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Gas Turbine Technology MSc/PgDip/PgCert
Option of Thermal Power MSc
The United Kingdom continues to lead the world in power and propulsion technology. In addition to its established aerospace role, the gas turbine is finding increasing application in power generation, oil and gas pumping, chemical processing and power plants for ships and other large vehicles.
The Gas Turbine Technology option of the MSc in Thermal Power provides a comprehensive background in the design and operation of different types of gas turbines for all applications.
This course is designed for those seeking a career in the design, development, operations and maintenance of power and propulsion systems. Graduates are provided with the skills that allow them to deliver immediate benefits in a very demanding and rewarding workplace and therefore are in great demand.
Suitable for talented graduates seeking a challenging and rewarding career in an international growth industry.
A postgraduate certificate and postgraduate diploma in the Gas Turbine Technology option are also available. These require the completion of a number of compulsory and optional taught modules over approximately a six to seven month period. The submission of a thesis is not required.
The Department offers a part-time MSc by Research. This is assessed entirely on the basis of a research project/thesis which will normally take between 2 and 3 years to complete, depending on work commitments. You will be required to attend up to 5 continuing professional development short courses (generally lasting one to two weeks each) at Cranfield in the first 2 years of the programme to provide specific academic background to the project.
Cranfield is very well located for visiting part-time students from across the UK and Europe and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies.
The course consists of approximately ten to fifteen taught modules and an individual research project.
- Blade Cooling
- Engine Systems
- Gas Turbine Theory and Performance
- Mechanical Design of Turbomachinery
- Simulation and Diagnostics.
- Computational Fluid Dynamics
- Environmental Management
- Fatigue and Fracture
- Gas Turbine Applications
- Jet Engine Control
- Management for Technology
- Propulsion Systems Performance and Integration
- Rotating Equipment Selection.
You are required to submit a written thesis describing an individual research project carried out during the course. Many individual research projects have been carried out with industrial sponsorship, and have often resulted in publication in international journals and symposium papers. This thesis is examined orally in September in the presence of an external examiner.
Recent Individual Research Projects include:
- Gas Turbine Performance Adaptation
- Design of a Propfan Engine
- Design of a 1 MW Industrial Gas Turbine
- Novel Propulsion Systems Analysis
- Gas Path Analysis for Engine Diagnostics
- Computation of Turbine Blade Boundary Layers
- Cascade Studies of Variable Geometry IGVs
- Optimisation of Plain-jet Air-blast Atomisers
- Techno-Economic Analysis of Gas Turbines
- Growth Potential of a Helicopter Turboshaft.
The taught modules consist of seven compulsory modules and up to eight optional modules.
The final assessment is based on two components of equal weight, namely the taught modules and the individual research project. Assessment is by examinations, assignments, presentations and thesis.
Start date: March or October
Duration: 1 year full time. 2-3 year part-time MSc by Research (by arrangement).
Teaching location: Cranfield
You will receive a thorough grounding in gas turbine design principles for aerospace, marine and industrial applications.
The course is also structured to enable you to pursue your own specific interests and career aspirations. You may choose from a wide range of optional modules and select an appropriate research project. An intensive two-week industrial management course is offered which assists in achieving exemptions from some engineering council requirements.
The course is embedded in large power and propulsion activity that is recognised internationally for its enviable portfolio of research, short courses and postgraduate programmes.
We have been at the forefront of postgraduate education in aerospace propulsion at Cranfield since 1946. We have a global reputation for our advanced postgraduate education, extensive research and applied continuing professional development. With 95% of Cranfield graduates securing relevant employment within six months of graduation, you can be sure that your qualification will be valued and respected by employers around the world.
This course is accredited by:
- Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
- Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).
This course is founded upon the knowledge and experience gained by the Department of Power and Propulsion through its strong industrial links.
The Industrial Advisory Panel, comprising senior engineers in the propulsion and power industries, meets annually to maintain course relevancy and ensure that graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge required by leading employers. Knowledge gained from our extensive research and consultancy activity is also constantly fed back into the MSc programme.
You will be taught by experienced academic staff within the Department of Power and Propulsion including:
Professor Pericles Pilidis, Head of Department of Power and Propulsion and Course Director, has organised and contributed to many international teaching and applied research programmes in the gas, oil and aviation industries. Much of his research has been focused on the needs of users of equipment in various countries. He has acted as a consultant to several organisations and his active contributions have resulted in many international honours.
Dr David MacManus, Head of Gas Turbine Technology Group whose research focus is in the areas of fluid mechanics, power and propulsion systems, energy systems, experimental aerodynamics, applied computational fluid dynamics, turbomachinery flows and non-intrusive flow measurement systems.
Other key teaching staff include:
• Professor Riti Singh
• Mr Tony Haslam
• Dr Panos Laskaridis
• Dr Vishal Sethi
• Dr Ivan Li
• Dr Joao Amaral Teixeira
• Dr Giuseppina di Lorenzo
• Mr Stephen Carver
• Dr Ossama Badr
• Dr Theo Nikolaidis
• Dr Pavlos Zachos
• Dr Uyighosa Igie.
Our teaching team are active researchers as well as tutors and have extensive experience of gas turbine design, in both industrial and research and development environments. Continuing close collaboration with major engine manufacturers in both the UK and overseas, through teaching and research, ensures that this course maintains the relevance and professionalism for which it is internationally renowned.
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.
The Department has extensive gas turbine test and development equipment which is used for industrially funded research as well as suites of software for gas turbine performance modelling, deterioration studies and techno-economic analysis. Facilities include the Gas Turbine Engineering Laboratory and the Icing Tunnel.
1st or 2nd class UK honours degree (or its equivalent) in engineering, mathematics, physics or an applied science. Candidates with a degree in a less applicable discipline, or mature applicants with alternative qualifications may be accepted onto a two year programme in which the preliminary year is directed to the establishment of the necessary engineering background.
Students whose native language is not English must have attained any of the following as evidence of English language ability:
- IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing Service): an overall minimum score of 6.5
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Internet based test - minimum score of 92. Our TOEFL institution code is 0822
- TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication): Listening and reading test minimum score of 800. Speaking and writing test minimum score of 310
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): an overall score of 65
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English with a minimum of Grade C
In addition to these minimum overall test scores, you are expected to achieve a balanced score across the reading, writing, listening and speaking elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low. Please note that we will only accept tests taken within two years of the start date of your course (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).
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.
Full-time Uk/ EU: £6,950
Full-time International: £16,000
Please contact us for part-time fees.
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 2013 and 31 July 2014 and the University reserves the right to amend fees without notice.
All students pay the tuition fee set annually by the University for the duration of their course (which may be raised year on year) unless otherwise set out in a schedule at the outset of the course and outlined above.
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.
A variety of funding, including industrial sponsorship, is available. Please contact us for details.
Aerospace MSc Bursary Scheme
This course is eligible for the government and industry funded Aerospace MSc Bursary Scheme. The scheme will pay MSc tuition fees (up to £9,500) on behalf of successful applicants. Bursaries will be awarded to UK and EU candidates who can demonstrate their commitment to working in the UK aerospace sector and who have been offered a place on an eligible MSc programme.
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.
Over 90% of the graduates of the course have found employment within 12 months of completing the course. Most of the graduates are employed in the following industries/capacities:
- Gas turbine engine manufacturers
- Airframe manufacturers
- Airline operators
- Regulatory bodies
- Aerospace/Energy consultancies
- Power production industries
- Academia: doctoral studies.