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

September, February

Course content

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.

The course aims to provide a detailed, academic study of lift engineering and related management issues, together with a higher level qualification for persons employed in lift engineering as well as allied industries.

To qualify for the award of MSc, it will be necessary for you to complete seven modules, four compulsory 20 credit modules, the dissertation (60 credit module), together with two optional 20 credit modules which tailor the programme to your particular needs and interests.

Each 20 credit module will take approximately 200 hours of independent study (the dissertation 600 hours). Compulsory modules cover the fundamental areas pertinent to lift engineering including the codes and standards to which lifts and their design must adhere to. Optional modules allow you to pursue your own particular specialisation within the industry.

Course modules (16/17):

Lift Applications Engineering - Core module Y

Codes and Standards - Core module Y

Management of Contracts in the Construction Industry - Core module Y

Case Study - Core module Y

Dissertation - Core module Y

Control Systems - Core module N

Dynamics and Vibration - Core module N

Hydraulic Systems - Core module N

Lift Component Applications - Core module N

Microprocessor Applications - Core module N

Utilisation of Materials - Core module N

Vertical Transportation Systems - Core module N

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.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24-60 months


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

Course contact details

01604 735500