MSc Mechanical Engineering

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Start date(s)

September 2019

Tuition fees 19/20
Home (full-time, per year): £7,800
Home (per credit): £43.35
International (full-time, per year): £14,450

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About this course

Professionally-accredited, this Masters in Mechanical Engineering from LJMU will allow you to progress quickly as a postgraduate in this exciting industry.

  • Study at one the UK’s leading Engineering Schools on a programme highly respected by employers
  • Follow a curriculum accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) 
  • Meet Chartered Engineer requirements
  • Benefit from close industry links 
  • Look forward to excellent career opportunities in multiple roles

Delivered by academics active in industrially-orientated research and scholarship, this industry-relevant programme enables you to develop skills and experience in solving realistic problems. 

The programme enables you to specialise in mechanical engineering at Masters level and gain Chartered Engineer status at the same time. During the programme you can 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.

You will study alongside motivated and experienced mechanical engineering students with a broad range of backgrounds and employment.


At LJMU, we are proud to offer you more than 200 workstations that operate industry standard software worth up to £20,000, including Solid Works for CAD, ANSYS and ABAQUS. We will also provide you with a copy/license of this software to facilitate your work.

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 use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • 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.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) 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.

This programme offers excellent career opportunities with consultancies, government bodies and public utilities, you may also work in technical design and mechanical engineering roles. Recent graduates are now working in positions including: Graduate Engineer, Design Engineer and Mechanical Engineer at organisations including: Areva GMBH, Sella eld, Novelis, One Sub Sea, Jacobs Engineering, Balfour Beatty, Lockheed Martin and the National Nuclear Laboratory.

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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.

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Core Modules

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

Research Skills
10 credits

This module prepares you to undertake your own research project. It also prepares you to undertake investigations, formulate a project plan, design experiments, mitigate against uncertainties and deliver a comprehensive description of the results.

Advanced Engineering Design
10 credits

This module provides an insight into the power of a 3D modelling system and parametric modelling. It enables you to develop knowledge and understanding of the potential of modern parametric computer-aided design systems and how they can support a systematic approach to integrated product design.

Finite Element Analysis
10 credits

This module extends your existing knowledge of the finite element method to an advanced level. It provides you with an in-depth understanding of the application of FEA to non-linear static and dynamic loading.

Computational Fluid Dynamics
10 credits

This module aims to appraise and distinguish the features of high performance CFD codes and introduces you to some of the intricacies associated with the modelling of fluid flow using CFD. It enables you to:

  • develop a critical approach towards the appraisal of CFD predictions
  • explore the underlying theory of commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes and to investigate their performance and reliability in engineering applications

Alternative Energy Systems
10 credits

This module principally aims to provide a relatively detailed insight into the spectrum of alternative methods of power generation including associated issues such as global warming and connecting to the national grid system.

Advanced Materials Engineering
10 credits

This module provides an in-depth understanding of the structure and properties of advanced modern materials together with techniques available for improving properties of materials. It aims to develop a wide knowledge of advanced materials and to study the materials selection process involved in the design and manufacture of engineering products.

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.

Manufacturing Processes Engineering
10 credits

This module provides a broader understanding of advanced manufacturing technologies, in particular abrasive machining, electrical discharge machining and laser processing. It enables you to apply your knowledge in suitable industrial applications.

Automation Systems
10 credits

This module aims to enhance your knowledge relevant to safety standards for Emergency Stop systems, ATEX equipment and standards, PLC Programming and Fieldbus standards and current developments in Automation from research perspective. It provides a deeper understanding of the use of specific Automation Technology, PLC systems and the implications of use in various environments.

Operations Research
10 credits

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 you how to model an operational problem in your business or organisation, how to select and apply a quantitative method to solve it, and how to interpret the results to make a better management decision. The module develops your skills to apply research methods, modelling and quantitative techniques in an engineering context.

Manufacturing Management
10 credits

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

Project Management
10 credits

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

Safety and Reliability
10 credits

This module aims to cover the application of modern risk management techniques for the identification, evaluation and control of the risk to enable improvements in the safety and reliability of engineering systems. It allows you to investigate and apply risk analysis and safe engineering techniques within an industrial setting, including the associated human factors.

Modelling and Simulation
10 credits

This module introduces Matlab coding for scientific computation, and system simulation using Simulink. It enables those 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.


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

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.

Applied learning

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).

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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. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

You will be assessed via a combination of unseen written exams, assessed coursework in the form of case-study reports and coursework assignment submissions. Practical skills are assessed through case-study coursework reports, group and individual projects, research reports and oral/written exams.

Course tutors

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

David Allanson

David Allanson

Programme Leader

David Allanson has worked at LJMU for 20 years as a full-time member of academic staff. He has undertaken research on a wide range of Mechanical Engineering subject areas. These include: manufacturing process modelling, intelligent and adaptive control strategies, tribilogical assessment of water lubricated stern tube bearing performance, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) applied to the design of pharmaceutical drug inhalation and the development of novel optical and capacitive sensors. He currently delivers CFD modules and fluid dynamics and heat transfer and thermodynamics modules within the Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering.

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

This programme is based in the City Campus. A recent £5 million investment has expanded our facilities to include a new Flexible Learning Environment. You will have access to all of our laboratory and workshop facilities, our Formula Student team share space with our Vehicle Engineering Laboratory, which incorporates a motion base driver-in-the-loop simulator, and a rolling road dynamometer. A modern materials and structural testing laboratory, a manufacturing and product development laboratory and high performance computing system within the Department support mechanical and manufacturing research.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree in an engineering discipline


  • an equivalent professional qualifications and experience

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.

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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.

You need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient level of knowledge to embark on the programme and to complete it within the time limits. You should provide evidence, at the interview stage, of your learning capabilities and commitment to a postgraduate programme of study.

Applications from non-standard applicants are welcomed. In exceptional circumstances applications by mature healthcare practitioners without sufficient qualifications will be considered.

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.
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