Mechanical Engineering - Liverpool John Moores University

2018 entry

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering With Management with Foundation Year

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: To be confirmed
Full time international tuition fee: To be confirmed
Full-time industrial placement year fee: To be confirmed

We are awaiting confirmation from the UK Government on what the 2018/19 undergraduate tuition fees will be. Fees will be shown here once an announcement has been made.

Course type

BEng (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 88

UCAS code: 3A47

Institute code: L51

Study mode

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

About your course

The BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering With Management 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 support from academic tutors and student mentors, including a three-day field activity to get to know other students and tutors
  • Exciting employment prospects
  • Opportunity to undertake a year’s paid industrial placement
  • Design-led engineering curriculum featuring design projects from industrial partners

As this degree combines excellent engineering training with useful insights into the commercial world you will enjoy excellent and varied career opportunities after graduation.

The academic team has first hand experience of working at senior levels in industry so they understand the skills, knowledge and experience you'll need to succeed professionally.

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 with whom you can discuss course-related issues, work on a personal development plan and set your own targets.

If you decide to undertake a year’s placement, your 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 your progress.

Course details

This degree has been designed to meet the growing demand for graduates with both engineering knowledge and management skills.

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 with Management 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 with Management degree

This degree is particularly relevant if you are interested in a management career where you will be required to be leaders and strategic planners as well as engineers. The course aims to produce high quality mechanical engineers with good technical skills plus the operational management skills demanded by many industrial sectors.

Alongside the core engineering syllabus, you will learn essential management techniques in areas such as:

  • operational research
  • logistics planning
  • core business skills

LJMU is currently seeking Institution of Mechanical Engineers accreditation for this new programme. Such accreditation will qualify you for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Progression opportunities

If you perform particularly well in Levels 4 and 5 of this degree, you can transfer onto the MEng programme, which fully qualifies you to register as a Chartered Engineer.

Industry links and placement opportunities

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.

Capitalising on these and other links with industry, you will be encouraged to complete a year’s paid placement out industry so that you can apply what you have learnt at University in the workplace. Such experience will enhance your CV and your future job prospects.

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
  • Foundation Physics - Mechanics, Materials & Waves
  • Foundation Physics - Particles, Fields & Electricity
  • Programming

Level 4

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

Level 5

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

Level 6 Core

  • Engineering Project
  • Industrial Management
  • Mechanical Engineering Design
  • Strategic Management

Optional

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

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, seminars and practical sessions.

Initially formal teaching accounts for approximately 23 hours of your week, but decreases to around 13 hours as the course progresses. Correspondingly independent study time increases from around 27 to 37 hours per week as you progress through the degree.

Teaching is supported by well-equipped laboratories and workshops with state-of-the-art software and excellent technical support.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

LJMU is recognised for its excellent record for delivering internationally-important engineering research in collaboration with industry, and with academic partners from the UK and around the world.

The academic team has professional industrial experience of working at senior levels in industry. Additionally, they are all engaged in research or scholarship.

This combination of industry experience and research-informed teaching helps ensure that the curriculum is as up-to-date as possible and will equip you with the skills, knowledge and practical experience required by your future employers.

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. The Level 6 project gives you the chance to work independently and contribute considerably to your final mark. Your tutors will give prompt and constructive feedback via our virtual learning environment, face-to-face or as written comments.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

88

GCSE and equivalents

  • Applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or • 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

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 1
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: CCD
  • 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 on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: DD if studied on its own or to the total of 88 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 88 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: 88 UCAS points from Diploma components

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points from a minimum of 5 subjects

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: 88 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects
Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

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 that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2017 LJMU charged a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935 per year for its part time courses. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £21,000.**

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

*Based on 2017 entry.

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.

For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £21,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £21,000).*

*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects

Mechanical engineers make up one of the largest branches of engineering professionals and are employed in almost every sector of the economy.

While this is a new programme LJMU has a proven track record delivering high quality professionally accredited degrees in mechanical engineering.

For example, data published by UNISTATS indicates that 90% of our current BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering graduates secure a professional or managerial position within six months of graduating.

Completing this programme will open up exciting career opportunities in the following industries:

  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • power generation
  • engineering utilities
  • pharmaceuticals
  • manufacturing
  • process industries
  • research and development
  • technical services and sales
  • consultancies and government agencies

As a graduate, you could expect to work as a:

  • 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, maintaining and managing manufacturing processes

Recent LJMU engineering graduates are currently working as:

  • Design engineer at Sellafield Ltd
  • Manufacturing engineer at Bentley Motors
  • Plant engineering manager at Prysmian Cables Ltd
  • Project Manager at British Petroleum
  • Design Engineer at Aston Martin
  • Mechanical Engineer at United Utilities
  • Mechanical Design Engineer at JCB
  • Quality Engineer at Cummings
  • Development Engineer at CERN

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 new programme will be presented for accreditation by a professional body such as the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

LJMU’s policy is to ensure that all of our 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.

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 offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

For details on application processes and eligibility criteria, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/scholarships

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, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

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: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fee deposits

International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given 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. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

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 for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

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.

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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