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Lift Engineering (Distance Learning) MSc

Course Description

To qualify for the award of MSc, it will be necessary for you to complete seven modules, four compulsory 20 credit modules, the dissertation (60 credit module), together with two optional 20 credit modules which tailor the programme to your particular needs and interests.

Each 20 credit module will take approximately 200 hours of independent study (the dissertation 600 hours). Compulsory modules cover the fundamental areas pertinent to lift engineering including the codes and standards to which lifts and their design must adhere to. Optional modules allow you to pursue your own particular specialisation within the industry.

Course content

The course will benefit lift engineers and consultants as well as members of senior management in the lift industry. You will gain an in-depth understanding of advanced technical issues arising in lift design, maintenance and contract management. The course teaches the skills required in electrical and mechanical science, together with mathematics and other engineering areas associated with the lift industry.

The course aims to provide a detailed, academic study of lift engineering and related management issues, together with a higher level qualification for persons employed in lift engineering as well as allied industries.

Course modules (16/17)

-Lift Applications Engineering
-Codes and Standards
-Management of Contracts in the Construction Industry
-Case Study
-Control Systems
-Dynamics and Vibration
-Hydraulic Systems
-Lift Component Applications
-Microprocessor Applications
-Utilisation of Materials
-Vertical Transportation Systems


This course uses a wide range of assessment methods, including coursework, project reports and end of module examinations. A dissertation based professional practice project will consist of design and/or investigative research on an appropriate topic.

Facilities and Special Features

Facilities available
Our virtual learning environment facilitates constant communication between you and course leaders. You are able to access key course materials at times to suit you and can submit the assignments electronically.

Special course features

The MSc is delivered in a distance learning regime. In this regime the emphasis is on learning rather than teaching, and the tutorial team is staffed and supported by a combination of experienced educational practitioners, together with experienced practitioners drawn from the national and international lift industry.

At the beginning of each academic year students are invited to participate in the annual Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies, organized in conjunction with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Lifts Group. You will have an opportunity to attend this event at reduced registration fee. The symposium has become an annual event, is in its fifth year and brings together over 100 industrial and academic experts from within the field of vertical transportation engineering with peer-reviewed papers on the subject of their research being presented and published.

The programme holds regular online meetings through the WizIQ/ virtual classroom tools within NILE (Northampton Integrated Learning Environment). These are attended virtually by staff, student representatives and industry experts (including visiting professors and fellows). Students have an opportunity to attend open virtual (online) meetings to discuss their learning progress. This virtual environment helps to reduce the potential isolation of students and provides the opportunity for the tutors to supply additional learning and tutorial materials.


The broad range of skills, experiences and expertise developed during this course will mean graduates are better placed to progress in their professional career. The programme is in the process of accreditation by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

The course was initially developed through collaboration with the Lift industry and is extensively supported by the industry. Its content is regularly reviewed by industry experts – including four visiting professors/fellows all of whom hold senior positions within the industry or academia.

These fellows also assume associate lecturer roles, and assist with the delivery and support of modules and dissertations on the programme. The School of Science and Technology has an active research programme in the field of lift engineering as well as well-equipped laboratory facilities for those wishing to pursue a research degree (MPhil/PhD).

Visit the Lift Engineering (Distance Learning) MSc page on the University of Northampton website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Applicants will be expected to have attained an honour degree of at least class 2:2 (or its equivalent) in a relevant engineering discipline. Within the framework of the university, candidates without an honours degree who can demonstrate an appropriate level of relevant learning and achievement will also be considered.

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