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Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc/PgDip/PgCert


MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering

The MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering was set up to complement our existing specialist courses through the provision of a general advanced mechanical engineering course, for students who prefer a broad appreciation of a range of mechanical engineering topics.

The course provides advanced, postgraduate education in the theory and practice of mechanical engineering. The course includes a broad range of mechanical engineering topics particularly relevant to the energy and transport sectors, including mechanical engineering design and assessment. The MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering course has been developed to equip graduates with an in-depth understanding of project management, the design, computer aided engineering, operation and optimisation of machinery, structural mechanics and integrity.

The course is designed for graduates and practicing engineers who wish to enhance their understanding of mechanical engineering with a view to management of large engineering projects. It will also appeal to students as a conversion course from other branches of engineering and as an up-skilling course particularly for overseas graduates.

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  • Course overview

    The MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering is comprised of eight compulsory taught modules, a group project and an individual research project.  

    In addition to management, communication, team work and research skills, each student will attain at least the following learning outcomes from this degree course:

    • Demonstrate knowledge, fundamental understanding and critical awareness of advanced mechanical engineering techniques necessary for solutions in the transport and energy sectors.
    • Demonstrate systematic knowledge across appropriate advanced technologies and management issues to provide solutions for international industries and/or research organisations.
    • Demonstrate the ability to acquire, critically assess the relative merits, and effectively use appropriate information from a variety of sources.
  • Group project

    The group project undertaken between October and April enables you to put the skills and knowledge developed during the course modules into practice in an applied context while gaining transferable skills in project management, teamwork and independent research. You will put in to practice analytical and numerical skills developed in the compulsory modules.

    The aim of the group project is to provide you with direct experience of applying knowledge to an industrially relevant problem that requires a team-based multidisciplinary solution. You will develop a fundamental range of skills required to work in a team, including team member roles and responsibilities, project management, delivering technical presentations and exploiting the variety of expertise of each individual member. Each group will be given an industrially relevant assignment to perform. Industry involvement is an integral component for the group project, to give you first-hand experience at working within real life challenging situations. 

    It is clear that the modern design engineer cannot be divorced from the commercial world. In order to provide practice in this matter, a poster presentation will be required from all students. This presentation provides the opportunity to develop presentation skills and effectively handle questions about complex issues in a professional manner. All groups submit a written report and deliver a presentation to the industry partner.

    Part-time students are encouraged to participate in a group project as it provides a wealth of learning opportunities. However, an option of an individual dissertation is available if agreed with the Course Director.

    Recent Group Projects include:

    • Preliminary design of an offshore floating wind turbine
    • Multi-disciplinary design of an high speed marine vehicle with aerodynamic surfaces
    • Design optimisation of the drive train for a vertical axis wind turbine.
  • Individual project

    The aim of the individual research project is to provide you with direct experience in undertaking a research/development project in a relevant industrial or research area. You will make a formal presentation of your findings to a panel of academics and industry experts and submit a research thesis.

    The individual research project component takes place from March to August.

    For part-time students it is common that their research thesis is undertaken in collaboration with their place of work and supported by academic supervision.

    Recent Individual Research Projects include:

    • Comparison of a panel method and Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) method to estimate the aerodynamic coefficients of a profile flying in ground effect
    • The stress shielding effect of cracks in loaded components
    • Review and modelling of heave and roll motion passive damping systems for offshore floating support structures for wind turbines.
  • Modules

    The taught programme for the Advanced Mechanical Engineering masters is generally delivered from October until March and is comprised of eight compulsory taught modules. Students on the part-time programme will complete all of the compulsory modules based on a flexible schedule that will be agreed with the course director.


    • Management for Technology
      Module LeaderMr Stephen Carver - Lecturer in Project & Programme Management

      To provide knowledge of these aspects of management which will enable an engineer to fulfil a wider role in a business organisation more effectively.

      • Project management
      • People management
      • Marketing
      • Negotiation
      • New product development
      • Presentation skills
      • Patents
      • Finance
      • Business game.
      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On completion of this module the student should:

      • Understand the structure of a company, and the importance of business policy, financial matters and working environment
      • Recognise the commercial aspects relevant to the manufacture of a product or provision of a technical services
      • Demonstrate an understanding of the key elements of management required for design, research and development
      • Work effectively in a team to set up and make the appropriate decisions to run a successful technology company.
    • Fluid Mechanics and Loading
      Module LeaderDr Maurizio Collu - Lecturer

      To provide a theoretical and applied understanding of fluid mechanics and fluid loading on structures.


      Principles of fluid dynamics:

      • Properties of fluids: Control volumes and fluid elements, Continuity, Momentum and Energy equations, stream function and velocity potential, Bernoulli’s equation.
      • Flow structures: Boundary layer theory, laminar and turbulent flow, steady and unsteady flow, flow breakdown and separations, vortex formation and stability
      • Lifting flows: Circulation theory, Prandtl’s lifting-line theory, sources of drag, aerofoil characteristics
      • Fluid loading on horizontal and vertical axis turbines.

      Dynamics of floating bodies: from simple hydrostatics to complex dynamic response in waves

      • Hydrostatics of Floating Bodies; Buoyancy Forces and Stability, Initial stability, The wall sided formula and large angle stability, Stability losses, The Pressure Integration Technique
      • Fluid loading on offshore structures and Ocean Waves Theory: The Added Mass Concept, Froude Krylov Force, Linear wave theory, Wave loading (Diffraction Theory and Morison Equation)
      • Dynamics response of floating structures in waves: dynamic response analysis, application to floating bodies (buoys, semisub, TLP), effect of moorings.
      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On completion of this module, the student will be able to:

      • Explain how the wind, waves and tides are formed, factors that influence their distribution and predictability
      • Review the fundamental equations for fluid behaviour, characterisation of flow structures and forces and moments acting on lifting bodies
      • Evaluate and select the most appropriate model to assess and undertake the simulation of a floating structure static and dynamic stability.
    • Structural Integrity
      Module LeaderProfessor Feargal Brennan - Head of Offshore, Process & Energy Eng

      To provide a general understanding of pertinent issues concerning the use of Engineering Materials and practical tools for solving structural integrity and structural fitness-for-service problems.



      This part of the module aims to enhance and elaborate upon the broad understanding of materials issues that students are expected to have attained during bachelors degrees. The course components can be broken down as follows: theory of materials; structure-property relationships are discussed as are alloys (including non-metallic). Steel is used to reinforce these basic topics and link to real-world engineering. All major heat treatments, aspects of alloying additions (including high alloy steels) and the use of temperature-time-transformation diagrams are covered. This leads on to four detailed areas of study where some of the previous tenets are applied:

      • Corrosion and protection: basic principles, types of corrosion, methods of protection including cathodic protection (eg. impressed current)
      • The metallurgy of welding: basic principles, influence of welding process (e.g. heat input) on microstructure, including use of TTT diagrams to assist prediction of structure and properties, welding defects and their avoidance/mitigation
      • Emphasis upon steel, but coverage of other alloys
      • Composites and new materials.

      Fatigue, Fracture and Defect Assessment:

      This part of the module is to provide the theoretical and practical background necessary to carry out fatigue life predictions and fracture mechanics based defect assessment of common engineering components and structures.  These are approached from an appreciation of Non Destructive Testing (NDT) methods and evaluation of their reliability. Topics covered are:

      • Introduction (Failure Criteria and Stress Analysis)
      • Fatigue Crack Initiation
      • Fracture Mechanics (1) - Derivation of G and K
      • Fracture Mechanics (2) - LEFM (FCG) and EPFM
      • Fracture Mechanics (3) - Evaluation of Fracture Parameters
      • Inspection Methods
      • Inspection Reliability
      • Defect Assessment; Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics of Welded Components
      • Fatigue & Fracture Mechanics of Notched Components.
      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On completion of this module, the student will:

      • Gain a systematic understanding of structural integrity and fitness-for-service issues
      • Demonstrate an in-depth awareness of the current practice and its limitations in aspects of structural integrity
      • Develop a critical and analytical approach towards the engineering aspects of structural integrity
      • Be able to confidently assess the applicability of the tools of structural integrity to new problems and apply them appropriately.
    • Computer Simulations for Engineering Design

      To introduce the techniques and tools for modelling, simulating and analysing practical engineering problems. This course provides the basic theoretical and practical knowledge to allow an engineer to competently perform both Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) using commercial software packages used in industry.


      CFD introduction: Introduction to computational fluid dynamics and the role of CFD in the design of renewable energy systems. Review of current capabilities and future directions.

      • Governing equations ( Potential, Euler & Navier-Stokes equations)
      • Hierarchy of models
      • Discretization and solution strategies
      • Turbulence modelling (RANS, LES, DES)
      • High performance computing

      Mesh generation: Geometry handling, Surface & volume meshing, Overview of mesh generation strategies: structured; unstructured; hybrid and overset, Best practice guidelines for capturing complex geometry and complex flow physics of renewable energy systems.

      CFD applications: Managing uncertainty (validation & verification), Best practice guidelines for steady & unsteady flows with focus on rotating machinery applications and practical workshop using a commercial mesh generation/flow solver package.

      FEA introduction: Basic theory, modelling component stresses, deflections, temperatures and vibrations under operating conditions and loads, treatment of boundary conditions and restraints;

      • Linear, structural analysis and heat transfer
      • Dynamics, vibration modal analysis and an introduction to non-linear problems and approaches.

      FEA applications: Best practice guidelines and common mistakes. Practical workshop using a commercial FEA package.

      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On completion of this module, the student will be able to:

      • Review the governing equations for fluid and structural behaviour and methodologies for solving them computationally;
      • Evaluate and select the most appropriate solution strategy for a particular application;
      • Undertake the simulation and analysis of a practical problem using a commercial CFD and FEA package and critically assess the output solution.
    • Risk and Reliability Engineering

      To introduce the principles and techniques of risk and reliability analysis and develop skills through practical application of methods.


      Introduction to risk analysis, risk assessment and safety management: Motivation and Framework for Risk Analysis, System Definition - boundaries, Uncertainty and Modelling, Class Assignments.

      Risk Analysis: Terminology of Risk Analysis, Definition of Safety, Risk Analysis Systems, Events and Scenarios, Risk Identification and Assessment-(FMEA, HAZOP, PrHA etc), Methodologies, Fault tree analysis, Human Related Risks, Data and Information Requirements, Risk Management and Control, Assessing and Managing Risk, Qualitative Risk Assessment Using Severity/Probability Factor Rating, Risk Acceptance, Risk Conversion Factors, Magnitudes of Risk Consequence, Target Risk, Decision  Analysis under Certainty – Uncertainty - Risk,  Decision  Analysis, Risk Communication.

      System Definition: System Breakdown, Examples of complicated systems, Contributing Factor Diagrams, Decision Trees, Influence Diagrams, Bayesian Networks,  Application in Inspection, Process Systems, Process Modelling Methods, Complexity of Systems.

      Quantitative Reliability Assessment: Definition of Reliability, Classification, Reliability and uncertainty, Numerical Methods, Fundamental Reliability Problem, FOSM and Advanced Second Moment Method, FORM/SORM, Linear and non linear LSFs, Basic statistical distributions and transformation schemes, Numerical Algorithms, Monte Carlo Simulation, Analytical Derivation of LSFs.

      Empirical Reliability Analysis – Frequenistic: Failure and repair, Data classification, Availability, Reliability, Failure Rates, MTTF/MTB, Hazard Functions, Selection and Fitting Reliability Models, Probability Plotting, Assessment of Hazard Functions, Bayesian Methods, Binomial Distributions, Exponential Distribution, Reliability Analysis of Systems, Embedded Redundancy.

      Failure Consequences and Severity: Definition, Assessment Methods, Cause-Consequence Diagrams, Functional Modelling, Failure recognition and classification procedure, Real Asset Damage, Loss of human life, Indirect Losses, Public Health and Environmental Damages.

      Risk Control: Definition and objective, Different Approaches, Risk Aversion, Insurance for loss control and risk transfer, Risk actuaries and insurance claim models, Cost-benefit analysis.

      Risk Based Maintenance Management: Inspection and Maintenance Methodology, Partitioning of systems, Development of optimal maintenance policy, Risk based optimal maintenance policy.

      Data for Risk studies: Possible failures, Probabilities, Rates, Modes, Causes, Consequences, Uncertainties, Hierarchy of data sources, Databases, Using data from other sources, Experts’ input-opinion, Data collection methods and assessment, Model update based on available data, Failure data sources.

      Safety engineering: Learning from accidents, Human factors, Regulations, Fire and explosions risk analysis.

      Workshop exercises: HAZOPS exercise - application of fault tree and event tree analysis of a process safety system.

      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On completion of this module, the student will be able to:

      • Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of the fundamentals of risk and reliability and a critical awareness of their application on current engineering problems;
      • Evaluate and select appropriate techniques for risk analysis and assessing failure consequences, and propose ways to control or mitigate them;
      • Develop a critical and analytical approach to the collection and use of data in the application of Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) methods;
      • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the concepts of risk based inspection and maintenance.
    • Stress Analysis of Components and Structures

      To develop a fundamental understanding of the different aspects of theoretical and practical stress analysis in structures and components.

      • Introduction to stress analysis and structures   
      • Stress, design and collapse mechanisms
      • Complex stress and strains
      • Introduction to the theory of elasticity
      • Analysis of beams and prismatic components
      • Beams on elastic foundations
      • Analysis of pipes and vessels
      • Introduction to the theory of plates and shells
      • Practical stress analysis: stress concentration factors, approximating boundary conditions and errors – role of numerical verification and validation
      • Energy theorems and methods
      • Residual stresses
      • Introduction to structural dynamics
      • Experimental stress measurement and monitoring
      • Case studies
      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On completion of this module, the student will:

      • Gain a systematic understanding of stress analysis as applied to main structural components,
      • Demonstrate an in-depth awareness of current practice and its limitations for the stress analysis and its influence on the design of structures,
      • Be able to evaluate methodologies applied to the analysis of structural members (beams, plates, shells, struts),
      • Develop a critical and practical approach towards the stress analysis of structures and identify where further numerical calculations and confirmations are required.
    • Advanced Control Systems
      Module LeaderDr Yi Cao - Senior Lecturer

      To introduce methodologies for the design of control systems for process applications.


      Process dynamics: Modelling of typical processes. Operating point. Linearization. Differential equation representation. State space representation of systems. Laplace transforms. Transfer functions. Block diagrams. SISO and MIMO systems. Time and frequency domain responses of systems.

      Feedback control: Positive and negative feedback. Stability. Methods for stability analysis. Closed loop performance specification. PID controllers. Ziegler-Nichols. Self tuning methods.

      Enhanced controllers: Cascade control. Feed-forward control. Control of non-linear processes. Control of processes with delay.

      Digital controllers: Effects of sampling. Implementation of PID controller. Stability and tuning.

      Advanced control topics: Hierarchical control. Kalman filter. System Identification. Model predictive control. Statistical process control. The use of expert systems and neural networks in process control.

      Design packages for process control systems: Examples including Simulink and MATLAB.

      Case studies: Examples will be chosen from a range of processes including mechanical and electrical systems.

      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On completion of this module, the student will be able to:

      • Evaluate and select appropriate modelling techniques for dynamic processes
      • Formulate control methodologies in single loop, multi-loop, and large scale systems
      • Recognise and appraise the key design tools and processes for continuous and discrete controllers of dynamic systems.
    • Power Generation Systems
      Module LeaderDr Ilai Sher - Lecturer

      Understanding of the principles of operation, configuration, characteristics and key implementation issues of various types of power plant.


      Overview: World electricity demand and generation. Fuels. Environmental impacts. 

      Steam power plants: Thermodynamic principles. Fuels. Steam power generation cycles. 

      Gas turbine and combined-cycle power plants: Gas turbine engines and performance. Gas turbine cycles. Combined-cycle power plants. 

      Diesel- and gas-engine power plants: Diesel engines. Fuels. Emission control. Heat recovery systems. 

      Nuclear power generation: Basic nuclear physical processes (fission and fusion). Nuclear fuels. Types of reactors. Safety considerations in the nuclear industry. Developments in nuclear fusion. Decommissioning problems of nuclear sites. Nuclear‑waste disposal systems. 

      Fuel cells: Definition and principles of operation. Losses and efficiency. Possible fuels. Fuel-cell technologies and applications (alkaline fuel cells, molten carbonate fuel cells, phosphoric acid fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cells, and regenerative fuel cells). 

      CHP systems: CHP schemes (micro-scale CHP systems, small‑scale CHP systems, large‑scale CHP systems including district heating schemes). Application of CHP systems for the provision of heating, cooling and electric power. Selection criteria of CHP prime-movers. Integration of CHP systems into site services. Feasibility analysis of CHP schemes using spreadsheets/software tools. Case study (site appraisal for CHP scheme and evaluation of economic and environmental viability).

      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

      • Recognise and demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals and laws governing energy conversion
      • Debate  issues related to the performance of conventional power-generation plants
      • Propose appropriate  technologies  for improving energy-utilisation efficiency of power-generation plants
      • Assess the need of a particular industrial/commercial site for a CHP system, identify the appropriate systems and undertake design, sizing and economic analyses
      • Review critically technologies employed for fuel-cell systems and advances in their applications
      • Continue to advance their knowledge and assimilate new future technologies.
  • Assessment

    The taught modules (40%) are assessed by an examination and/or assignment. The Group Project (20%)s assessed by a written technical report and oral presentations. The Individual Research Project (40%) is assessed by a written thesis and oral presentation.

  • Start date, duration and location

    Start date: October

    Duration: One year full-time, three years part-time.

    Teaching location: Cranfield

  • Overview

    The MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering is differentiated from other courses in the world, primarily by its industrial context through the strong links we have with national and international industry. We build our industrial links through research and consultancy, which allows us to provide practical and current examples to help illustrate learning throughout the course.

    Advanced Mechanical Engineering at Cranfield is unique in that it offers you a broad range of mechanical engineering projects with the added component of a management flavour. This provides the opportunity for you to enhance your mechanical engineering skill with a view to developing your career in the management of large engineering projects.

    This course is also available on a part-time basis for individuals who wish to study whilst remaining in full-time employment. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments. We are very well located for visiting part-time students from all over the world, and offer a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This Msc programme benefits from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.

  • Accreditation and partnerships

    This course is accredited by:

    • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
  • Informed by industry

    This degree is particularly industrially focused; although the course does not at present have an industrial advisory board, the course staff are heavily involved in industrially funded and oriented research and development.

    The Head of Department, for example, sits on the IMechE Offshore Engineering committee, two BSI committees, the Engineering Integrity Society and is Chairman of the International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress Offshore, Renewable Energy Committee. Course content is reviewed annually by the course team and project/group work is by and large related to the Department's industrially funded research.

  • Your teaching team

    You will be taught by Cranfield’s leading academic expects including:

    Dr Maurizio Collu, Course Director, whose research focuses on offshore wind turbine floating support structures, microalgae cultivation for biofuel production and aerodynamically alleviated marine vehicles.

    Prof Feargal Brennan, Head of Department, a leading authority on the development and assessment of offshore renewables including wind, wave, tidal stream and the production of sustainable biofuel feedstocks in the ocean environment.

    Our staff are practitioners as well as tutors, with clients that range from small start-up renewable energy companies to major companies like Centrica, BPP-Tech, DNV. Our teaching team work closely with business and have academic and industrial experience.

    Knowledge gained working with our clients is continually fed back into the teaching programme, to ensure that you benefit from the very latest knowledge and techniques affecting industry.

    The course also includes visiting lecturers from industry who will relate the theory to current best practice. In recent years, our students have received lectures from industry speakers including:

    • Dr Amir Chahardehi, Senior Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue Engineer at Atkins.
    • Chris Hill, Chris has 17 years of experience at the Solutia UK Ltd (formerly Monsanto) site in Newport, South Wales where he has been employed first as a Project Engineer, but more recently as a Control Systems Engineer.
    • Mr Stephen Carver, Lecturer in project management in the Project Management Group, School of Management, and Director of the Management for Technology programme and the MBA Communications Course.
    • Prof John Sharp, Visiting Professor to the Offshore Technology Centre of the School of Applied Sciences, lecturing on UK Offshore regulations and the application of risk base regulations to offshore hazards. He has more than 20 years experience in the offshore industry including a period as Head of Research in the Offshore Safety Division of HSE.
  • Facilities and resources

    Cranfield University has several industrial-scale renewable energy research and development facilities. Cranfield has recently commissioned a wind turbine test facility on campus and is building a vertical axis generator designed by staff and MSc students.

    Hydrodynamic testing can take place in the Ocean Systems Laboratory with a 30m length wave and towing tank. You will also have access to impressive materials, component and fatigue testing facilities in the Structural Integrity Laboratory, as well as state-of-the-art software tools.

    Experience and familiarity with using the more specialist industry resources will be recognised and valued by future employers. Developing skills to make the most of our rich information environment at Cranfield is not only important to you whilst you are studying at Cranfield, it is also vital for your future employability and career progression. We have a comprehensive library and information service, and are committed to meeting the needs of students, creating a comfortable environment with areas for individual and group work as well as silent study.

  • Entry Requirements

    A 1st or 2nd class UK honours degree (or equivalent) in mathematics, physics or an engineering discipline.

    Other recognised professional qualifications or several years relevant industrial experience may be accepted as equivalent; subject to approval by the Course Director.

    English language

    If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification.  The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

    IELTS - 6.5

    TOEFL - 92 (Important: this test is not currently accepted by the UK Home Office for Tier 4 (General) visa applications)

    TOEIC - 800 (Important: this test is not currently accepted by the UK Home Office for Tier 4 (General) visa applications)

    Pearson PTE Academic - 65

    Cambridge English: Advanced - C

    Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

    In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test.  We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score if too low.

    We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

    Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa will also need to meet the UKBA Tier 4 General Visa English language requirements.  The UK Home Office are not currently accepting TOEFL or TOEIC tests for Tier 4 (General) visa applications. Other restrictions from the UK Home Office may apply from time to time and we will advise applicants of these restrictions where appropriate.

    ATAS Certificate

    Students requiring a Tier 4 General Student visa to study in the UK may need to apply for an ATAS certificate to study this course.

  • Fees

    Home/EU student

    MSc Full-time - £6,800

    MSc Part-time - £3,950

    PgDip Full-time - £5,000

    PgDip Part-time - £3,950

    PgCert Full-time - £2,500

    PgCert Part-time - £3,950

    Overseas student

    MSc Full-time - £16,250

    MSc Part-time - £8,500

    PgDip Full-time - £12,000

    PgDip Part-time - £8,500

    PgCert Full-time - £6,000

    PgCert Part-time - £8,500

    Fee notes:

    • Fees are payable annually for each year of study unless otherwise indicated.
    • The fees outlined here apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015 and the University reserves the right to amend fees without notice.
    • All students pay the annual tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
    • Additional fees for extensions to registration may be charged.
    • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) pay international fees.
  • Funding

    Department Bursaries

    The Department offers a number of partial fee bursaries which are awarded on a competitive basis. Please contact the Course Director for further details

    Industry Sponsored Scholarships

    The following industry scholarships are available to the candidates applying to the MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering:

    • One “BPP-Tech William Froude scholarship”, partial tuition fees scholarship, sponsored by BPP-Tech (
    • One “BPP-Tech Osborne Reynolds scholarship”, partial tuition fees scholarship, sponsored by BPP-Tech (

    Interested candidates should indicate the wish to apply for the scholarship in the MSc application form, under the “FINANCE INFORMATION” section, and send a support letter to the course administrators. The scholarships are allocated on a merit basis and on the date of application submission.

    Aerospace MSc Bursary Scheme - Course List

    Aerospace MSc Bursary Scheme - List of eligible courses available to study at Cranfield University.

    Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS)

    The Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) is a funding programme providing affordable tuition fee and maintenance loans for full-time UK/EU students studying technology-based MSc courses.

  • Application process

    Online application form. Applicants may be invited to attend for interview. Applicants based outside of the UK may be interviewed either by telephone or video conference.

  • Career opportunities

    Industry driven research makes our graduates some of the most desirable in the world for recruitment. The MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering takes you onto a challenging career in industry, government or research. The course reflects the strengths and reputation of Cranfield particularly in the energy, transport and management sectors. Graduates of this course have been successful in gaining employment in the following:

    • Mechanical Design Engineer at Siemens
    • Production Line Supervisor & Lean Implementer at GKN Land Systems
    • Staff Engineer at BPP Technical Services Ltd working on offshore oil and gas engineering.
    • Engineer at Det Norske Veritas
    • Management Associate at BMW Group UK Limited
    • Project Engineer at BASF Coatings S.A.