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This Marine and Offshore Engineering Masters at Liverpool John Moores University is closely aligned with its leading marine research institute. Read more
This Marine and Offshore Engineering Masters at Liverpool John Moores University is closely aligned with its leading marine research institute. A long history of high quality teaching in this Masters subject contributes highly qualified graduates to a global growing industry.

•Complete this masters degree in one year (full time)
•Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), this programme meets Chartered Engineer requirements
•The Liverpool Maritime Academy is an international centre of excellence in maritime education and professional training and education
•The programme has close industry links and is widely recognised by employers as meeting the requirements needed to succeed in the industry

This MSc degree programme will provide you with the engineering skills and techniques that you need to work as a specialist in the marine and offshore engineering field.

You will learn skills and techniques that will help you to make an immediate contribution to a company's capability and operation, and to progress into senior management positions.

This programme capitalises on the demand for highly qualified postgraduates and maintains LJMU’s longstanding reputation for meeting the needs of the maritime industry. The programme focuses on:
•safety analysis
•design engineering
•structural analysis
•maritime law and insurance
•quality systems
•alternative energy systems

LJMU’s expanding and internationally acclaimed marine and offshore engineering research underpins the programme, ensuring the curriculum reflects contemporary practice and thinking within the sector.

The course combines substantial marine modules with mechanical engineering options to produce a bespoke skills learning set. Our highly qualified and respected academic team combine specialist knowledge with relevant industrial experience.

This combination of academic and professional expertise helps ensure that graduates are well equipped to meet the opportunities and challenges of this exciting sector.

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Level 7
Maritime and offshore safety analysis
Offshore engineering
Marine design engineering
Research skills
MSc project
Advanced materials
Finite element analysis
Computational fluid dynamics
Operations research
Alternative energy systems
Project management
Engineering design using Solidworks
Engineering analysis using Solidworks
Modelling with Matlab and Simulink
Programming for engineering
LabVIEW

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.


Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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This programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to meet the needs of the automotive industry in the advanced areas of analysis, design and manufacture. Read more

This programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to meet the needs of the automotive industry in the advanced areas of analysis, design and manufacture.

Traditionally, the sector has been associated with high-volume vehicle manufacture, but the past decade has seen the landscape shift towards automotive component manufacturers and specialist design and consultancy house.

This course will prepare you to work in a range of different settings. Core modules will develop your knowledge of key fields such as chassis and driveline engineering, as well as vehicle and product systems design. You’ll then choose from optional modules on topics that suit your own interests and career intentions.

We put particular emphasis on computational methods and software packages in automotive engineering analysis, design and manufacture. Depending on the modules you choose, you could use Matlab, Abaqus finite element code, Fluent CFD, SolidWorks CAE and LabView (DAQ and control).

Specialist facilities

You’ll benefit from working in world-class specialist facilities for different aspects of automotive engineering. These include a brake test area and measurement lab, as well as the latest industry-standard software for computational fluid dynamics and finite element modelling of systems and materials. ADAMS software is also available for suspension simulation.

High-level CNC and wire EDM facilities are available in the Faculty workshop, and we have cutting-edge tribology facilities to study wear on engine parts. There’s even a ‘stirred bomb’ for characterising fuel ignition and advanced engines with optical access. If you get involved with Formula Student race car, you’ll also use our dedicated car build area including computerised engine test bays.

This programme is also available to study part-time over 24 months.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

Course content

Core modules will give you a solid knowledge base in key areas of automotive engineering. You’ll build your understanding of how vehicle and product systems are designed and developed, as well as automotive driveline and chassis engineering.

This foundation will allow you to gain specialist knowledge in areas that particularly interest you when you choose from our range of optional modules. You could focus on topics such as computational methods, tribology, combustion in engines or applications of mechatronics among many others.

Throughout the programme you’ll complete your Professional Project – an independent piece of research on a topic within mechanical engineering that allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills.

In the two taught semesters you’ll review the literature around your topic and plan the project, before completing the design, analysis, computation, experimentation and writing up in the summer months. You could even get involved with the Formula Student race car through your project.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll extend your studies over a longer period so you can take fewer modules in each year.

Want to find out more about your modules?

Take a look at the Automotive Engineering module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Automotive Chassis Engineering 15 credits
  • Automotive Driveline Engineering 15 credits
  • Vehicle and Product Systems Design 15 credits
  • Professional Project 75 credits

Optional modules

  • Vehicle Design and Analysis 20 credits
  • Mechatronics and Robotics Applications 15 credits
  • Engineering Computational Methods 15 credits
  • Surface Engineering 15 credits
  • Introduction to Tribology 15 credits
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Automotive Engineering MSc(Eng) Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Automotive Engineering MSc(Eng) Part Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular contact with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines. You’ll have regular contact with them through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings.

Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.

Projects

The professional project is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.

Recent projects for MSc Automotive Engineering students have included:

  • Regenerative braking systems – Impact on fuel consumption and vehicle stability in HEVs
  • Thermo-mechanical analysis of disc brake for vehicle rollaway
  • Coated lightweight brake rotors
  • Designing, Measuring and Modelling of Vehicle Dynamics

A proportion of projects are formally linked to industry, and can include spending time at the collaborator’s site over the summer. You can also get involved with projects linked to the design, construction and testing of the Formula Student race car.

Career opportunities

Career prospects are excellent and with this qualification you should expect to find employment in the automotive and motor sport industries.

Graduates from this programme are working for employers such as Bentley Motors, BMW UK, Jaguar Land Rover, Honda, Nissan Motor Company, Renault F1 (Lotus Renault GP), Red Bull Racing and Ricardo UK.

Alternatively, you may choose to work in the general engineering industry, undertake PhD study or move into a completely different field such as finance or teaching.




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