MSc Sensor Technologies and Enterprise

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Full-time (2 years)

Start date(s)

September 2018

Tuition fees 18/19
Home (full-time, per year): To be confirmed
International (full-time, per year): To be confirmed

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About this course

This MSc in Sensor Technologies and Enterprise is delivered by world-leading experts from Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool.

  • Be inspired by world-leading academics from LJMU and the University of Liverpool
  • Enjoy a unique combination of sensor technology and enterprise
  • Gain the expertise to develop new concepts in this exciting area
  • Benefit from a two year course enabling idea creation, maturation and incubation in the Sensor City framework
  • Interact with University research programmes, industrial networks and professional bodies

​The global sensor industry is worth in excess of £150 billion and is accelerating at a phenomenal rate as industry looks for ways to automate manufacturing, healthcare, environmental monitoring and many other areas. The need for sensors is increasing day-by-day and this programme offers you an opportunity to develop your expertise, not only through knowledge but also through enterprise, giving you the ability to take innovation to market and contribute to this growing industry.

It is a common experience for engineers to have exciting ideas which could have a major impact on industry and society. Often, however, the challenge is identifying those ideas which have a true business case, and then developing them into a marketable (and profitable) product. This programme seeks to address this challenge, through a multidisciplinary approach and exposure to a world-leading team of academics.


As a student on this programme you will have access to specialist facilities at LJMU and the University of Liverpool, including research laboratories dedicated to the development of sensor technologies. You will gain hands-on experience of a range of sensors, from off-the-shelf devices to those for industrial applications which are currently under development at the University.

To complement the engineering and technology aspects of the programme, experts from the University of Liverpool Mangement School, as well LJMU's Centre for Entrepreneurship, will deliver a series of lectures, seminars and boot camps to help instil the necessary business, financial and product development skills to make your ideas commercially successful. 

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 Postgraduate Masters 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 MSc is highly relevant to a range of current and future activities. Opportunities exist in the UK, as well as overseas, and the combination of technology with enterprise will be valuable whether you seek a lone venture or a job within a company.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Sensor Technology:

  • Measurement, monitoring and sensors
  • Sensors, control and applications
  • Internet of things


  • Entrepreneurial finance
  • Entrepreneurial decision making
  • Entrepreneurship and business creation
  • Innovation, creativity and technology
  • Hack camp
  • Develop the business proposition

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  • Research skills and project management

There is also a work-based research project.


An insight into teaching on your course

Teaching methods

While the first year of the programme focuses on building knowledge, you will also be encouraged to develop an idea from the very start of the programme.

Applied learning

 You will take your idea forward in the second year of the programme to undertake a significant work-based research project. This project will be assessed not only on its technical excellence, but also on the business case and commercial viability, i.e. how would you make the idea a sustainable success? The project therefore brings together sensor technology and enterprise knowledge, enabling you to apply your learning while being guided by experts within the Universities.

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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.

The work-based research project will be assessed by two independent assessors and you will be expected to give a presentation to fellow students and staff assessors regarding the work. The final outcome of the degree is based on work during both years of the MSc.

Course tutors

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

Princy Johnson

Princy Johnson

Programme Leader

Dr Princy Johnson received her PhD from King’s College London. During her tenure at Nortel Networks UK Ltd. she had a patent issued for a novel re-configurable OADM. Her research interests include energy-efficient protocols for wireless sensor and mobile networks and biased random algorithms for resilience in heterogeneous networks and data fields. An avid collaborator and a registered PRINCE2 ® practitioner, she has put together a cohesive collaborative team from across Europe and coordinated the consortium through research activities and various UK and EU funding application processes. She has been an executive committee member of the Rail Research UK Association (RRUKA) since September 2011. Princy has been recognised as a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), UK in 2014.

You will have access to specialist facilities at LJMU and the University of Liverpool.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

The Department of Electrical Engineering is in the Byrom Street complex of LJMU’s City Campus. In addition to specialist engineering facilities, Byrom Street has high quality lecture theatres, meeting and seminar rooms plus social spaces and a large café. 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:

  • a minimum 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject e.g. Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Physics etc
  • alternative equivalent qualifications

Additional information:

  • A UK 2:2 honours may be considered with strong performance in relevant subjects
  • IELTS English language requirement: 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in each component)
  • RPL is not 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.
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