.

This degree is informed by internationally important research and has extensive links with industry, so you can be confident that you will gain the skills and knowledge demanded by employers.

Introduction to the School

The 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.

Research excellence

95% of our research is world leading or considered as being of international importance or recognised internationally (REF 2014). This research directly informs what you will study on this degree, ensuring your studies are at the leading edge of developments in the field. Plus you will be working alongside internationally acclaimed experts and researchers.

Research covers the following areas:

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

Why study this course at LJMU?

The practical elements of the programme are underpinned by the Department's research activities through MEMARC (Mechanical Engineering and Materials Research Centre) and staff industrial experience.

Studying with us could help you to: 

  • specialise in mechanical engineering to a Masters level and gain Chartered Engineer status at the same time
  • change your specialism to mechanical engineering from another engineering discipline
  • gain promotion in your career
  • gain additional mechanical engineering skills

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

Throughout the course, you will be studying alongside motivated and experienced mechanical engineering students with a broad range of backgrounds and employment experience. 

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

The School has more than 200 workstations that include the high value computational resources that you need as a mechanical engineer.

Workstations operate industry standard software worth up to £20,000 per license including:

  • Solid Works for CAD

As a student on this Masters, the University will also provide you with a copy of/license for the above software for your laptop or PC to help you work when it suits you. 

Programme outline and structure

The Mechanical Engineering MSc course is designed so that you can reach senior positions as engineers and technical managers within your career. There is a focus on advanced engineering design, analysis techniques and delivering high quality project results.

The programme adds more depth to experience you may develop within undergraduate Mechanical Engineering degrees and provides a progression route if you have graduated from other relevant programmes in mechanical and manufacturing engineering.  

There is a strong emphasis on applying practical analysis tools using industry standard software.  Examples of specialist projects include modelling non-linear behaviour in deformed components using Finite Stress Analysis (FSA) and solving complex problems using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

You will learn advanced analytical and experimental skills so that you can design new processes, products and services when you graduate. You will gain the skills to critically analyse existing designs, their functionality and reliability. 

The course incorporates many opportunities for acquiring the communications and managerial skills expected at Chartered Engineer status level. Graduating from the programme will also provide you with a sound academic base for further study in the future.

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

MSc Project

This is a very important module that represents 600 hours of self-driven scholarly activity that provides an opportunity to develop a particular subject specialism that may be aligned with future career objectives. The final project must demonstrate the student's ability to drive their own deep/thorough investigation into an appropriate area of engineering and demonstrate critical evaluation of the results and comparison with other published ideas/results/designs.

Research Skills

This is an important module that provides the groundwork for the completion of the MSc project module. The module provides grounding in the skills required to formulate a project plan, design experiments, mitigate against uncertainties and deliver a comprehensive description of the result

Advanced Engineering Design

This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the potential of modern parametric computer aided design systems to support a systematic approach to integrated product design. The module is delivered by a combination of lectures, guided computer workshops, tutorials and case studies. After completion of the module students should be able to produce 3D CAD models of engineering components and systems

Finite Element Analysis

The module extends the students existing knowledge of the finite element method to an advanced level. Whilst the theoretical aspects of the method will be covered in lectures the module is intended to be practical in nature with students having the opportunity to practice via a range of tutorials and assignments using industry standard software. In particular the module will provide students with an in depth understanding of the application of FEA to non-linear static and dynamic loading

Computational Fluid Dynamics

The module aims to explore the underlying theory of commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes and to investigate their performance and reliability in engineering applications. Whilst the theoretical aspects of the method will be covered in lectures the module is intended to be practical in nature with students having the opportunity to practice via a range of tutorials and assignments using industry standard software.

Alternative Energy Systems

The aim of this module is to provide a comprehensive introduction to alternative power generation systems. The module reviews the environmental issues surrounding existing methods of power generation, including carbon emissions and global warming, concentrates on alternative and renewable energy sources and their connection to the national grid system.

Advanced Materials Engineering

This module will provide an in depth understanding of the structure and properties of advanced modern materials together with techniques available for improving properties of materials. Methods for the selection of materials based on particular application requirements will also be developed together with life cycle analysis. The module is delivered via series of lectures supported by tutorials, seminars, case studies and practical laboratory work.

Marine Design Engineering

This module is designed to provide the student with an in-depth grounding in the typical practices and procedures that will be encountered should they pursue a career in the Marine Engineering Design environment. The module covers the topics; engineering prime movers, heat exchangers, HAZOP and shaft alignment. The module will also provide a good grounding for those students pursuing careers in other shore side industries such as power generation and process engineering.

Offshore Engineering

This module is designed to provide advanced understanding of various offshore installation types and the engineering plants required to operate offshore installations in a robust and safe manner. The module includes an introduction to the offshore oil and gas industry, general engineering knowledge of offshore installations, the engineering plant and systems required to support the activities of an offshore Installation, for example, drilling, well structure and drive mechanisms, injection methods, oil and gas production/processing, environmental factors and environmental loading.

Maritime and Offshore Safety Analysis

This module aims to develop in the student an understanding of the principles, application and requirements of formal safety design, assessment and review in marine, offshore and port areas. The module is delivered via lectures, tutorials and marine and offshore case studies




Manufacturing Processes Engineering

This module is designed to provide a broader understanding of advanced manufacturing technologies, in particular abrasive machining, electrical discharge machining and laser processing. Students will gain an appreciation of the fundamental principles of these technologies and will be in a position to apply them in suitable industrial applications. Current development of these technologies will be reviewed in the course.

Automation Systems

This module is intended to give the student a deeper understanding of the use of specific automation technology, PLC systems and the implications of use in various environments. The topics covered include: awareness of relevant safety standards for emergency stop systems, awareness of ATEX equipment and standards, PLC programming and Fieldbus standards and simulation techniques used for the analysis of PLC and bus system through put speed.

Optical Measurement and Inspection

This module provides an overview of optical systems capable of performing quality control and inspection in an industrial environment with special reference to the automotive and aerospace industries. The module will be taught by a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory demonstrations, practical activities, and industrial case studies.

Operations Research

This module introduces a set of fundamental techniques and tools to assist engineers/managers in making better decisions in real world management/business problems. It will teach students how to model an operational problem in a typical business or organisation, how to select and apply a quantitative method to solve the problem, and how to interpret the results to make better management decisions.

Manufacturing Management

This module provides an introduction to manufacturing operations management. It focuses on the manufacturing plant and services covering the fundamentals of production planning, inventory control, process modelling and control.

Project Management

he module aims to develop in the student a sound understanding of the fundamental concepts of managing complex projects. The module covers topics such as: fundamentals of projects and standards (BSI and PRINCE2), the role of Project Manager, project organisation and planning, sustainable implementation and control and relationships to business planning and corporate strategy.

Safety and Reliability

The module is designed to allow students to investigate and apply risk analysis and safe engineering techniques within an industrial setting, including the associated human factors. The module covers the application of modern risk management techniques to the identification, evaluation and control of the risk to enable improvements in the safety and reliability of engineering systems.

Supply Chain Modelling

This module aims to equip students to use a variety of quantitative methods to analyse and solve problems in logistics Through the use of appropriate modelling techniques, this module evaluates supply chain operations in a quantitative way in order to allow for optimisation of performance. Methods of monitoring supply chain cost and performance are also covered.

Modelling and Simulation

This module explores the use of commercial script based and graphical programming tools in the context of systems modelling and simulation. The module introduces Matlab coding for scientific computation, and system simulation using Simulink. The module will also enable students with a background in using a traditional high-level programming language, but no experience using National Instruments (NI) LabVIEW, to create virtual Instruments (VI's) and interface them with compatible hardware for data acquisition (DAQ) and control applications.


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 need to complete open-ended reports and project work to demonstrate your understanding of topics. 

    Assessment is through a combination of coursework including 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 Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering has an excellent record of high quality application-oriented research and knowledge transfer to business. It is also home to internationally recognised research groups.

    Examples of current Mechanical engineering staff and student research within MEMARC (Mechanical Engineering and Materials Research Centre) include: 

    • Fracture and contact mechanics - fundamental experimental and theoretical studies
    • Analytical and numerical modelling in thermoelasticity and thermal striping
    • Materials development and processing
    • Mechanics of biological and biologically-inspired materials
    • Sport and biomedical engineering
    • Propagation of elastic waves in metamaterials, composites and lattices dynamics and control systems

    Current research work attracts, and has attracted, funding from the EPSRC, HEFCE, NHS, DTI, Royal Society of Engineering, UK Materials Education Centre and many industrial sources. 

    Our research culture is defined by collaboration, which is why we have good relationships with a variety of other universities and consultancies within industry, such as: the UK Atomic Energy Authority, Serco Assurance and AMEC. We have also worked with: Aberystwyth University, the University of Cagliari, Imperial College London, Linköping University, the University of Liverpool, the University of Sydney and the University of Trento.

    Entry requirements (Home)

    An honours degree in a relevant engineering subject with a minimum 2.2 classification or a professional qualification of equivalent standing together with such relevant professional experience as deemed appropriate by the School.

    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 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 in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.

    Funding sources

    There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

    Graduate employment

    Our postgraduates from this course 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 career. Mechanical engineering is one our most flexible programmes with the widest employability for different types of engineering roles. 

    As a graduate from this programme, you will have the ability to integrate your knowledge and understanding of mathematics, science, computer-based methods, design, the economic, social and environmental context, and engineering practice to solve a substantial range of complex engineering problems. 

    Graduates from LJMU now have positions as graduate engineer, design engineer and mechanical engineer at organisations including Areva GMBH, Sellafield, Novelis, One Sub Sea, Jacobs Engineering, Balfour Beatty, Lockheed Martin and the National Nuclear Laboratory.

    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 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.

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