|Tuition fee type||Cost (per annum)|
|Full time home/EU tuition fee:||£9,250 per annum*|
|Full time international tuition fee:||£12,660 per annum|
|Full-time industrial placement year fee:||£1007 per annum*|
*Subject to yearly increases
|This course is no longer accepting applications for 2017 entry|
About your course
Completing the MEng (Hons) Computer Technology at Liverpool John Moores University will enable you to graduate with a Masters-level qualification plus advanced level skills and experience that will boost your career prospects and future earning potential.
- Excellent student support from academic tutors and student mentors
- Design-led engineering curriculum emphasis, with design projects supplied by industrial partners
- Well-equipped laboratories and workshops with state-of-the-art software and excellent technical support
- To be accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology
- Regular contributions from professional engineers and industrial visits
- Our thriving Student Autosport Society competes successfully in the Formula Student competition and electrical engineering students play a key role in developing the control systems that are crucial to the team's success
LJMU has an outstanding record for delivering internationally-important engineering research in collaboration with industry and this work directly informs what you will study on this degree.
Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience
This course offers an invaluable opportunity to undertake an industrial placement after your second year. This experience cannot be underestimated as it will give you a chance to put what you have learnt in the first two years into practice, enhance your skills and provide a taste of what it's really like to work in the 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
Embarking on any degree course can be daunting, and so to help you get to know your tutors and fellow students, we organise a three-day field trip to the Blue Peris Mountain Centre in Wales in your first year. Undoubtedly you will need academic and personal support at times during your course, and for this reason you will be allocated a personal tutor with whom you can discuss course-related issues, work on a personal development plan and set your own targets.
Computing and computer technology is an essential part of modern life, and it is a remarkably fast-moving subject that gives rise to a range of interesting and challenging problems.
Engineers are also involved in the ongoing development and production of a diverse range of products, and so companies supplying anything from bread to jet engines, from mobile phones to banking services will need their skills.
Level 4 of this MEng (Hons) course covers core engineering principles and technologies such as mathematics, electrical engineering, electronics and instrumentation, microprocessors and programming. You will also spend time completing structured design projects, which will help develop your engineering and management skills. In the second year there is greater emphasis on the application of the core principles through design.
Electronics and microprocessors are taught in the context of designing and controlling engineering systems and the mathematics course provides the essential skills to enable you to design control strategies, and supports the more mathematical modules of the programme.
During your course, you will undertake projects that both structured and less structured allowing you more freedom to design your own solutions to problems. This is supported by seminars in commercial project development, which will teach you some of the key skills needed to plan and manage a project.
The third year of the programme covers the core themes of integrated systems such as embedded systems as well as management, and you will undertake a major individual project with an academic supervisor. Level 7 includes specialist engineering courses that reach a higher level than the final Level of the BEng, and also includes additional business and management courses.
The MEng qualification satisfies all the educational requirements for professional status. Professional engineering status is legally defined and in many countries only registered or licensed engineers are permitted to use the title or practice as a professional engineer. This would be a real boost to your employability, particularly if you choose to work for a multinational company overseas. Our strong links with industry also mean there are plenty of options open to you should you choose to undertake a placement year.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core or option modules for further information on what you will study.
- Engineering Principles
- Microprocessors and Software
- Electrical Circuit Principles
- Digital and Analogue Electronics
- Electrical Engineering Practice 1
- Engineering Mathematics 1a
- Engineering Mathematics 1b
- Data Structures and Algorithms
- Digital and Embedded Systems
- Linear Electronics
- Control System Design and Analysis
- Electrical Engineering Practice 2
- Programming and Windows Applications
- Engineering Mathematics 2
- Signal Processing
- Embedded Systems
- Industrial Networks
- Electronic Systems Integration
- Engineering Project
- Industrial Management
- Professional Practice
- Embedded Systems
- Group Project
- Microelectronic System Design
- VLSI Devices, Fabrication and Testing
- Networks and Protocols
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.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.Programme specification document (PDF)
Teaching and learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
Teaching is via a combination of lectures supported by small-group tutorials, plus seminars, design and building projects, and laboratory work.
During your first two years, formal teaching will account for around 18-20 hours per week, and you will be expected to spend approximately 30-32 hours in private study. As you progress through the course, independent study becomes more important and so the proportion of private study time increases to around 42 hours per week.
Expert tuition and support
LJMU is recognised for its excellent record in engineering research in collaboration with industry, and with academic partners from the UK and around the world. Many of the academic team 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 Canvas (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or in writing. This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.
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Minimum points required from qualifications
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 and confidently and understand and adapt to a wide range of issues connected with the subject. It is also important that students are able to manage time and tasks effectively as an individual and as part of a team, use appropriate sources to find and organise information and select and critically evaluate information in order to analyse problems.If you would like to develop these skills further, have a strong interest in this subject area and want to work effectively within it, then this is the course for you! International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.
GCSE and equivalents
- Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Subject specific requirements: Minimum of 80 UCAS points at A2-level from Maths and one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Further Maths, Electronics or Engineering.
- Is general studies acceptable? Yes
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Average A Level offer: ABB
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Diploma (QCF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Diploma subjects / grades required: To the value of 128 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications. Must be in an Engineering discipline. A Distinction grade in the Further Mathematics for Technicians unit is required.
- Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DDM if studied on its own or To the total of 128 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications. Engineering discipline required with a Distinction grade in Further Mathematics unit.
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Not acceptable
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 27 IB Diploma Points with 6 IB points in HL Mathematics and 6 IB points in HL Physics.
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 128 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects
Additional entry requirement information
Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.
No interview required (UCAS application form only)IELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
NoIs RPL accepted on this programme? International requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
Finance and fees
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.
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 be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.
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 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.
In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 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 £7,700.
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: www.gov.uk/student-finance
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
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 to:www.gov.uk/student-finance
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.
There is a national shortage of graduate engineers, making our MEng Computer Technology graduates highly sort after by employers. Engineering graduates enjoy one of the lowest unemployment rates and one of the best starting salaries.
While this is a new programme, LJMU has a proven track record delivering high quality professionally accredited degrees in engineering. For example, data published by UNISTATS indicates that 70% of our BEng (Hons) Computer Technology graduates secure a professional or managerial position within six months of graduating.
This degree will prepare you to work in a wide variety of roles, such as:
- systems engineer
- graduate security engineer
- network integration engineer
- firmware developer
Graduates are expected to find employment with companies such as:
- the Ministry of Defence
- GE Aviation
Graduate engineering posts will usually give you the opportunity to work towards incorporated or chartered engineer status. Relevant vacation work experience and industry placements will also greatly increase your level of employability and that's why we encourage all our students to complete a year's paid placement out in industry.
New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme
All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.
The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.
Professional accreditation / links
This programme will be presented for accreditation by a professional body such as the IET as soon as possible.
LJMU’s policy is to ensure that MEng and BEng engineering degrees are accredited by the relevant UK professional engineering institution and provide the educational base for graduates to gain Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.
Accredited MEng degrees enable graduates to gain CEng status without further study.
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.
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 www.ljmuisc.com/
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)|
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.
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.
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: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/
Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (email@example.com)for 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:
- 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