Taught course

Maintenance Engineering with optional placement

University of Central Lancashire · School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences

Entry requirements

A first or second class Honours Degree in an engineering or science subject, or a professional qualification or combination of qualifications and experience which demonstrate the knowledge and skills equivalent to first or second class honours degree standard in science or engineering. Applicants who do not obtain the appropriate level of Honours Degree for admission to the MSc course will be recommended to join the PGDip course (with possible transfer to MSc) if appropriate. If you have not studied recently you may need to undertake a Top-Up degree Entry programme first.

Months of entry


Course content

The aim of programme is to develop students' knowledge in Maintenance Engineering and Tribology, to provide students with a learning environment in which they will demonstrate their capacity for independent study, their ability to collaborate with others in team settings, and their capacity for critical thought and reflection, to refine students' ability to communicate in written and verbal English and to relate their communication skills to the needs of maintenance engineering and tribology sector, to equip students with research skills to successfully undertake a complicated piece of independent research at postgraduate level, to encourage and enable the students to become reflective practitioners, to enhance students' career potential, personal and professional effectiveness and performance in employment, and assist them in making a positive and sustained contribution to their wider community.

Module details:

- Project: Individual projects will be undertaken to deal with one of a range of maintenance, reliability and tribological problems
- Research Methods:
- Design and operation of sustainable systems: The module aims to synthesise bearing designs that minimise power loss, to evaluate bearing material or coating selections that minimise friction and wear, to employ ISO standards in the design of lubricant management systems, to design condition-monitoring solutions of typical industrial machines based on an understanding of their performance and running characteristics, to synthesise reliability and maintainability analyses of mechanical or electrical devices.
- Sustainable Systems Development:
- Maintenance Management: This module examines the main methods for developing a modern maintenance programme for industrial plants. It provides a comprehensive understanding of theory and practice of reliability centred maintenance and total productive maintenance strategies to achieve high plant availability, optimise on product quality, and address safety and environmental issues.
- Advanced materials and Materials Selection: The module aims to identify the relationships between structures and mechanical properties of engineering materials, including metals, ceramics, polymers and composites; to understand types of material failure including, fast facture, fatigue, creep, and corrosion and oxidation, to be familiar with design with materials, including modulus-limited design, yield-limited design,, fatigue design and creep-limited design, to understand criteria for materials selection
- Advanced Computer Aided Design: The module aims To gain a deeper understanding of Computer Aided Design (CAD).
- Sensors, instrumentation & Control: The module aims to introduce methods of computer interfacing of industrial or scientific instruments and data processing for monitoring and control of engineering processes, to provide students with a sound understanding of the use of advanced instrumentation and sensing methods, to apply signal processing methods and system design methods.
- Renewable Energy Technology: The aims of this module are to provide students with engineering knowledge of various renewable energy technologies; Scientific understanding of the contributions which the renewable sources can make, the technologies used to harness them and limitation associated with their uses; practical skills in developing renewable energy projects.

MSc with Professional Placement

  • As above with an additional option (120 credits)
  • Professional Placement

MSc with Work Placement

  • As above with an additional option (60 credits)
  • Work Placement

Information for international students

See www.uclan.ac.uk/international

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months

Course contact details

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