Department profile

School of Engineering

Liverpool John Moores University
2021/22 edition

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About School of Engineering

Liverpool John Moores University’s (LJMU) School of Engineering takes pride being in the centre of excellence for highly trained and sustainability led engineers. The School understands that the innovation of engineering work is incredibly important and it propels the School to ensure that students are well equipped with the necessary skills to drive the country forward.

In 1825 we opened England’s first Mechanics’ Institute in Liverpool, teaching mechanics, arithmetic and engineering draftsmanship. In 1892 we made history again and opened England’s first Nautical College.

Today, the School of Engineering, which has grown out of both of these landmark institutions, is one of the UK’s leading centres for mechanical, electrical and maritime engineering education. We have an outstanding reputation for producing world-leading research and have business partners across the world.

By combining theoretical teaching and practical training we can unlock every student’s potential, while our excellent links with industry and our innovative academic culture helps us to produce quality research.

Our Facilities

Boasting high-spec facilities, the School ensures that students have access to well to well-equipped engineering laboratories and workshops. Our maritime simulation facilities are also amongst the most modern in Europe.

Providing our students with the best Engineering Laboratories and Workshops to ensure that we produce highly-employable engineering graduates.

We have a Maritime Teaching and Stimulator Facility, which comprises of two 360° full-mission bridge simulator and eight 270° bridges. The facility also has an engine room simulator and a PC-based simulation laboratory for maritime programmes. As one of only six UK universities with a dedicated maritime focus, the maritime and simulator facility has created a world-class platform for maritime education, knowledge transfer and industry engagement.

We also have our own LJMU Racing Team comprising a group of talented students from who work together to build a single-seater racing car. The car then competes with other student-built cars at Formula Student events around the world.

Our students will also have access to our Engineering Laboratories, and workshops which comprises of

  • Manufacturing laboratory that is highly advanced and well-equipped with the most advanced machine tools in precision grinding and multi-axis machining,
  • Design studio and modelling workshop which includes 3D printers laser cutter and CNC modelling routers,
  • Materials testing and science laboratories that contains a dedicated CAD suite, which are equipped with: SolidWorks 3D CAD and analysis package, Adobe Creative Suite image software and 3D Studio Max 3D rendering package. We also have servo-hydraulic and screw driven tensile test machines and an impact drop test rig.

Our School’s software are all up to the industry’s standard, which includes,

  • Proteus
  • Matlab
  • LabView
  • Raspberry Pi, Python
  • C++
  • Xilinx
  • Flowcode
  • Siemens S7
  • Siemens Win CC

And a wide range of hardware, including:

  • Festo Automation Training Rigs
  • Siemens, S7 300 and 1200 PLC Systems
  • Tektronix Oscilloscopes
  • PCB Manufacturing
  • 50kW Yasa motor to drive the latest formula student car

Our Expertise

In the latest research assessment (Research Excellence Framework 2014), seven of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Research Centre’s academics submitted to the Unit of Assessment 13. 100% of these research outputs were assessed as internationally excellent (3*), while 71% of the submission was ranked as internationally excellent (3*). 98% of the research submitted within Maritime and Mechanical Engineering was considered world-leading, of international importance or recognised internationally.

The School has expertise within the following key research areas:

  • New materials and devices for future microelectronic industry
  • New characterisation techniques for VLSI devices
  • Development of advanced techniques for variables-speed electric drives
  • Qualification, modelling and aging prediction
  • Development of novel control techniques for power electronic converters
  • Modelling, simulation and experimental characterisation of power electronic converters and variable speed drives
  • Maritime logistics and offshore engineering
  • Mechanical engineering and materials
  • Advanced manufacturing electrical power

The School leads engagement in marine and maritime research and, through its International Association of Maritime Universities membership, is connected to a world-wide network of 53 maritime universities from around the world. Thanks to our successes within research, our academic courses are kept at the forefront of developments in the field and our students study alongside leading experts. Our research also supports innovation in the engineering and maritime industries and helps our members form key connections with both international universities and research and development centres.

Contact details

+44 (0) 151 231 2777
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Technology
Liverpool John Moores University
Byrom Street
L3 3AF