Mechanical Engineering - Liverpool John Moores University

2016 entry

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee:
(Subject to parliamentary approval)
Foundation year £6000 then £9000 per annum
Full time international tuition fee: £12,360 per annum
Full-time industrial placement year fee:
(Subject to parliamentary approval)
£975 per annum

Course type

BEng (Hons)

Bachelor of Engineering

UCAS info

Points required: 220

UCAS code: 8M17

Institute code: L51

Study mode

4 Years full time or 5 years including one year spent on industrial placement

 This course is no longer accepting applications for 2016 entry

About your course

The BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year at Liverpool John Moores University is the ideal course if you are interested in this subject but lack the necessary qualifications to study it at degree level.

  • Excellent student support from academic tutors, technical staff and student mentors in both practical and academic activities throughout all levels of study
  • Our students run a thriving Autosport Society which competes successfully in the Formula Student competition
  • Professionally-accredited, design-led engineering curriculum emphasises developing understanding through application, with first and second year students taking part in two-week-long design projects supplied by industrial partners
  • Teaching is supported by well-equipped laboratories and workshops with state-of-the-art software and excellent technical support plus al students receive a personal copy of SolidWorks-CAD software
  • Professional engineers regularly contribute to courses, and industrial visits provide insights into careers in professional engineering and you have the option of completing an industrial placement.

The programme has a very diverse syllabus and an excellent mixture of theory and practical work, from relaxed lectures, to hands-on metal work and computer-aided design.

Current student

I wouldn't want to be at any other uni, in any other formula student team, have any other lecturers or be in any other city.

Rhiann Griffith, current student

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

This course offers an invaluable opportunity to undertake an industrial placement after Level 5. This experience cannot be underestimated as it will give you a chance to put into practice what you have learnt at LJMU, enhance your skills and provide a taste of what it’s really like to work in industry. It will also give you a head start when you come to negotiate your way around the competitive job market.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

You will be allocated a personal tutor to discuss course-related issues, work on a personal development plan and set your own targets.

Should you decide to undertake a year’s placement, a placement tutor will liaise between you and potential employers and help you to find a suitable post. Once you are settled in your placement, you will have regular support from an academic staff member who will visit you in your workplace to check on progress.

Course details

In a rapidly changing world, mechanical engineers are in demand more than ever before to design and build the new generation of engines, power plants, structures and vehicles that keep the world running.

About the Foundation Year

The Foundation Year is ideal if you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly onto the Mechanical Engineering honours degree programme. Once you pass the Foundation Year you will progress directly onto the first year of the honours degree. If you are a full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course (subject to eligibility criteria).

About the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree

On this course you will acquire an in-depth understanding of the scientific principles and advanced design technology as well as the problem-solving and management skills required to be a successful mechanical engineer. Institution of Mechanical Engineers accreditation means your degree is a stepping stone towards registration as a Chartered Engineer. However if you perform particularly well in Levels 4 and 5, you can transfer onto the MEng programme, which fully qualifies you to register.

This is one of the UK’s leading engineering schools with a supportive staff team and excellent facilities including engine test facilities, materials testing laboratories and digital design studios, which you have full use of in practical sessions. 

Links with national and international companies such as BMW, Airbus Industries, Rolls Royce and Shell mean that the course is tailored to the needs of employers and, as an extension of this, we offer you the chance to undertake a year’s paid placement.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 3

  • Algorithms and Computing
  • Engineering & Technology Practice
  • Foundation Mathematics & Technology Practice 1
  • Foundation Mathematics & Technology Practice 2
  • Foundation Physics - Mechanics, Materials & Waves
  • Foundation Physics - Particles, Fields & Electricity
  • Programming

Level 4

  • Engineering Mathematics 1a
  • Engineering Mathematics 1b
  • Applied Mechanics 1
  • Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 1
  • Materials
  • Engineering Practice 1
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Level 5

  • Engineering Mathematics 2
  • Materials and Processes
  • Applied Mechanics 2
  • Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 2
  • Mechanical Engineering Design 2
  • Engineering Practice 2
  • Mechatronics

Sandwich year    

Industrial placement

Level 6 Core

  • Engineering Project
  • Industrial Management
  • Mechanical Engineering Design 3
  • Engineering Analysis

Options (Students choose one from each semester)

  • Materials Engineering
  • Structural Integrity
  • Manufacturing Processes and Industrial Automation
  • Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
  • ThermoDynamics
  • Dynamics and Control
  • Vehicle Dynamics


Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers. Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017. Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

    Programme specification document (PDF)

    Teaching and learning

    Excellent facilities and learning resources.

    Teaching is via a combination of lectures supported by small, group tutorials, seminars and practical sessions. Initially formal teaching accounts for approximately 23 hours of your week but decreases to around 14 hours as the course progresses, and independent study time increases from approximately 27 to 36 hours per week.

    Your lecturers

    Expert tuition and support.

    LJMU is recognised for its excellent record in engineering research in collaboration with industry and academic partners from the UK and around the world. This application-oriented research and the transfer of expertise between the academic team and industry help maintain the relevance of course materials. Many of the academic team also have professional industrial experience at senior levels, and all are engaged in research or scholarship which helps maintain the relevance of the curriculum delivered.

    Assessment and feedback

    Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose.

    Assessment is usually via a combination of exams and coursework, and sometimes by a portfolio of work, depending on the subject. A final year project gives you the chance to work independently and contributes considerably to your final mark.

    Your tutors will give prompt and constructive feedback via Blackboard (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or as written comments. This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

    Furthermore your graduate skills and World of Work Skills Certificate details will be published in your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), providing employers with extensive evidence of your development as a professional as well as your academic achievements at LJMU.

    Entry requirements

    Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

    Minimum points required from qualifications

    220 UCAS Points

    Application and selection

    We are looking for students who are keen to learn new skills and develop those they already possess. We want students with the ability to:

    • Be creative with ideas and concepts
    • Moderate their creativity with logic
    • Be enthusiastic and thirsty for knowledge
    • Communicate effectively as an individual and as part of a team
    • Use appropriate sources to find and organise information
    • Select and critically evaluate information in order to analyse problems

    If you would like to develop these skills further, whilst working towards gaining access to a degree, then this is the course for you!

    GCSE and equivalents

    • GCSEs grade C or above English language and Mathematics.
    • Are functional skills acceptable? Yes

    A Levels

    • Minimum number of A Levels required: 1
    • Subject specific requirements: Applicants should have or expect to obtain a total of 220 UCAS points, of which at least 100 should come from A2.
    • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
    • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

    BTEC qualifications

    • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    • Subjects / grades required: To the total of 220 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications
    • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
    • Diploma subjects / grades required: DD if studied on its own or to the total of 220 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications
    • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
    • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: MMM if studied on its own or to the total of 220 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications
    • Level 3 in childrens play, learning and development: Not acceptable

    Access to Higher Education Diploma

    • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
    • Further information: Access course must be in relevant subject

    International Baccalaureate

    • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
    • Additional information: 220 UCAS points from IB Diploma

    Welsh awards

    • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

    Irish awards

    • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
    • FETAC acceptability: Not acceptable

    Scottish awards

    • Scottish Higher: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
    • Scottish Advanced Higher: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

    Key skills

    • Will Key Skills tariff points be counted towards an offer? Yes
    • What minimum Key Skill level is appropriate? 3
    • Key Skill subject areas considered: Application of number, Communication

    OCR National acceptability

    • National Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    • National Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
    • National Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications


    • Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

    Additional entry requirement information


    Will I be interviewed?

    No interview required (UCAS application form only)

    Can this course be deferred?


    Is a DBS check required?


    Is RPL accepted on this programme?

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.

    International requirements

    Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

    Finance and fees

    To find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities, go to Scholarships Bursaries and Fees

    Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

    LJMU scholarships

    LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

    LJMU bursary

    LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

    The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

    Tuition fees

    Like most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,000 for most of our degrees.

    If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £6,000.

    The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

    Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

    As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

    For more information on tuition fee loans, go to:

    LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

    • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
    • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
    • UK field trips
    • Educational visits
    • Student exchanges
    • Criminal Records Bureau checks
    • Professional sector regulatory body membership
    • Governing body awards

    Living costs

    In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

    The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

    Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

    For more information on student loans, go

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    Paying back your student loans

    Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

    The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

    Career prospects

    Graduate engineering roles include project engineer leading and managing technical teams, product development engineer developing mechanical and electro/mechanical products and systems, design engineer designing cutting edge products, process engineer developing and maintaining manufacturing processes.

    Mechanical engineers make up one of the largest branches of engineering professionals; they are employed in almost every sector of economic activity. Specific employment sectors include aerospace, automotive, power generation, engineering utilities, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, process industries, research and development, technical services, technical sales, consultancies and government agencies.

    Examples of the destinations and roles of recent graduates include Plant Engineer at Proctor and Gamble, Design Engineer at Sellafield Ltd, Design Engineer at Lotus Renault FI, Manufacturing Engineer at Bentley Motors and Plant Engineering Manager at Prysmian Cables Ltd.

    Professional accreditation / links

    The BEng and MEng degrees in Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and are a stepping stone towards registration as a Chartered Engineer.

    Accredited MEng degrees enable graduates to gain CEng status without further study, while accredited BEng degrees will require a further period of study after graduation.

    Gaining professional status will be of considerable benefit to you in your future career, especially if you join a multinational company and/or need to have your qualification recognised overseas.

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    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.

    LJMU will be offering a range of prestigious international scholarships for students enrolling at the University from September 2016 onwards. These scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and will be awarded to outstanding students accepted onto undergraduate courses, taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees. The scholarships are available in 2016 to self-funding applicants who have accepted an offer to study at LJMU. In order to be considered for these scholarships, you must also complete an additional online scholarship application form. Please visit the international pages for more details.

    A Bursary will be available for students who must complete the English for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their undergraduate degree at the University. This Bursary takes the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this Bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this Bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.

    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 £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 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 £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.

    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 Highly Trusted 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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