The aim of this MSc programme is to provide advanced training in all major aspects of product design from conceptual design, product modelling to prototyping to a high level of competence. This programme will train you to develop reliable, high quality products with true market appeal, within the budgets and tight timescales demanded by competitive businesses.
You'll gain detailed expertise in product design's key concepts, tools and methodologies, including:-
- innovative product development and design techniques
- advanced CAD/CAM and modelling
- materials selection
- industrial design
- rapid prototyping
- total quality management
There's a strong practical element and you'll develop your skills through individual and group projects, using facilities that include:-
- CAD (ProE)
- CAM (Vericut, Machining Strategist)
- rapid prototyping (3D Printing, FDM, SLM and vacuum casting)
- reverse engineering (laser scanner and x-ray scanner).
As well as receiving excellent tuition from our world-renowned academics you'll be able to listen to visiting product designers and professors from the Royal Academy of Engineering talk about advanced concepts and case studies.
This programme is fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
This 12-month programme consists of compulsory and optional taught modules over two semesters and a major design project in the summer. Project work contributes 60 credits, which will be based on a topic of industrial or scientific relevance, and will be carried out in laboratories in the University or at an approved placement in industry. The project is examined by dissertation, and award of the MSc (Eng) degree will require evidence of in-depth understanding, mastery of research techniques, ability to analyse assembled data, and assessment of outcomes.
Why School of Engineering?
The School of Engineering has a well-deserved and highly respected reputation for its excellent experimental and computational facilities. Our £32 million redevelopment includes the stateof- the-art ‘Active Learning Labs’, a cutting-edge teaching facility, one of the largest and best equipped in Europe.
We have two research-standard full motion flight simulators (one of which is unique in the academic world), mechanical robotics, wind turbines, water flumes, additive layer manufacturing and many more facilities.
Our Postgraduate courses are designed to ensure students develop their expertise, communication and team working skills as well as skills in fields of research whilst increasing their employability and professional accreditation.
We provide pathways into rewarding careers and our award-winning University of Liverpool Careers & Employability Service provides a range of services to maximise your career prospects and opportunities after you graduate.
There are many opportunities to work with our industry partners and develop your knowledge, skills and experience. Some of our partners include:
- Augusta Westland
- National Oceanography Centre
- BAE Systems
- National Nuclear Laboratory.
World Leading Research
The University of Liverpool’s School of Engineering has the second highest proportion of world-leading research in Metallurgy and Materials in the UK and is also involved with internationally recognised, ground breaking research, including the following:
- The Centre for Biomedical Engineering – The Centre for Biomedical Engineering is one of the fastest growing engineering disciplines. We have state-of-the-art biomedical facilities including new tissue engineering and biomaterials laboratories
- Additive Manufacturing and Medical Engineering – we are the international leader in the field of Additive Manufacturing (AM) working on both AM equipment development and the production processes for the manufacture of implants. We work with the international leaders in orthopaedic implant manufacturing and world-renowned Metrology/ AM equipment manufacturers to develop our ideas from laboratory to fabrication
- Flight Science and Technology (FS&T) is one of our five star research groups within the School of Engineering and has received over £10 million in funding for ground breaking rotor craft and wing simulations research to date
- The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation – this is the only centre of its kind in Europe, bringing together the expertise, resources and global contacts from the University of Liverpool, University partners and international industry to develop new products, processes and services to deliver positive environmental impacts globally.
Centres of Doctoral Training
The University of Liverpool has been awarded significant funding as part of a government investment in postgraduate training. As one of only 24 UK Universities to be involved in setting up prestigious Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT), the University of Liverpool is collaborating in the following CDTs:
- Global Risk & Uncertainty in Complex Systems & Environments
- Next Generation Nuclear
- Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing
- New and Sustainable Photovoltaics
- Fusion Energy
- Understanding the Earth, Atmosphere and Ocean.
These CDTs offer great opportunities for funding PHD study.
Engineering Research Centres
Our postgraduate programmes and worldclass research groups are clustered into interdisciplinary Research Centres which cut across traditional departmental boundaries. The result is a dynamic and stimulating academic environment where you’ll be challenged by new ideas, concepts and approaches to engineering challenges.
The Centre for Materials and Structures incorporates research that is ranked second highest in the UK for world-leading research in Metallurgy and Materials. Core areas of expertise include Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing with lasers, Functional Materials, Bioengineering, Structural Materials and Mechanics.
The Centre for Engineering Dynamics specialises in world-class research on the dynamics of flight, fluids and structures, including Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Aeroelasticity, Vibration, Flight Simulation, Automative Engine Design, and Complex Systems Dynamics.
The Centre for Engineering Sustainability is excelling through our long-standing expertise in Marine Renewable Energy, Coastal and Maritime Engineering, Water Resource Engineering, Alternative Technology, and growing areas in Environmental and Sustainable Engineering.
Integrated throughout all of our research centres and working closely with various University departments is our Institute for Risk and Uncertainty. The institute leads our internationally-recognised and acclaimed research and teaching in Engineering Risk Analysis, Stochastic Modelling and Robust Design, the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC), the Lairdside Laser Engineering Centre, the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy and the new Nano Investigation Centre (NiCaL), in addition to close working relationships with many international industrial partners.
Postgraduate research opportunities are continually changing and developing. They may be supported by funding linked to a specific research programme, however we welcome enquiries from applicants with their own research ideas and will work with you to secure funding for your PhD studies.