Manufacturing MPhil/PhD

Major code: EGPR/EGMR

About us

Manufacturing in Liverpool

The School of Engineering has a reputation for innovative theoretical research coupled with application to industrial-scale engineering hardware. The modern concept of manufacturing stretches from product design, manufacturing planning and processing, to supply chain and end-of-life considerations. The School of Engineering has the capabilities and experience required to devise and develop innovative and cost-effective manufacturing solutions and can also offer manufacturing performance analysis, system optimisation and product design.

Manufacturers subject a wide range of materials to a wide variety of processes – for instance, casting, moulding, forming, machining and joining. Advanced manufacturing involves the identification and effective deployment of contemporary technologies which can add value and improve performance. The School of Engineering is equipped with the facilities required to support a number of contemporary manufacturing technologies, and the expertise acquired in the course of fundamental, strategic and applied research – much of which was undertaken in collaboration with industry.

A key specialisation in manufacturing at Liverpool is in the use of lasers. The Laser Engineering Group, part of the Manufacturing grouping, in the School of Engineering is one of the UK's largest university based research groups in laser engineering. Together with the Lairdside Laser Engineering Centre, Birkenhead, the facilities at Liverpool are a resource of international importance with state of the art laser equipment for research, teaching and industrial development. Lasers are used to join, cut, form and surface-texture engineering components, to measure, analyse and diagnose, and to build multi-material structures with novel properties and uses.

Laser-engineered components are used in the automobile, aerospace, biomedical and general engineering sectors, and laser processes are widely used in medicine and art conservation. Laser systems are also used to monitor atmospheric pollution and undertake in-situ elemental analysis. New laser types with new capabilities – for instance ultra short pulse length or high beam quality – are being introduced all the time, creating new applications and providing new processes to power the innovation that is so essential in a highly competitive, globalised world market.

School of Engineering

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HELIFLIGHT-R (foreground) and HELIFLIGHT (background) simulators

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Internal view of HELIFLIGHT-R

School of Engineering

The School of Engineering at the University of Liverpool has a reputation of producing top quality engineering graduates who are highly sought after by the leading employers in the industry.

The School of Engineering 's academic staff are experts in Aerospace, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

We run MSc and MRes programmes in areas such as:

  • Manufacturing
  • Lasers
  • Product Design
  • Materials
  • Aerospace Simulation
  • Sustainable Civil Engineering (Maritime and Structural) Mechanical Systems Engineering.

Following a £36 million refurbishment we can offer you state of the art research laboratories. Equipment includes rapid prototyping machines, a range of lasers, two research quality flight simulators and a civil structures laboratory.

The renovation also created a unique active learning laboratory which provides open plan space for student team projects, alongside a workshop equipped with rapid prototyping machines for student use. Research students are based in open plan accommodation close to the academic staff offices

Our approach to postgraduate teaching at Liverpool emphasises two things:

  • providing students with the skills and experience they need to become effective engineers. This includes training in areas such as team working, as well as time with our industrial partners wherever possible.
  • making sure our  programmes align with the research expertise of our staff, whilst also listening to what our students want and need.


Research in the school is organised into three Centres. These are:

  • The Centre for Materials and Structures
  • The Centre for Engineering Dynamics
  • The Centre for Engineering Sustainability

Our MSc programmes are each associated with one Centre to ensure that the teaching is supported and developed within the context of leading edge research.

The School is a centre of excellence for engineering research and has a well deserved reputation for its experimental and computing facilities. You'll use many of these in the course of your postgraduate programme.