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.
Applicants with a first degree will normally be expected to have attained honours of at least class 2:2 (or its equivalent) in a relevant engineering or associated technical discipline.
Within the framework of the University processes for APL/APEL, candidates without an honours degree, but who can demonstrate an appropriate level of relevant learning and achievement will be considered.
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.
Special course features
The MSc is delivered in a distance learning regime. In this regime the emphasis is on learning rather than teaching, and the tutorial team is staffed and supported by a combination of experienced educational practitioners, together with experienced practitioners drawn from the national and international lift industry.
On the beginning of each academic year students are invited to participate in the annual Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies, organized in conjunction with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Lifts Group. You will have an opportunity to attend this event at reduced registration fee. The symposium has become an annual event; is in its fifth year and brings together over 100 industrial and academic experts from within the field of vertical transportation engineering with peer-reviewed papers on the subject of their research being presented and published.
The programme holds regular on-line meetings online the WizIQ/ virtual classroom tools within NILE (the University online learning environment). These are attended virtually by staff, student representatives and industry experts (including visiting professors and fellows). Students have an opportunity to attend open virtual (online) meetings to discuss their learning progress. This virtual environment helps to reduce the potential isolation of students and provides the opportunity for the tutors to supply additional learning and tutorial materials.
Lift Applications Engineering
Investigates lift systems engineering and highlights the important mathematical, mechanical and electrical processes and mechanisms involved, together with an exploration of their effects on the parameters influencing the overall performance of the system.
Codes and Standards
Explores the influence of standards on the overall design and performance of the system. The module underpins the studies of issues within other modules and contributes to a deeper analytical understanding of the technology of lift engineering.
Management of Construction Industry Contracts
Investigates the commercial and contractual context in which lift engineering is undertaken. This module explores the multi-faceted relationship between the parties involved in lift design and construction.
Enables you to demonstrate your cross-disciplinary skills and ability to sustain a technical argument and discussion using a work-based problem.
You will undertake a substantial element of independent study, demonstrating conceptual understanding as well as the application of cross-disciplinary skills.
Provides an opportunity to study the principles that underpin the design of lift control systems. Design and operation of lift controls is a specialist subject which may not be of interest to all students undertaking the MSc programme.
Dynamics and Vibration
This module aims to provide an advanced study of the dynamic responses of lift systems. The module underpins the studies of issues within other modules, and contributes a deeper level of analysis of the technology of lift engineering.
It is an advanced study of the important mathematical, mechanical and electrical/electronic processes and mechanisms which underpin the design and application of the components of a hydraulic lift system, together with an exploration of the parameters influencing the overall performance of the system. Design and operation of hydraulic lift systems is a specialist subject which may not be of interest to all students undertaking the MSc programme.
Lift Component Applications
The module is an advanced study of the important mathematical, mechanical and electrical processes and mechanisms which underpin the design and application of the components of an electric lift system, together with an exploration of the parameters influencing the overall performance of the system.
Provides an opportunity to study the principles which underpin the design of microprocessor systems for use in lift control systems. It studies the 8086 microprocessor – it´s architecture and assembly language. You will learn to program the microprocessor using a simulation package on a PC.
Utilisation of Materials
This module provides an opportunity to study the utilisation of materials and to develop skills in researching their properties. This is, of course, in addition to the skills to design new components as systems are developed. Facility with material selection is important not only in the design disciplines, but also in the context of service and maintenance.
Vertical Transportation Systems
This aspect of lift engineering is over and above the design of the lift system itself and involves the study of traffic flow and access in order to specify lift capacity and speed, number of lifts per group, number and location of lift groups, number and location of escalators etc. The module expands upon the studies of this issue and has been designed for those students whose professional interests lie in this aspect of design and specification.
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).
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