MSc Sensors, Data and Management

Start date(s)
January 2023
September 2023
Study mode
Year 1 - Study
Year 2 - Industry Placement
Full-time (2 years)

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International (full-time, first year): £16,600 £17,400

Placement (year 2): £3,650 £3,650

Group project (year 2): £5,366 £5,366

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About this course

The MSc (sandwich) Sensors, Data and Management is an innovative programme designed to be an interface between the University and Industry.

  • Follow this application-led curriculum, designed in line with advice from industrial partners, which emphasises an understanding of the concepts and theories that underpin the theory, as well as its practical application within the real-world
  • Enjoy high quality teaching, supported by practical laboratory and group activities, with state-of-the-art hardware and software facilities and excellent technical support
  • This programme is available as a standard full-time Masters one-year programme (180 credits) or as an extended full-time Masters 20 month programme (240 credits).
  • On both versions in semesters one and two you will study full-time at LJMU completing the taught modules.
  • If you are on the one-year programme, you will complete your Dissertation over the summer.
  • If you are on the 20 month programme, you will undertake the Group Design Project and your Dissertation in the second year.

Industrial organisations in different sectors have identified a gap in the market and the need for Engineers with good leadership and interpersonal skills in addition to their technical ability. 

This programme aims to be an interface between University and industry. It provides appropriate training to our students in interpersonal and leadership skills as well as the traditional technical skills explored in the modules and industrial placement*.


This programme is available fulltime over one year or 20 month full time( 240 credits).

The Group Design Project aims to apply engineering, technology and scientific knowledge to a real-world design problem. Detailed ideas will be explored and developed through design, experimentation, computer modelling and/or manufacture.

Why should I choose the 20 month route?

The Group Design Project will encompass the wider aspects of social, economic, political, legislative, environmental, cultural, ethical and sustainability issues required in the modern environment. 

  • This route will equip you with the transferrable project management skills needed to excel in your chosen career.
  • You will work in groups and meet regularly with an academic supervisor and any internal or external stakeholders in order to develop an effective team-working ethic.
  • This route is designed for international students who wish to apply their knowledge to professional practice in the UK
  • Industrial organisations across all sectors have identified a gap in the market for Engineers with good leadership and interpersonal skills in addition to their technical abilities.
  • You will present your work through regular meetings with your supervisor as well as submitting progress reports and oral presentations. In this way you will have the chance to hone your communicative skills and leave University ready for the workplace.
  • As an alternative to the group project on the 20 month programme an industrial placement is a possibility in year two.
  • You will need to apply directly to companies offering placements – the offer of a placement will be subject to a successful interview with the employer. Although the University will provide support and guidance to find an appropriate placement they are not guaranteed.
  • Please note that you cannot apply for the sandwich route before coming to LJMU; further information about applying to placement opportunities will be given during semester two of year one.

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 purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)

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  • 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.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) 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.

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The student experience

Discover life as a postgraduate student at LJMU.

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

Industrial Context and Relationship
20 credits

This module aims to teach students about current theories in industrial relationships and explore the context of working in different industries.

Advanced Programming
20 credits

This module provides a valuable opportunity for engineering graduates to develop programming skills with high-level language constructs to design and implement engineering software solutions.

Sensor Networks and Data Analytics
20 credits

This module encourages the development of theoretical understanding and practical experience in wireless sensor networks and big data analytics.

Modelling and Simulation
20 credits

This module is designed to introduce Matlab coding for scientific computation, and system simulation using Simulink. The module will 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.

MSc Dissertation
60 credits

The main aims of the project module are to demonstrate your ability to drive your own deep/thorough investigation, undertake high quality academic research and demonstrate critical evaluation of their results.

This important module represents 600 hours of self-driven scholarly activity. When considering a project it would be appropriate to select/choose a project in a subject area strongly associated with the MSc programme and/or one of the taught modules. 

The project module will enable you to develop a particular subject specialism, one that is aligned with future career objectives. You will be required to concentrate fully on an area of work and hence develop a high level of subject knowledge and associated skills in that field.

Completion of the project requires the production of an academic thesis. The choice of subject and formulation of the aims and objectives are mutually agreed between the student and supervisor. Industrially based projects are acceptable as long as they offer an appropriate technical level and sufficient resources to ensure completion.

Research Skills
10 credits

This module prepares you to undertake your own research project and deliver the required skillset for the successful completion of your investigations. It provides the skills required to formulate a project plan, design experiments, mitigate against uncertainties and deliver a comprehensive description of results.

Professional and Leadership Skills
10 credits

This module provides a valuable opportunity for engineering graduates to acquire the necessary skills and training to work at postgraduate level, and to develop the important emotional competency skills needed to excel in their professional activities. The module aims to develop:

  • awareness of the legal and ethical framework surrounding the activities of a professional engineer, including: personnel, health, safety, and risk (including environmental risk) issues
  • awareness of the Emotional Competence Framework for a professional engineer
  • a specific set of personal and social competency skills appropriate for a professional engineer, including adaptability, creativity and innovation, creativity diversification, leveraging diversity, political awareness, communication, conflict management, leadership, collaboration and cooperation, team capabilities
Optional modules

Efficient Algorithms for Complex Data Sets
20 credits

This module aims to develop skills in big data analysis, including techniques of dimensionality reduction and the application of statistical and machine learning models. In addition it aims to develop the key skill of working with experts from other domains.

Advanced UAV Technology and Operations
20 credits

This module aims to provide an in-depth, quantitative, qualitative and critical understanding of the technology deployed in UAV systems. It should enable you to:

  • model such systems and design elements of them
  • fully comprehend the boundaries and limitations of such systems
  • be able to safely deliver well planned UAV missions

Project Management Fundamentals
20 credits

The module covers the fundamental theory and concepts of Project Management. It explores and promotes contemporary principles and concepts and examines processes, tools and methodologies.

Strategic Project Environment
20 credits

This module develops your understanding of the project environment and its impact on all phases of a project. It improves your understanding of the projects themselves and thoroughly investigates environmental influences.


An insight into teaching on your course

Teaching methods

You will learn via lectures, tutorials, seminars, activity-based learning, group discussions, panel sessions, inverted classroom learning etc.

Applied learning

You will undertake an industrial placement during the second year of study. Interviews will take place with our industry partners to secure these placements.

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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.

Course tutors

This programme aims to develop and nurture leadership skills through experiential learning of  theory and the industrial placement experience. By working with various industries in the North West, the programme aims to create opportunities for our students to get industrial exposure and become successful leaders in their environment.

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 2:2 BEng Honours degree in Electrical, Electronics or Telecommunications Engineering, or a related engineering discipline


  • a minimum 2:2 Honours degree in Mathematics or a physical science, combined with relevant experience in an engineering field or working with Sensors and Data Analytics

Additional information

  • MEng graduates may qualify for up to 20 RPL credits if they have previously studied one of the option modules (or an equivalent) offered at M-level​ 
  • IELTS 6.0
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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.

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.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.