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A Master of Science in Engineering (MSc (Eng)) is a master’s degree awarded for a postgraduate programme in engineering. If you have already completed a bachelor’s degree, or have an MEng and want to specialise, this could be the route for you.

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Course overview

Gain the advanced skills and knowledge to become a manufacturing engineer or researcher on this MSc (Eng). We'll provide a comprehensive overview of the materials, processes, technologies and systems in manufacturing. You’ll encounter real-world challenges and discover the opportunities offered by this growing industry worldwide.

Introduction

In modern manufacturing, engineers are being continuously challenged to make more effective use of technology, management systems, production techniques and processes.

On this master’s degree, developed in conjunction with industry partners, we’ll equip you with skills to become an industry-ready engineer with advanced knowledge of manufacturing technology, management and systems.

You’ll gain insights into manufacturing systems of different scales and examine how they function at each level. Material manufacturing and processing technologies will be introduced, including key factors in the selection of materials.

Immersing you in computer aided design and robotics, we’ll introduce the latest 3D tools and techniques and reveal how to design, build and operate industrial robotic systems.

The role of additive manufacturing in new product development will also be explored and you’ll discover how the principles of advanced manufacturing techniques using lasers are being adopted by industry.

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the programme includes a supervised independent research project. This provides the opportunity to enhance your skills and knowledge in an area of manufacturing of your choice, supported by our specialist research facilities.

Who is this course for?

This programme is designed for engineers and physical scientists who want to develop specialist skills and knowledge in advanced manufacturing systems and technology.

What you'll learn

  • Computer aided design methodologies, tools and techniques
  • How manufacturing systems function, on a global, company, factory and shop floor scale
  • Material manufacturing and processing technologies
  • The role of additive manufacturing in new product development
  • Advanced manufacturing techniques using lasers
  • Entrepreneurial concepts, activities and challenges
  • How to design, build and operate industrial robotic systems
  • Transferable skills in problem solving, critical analysis, teamwork and communication
  • The critical role of supply chain management in the operations of modern organisations
  • Tools and methods of eco-design, design for manufacturing, and design for assembly

Accreditation

This programme is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE), the professional body for mechanical engineers in the UK. This means that successful completion of the programme will put you on track to gain Chartered Engineer (CEng) status in the UK.

Accreditations in detail

Accreditations

This programme is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE), the professional body for mechanical engineers in the UK. This means that successful completion of the programme will put you on track to gain Chartered Engineer (CEng) status in the UK.

Course content

Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Starting in January 2025

This course is available to start in January 2025, which means you will graduate in the summer graduation. If you choose to start in January 2025 you will undertake Semester two modules first, followed by your dissertation project and then undertake Semester one modules in September. Please view more information about the modules and your funding options on the course page.

Semester one

UK students are exempt from module ENGG596 Technical Writing for Engineers in semester one. EU and international students with strong English language skills may also be exempt, subject to the approval of the programme director.

If you’re exempt from ENGG596, you’ll select a total of 37.5 credits of optional modules across semesters one and two. If you need to study ENGG596, 30 credits of optional modules will be chosen.

Compulsory modules

Manufacturing Systems (MNFG401)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module investigates how Manufacturing Systems function, considering the interaction of the Manufacturing Systems with external and internal constraints. The module gives special emphasis to the use of Computer Integrated Manufacturing in Manufacturing Systems. A comprehensive overview is given starting with interactions with the Global economy before considering the effects at company and factory level. It then considers the function of Manufacturing Systems within the factory and company level and how this is driven by the function of the machines on the shop floor. It therefore gives a holistic view of how manufacturing systems function at all levels and how the levels interact.

COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN (MNFG604)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

To introduce the student to the latest 3D tools and techniques used by designers.

To develop a wider knowledge and understanding of integrated systems design.

To stimulate an appreciation of modern design and development methodologies.

MATERIALS PROCESSING AND SELECTION (MATS520)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

​This module introduces the relationships between materials properties and the influence of processing on them. A range of manufacturing processes is considered for ceramics, polymers, metals and composites. The Granta – Cambridge Engineering Selector software is used to inform the selection of materials processing and the inter-relationships with design.

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING (MNFG610)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

To provide an overview on the role of additive manufacturing in new product development.

To develop a generic understanding on the principles and the complete process chain of additive manufacturing processes.

To provide an awareness on recent developments in additive manufacturing and associated technologies.

TECHNICAL WRITING FOR ENGINEERS (ENGG596)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

To develop technical writing skills for engineers. English Language Centre deliver the module for non-native English speakers, Engineering staff deliver identical syllabus, assessments and learning outcomes for other students.

Optional modules

LASER MATERIALS PROCESSING (MECH605)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

​The module will cover: how lasers work, what are the key beam properties of high power lasers, how the beam is deployed and delivered to the process/workpiece, safety in laser materials processing, and the working principles and industry practice for a range of laser processes.

ADVANCED ENGINEERING MATERIALS (MATS301)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

This module aims to understand advanced engineering materials, focusing on non-ferrous alloys and composite materials. It covers the processing, heat treatment, microstructure and properties of Al, Ti and Ni alloys. It introduces constituent materials, manufacturing methods, test methods and mechanical response of composite materials.

SUPPLY CHAIN OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT (EBUS506)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

​This module will provide a study of the key principles, systems and techniques used to assure effective supply chain management. The module covers an extensive range of subjects including logistics, information management, inventory management, partnerships and information technology.

OPERATIONS MODELLING AND SIMULATION (EBUS504)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module will give students an understanding of the role of modelling and simulation in the development and improvement of business processes in a commercial environment. Important elements include analytical techniques of systems, statistical aspects of modelling and system dynamics. Extensive use will be made of a variety of commercially available modelling and simulation tools such as Matlab and Witness.

FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS (MECH452)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

In this module the students will gain a basic understanding of the Finite Element method and learn to use Abaqus Finite Element software. This software will then be used to analyse a variety of different problems which are relevant to both mechanical and civil engineers

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Our curriculum

The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

  • Digital fluency
  • Confidence
  • Global citizenship

Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

  • Research-connected teaching
  • Active learning
  • Authentic assessment

All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Course options

Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.

Placement opportunity

This course offers a placement opportunity so you can combine your studies with practical experience with industry professionals. It is a great way to develop key employability skills and get a head start in your career with key industry partners. View more information on the course page.

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Your experience

You’ll study in the School of Engineering, which hosts modern, world-class teaching and learning facilities. This includes the Active Learning Laboratories, which feature lab space, manufacturing robots and prototyping facilities so you can learn, build and test. You’ll also have access to high-spec workstations featuring industry-standard engineering software.

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Careers and employability

Whether you’re seeking a career bringing new products to market, embracing potentially transformative technologies, working in Government laboratories, focusing on research and development, or leading manufacturing teams, this MSc (Eng) will prepare you for a variety of opportunities in the UK and abroad.

The programme includes a strong practical element and incorporates the latest academic and industry research, preparing you to work effectively at the forefront of manufacturing and engineering.

Our professional accreditation with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers means you’ll graduate with a recognised qualification on the route to Chartered Engineer status.

Career planning

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Our campus Career Studio is a space for students and graduates to drop into and talk to a career coach. Career coaches are highly trained to help no matter what stage you are at in your career planning. You can access support to find and apply for full-time and part-time roles, placements, internships and graduate schemes. You will also find the help you need if you have a start-up idea or want to create a business plan. You can explore the world of work, prepare for job interviews, and access careers events and workshops. The Career Studio is open Monday to Friday from 10am-5pm, simply drop in at a time that works for you.

From education to employment

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We develop our programmes with employers in mind. You will be supported to enhance your long-term employment prospects as you learn. We do this by exposing you to professionals, a variety of sectors and supporting you to work collaboratively with others to develop transferable skills. You are equipped with a clearer view of what to focus on in your area of interest, and to reflect on your studies. Our digital employability tools give you a tech-enhanced curriculum experience and make it easy for you to prepare for the world of work. You can use tools like the Handshake platform to connect with employers and message the Career Studio 24/7.

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You can start building good professional networks by attending events and employability activities. Our events are designed to develop your skills and expose you to many different employers, as well as to help you make contacts in your field. We help you improve your confidence when speaking to employers and give you access to unique opportunities. Our networking events also boost your understanding of the competencies and skills that employers are looking for in their recruitment process, giving you a competitive edge.

Your future

You’ll graduate from this MSc (Eng) ready for a career in manufacturing industries, industrial research and development laboratories, Government laboratories and engineering consultancies.

Career destinations for our previous graduates include working for:

  • Agusta Westland
  • National Health Service
  • BAE Systems
  • Ford
  • Jaguar
  • Unilever
  • Armed Forces
  • QinetiQ
  • National and international bodies such as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the European Commission.

You’ll also be well placed to pursue PhD study. Some of our previous graduates have secured fully-funded PhD studentships.

4 in 5 of our engineering students find their main activity after graduation meaningful.

Graduate Outcomes, 2018-19.

Fees and funding

Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees

UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)
Full-time place, per year £12,400
International fees
Full-time place, per year £28,000
Fees stated are for the 2024-25 academic year.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support.

If you're a UK national, or have settled status in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan worth up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs. Learn more about paying for your studies..

Additional costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This could include buying a laptop, books, or stationery.

Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

Additional study costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This could include buying a laptop, books, or stationery.

Find out more about additional study costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries that could help pay your tuition and living expenses.

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Postgraduate Global Advancement Scholarship

  • International students

If you’re an international student starting this course with us from September 2024, you could be eligible to receive a discount of up to £5,000 off your master’s tuition fees, if you haven’t studied with us before.

Graduate Loyalty Advancement Scholarship

  • Home and international students

If you’re a University of Liverpool graduate starting this master’s degree with us from September 2024, you could be eligible to receive a loyalty discount of up to £2,500 off your master’s tuition fees.

ANID Chile Scholarship

  • International students
  • Chile

If you’re a Chilean student joining a master’s degree, you could be eligible to apply for a 20% discount on your tuition fees with an ANID Chile Scholarship.

Chevening Scholarships

  • International students

If you’re an international student from an eligible country, joining a one-year master’s course, you could apply to have your master’s fees paid, up to a maximum of £18,000, and receive additional help with living costs.

CONACYT Award

  • International students
  • Mexico

If you’re a Mexican student joining a master’s degree, you could be eligible to apply for a 30% discount on your tuition fees with a CONACYT Award.

FIDERH Award

  • International students
  • Mexico

If you’re a Mexican student joining a master’s degree and you’re in receipt of a FIDERH graduate loan, you could benefit from a 20% discount on your tuition fees with a FIDERH Award.

Fulbright Scholarship

  • International students
  • United States

If you’re a USA student joining a master’s degree, you can apply to be considered for a tuition fee discount of £20,000 with a Fulright Scholarship. One Fulbright Scholarship for master’s study is available in each academic year.

FUNED Awards

  • International students
  • Mexico

If you’re a Mexican student joining a master’s degree and you’re in receipt of a FUNED loan, you can apply to be considered for a 20% tuition fee discount. A total of up to ten awards will be available to master’s and PhD students per academic year.

Graduate Association Hong Kong & Tung Postgraduate Scholarships

  • International students
  • China
  • Hong Kong

If you’re a master’s student from Hong Kong or the People’s Republic of China who can demonstrate academic excellence, you may be eligible to apply for a scholarship worth up to £10,000 in partnership with the Tung Foundation.

HRH Princess Sirindhorn University of Liverpool Scholarship (Thailand)

  • International students
  • Thailand

If you’re a student from Thailand joining a one-year master’s degree, you might be eligible to apply to have your tuition fees paid in full and receive help with living costs. One award is available and only students who are new to the University will be considered.

JuventudEsGto Scholarship

  • International students
  • Mexico

If you’re a resident of the state of Guanajuato in Mexico joining a master’s degree, you could be eligible for a 10% discount on your tuition fees with a JuventudEsGto Scholarship.

Marshall Scholarship

  • International students
  • United States

If you’re a USA student joining an eligible master’s with us, you could apply to be considered for a Marshall Scholarship. If your application is successful, your master’s tuition fees will be paid in full. One Marshall Scholarship for master’s study is available in each academic year.

Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary

  • Home students

If you’re a UK University of Liverpool graduate joining a master’s degree with us, you could be eligible to receive £3,000 off your tuition fees. You must have graduated in the last two years and received a widening access scholarship during your undergraduate studies.

The Aziz Foundation Scholarship

  • Home students

If you’re a British Muslim, active within a Muslim community and dedicated to bringing positive change to society, you could apply to potentially have the full cost of your master’s tuition fees covered by an Aziz Foundation Scholarship.

Turkish Ministry of Education Scholarship

  • International students
  • Turkey

If you’re a Turkish student joining a master’s degree, you could be eligible to apply for a 20% discount on your tuition fees with a Turkish Ministry of Education Scholarship.

Humanitarian Scholarships for Master’s Programmes

  • International students

Do you have recognised status as a refugee or person with humanitarian protection outside the UK? Or are you a Ukrainian who’s sought temporary protection in the EU? You could be eligible to apply for the full payment of your master’s fees and additional financial support.

University of Liverpool International College Excellence Scholarship

  • International students

Completed a Pre-Master’s at University of Liverpool International College (UoLIC)? We’re offering a £5,000 fee discount off the first year of master’s study to some of the highest achieving students joining one of our non-clinical master’s courses from UoLIC.

University of Liverpool International College Impact Progression Scholarships

  • International students

If you’re a University of Liverpool International College student awarded a Kaplan Impact Scholarship, we’ll also consider you for an Impact Progression Scholarship. If selected, you’ll receive a fee discount worth £3,000 off the first year of your master’s course.

Vice-Chancellor’s International Attainment Scholarship for Mainland China

  • International students
  • China

Are you a high-achieving graduate from the People’s Republic of China with a degree from a Chinese university? You could be eligible to apply for a £5,000 fee discount if you’re joining an eligible master’s course. Up to 15 eligible students will receive this scholarship.

Entry requirements

The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

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Your qualification Requirements

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Postgraduate entry requirements

You will normally need a 2:1 honours degree, or above, or equivalent. This degree should be in engineering or science and provide appropriate knowledge of core engineering science topics.

We are able to offer a level of flexibility for applicants. Those with a 2:2 honours degree will be considered on an individual basis.

International qualifications

If you hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, but don’t meet our entry requirements, you could be eligible for a Pre-Master’s course. This is offered on campus at the University of Liverpool International College, in partnership with Kaplan International Pathways. It’s a specialist preparation course for postgraduate study, and when you pass the Pre-Master’s at the required level with good attendance, you’re guaranteed entry to a University of Liverpool master’s degree.

English language requirements

You'll need to demonstrate competence in the use of English language, unless you’re from a majority English speaking country.

We accept a variety of international language tests and country-specific qualifications.

International applicants who do not meet the minimum required standard of English language can complete one of our Pre-Sessional English courses to achieve the required level.

English language qualification Requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no component below 6.0
TOEFL iBT 88 overall, with minimum scores of listening 19, writing 19, reading 19 and speaking 20
Duolingo English Test 120 overall, with no component below 105
Pearson PTE Academic 61 overall, with no component below 59
LanguageCert Academic 70 overall, with no skill below 65
PSI Skills for English B2 Pass with Merit in all bands
INDIA Standard XII National Curriculum (CBSE/ISC) - 75% and above in English. Accepted State Boards - 80% and above in English.
WAEC C6 or above

PRE-SESSIONAL ENGLISH

Do you need to complete a Pre-Sessional English course to meet the English language requirements for this course?

The length of Pre-Sessional English course you’ll need to take depends on your current level of English language ability.

Find out the length of Pre-Sessional English course you may require for this degree.

Pre-sessional English

If you don’t meet our English language requirements, we can use your most recent IELTS score, or the equivalent score in selected other English language tests, to determine the length of Pre-Sessional English course you require.

Use the table below to check the course length you're likely to require for your current English language ability and see whether the course is available on campus or online.

Your most recent IELTS score Pre-Sessional English course length On campus or online
6.0 overall, with no component below 6.0 6 weeks On campus
6.0 overall, with no component below 5.5 10 weeks On campus and online options available
6.0 overall, with no more than one component below 5.5, and no component below 5.0 12 weeks On campus and online options available
5.5 overall, with no more than one component below 5.5, and no component below 5.0 20 weeks On campus
5.0 overall, with no more than one component below 5.0, and no component below 4.5 30 weeks On campus
4.5 overall, with no more than one component below 4.5, and no component below 4.0 40 weeks On campus

If you’ve completed an alternative English language test to IELTS, we may be able to use this to assess your English language ability and determine the Pre-Sessional English course length you require.

Please see our guide to Pre-Sessional English entry requirements for IELTS 6.5, with no component below 6.0, for further details.

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new application cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted on the website.

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