BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
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 al 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 and you have the option of completing an industrial placement.
- Practically delivered degree watch utilising industry standard software
About your course
Completing the professionally-accredited BEng (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 BEng (Hons) degree 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 is a stepping stone towards registration as a Chartered Engineer. However if you perform particularly well in the first two years, you can transfer onto the MEng programme, which fully qualifies you to register.
This is one of the UKs leading engineering schools 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 years paid placement.
Other study options:
"After working in retail management for over 20 years, it was the right time to set myself a new challenge. Engineering always interested me. The idea of playing a role in the changing world excites me, and this degree programme certainly gives me the skills to achieve this. The programme has a very diverse syllabus and an excellent mixture of theory and practical work, from relaxed lectures, to hands-on metal work and computer-aided design."
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.
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. 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
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.
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:p>
- 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
Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course, to ensure our students experience a transformation in their career trajectory. Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose.
Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU's suite of online Apps, resources and jobs board via the LJMU Student Futures website. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU's in-house recruitment service, and we also offer fully funded Discovery Internships.
One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones and we offer a year-round programme of events, including themed careers and employability workshops, employer events and recruitment fairs. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU's Careers, Employability and Start-up Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.
LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.
Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: email@example.com.
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What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or optional in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations. Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules provide you with an element of choice. Their availability may vary and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules may also be 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.
Engineering Mathematics 1a
Engineering Mathematics 1b
Applied Mechanics 1
Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 1
Engineering Mathematics 2
Materials and Processes
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Applied Mechanics 2
Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 2
Engineering Design 2
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Modelling and Simulation
Sandwich Year - Mechanical Engineering
The aim is to provide students with an extended period of work experience at an approved partner that will complement their programme of study at LJMU. This will give students the opportunity to develop professional skills relevant to their programme of study as well as the attitude and behaviours necessary for employment in a diverse and changing environment. This extended placement forms a key part of a sandwich degree. All placements need to be assessed and approved prior to commencement in line with the LJMU Placement Learning Code of Practice. The Code of Practice requires students to conduct themselves in a professional and responsible manner during the placement - failure to do so may lead to the placement being terminated prematurely. Placements are normally for one calendar year on a full-time basis. Split placements of a shorter duration may be permissible. There is an expectation that a minimum of 1200 hours will be spent in the workplace.
Study Year Abroad - Mechanical Engineering
The aim is to provide students with an additional year of study at an approved overseas partner that will complement their programme at LJMU. This is an additional year of full-time study at an approved higher education institution. The modules to be studied must be agreed in advance, and must be appropriate for the student's programme of study. Assuming successful completion of this year, mark-bearing credit will be awarded by the Faculty Recognition Group. The grade conversion scale to be used will be made available in advance of the year abroad.
Engineering Design 3
Finite Element Analysis
Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer
Dynamics and Control
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Sensors and Robotics
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 14 hours as the course progresses, and independent study time increases from approximately 27 to 36 hours per week.
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 its 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
Undoubtedly you will need academic and personal support at times during your course, and for this reason you will be allocated a personal tutor to discuss course-related issues, work on a personal development plan and set your own targets.
Should you decide to undertake a years 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.
If you plan to take the foundation course as a route onto the degree programme, this is recognised by student finance bodies in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, so if you are a UK student and satisfy the standard eligibility criteria, you may qualify for financial support. Please contact the appropriate body for further details.
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.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Dr Sean Malkeson
Dr Sean Malkeson
Where you will study
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 is just minutes away on Tithebarn Street.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications: 112
GCSEs 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
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Subject specific requirements: Minimum of 64 UCAS points at A2-level (or equivalent) from Maths and one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Further Maths, Electronics or Engineering.
- Is general studies acceptable? Yes
- Average A Level offer: BBC
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- 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 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.
- National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DMM 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 acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: 112 UCAS tariff points from Access to HE Diploma.Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area.
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 112 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum score of 5 in both Maths and Physics at higher Level
OCR Cambridge Technical
- Technical Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Technical Diploma: Acceptable on its own in a relevant subject area
- Technical Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own in a relevant subject area
- Technical Foundation Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Technical Introductory Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Technical Subsidiary Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- T Level requirements:112 UCAS tariff points from relevant subjects. Please contact the Faculty for further information.
Alternative qualifications considered
Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.
No interview required (UCAS application form only)
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.
Reduced offer scheme
As part of LJMU’s commitment to widening access we offer eligible students entry to their chosen course at a reduced threshold of up to 16/8 UCAS points. This applies if you are a student who has been in local authority care or if you have participated in one of LJMU’s sustained outreach initiatives, e.g. Summer University. Please contact the admission office for further details.
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
UCAS is the official application route for our full-time undergraduate courses. Further information on the UCAS application process can be found here https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/undergraduate-students/how-to-apply.
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.
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.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.
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