2022/23 entry

MEng (Hons) Building Services Engineering

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Part time

Course Duration:

7 years

UCAS code:

Not applicable

Points required:

128

Campus:

City

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (part-time):
£6,935
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090

Faculty of Engineering and Technology:

0151 231 2777

fetadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

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Why study Building Services Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • Prepares graduates for Chartered Engineer registration with the Engineering Council and membership of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
  • Contact with potential employers through real-life projects
  • Option to undertake a year's paid work experience with a building services engineering consultant or contractor
  • Credits for students already holding a building services engineering qualification
  • £6 million invested in state-of-the-art teaching facilities

About your course

The professionally-accredited MEng (Hons) Building Services Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University was developed in partnership with industry and is informed by ongoing research. In addition to exciting paid placement opportunities, this degree offers you the chance to graduate with a Masters-level qualification plus excellent career prospects.

Modern living depends upon the engineering services that are an integral part of buildings, and these systems consume a significant percentage of the energy used in the UK. Building services engineers operate as part of a professional team alongside architects, structural engineers, quantity surveyors and other construction professionals to ensure that buildings continue to function efficiently while de-carbonising the energy supply. They need to be technically competent and practical in outlook, but also good communicators as they give advice to a wide range of people.

This programme, which has been developed in partnership with practising professionals, helps you gain the skills required to design complicated building engineering systems that can control internal environmental conditions and minimise energy use, such as the heating, lighting, power, lifts, ventilation, water and utilities, as well as managing their installation, commissioning and maintenance.

Projects are integrated at all levels of the degree, with materials and supervision provided by employers so you can replicate real-life scenarios in your work. After your second year, you will be encouraged to take up a year’s paid work placement with a building services engineering consultant or contractor (subject to finding suitable placement).

"My time at LJMU has been a worthwhile one, where I benefitted from a first-rate, industry-relevant education delivered by experienced and dedicated lecturers."

Chris Turner, recent graduate

Professional accreditation/links

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)

This programme provides the academic requirement for MCIBSE and CEng.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted above 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)

Money

  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund 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 funding pages.

Employability

There is a national shortage of well-trained building services engineers, so if you successfully complete this MEng course, you stand an excellent chance of gaining well-paid employment.

The majority of students on this programme are part-time and are already employed in the industry, though all recent full-time graduates have progressed to appropriate employment in the building services industry.

Opportunities exist with small and large national building services engineering consultancies and contractors, and also in the public sector with local authorities and government agencies. 

You could find yourself working as a consultant within a professional team or in contracting where you would develop consultants' schemes into working practical installations. Other possible roles include facilities managers or representatives for organisations that require engineering work, such as banks, hospitals and police forces.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

Applicant key information

Course review and revalidation.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

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What you will study on this degree

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

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 4

Core modules

Construction Technology 1
20 credits

This module introduces you to construction techniques associated with domestic dwellings including building regulations and building services. It develops your understanding of the performance of buildings and the influence of materials and workmanship specification on performance.

Collaborative Interdisciplinary Project 1
10 credits

The central theme of this module is the production of a work derived project and it is supported by the other modules within the first year programme. You will be introduced to your professional subject area and be provided with an early opportunity to engage in a collaborative environment with Level 4 students from Built Environment disciplines. It highlights the interdisciplinary nature of the construction and property markets and the roles each make at various stages of the project.

Science and Materials
20 credits

This module provides you with a sound basic understanding of the principal materials used in construction and the scientific principles related to environmental services within buildings. Alongside this you will be encouraged to apply appropriate analytical methods to investigate scientific problems related to environmental conditions and processes in buildings.

Academic and Digital Literacy
10 credits

This module enables you to develop the academic and digital literacy skills necessary to perform effectively in a Higher Education context. You will learn to explain and apply academic problem solving processes and recognise its appropriate use.

Building Services Engineering Project 1
20 credits

This module introduces the fundamental skills needed for the design process. It equips you with the fundamental tools, including the necessary IT skills, to carry out a building services engineering design project.

Engineering Principles
20 credits

This module introduces you to the fundamental concepts and principles of mechanical and electrical engineering, heat transfer, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, and the application of these to engineering problems in the built environment.

Engineering Mathematics
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the mathematics underpinning engineering, and to apply these techniques within an engineering context. This module provides a foundation in engineering mathematics for use in the analysis and solution of engineering problems.

Level 5

Core modules

Applied Mathematics
10 credits

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of engineering mathematics and statistics, and their limitations, for use in the analysis and solution of engineering problems. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the probability theory and statistics underpinning engineering, and apply these techniques within an engineering context. This module will help you be able to apply a range of statistical methods, tools and notations proficiently in the analysis and solution of engineering problems.

Mechanical Engineering for Buildings
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of the principles of heat transfer, thermodynamics and general engineering and the application of these principles to sustainable and energy efficient design and operation of building engineering systems, plant and equipment. The module will enable you to utilise appropriate mathematical methods to solve mechanical engineering problems.

Electrical Engineering for Buildings
20 credits

The aim of this module is to further develop an appreciation of electrical principles and relate them to the practical processes applied in the design of electrical engineering services in buildings. You will be provided with the skills and knowledge required to appreciate industry standard data and by its application critically analyse the underpinning theoretical concepts which are incorporated in typical design techniques.

Building Services Engineering Project 2
20 credits

This module provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate your learning from all modules across your programme. The module requires you to complete a specific building engineering project working within small teams, which should be multi-disciplinary where the mixture of specialisms within a student cohort allow.

Site Production Management
20 credits

This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills of the construction production process, particularly focusing on managing resources, environmental considerations and health and safety.

Building Engineering Collaborative Project 2
20 credits

This module aims to bring together different professions from the built environment disciplines and to enable you to work collaboratively on a BIM (Build Information Modelling) project. It highlights the nature of the construction and property roles using industry standard software to support the decision making process in a sustainable environment. In addition, this module will allow you to develop and refine the skills necessary for the management and successful completion of a significant project. This will include attention to building services systems, function, form and aesthetics of buildings.


Building Engineering Research Methods
10 credits

The aim of this module is to understand the academic research process and the differing techniques, strategies and methods used to undertake engineering research in the built environment. You will develop a research proposal that can be taken forward to the final year research project.

Level 6

Core modules

Construction Site Management
20 credits

This module develops your knowledge and skills further within the area of construction site management. This considers Health, Safety and Welfare, and site processes including planning, quality, risk and environmental considerations. The practical skills of using industry standard programming tools will be developed further, including BIM.

Environmental Analysis
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the theory, principles and practices of building energy systems modelling and simulation techniques and to use analytical approaches to the appraisal of environments and design proposals. This module is designed to contrast the traditional longhand calculation and estimation methods of analysing building internal environments and engineering processes with modern innovations in building thermal and energy modelling, and building information modelling.

Buildings, Energy and Sustainability
20 credits

The aim of this module is to investigate the environmental consequences of energy use in buildings with particular reference to building engineering systems and services. You will critically evaluate the environmental and economic benefits which are consequent on the specification of various building engineering systems and appropriate low and near zero carbon technologies. The module provides an understanding of the environmental consequences of energy use in general and via building services installations in particular.

Building Services Engineering Project 3
20 credits

This module enables you to work both collaboratively and individually on realistic projects that facilitate the development and integration of a range of technical and professional skills within the context of building services. This module brings together your learning throughout your study and further develops the project work undertaken at Levels 4 and 5. 

Building Engineering Research Project
40 credits

The aim of this module is to enable you to complete a substantial piece of individual work and build on their expertise in a Building Engineering subject. You will develop your research, time management, presentation and written communication skills. The dissertation enables you to personally select, and complete an in-depth study on, a topic related to Building Engineering. 

Level 7

Core modules

Energy and Environment
20 credits

The aim of this module is to evaluate how the concept of sustainable development is incorporated into practical design strategies for buildings. You will be able to appreciate the role of sustainable energy management in the built environment and to critically evaluate various methods of managing energy use for sustainable development. 

Commissioning, Maintenance and Facilities Management
20 credits

This module provides you with an in depth awareness of the key issues of commissioning, maintenance and facilities management for Architectural and Building Services Engineers.

Sensors, Control And Applications
20 credits

This module provides you with the theoretical and practical skills required to design, develop and implement sensor systems in practical applications. 

Building Engineering Research and Design Project
60 credits

The aim of this module is to develop your research and conceptual design skills and use these together with other professional skills expected of a consulting engineer to solve an engineering problem presented by a client. 

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies.  Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

You can expect to spend on average 14-16 hours in the classroom which may be in the form of lectures, tutorials and workshops, combined with your own research using our library and the web. You should spend around 35 hours per week in private study.

Work-related Learning

Projects supported by employers in the field are an important element of this degree course as they allow you to apply what you have learnt to real-life situations. However, the best way to put your skills and knowledge into practice is to undertake a year’s work placement between Levels 5 and 6. We strongly recommend that you take up this opportunity, as professional work experience and references, together with your degree, will significantly boost your career prospects. In fact some of our students have been offered employment before the end of their final year. However, we should point out that although we may be able to find a suitable post for you, we cannot guarantee this, nor can we guarantee employment in a particular company or geographical area.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

There is a high level of support for students on this course, particularly if you choose to undertake a work placement. The Department’s Industry Unit will help you to identify potential employers, both in the UK and overseas (though overseas placements are less common), and will support you during your placement, with occasional visits from a tutor to check on your progress. The Unit acts as a link between you and a large number of organisations that take part in our annual employers’ day and get involved in employer interest/support groups. Activities like these give you the best possible chance of securing a placement and making useful contacts for your future employment. 

Assessment

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

All students perform differently depending on how they are assessed which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include exams (open and closed book), coursework (projects, laboratory and technical reports) and oral presentations. 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.

Facilities

What you can expect from your School

This programme is delivered in the Byrom Street complex of LJMU’s City Campus. Here you’ll find high quality lecture theatres, meeting and seminar rooms plus social spaces and a large café. The Avril Robarts Library, open 24/7 during semester, is just minutes away on Tithebarn Street.

Entry requirements

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Minimum points required from qualifications: 128


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 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

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Subject specific requirements: Mathematics or a science subject should be taken to full 'A' level
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: ABB
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: To the total of 128 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications. Should be studying an appropriate subject, normally Building Services Engineering or another Engineering discipline
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DDM if studied on its own or To the total of 128 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications. Should be studying an appropriate subject, normally Building Services Engineering or another Engineering discipline

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Not acceptable
  • Further information: Not applicable

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 27 IB Diploma Points

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: Applicants should be studying at least three subjects at Higher Level including Mathematics or a science

Alternative qualifications considered

Not applicable

Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)

International entry requirements

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

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

Not applicable

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.

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