The Liverpool Mechanics Institute was founded by people of power and influence who recognised the transformative effects of education and the impact that learning and aspiration could have on individuals, communities and society. It was the first such institution to be founded in England.

This small, pioneering movement was followed by the establishment of the Liverpool Institute and School of Art and the Liverpool Nautical College, and in 1900 Irene Mabel Marsh opened the IM Marsh campus. These organisations together laid the foundations for Liverpool John Moores University, an institution that has grown and flourished and continues to provide opportunities for all.

Today, with a vibrant community of 25,000 students from over 100 countries world-wide, 2,500 staff and 250 degree courses, Liverpool John Moores University is one of the largest, most dynamic and forward-thinking universities in the UK.

As a modern, civic university, LJMU is integral to the life of the city, but also global in their approach, forging international partnerships to facilitate world-leading research and collaboration to tackle some of the huge global issues facing the modern world that have an everyday impact.


LJMU offer various undergraduate and postgraduate courses in STEM, specifically Engineering.

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering is a popular branch of engineering relating to the design and construction of large structures, such as bridges, roads, tunnels, tall buildings and flood defences.

LJMU’s Civil Engineering course provides a route to Chartered Engineer status. Students will learn the skills required to excel in and lead a civil engineering team.

The overall aim of the programme is to produce Chartered Engineers who play a significant role in society as professional civil engineers.


LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. The Universities applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

Common roles for graduates of this programme include: Civil Engineers, Geotechnical Engineers, Project Engineers and Structural Engineers.

Mechanical Engineering 

Mechanical Engineering at LJMU allows students to progress in the exciting engineering industry.

Delivered by academics active in industrially-orientated research and scholarship, this industry-relevant programme enables individuals to develop skills and experience in solving realistic problems.

LJMU is home to over 200 workstations that operate industry standard software worth up to ÂŁ20,000, including Solid Works for CAD, ANSYS and ABAQUS.

Manufacturing Engineering

LJMU’s Manufacturing Engineering course offers outstanding facilities and a curriculum informed by ongoing research at the University.

The course is designed to equip individuals with a range of skills and techniques to help them in reaching senior positions as an Engineer and Technical Manager in manufacturing process engineering, with particular emphasis on advanced manufacturing technologies and the application of advanced materials.

Major UK and international companies have reached out to LJMU students enrolled on this course, who now have positions as Electrical Engineer at Papa Steel and a variety of senior engineering positions in sectors all over the world.

Architectural Engineering

Architectural Engineering students will make global connections in Architectural Engineering, learn about sustainable technologies and improve building performance through design.

The course will lead students in developing their understanding of construction design and detail using a range of software producing design and technical detail for complex buildings to a professional standard. Studying the theory and practice of BIM (Building Information Modelling), within an interdisciplinary approach will ensure students are up-to-date with contemporary practice and building compliance regulations.

Marine and Offshore Engineering 

LJMU’s long history of high quality masters teaching in Marine and Offshore Engineering will ensure students are prepared for a successful career in this growing industry.

This programme provides the engineering skills and techniques needed to work as a specialist in the marine and offshore engineering field.

The course combines substantial marine modules with mechanical engineering options to produce a bespoke skills learning set. It capitalises on the demand for highly qualified postgraduates and maintains LJMU’s longstanding reputation for meeting the needs of the maritime industry.

Studying alongside students from all over the world students will learn about: safety analysis, design engineering, structural analysis, maritime law and insurance, quality systems and alternative energy systems.

The highly qualified and respected academic team combine specialist knowledge with relevant industrial experience. This combination of academic and professional expertise, as well as well-established links with the industry and the worldwide maritime research sector, will help to ensure individuals are well prepared to meet the opportunities and challenges of this expanding sector.

Product Design Engineering 

Product Design Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University combines skills development in traditional hand-generated design work such as sketching, drawing and physical model making, with the latest computer-aided design techniques.

Product Design Engineering is a hands-on course in which students will have access to CAD suites loaded with the latest 3D visualisation software, a purpose-built creative design studio, an advanced manufacturing laboratory and modern engineering laboratories.

The course has been developed in partnership with industry experts so that it is relevant to the needs of employers and students will be encouraged to take the year-long work placement option to get a taste of what it’s really like to work in the design industry.

Teaching & Learning

Teaching styles include lectures supported by small-group tutorials, and design workshops, projects, enterprise activities, field trips and laboratory work. Projects provide opportunities to expand students’ skills to the stage of building and testing own individual prototype designs.

LJMU is recognised for its excellent record in working collaboratively with partners in industry and universities around the world. Many of the academic team have professional industrial experience at senior levels, and all are engaged in research or scholarship which helps maintain the relevance of the curriculum delivered.

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