Lift Engineering MSc

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Duration:

    Distance Learning: 1 – 5 years

  • Starting:

    September, February

  • Fees UK 24/25:

    Part Time Distance Learning: £1,080 per 20 credit module

  • Fees International 23/24:

    Part Time Distance Learning: £2,020 per 20 credit module

  • Location:

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 893981

Overview


The University of Northampton’s Lift Engineering MSc 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 programme teaches the skills required in electrical and mechanical science, together with mathematics and other engineering areas associated with the lift industry.

This lift engineering master’s degree has been accredited by IMechE under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

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Highlights


  • The Lift Engineering MSc is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • 100% online delivery and tutorial support
  • In-depth understanding of advanced technical issues in lift design, safety, and contract management
  • Modular structure with flexible study pathway tailored to satisfy individual student circumstances
  • Students eligible for reduced registration fees to attend the Lift and Escalator Symposium

Course Content


  • On this lift engineer course, 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.

    The University of Northampton’s 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.

    Methods of Learning

    Our MSc Lift Engineering degree is delivered through distance learning by experienced academics and practitioners from the national and international lift industry, including visiting professors and fellows. We use our virtual learning environment, NILE, to deliver online sessions that you can access from anywhere in the world, creating a student community and a forum for tutors to give you additional learning and tutorial materials.

    NILE facilitates constant communication between you and course leaders. You are able to access key course materials at times to suit you and can submit the assignments electronically.

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 23/24. The modules relating to the academic year 24/25 will be available from June 2024.

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 23/24. The modules relating to the academic year 24/25 will be available from June 2024.

  • We expect you to have an honours degree of at least class 2:2 (or its equivalent) in a relevant engineering discipline. Within the framework of the university, candidates without an engineering honours degree who can demonstrate an appropriate level of relevant learning and achievement will also be considered.

    For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent)
      for study at postgraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2024/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 24/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Distance Learning Only

    • UK: £1,080 per 20 credit module
    • International: £2,020 per 20 credit module

    The Lift Engineering MSc is comprised of three compulsory 20 credit modules and two optional 20 credit modules.

    Case Study module (this module covers the examination for the three compulsory modules)

    Dissertation 60 credits

    Please note that the tuition fees cover registration fees and examination fees.

    Tuition fees in any academic year are charged only for the modules undertaken in that year.

    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2024 entry.

    2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Distance Learning Only

    • UK: £1,050 per 20 credit module
    • International: £1,960 per 20 credit module

    The Lift Engineering MSc is comprised of three compulsory 20 credit modules and two optional 20 credit modules.

    Case Study module (this module covers the examination for the three compulsory modules)

    Dissertation 60 credits

    Please note that the tuition fees cover registration fees and examination fees.

    Tuition fees in any academic year are charged only for the modules undertaken in that year.

    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2023 entry.

     

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

  • How will I be taught on Lift Engineering MSc?

    Each module on the lift engineering MSc entails approximately 200 hours of independent study, and the dissertation entails around 600 hours.

    How will I be assessed?

    This life engineering course uses a wide range of assessment methods, including coursework, project reports and end of module examinations. A dissertation based professional practice project will consist of design and/or investigative research on an appropriate topic.

    Are there any specialist facilities and features on the Lift Engineering MSc?

    Each academic year begins with the annual Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies, organised with the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Lifts Group. The event brings together over 100 industrial and academic experts from the field of vertical transportation engineering who deliver peer-reviewed papers on their research and you will be invited to attend this event at a reduced registration fee.

    This engineering MSc is an IMechE accredited course.

Careers and Employability


We regularly review our lift engineering course with industry experts, including visiting professors, to make sure that we are giving you all the experiences and expertise you need to progress in your professional engineering career.

The University of Northampton also has an active research programme in the field of lift engineering if you want to continue along the academic route to a PhD or MPhil.