2022/23 entry

MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

4 years, 5 years with placement

UCAS code:


Points required:




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Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

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Why study Mechanical Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • Excellent student support from academic tutors, technical staff and student mentors in both practical and academic activities throughout all levels of study
  • Professionally-accredited, design-led engineering curriculum emphasises developing understanding through application, with the opportunity to complete engineering design and analysis projects
  • Teaching is supported by well-equipped laboratories and workshops with state-of-the-art software and excellent technical support plus all 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; plus you have the option of completing an industrial placement.
  • Practically delivered degree watch utilising industry standard software.

About your course

Completing the professionally-accredited MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering 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.

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 qualifies you for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

This is one of the UK’s leading engineering departments, 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 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.

"LJMU instantly appealed as a friendly and thriving university. I was impressed with the variety of courses available to prospective engineers and felt as though any specific interests I had would be covered on whatever course I chose. The course has been really enjoyable. Workshop sessions and field trips are really interesting."

Current student

Professional accreditation/links

The programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and provides 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.

Fees and funding

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


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)


  • 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)


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.


Mechanical engineers make up one of the largest branches of engineering professionals and as an MEng graduate, you will enjoy above average starting salaries.

Mechanical engineers 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

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


Examples of the destinations and roles of recent graduates include: 

  • 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

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

Engineering Mathematics 1a
10 credits

This module will provide a foundation in engineering mathematics for its application to the solution of engineering problems.

Engineering Mathematics 1b
10 credits

This module will provide a foundation in engineering mathematics for its application to the solution of engineering problems.

Applied Mechanics 1
20 credits

This module will introduce you to the essential principles of applied mechanics. The module will provide you with an introduction to essential applied mechanics (static force systems, strength of materials, kinematics, dynamics, impulse and momentum).

Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 1
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the essential principles of Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics. This module introduces some of the most important fundamental ideas behind the development of core engineering disciplines of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. 

20 credits

This module covers the essential elements of materials science and manufacturing technology required by engineers studying mechanical, marine, design disciplines. You will develop a good understanding on the structures, properties and processing methods of different groups of materials and be able to apply basic techniques for materials testing and selection.

Engineering Practice 1
20 credits

This module aims to introduce you to a range of general engineering practices and standards.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering
20 credits

This module will enable you to develop an understanding of the physical principles of electrical and electronic systems, and to analyse simple circuits which incorporate passive and active components.

Level 5

Core modules

Engineering Mathematics 2
10 credits

This module will provide a foundation in engineering mathematics for application to the solution of engineering problems and provides a basis in advanced engineering mathematics  in mechanical and electrical engineering.

Materials and Processes
10 credits

The aim of this module is to gain a thorough understanding of the properties and applications of a range of structural engineering materials and their associated manufacturing processes.

Applied Mechanics 2
20 credits

This module will provide the means for solving many basic engineering problems by learning the principles of mechanics for rigid and deformable solid bodies.

Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 2
20 credits

This module will provide an insight into thermal plant cycles and the physical behaviour of fluid flow and heat transfer by application of the theory to practical engineering examples.

Mechanical Engineering Design 2
20 credits

This module aims to build on the skills developed in Engineering Practice 1 module by introducing systematic approaches to the design process and to the analysis of mechanical designs for the determination of strength and life. It will provide a practical experience of the design process both as an individual and within a group.

Engineering Practice 2
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop the skills required to practice as a professional engineer. This module provides a broad range of experiences including laboratory's and report writing skills required of a professional engineer.

20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop a practical understanding of how sensors and actuators may be used, along with embedded systems, to control and monitor mechanical engineering systems.

Level 6

Core modules

Engineering Project
40 credits

The project aims to provide a supervised but independent led learning activity in a relevant area of engineering or technology. It aims to develop the academic, technical and organisational skills required to undertake a substantial individual engineering project from specification to conclusion.

Engineering Analysis
20 credits

The module will introduce computational engineering analysis using finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and will extend your experience and skill with the aid of industry standard software.

Mechanical Engineering Design 3
20 credits

This module will deliver a project based learning experience in Engineering Design. It is intended to present a practical focal point for knowledge and techniques learned in other modules as well as to continue to build on the engineering design curriculum.

Industrial Management
20 credits

This module is designed to develop the core management techniques required to design, implement and plan a new product or process.

Optional modules

Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer
10 credits

The aim of this module is to further develop the essential principles of Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer.

10 credits

This module will introduce the essential principles of Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics and will take an in-depth look into the operation and thermodynamic cycle of engineering plant. 

Materials Engineering
10 credits

The aim of the module is to provide an in-depth understanding of advanced engineering materials together with techniques for material property and performance improvements.

Structural Integrity
10 credits

This module will enable you to develop an understanding of the performance of materials and structures subjected to load in terms of deformation based failure, fracture and fatigue.

Manufacturing Processes and Industrial Automation
10 credits

This module will deliver a broad introduction to industrial automation, and cover policy and logistical considerations that drive process solutions. You will work on automation and assembly problems and cultivate a deep understanding of electronic, electrical and pneumatic control.

Dynamics and Control
10 credits

Within this module, you will develop knowledge and experience of analytic and simulative methods applied to modelling of open and closed loop engineering systems with multi-physics dynamics.

Level 7

Core modules

Group Project
40 credits

This module aims to build upon the Level 6 Mechanical Engineering Design module, by providing an authentic design project in conjunction with an internal or external client group or company. You will select appropriate engineering and design processes and techniques to solve the problem.

Operations Research
20 credits

This module introduces a set of fundamental techniques and tools to assist engineers and managers in making better decisions on real world management/business problems.

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.

Teaching is via a combination of lectures supported by small-group tutorials, seminars, online activities and practical sessions. Initially formal teaching accounts for approximately 23 hours of your week, but decreases to around 13 hours as the course progresses and independent study time increases from around 27 to 37 hours per week. 

Work-related Learning

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 into practice what you have learnt in the first two years, 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, 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.


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

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 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.


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

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

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: 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
  • Average A Level offer: ABB
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

T Levels

128 UCAS tariff points from relevant subjects. Please contact the Faculty for further information.

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 only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: Only acceptable when combined with Mathematics (grade B or above), at A-Level. A total of 128 UCAS points is required. Specific optional Units must also be completed as part of the Diploma, please contact the Faculty for more information.
  • 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. Engineering subject required with a Distinction grade in Further Engineering Mathematics unit. Specific optional Units must also be completed, for details contact the faculty.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Not acceptable
  • Further information: Applicants would typically join the BEng route. Those who perform well at levels 4 & 5 will have the option to transfer to the MEng route prior to the start of level 6.

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 128 UCAS Tariff points including 6 IB points in HL Mathematics and 6 IB points in HL Physics.

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 128 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects

Alternative qualifications considered

​Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.

Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)


6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

International entry requirements

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

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Is a DBS check required?


Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

​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!

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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