Taught course

Lift Engineering

University of Northampton · School of Applied Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants will be expected to have attained an honour degree of at least class 2:2 (or its equivalent) in a relevant engineering discipline. Within the framework of the university, candidates without an honours degree who can demonstrate an appropriate level of relevant learning and achievement will also be considered. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not meet our standard entry requirements, it is possible to undertake a single module and, upon successful completion of this module, progress to the full MSc qualification, contact us at science.admin@northampton.ac.uk to discuss this option.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Our Lift Engineering MSc is made up of seven modules. Four of these are compulsory, with two more that you will be able to choose, and a dissertation.

The compulsory modules cover the fundamental areas that are essential to lift engineering, including the codes and standards to which lifts and their design must adhere. Option modules allow you to pursue your particular interests and specialise within the industry. Each module entails approximately 200 hours of independent study, and the dissertation entails around 600 hours.

This course is in the process of accreditation by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

The course will benefit lift engineers and consultants as well as members of senior management in the lift industry. You will gain an in-depth understanding of advanced technical issues arising in lift design, maintenance and contract management. The course teaches the skills required in electrical and mechanical science, together with mathematics and other engineering areas associated with the lift industry.

We aim to provide you with a detailed, academic study of lift engineering and related management issues, together with a higher level qualification for persons employed in lift engineering and allied industries.

Information for international students

International students are required to attend the MSc Summer school held annually in September. All examinations are written in Northampton. However, in some cases an arrangement can be agreed upon to write examinations in an approved overseas centre.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full Time: £8,550 Part Time: £950 per 20 credit module for Home/EU students.
International students
£15,480 or £1,720 per 20 credit module for International students.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12-60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Credit given for APEL.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation (16000 words)

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
01604 735500