University of Northampton

University of Northampton

Lift Engineering

The course benefits lift engineers and consultants as well as members of senior management in the lift industry. Students 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 provides 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. Students invited to attend the university at a number of times throughout their course to reinforce and support their online learning and receive face to face personalised tuition. Students have the option to attend short residential schools, an annual inaugural Lift Engineering Summer School and open days are also arranged throughout each academic year, with 1 open day being arranged to coincide with the induction school for overseas students. A virtual learning environment facilitates constant communication between students and course leaders. Students are able to access key course materials at times to suit them and can submit the assignments electronically.

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have attained 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 Honours degree who can demonstrate an appropriate level of relevant learning and achievement are considered. Applicants for whom English is not their 1st language need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If an applicant does not meet standard entry requirements, it is possible to undertake a single module and, upon successful completion of this module, progress to the full MSc qualification.

Course modules

To qualify for the award it will be necessary to complete 7 modules, 5 compulsory modules including the research dissertation, together with 2 optional modules which tailor the programme to a students particular needs and interests. Each module will take approximately 200 hours of independent study. 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 a student to pursue their own particular specialisation within the industry. Theoretical lectures and seminars are reinforced by practical examples, case studies and site visits (undertaken during face to face time at the university). Compulsory modules: case study; codes and standards; dissertation; lift applications engineering; management of contracts in the construction industry. Optional modules: control systems; dynamics and vibration; hydraulic systems; lift component applications; microprocessor applications; utilisation of materials; vertical transportation systems.

Assessment methods

This 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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Distance learning September 2016 GBP 7,695 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Distance learning September 2016 GBP 7,695 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Distance learning September 2016 GBP 13,936 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Distance learning September 2016 GBP 7,695 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Distance learning September 2016 GBP 7,695 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Distance learning September 2016 GBP 7,695 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

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