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BEng Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time international tuition fee: Not applicable
Full-time industrial placement year fee: Not applicable
Part-time tuition fee: Not applicable

*The Department for Education (DFE) have recently announced that they intend to freeze tuition fees for the 2018/19 year. This is still subject to parliamentary approval. Once confirmed we will update our web pages accordingly.

Course type


UCAS info

Points required: 112

UCAS code:

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Five years part time

About your course

The BEng (Hons) in Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University has been specifically designed to meet the growing demand for graduates with manufacturing skills.

  • ​Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Based at one of the UK’s leading engineering schools with strong links to local and national employers
  • High demand for graduates due to a national shortage of qualified engineers

This degree is delivered by expert academics with extensive industry experience and excellent contacts with employers.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

Throughout your studies at LJMU, you will have the support of a personal tutor who will set up regular one-to-one meetings with you to discuss course-related issues, monitor your progress and help you to formulate your career plans.

Course details

Completing this BEng (Hons) degree will help you secure the technical and manufacturing expertise required to practice manufacturing systems engineering and function in the role of Chartered Engineer within these specific industries.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology accreditation means your degree is a stepping stone towards registration as a Chartered Engineer. 

At Level 4 (first year), you will be awarded advanced standing (AS) if you enter with either a relevant HNC or HND qualification at the required grade. An HNC qualification will give you partial exemption (AS) at level 4. If you are qualified to HND level then you will be awarded advanced standing for the whole of level 4 and you will gain entry directly to level 5. For students gaining direct entry to level 5 the programme is three years in duration.

If you have demonstrated consistently strong performance by the end of Level 5, you may be offered the opportunity to transfer to the MEng programme, which confers CEng status. 

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.

What you will study on this degree

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

Level 4

  • Materials
  • Mechanical and Thermal Systems 1a
  • Engineering Practice 1
  • Engineering Mathematics 1a
  • Mechanical and Thermal Systems 1b
  • Engineering Mathematics 1b
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Level 5

  • Engineering Mathematics 2
  • Materials and Processes
  • Engineering Practice 2
  • Mechatronics
  • Mechanical and Thermal Systems 2
  • Design and Manufacture
  • Control Systems Design and Analysis

Level 6

  • Manufacturing Operations Management             
  • Materials Engineering   
  • Engineering Project                                       
  • Manufacturing Processes & Industrial Automat'               
  • Engineering Analysis (option)    
  • Process Control (option)              
  • Applications of Quality Systems & Project Mgmt

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.

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

Teaching is via a combination of lectures supported by small, group tutorials, seminars and practical sessions.

You will also have access to well-equipped laboratories and workshops with state-of-the-art software and excellent technical support.

In addition to the excellent facilities and learning resources, you'll get support on both sides of the learning experience, havng dedicated workplace based LJMU trained mentors and from university tutors to provide developmental and pastoral support.

Your lecturers

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, usually a combination of exams and coursework.

​Your knowledge and understanding will be assessed via a combination of examinations and coursework. However, certain subjects may be assessed by other methods, such as through a portfolio of work, for example. In addition, you will be expected to complete a final year project.

​Achievement of the formal qualifications is part of a broader audit-based end-point employer endorsement with a rigorous interview/viva, which incorporates a detailed occupational development record and portfolio of evidence. 

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

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! 

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 Prior to starting the programme

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Subject specific requirements: A minimum of 64 UCAS points at A2 Level from Mathematics and one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Further Mathematics, Electronics or Engineering.
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: BBC
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • 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: Only acceptable when combined with Mathematics (grade C or above), at A-Level. A total of 112 UCAS points is required. Specific optional Units must also be completed as part of the Diploma, please contact the Faculty for more information.
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: MM if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points when combined. Engineering subject required with a Distinction grade in Further Engineering Mathematics unit. Specific optional Units must also be completed, please contact FET more information.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 24 Distinctions and 12 Merits required

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points with 5 IB points in HL Mathematics and 5 IB points in HL Physics.

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
  • Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects

Additional entry requirement information

​Students with the qualifications and experience detailed below will typically be awarded partial or full advanced standing at Level 4.HNC / HND in a suitable engineering subject. (Typically should include a pass in analytical methods, thermodynamics, applied mechanics and fluid mechanics units). Other entry qualifications - any qualification deemed suitable by the Programme Team as entry level education.

Will I be interviewed?

Mature and non standard applicants may be invited to attend interview


6.0 (minimum 5.5 each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes, please contact us to discuss your options

Is a DBS check required?


Is RPL accepted on this programme?


International requirements

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


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Career prospects

There is a high demand for graduates in this field due to a national shortage of qualified engineers, so you will enjoy enjoy excellent career prospects after graduating.

​As well as the obvious manufacturing roles, our graduates are employed in diverse roles, ranging from sales and marketing to senior positions in technical, managerial and commercial leadership. They also hold positions in both small and large companies, succeeding in roles that require both a good technical understanding and strong interpersonal skills. 

Manufacturing Systems Engineering is widely recognised by employers as a degree meeting these requirements. This means you could also be employed by consultancies, government bodies and public utilities.

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 is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

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. 

International Scholarships

Please note: this programme is not suitable for students who require a Tier 4 visa. Due to immigration requirements, Tier 4 international students must study on a full-time basis.

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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