2023/24 entry

MEng (Hons) Marine and Mechanical Engineering

Start date:
September 2023
Study mode:
Full time
Course Duration:
4 years, 5 years with placement
UCAS code:
Points required:

Tuition fees (per year)

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International (full-time):
Placement (home student):
Placement (international student):
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

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Why study Marine and 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
  • Excellent  opportunities for paid year long industrial placements 
  • Accredited by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Students studying on the MEng Marine and Mechanical Engineering programme may opt to pursue professional accreditation at the end of Level 6. At this stage of the programme successful students would be eligible for exemption from theoretical components of the Engineering Officer of the Watch (EOOW) professional qualifications, up to and including the level of Chief Engineer

About your course

Completing the professionally-accredited MEng (Hons) Marine and 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.

It will give you 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 marine engineer.

This is one of the UK’s leading engineering departments, with a supportive staff team and excellent facilities, including engine test facilities, full marine engine room and bridge simulators,  materials testing laboratories and digital design studios, which you have full use of in practical sessions.

Links with national and international companies such as Bibby Line, Rolls Royce, Shell and Castrol 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.

"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 accreditation/links

LJMU’s policy is to ensure that MEng 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.

The Department has held over 30 years of continuous professional accreditation by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

The MEng and BEng in Mechanical and Marine Engineering programmes can both lead to marine engineering officer of the watch certification and academic exemption from Class 1 and 2 Engineering Certificates of Competency issued by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

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.


Marine engineers find employment in a variety of areas in the maritime industry both shore based and sea going, in the UK and abroad.

Specific employment sectors include marine surveying with companies including:   

  • Lloyds of London
  • ship and port operations
  • offshore structures
  • petrochemicals
  • offshore renewable energy
  • and power generation

Recent graduate roles include: sea-going chief engineer, marine superintendent, power plant manager, marine surveyor, and petrochemical plant manager.

Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all 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 during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.

Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.

One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.

Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. 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 Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.

Go abroad

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: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

A life-changing experience 

There's so much more to university than just studying for a degree.

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 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.

Level 0

Core modules

Maritime and Offshore Safety Analysis
20 credits

This module will enable you to understand and implement the requirements of formal safety design, assessment and review in marine, offshore and port areas.

Optional modules

Marine Design Engineering
20 credits

The aim the module is to provide you with the appropriate level of marine engineering knowledge and expertise required of an effective member of a marine engineering design team.

Finite Element Analysis
20 credits

This module will provide you with an in depth understanding of the application of Finite Element Analysis to non-linear static together with impact and quasi-static loading using explicit dynamics. 

Conventional and Alternative Energy Systems
20 credits

The aim of this module is to provide a introduction to alternative and conventional power generation systems in the context of the UK energy distribution systems and associate energy markets. The module will review the major issues associated with power generation and the problems of energy supply and energy security will be explored.

Offshore Engineering
20 credits

The aim of the module is to provide advanced understanding of offshore installation types and knowledge of offshore installations from an operational and safety aspect.

Computational Fluid Dynamics
20 credits

The module aims to explore the underlying theory of commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes and to investigate their performance and reliability in engineering applications.

Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes
20 credits

This module will provide a broad understanding of advanced materials, manufacturing technologies and their applications.

Structural Dynamics
20 credits

The module is aimed at extending your knowledge of dynamics and applied finite element method to an advanced level.

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.

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.

Marine Electrical Systems
20 credits

The aim of this module is to provide a comprehensive introduction to Marine Instrumentation and Electrical Engineering. The module will concentrate on the principles, construction and operation of marine instrumentation, ac and dc motors and generators, and associated distribution and protection systems.

Marine Design and Technology
20 credits

This module will provide a comprehensive introduction to Marine Engineering, Naval Architecture and Ship Construction. The module will concentrate on main and auxiliary propulsion systems, ship stability and construction features.

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.

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.

Marine Design and Propulsion
20 credits

The module aims to analyse many of the critical marine systems associated with ships including aspects of safety within the marine industry.

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 approximately 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

Undoubtedly you will need academic and personal support at times during your course, and for this reason 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.


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

  • T Level requirements:

    128 UCAS tariff points from relevant subjects. Pleasecontact 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 with an Access to HE Diploma would typically join the BEng route. Those who perform well at levels 4 & 5 will have the option to transfer to the MEng route in advance 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 only when 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

OCR Cambridge Technicals

  • Technical Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Technical Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 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

Alternative qualifications considered

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

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.
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.

Can this course be deferred?


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.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.