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Sensor Technologies and Enterprise

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: To be confirmed
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: To be confirmed
International full time annual tuition fee: To be confirmed

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Course type



Electronics and Electrical Engineering

Study mode

Full Time (2 years)

About your course

This MSc in Sensor Technologies and Enterprise is delivered collaboratively by world-leading experts from Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool, and is closely linked with the “Sensor City” University Enterprise Zone.

  • 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 programme has been commended for its research-led nature, as well as its links to Sensor City and industry.

Introduction to the School

This new programme is designed for those with an entrepreneurial desire to be able to take an idea from concept to realisation. It features practical, hands-on experience to boost your employability.

​Sensor Technologies and Enterprise is offered over a two year period, allowing an appropriate amount of time for knowledge development through tailored modules delivered by world-leading academics from LJMU and the University of Liverpool. The knowledge elements of the programme are designed to aid the development of an idea or concept, which will form the focal point of the work-based research project in the second year of the programme. The outcome of these projects should be of a standard which could, post-graduation, be taken forward as a commercial success and potentially be supported by the Sensor City framework, a £15 million University Enterprise Zone, within Liverpool.

Knowledge delivery is supported by high quality research and collaboration, with over 120 local organisations showing their support for the programme.

Alongside this, there is a range of extra-curricular support, such as involvement in University research activities, engagement with professional bodies operating in the local area, and a programme of events linked with Sensor City and industry partners. The support of Sensor City, industry partners and professional bodies in the design and development of the programme makes it highly relevant to the challenges faced in the demanding sensors market.

Why study this course at LJMU?

This degree in Sensor Technologies and Enterprise is delivered by a world-leading team at LJMU and the University of Liverpool and provides access to specialist knowledge, expertise and facilities.

​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.

Programme outline and structure

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.


​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. You will then take this 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.


What you will study on this degree

Modules will be delivered jointly by LJMU and University of Liverpool.

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



  • Research skills and project management

There is also a work-based research project.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment varies by module, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework, including reports, essays and practical assignments.

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.

Staff research interests

As this course is taught by academics at both LJMU and the University of Liverpool, you will benefit from world-class teaching and research that have been officially commended as 'excellent'.

Your tutors have a range of expertise, including sensor technology, electrical and electronics systems, computing, entrepreneurship and business. Furthermore, many members of the team are engaged with applied research, and therefore have practical experience of the challenges faced in taking innovation from idea to reality. They will be on hand to share their experiences and assist in accelerating the development of your own ideas.


Entry requirements (Home)

​A minimum UK 2.1 Honours degree in a related subject (such as Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Physics) from an accepted University or other Institute of Higher Education. Alternative qualifications and all non-UK qualifications which are equivalent to a UK science or engineering-based honours degree may also be considered. In some cases, a good UK 2.2 honours degree may be considered if strong performance in relevant subjects is demonstrated or the applicant has relevant industrial experience.


Entry requirements (International)

​Students from the UK and overseas are expected to demonstrate proficiency in English with a satisfactory English language qualification.

For those whose first language is not English, the minimum requirement is an IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in each of the sub-tests (reading, writing, speaking and listening).

Due to the joint nature of the programme, the University of Liverpool English language guidelines are applied. The  requirements and tests which satisfy their entry requirements may be found at:


Application and selection

​Applications for this programme are to be made directly to University of Liverpool.


Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be 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

This MSc is highly relevant to a range of current and future activities; the sensor industry globally is worth in excess of £150 billion and will continue to grow as opportunities for innovation and automation are realised. 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.

​As a graduate from the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, you will leave LJMU with skills in problem solving, numeracy, analysis, practical experimentation, computing, teamwork and communication – all of which are attractive to potential employers. Your degree will open the gateway to careers in research, development and teaching as well as computing, business and finance.

LJMU graduates have gone on to secure employment in pure research, telecommunications, microelectronics, renewable energy, nuclear power and instrumentation, cryogenics, astronomy, geophysics, medical physics, materials science, information technology, commerce and management.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers ( or email: for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £9,135 to pay for their living costs (or £1,015 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £9,135. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £6,090.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website:

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team ( guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

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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