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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

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 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

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 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

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