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Rotating Machinery, Engineering and Management MSc/MSc by Research

Option of Thermal Power MSc

MSc in Rotating Machinery, Engineering and Managament

Rotating machinery is employed today in a wide variety of industrial applications including oil, power, and process industries. With the continuing expansion of the applications of rotating machinery, qualified personnel are required by the increasingly large numbers of users.

The MSc in Rotating Machinery, Engineering and Management provides a comprehensive background in the design and operation of different types of rotating equipment for power, oil, gas, marine and other surface applications.

The course is designed for those seeking a career in the design, development, operation and maintenance of power 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. This course is suitable for graduates seeking a challenging and rewarding career in an international growth industry.

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  • Course overview

    The course consists of approximately ten to twelve taught modules and an individual research project.

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

    • Provide the skills required for a rewarding career in the field of propulsion and power.
    • Meet employer requirements for graduates within power and propulsion industries.
    • Demonstrate a working knowledge and critical awareness of gas turbine performance, analysis techniques, component design and associated technologies.
    • Explain, differentiate and critically discuss the underpinning concepts and theories for a wide range of areas of gas turbine engineering and associated applications.
    • Be able to discern, select and apply appropriate analysis techniques in the assessment of particular aspects of gas turbine engineering.
  • Individual project

    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:

    • Techno-economic, environmental and risk assessment studies
    • Centrifugal compressors simulations and diagnostics for Oil and Gas applications
    • Advanced Power Generation Systems with Low Carbon Emissions
    • Design of turbines for use in oscillating water columns
    • Design of a 1MW Industrial Gas Turbine
    • Gas Path Analysis for Engine Diagnostics
    • Procurement Criteria for Civil Aero-Engines
    • Selection of Combined Heat and Power Plants
    • Condition Monitoring Systems Instrumentation
    • Repowering Steam Turbine Plants
    • Combined Cycle Plant Technical and Economic Evaluation.
  • Modules

    The taught programme for the Rotating Machinery, Engineering and Management masters consists of eight compulsory modules and up to four optional modules. The modules are generally delivered from October to April.


    • Blade Cooling
      Module LeaderDr David MacManus - Head of Gas Turbine Technology Group

      To introduce course members to the technology of gas turbine blade cooling through analytical and practical approaches of heat transfer principles, convection cooling, impingement film transpiration cooling and liquid cooling.


      Heat Transfer Principles:  

      • Brief review of heat transfer principles and physical significance of non-dimensional groupings  
      • Conditions around blades, boundary layers, external heat transfer coefficient distribution, effect of turbulence  
      • Root cooled blades and NGVs: analytical and numerical methods of determining spanwise temperature distribution 
      • Fibre strengthened and nickel base alloys
      • Need for high turbine entry temperature: effect on engine performance
      • Development of materials, manufacturing processes and cooling systems.

      Convection Cooling: 

      • Convectively cooled aerofoils: analytical approach for metal and cooling air spanwise temperature distribution
      • Cooling passage geometry and heat transfer characteristics
      • Cooling efficiency, cooling effectiveness and mass flow function: application at project design stage for determining metal and cooling air temperatures  
      • Methods for optimising cooling system design: secondary surfaces and multipass
      • Internal temperature distribution of cooled aerofoils: calculations, comparisons with experimental results.

      Impingement, Film and Transpiration Cooling:

      • Principles, steady state and transient performance, characteristics, advantages, limitations, comparison with convection cooling 
      • Cooling air feed and discharge systems
      • Integration of cooled turbine with aerodynamic performance and main engine design
      • Co-ordination of design responsibilities
      • Example of cooled turbine stage design.

      Liquid Cooling:  

      • Liquid cooling: principles, advantages and limitations, practical examples.
      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On completion of the course the course members should be able to:

      • Apply the concepts and theories of heat transfer and different cooling technologies to cooling of turbine blades
      • Differentiate heat transfer and cooling configurations.
    • Combustors

      To make Course Members familiar with design, operation and performance criteria of gas turbine combustion and reheat systems and to explore issues related to gas turbine pollutant emissions. 


      Introduction to gas turbine combustion systems:

      • Role of the combustor within the gas turbine
      • Introductory comments on combustion
      • The elements of a gas turbine combustor 
      • Types of combustors used in gas turbines life consideration
      • Design changes and drivers for design change
      • Fuel preparation and the ignition process for gas turbine combustion systems: Fuel preparation and atomisation using spray nozzles, airblast or vaporizing systems
      • Mixing and recirculation in combustors, relation to stability and outlet temperature profiles
      • The ignition process and ignition systems.


      • The role of diffusers in the gas turbine engine 
      • Flow characteristics and limitations  
      • Performance parameters and the influence of inlet conditions
      • Correlation charts
      • Design methods
      • Sudden expansions and short diffusers
      • Test techniques.

      Operational criteria for gas turbine combustion systems:

      • Pressure loss and combustion approaches to optimising combustor dimensions
      • Combustion efficiency considerations, implications of fuel type on fuel evaporation and efficiency.

      Gas turbine combustion generated pollutant emissions:

      • Background, fuel utilisation, pollutant types and implications
      • Legislation, design implications and design options
      • Current technology status
      • Pollutant production processes.

      Combustor cooling and metal temperatures:

      • Nature of the problem and possible design solutions  
      • Basis of film cooling and design considerations  
      • Heat transfer by internal and external convection
      • Internal and external radiative heat exchange
      • Determination of combustor wall metal temperatures 
      • Combustor materials and coatings.
      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On completion of the course the course members should be able to:

      • Discuss and evaluate the basic concepts and theories of gas turbine combustors and the influence of combustor design choices on overall engine performance
      • Recognise, differentiate and assess the aspects and influence of combustor structures, fuel preparation, ignition, diffuser performance calculation, operational criteria, pollutant emissions, cooling and material technology and reheat systems.
    • Engine Systems
      Module LeaderDr Yiguang Li - Senior Lecturer

      To familiarise course members with engine systems for stationary and aero gas turbines.


      Systems Symposium Topics

      Assessments of engine systems and auxiliaries for both aero and stationary gas turbines are addressed by means of a 'Systems Symposium', run by the MSc class.  Topics covered by the systems symposium include: intake systems for aero engines and industrial gas turbines; anti-icing systems for aeroengines and industrial gas turbines; start systems for aeroengines and industrial gas turbines; start sequences for industrial gas turbines; compressor bleed and variable guide vanes; variable geometry nozzle guide vanes; gas path sealing of aero gas turbines; noise control of gas turbines; air filtration for industrial gas turbines; compressor and turbine cleaning systems; full authority and other electronic control systems; key gas turbine component design technologies, etc.

      The objective is to undertake an evaluation of a specified aspect of gas turbine engineering, to make a presentation and to provide a technical review paper on the particular subject.

      Another aspect of the module is that the presentations are made in a conference format which requires the MSc students to work together to plan, organise and execute the events.

      Outline syllabus for a few sample individual topics:

      Ignition system: Requirements and problems of altitude relight.  Types of system -booster coils, high frequency, high energy and their applications.

      Starting Systems: Electrical systems - low and high voltage, turbine systems- cartridge, iso-propyl nitrate, fuel-air, gas turbine, low pressure air and hydraulic systems and their applications.

      Air systems: requirements, methods of cooling, pressure balancing of end loads, sealing, and applications. 

      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On completion of the course the course member will be able to:

      • Undertake an independent learning task to examine, evaluate and summarise, from a range of sources, the main technologies of a key aspect of gas turbine engineering
      • Based on the evaluation of the specific topic, make an assessment of the current state of the art and to identify future requirements, applications or technologies
      • To present the outcomes of the review, evaluation and future expectation material in the form of a written conference style paper and presentation.
    • Gas Turbine Theory and Performance
      Module LeaderProfessor Pericles Pilidis - Head of Power and Propulsion Department

      To familiarise course members with different types of gas turbine; their applications, design and transient performance. Also, to introduce simulation techniques.


      Gas Turbine Types and Applications

      • Effect of design pressure ratio and turbine temperature on the basic gas turbine cycle
      • Modifications of the basic cycle, compounding, intercooling, reheating, heat exchange, bypass and fan cycles.


      • Design point performance of turbojet and turboshaft cycles, effect of bypass ratio
      • Off design performance, effect of ambient temperature, altitude, throttle setting and flight speed
      • Non-dimensional representation
      • Gas turbine simulation
      • Effects of bleeds and power offtakes
      • Compressor turbine matching.

      Gas Turbine Transient Performance

      • Accelerations, decelerations, effects on surge margin
      • Transients of single shaft and multi-shaft engines
      • Transient performance simulation
      • Method of Continuity of Mass Flow (CMF) and method of Intercomponent Volumes (ICV)
      • Effects of heat transfer on transient performance.

      Variable Geometry

      • Surge alleviation, performance improvements, steady state and transient performance. 

      Variable Cycle Aircraft Engines

      • Requirement, effects on compressor operating lines, compressor variable geometry, turbine variable geometry.
      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On successful completion of the course the course members should be able to:

      • Plan, apply and assess the results from quantitative evaluations of gas turbine off-design and transient behaviour.
      • Through these quantitative evaluations, and with supporting discursive descriptions, demonstrate a working knowledge of how thermodynamic laws underpin a wide range of gas turbine engines.
    • Fatigue and Fracture
      Module LeaderDr Panagiotis Laskaridis - Director Centre For Gas Turbine Diagnostics and Life Cycle Costs

      To enable course members to determine the life cycle of machines and machine components.


      In this module it is proposed to introduce students to the problem of lifting machines for repeated (cyclic) loads. Of course, there must also be an awareness of the damage arising from (so-called) steady loads (proof case), and from high temperature (creep case), but without doubt, the most damaging of all the failure modes is fatigue, which arises when a load is applied repeatedly, as when a gas-turbine is operated many times, or when a component, within the gas turbine, vibrates.

      It is not intended to dwell on the metallurgic nature of fatigue but instead to introduce students to calculating techniques, some of them quite simple, with which they may be able to determine the probable life of a machine. Fatigue and fracture are simply two sides of the same coin since they both give us insight into the nature of cyclic fracture, and both allow the determination of the cyclic life of a component under certain operating conditions.

      Fatigue is essentially empirical in nature that is, based on experience going back to the age when wheels first fell off rolling stock. Fracture is much more analytical in nature, and based upon an analytical model of the small flaw (imperfection) which all failed components can be assumed to have held. The course is liberally sprinkled with worked examples. Emphasis is placed on the application of Fatigue and Fracture theory on aero and stationary gas turbines and their components including turbo-machinery shafts, blades and disks.

      Materials: Materials Selection Process, Gas Turbine Materials, Aluminium alloys, Titanium alloys, Nickel and Cobalt superalloys, Metal Matrix Composites, Ceramic Matrix Composites, Polymer Composites, Coatings Technology for gas turbines, Corrosion Resistant Coatings, Thermal Barrier Coatings, Future Gas Turbine Materials.

      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On completion of the course, the course members should be able to:

      • Discuss and evaluate the key aspects, concepts and theories of fatigue, fracture and materials within the context of gas turbine engines
      • Adopt appropriate theories to perform calculations related to the life of gas turbine components
      • Evaluate the results from these analyses.
    • 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.
    • Rotating Equipment Selection
      Module LeaderDr Joao Amaral Teixeira - Senior Lecturer

      To familiarise the course member with selection, design and operation of prime movers and driven rotating equipment.


      Electric Motors And Generators - An overview of the important electrical features of power generation.  This will provide an understanding of the design features of synchronous and asynchronous machines often driven by gas turbines.

      Pumps and Pumping Systems - Participants will be introduced to the basic principles of pumps including Euler equation, relation of pump geometry to design performance, cavitation, viscosity effects, part load behaviour, gas liquid pumping, etc. In particular, attention will be given to cavitation, gas-liquid and other multi-phase problems, and to the drive systems used, particularly gas turbine drives.

      Gas Turbines and Selection - An overview of their principles and modes of operation, and, selection criteria

      Gas Compressors - An insight will be given into the theory, selection, operating range and installation of the various types of compressor.  Some common installation problems will be discussed and analysed.

      Basic Turbomachinery Concepts – Energy transfer in turbomachines, non-dimensional parameters, flow in cascades and isolated airfoils, principles of turbomachinery design, three dimensional flows, definitions of efficiency, case studies.

      Plant Availability – distinguish the combined aspects of maintainability and reliability.

      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On completion of the course the course member should be able to :

      • Distinguish and assess the design, operation and maintenance of different driven equipment and prime movers including: electric motors and generators, pumps, gas compressors, fans and power generation gas turbines.
    • Turbomachinery
      Module LeaderDr David MacManus - Head of Gas Turbine Technology Group

      To familiarise Course Members with compressor and turbine aerodynamic design and performance by instruction, investigation and example.



      • Introduction to aerodynamics, thermofluids, and compressible flows.

      Compressor design and performance:

      • Comparison of axial and centrifugal compressors
      • Overall performance, achievable pressure ratio and efficiency
      • The effect of Reynolds number, Mach number, and incidence
      • Definition of isentropic and polytropic efficiency, effect of pressure ratio, performance at constant speed, surge and surge margin definitions,  running line, choking effects.

      The axial compressor stage:

      • Stage loading and flow parameters, limitation in design on pitch line basis
      • Definition and choice of reaction at design, effect on stage efficiency
      • The ideal and real stage characteristic, stall and choke
      • The free vortex solution, limitations due to hub/tip ratio 
      • Off-design performance
      • Choice of overall annulus geometry, axial spacing, aspect ratio, limitations of rear hub/tip ratio.

      Compressor Design Example:

      • Multi-stage compressor design example.
      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On completion of the course the course members should be able to:

      • Identify and analyse the preliminary design characteristics of turbomachinery components
      • Differentiate the design choices for axial compressors and turbines
      • Construct an assessment of the aspects which affect the design and performance of axial turbomachines
      • Make a technical presentation and produce a high quality written report on the design of a turbomachinery component and the whole engine context.


    • Computational Fluid Dynamics
      Module LeaderDr Karl Jenkins - Senior Lecturer

      To introduce the CFD techniques and tools for modelling, simulating and analysing practical engineering problems with hands on experience using commercial software packages used in industry. 


      Introduction to CFD and thermo-fluids: Introduction to the physics of thermo-fluids. Governing equations (continuity, momentum, energy and species conservation) and state of the art Computational Fluid Dynamics including modelling, grid generation, simulation, and high performance computing.  Case study of an Industrial problem and the physical process that CFD can be used to analyse

      Computational Engineering Exercise: specification for a CFD simulation. Requirements for accurate analysis and validation for multi scale problems

      Introduction to Turbulence and practical applications of Turbulence Models: Introduction to Turbulence and turbulent flows. Traditional turbulence modelling

      Advanced Turbulence Modelling: Introduction to Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) and Large eddy Simulation (LES)

      Practical sessions: A fluid process problem will be solved employing the widely-used industrial flow solver software FLUENT. Lectures will be followed by practical sessions to set up and simulate a problem incrementally.  Practical will cover the entire CFD process including geometric modelling, grid generation, flow solver, analysis, validation and visualisation.

      Intended Learning Outcomes

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

      • Demonstrate an understanding of the CFD process and appreciate the wide range of its applications
      • Compose the equations governing the flow and heat transfer in a fluid and posses the knowledge of how to solve them numerically
      • Appreciate the various methods for simulating turbulent flows
      • Simulate and practical engineering problem using FLUENT and critically analyse the results obtained.
    • Environmental Management
      Module LeaderDr Ilai Sher - Lecturer

      Full appreciation of the human impact on the environment and updated knowledge of pollution control equipment and environmental management systems and tools.


      Environmental pollution - an introduction: Pollution. Main ecological concepts. Ecosystem processes. The human dimension. Environmental gradients, tolerance and adaptation.  Major biogeochemical cycles.

      Atmospheric pollution: Sources, sinks and concentration trends for atmospheric pollutants. 

      Environmental impacts of atmospheric pollution: Global issues (global warming; ozone-layer depletion). Regional issues (acid deposition; the Arctic haze). Urban air pollution (urban growth patterns; urban air pollutants; atmospheric pollution and human health; effects of atmospheric pollution on plants). 

      Dispersal of atmospheric pollutants: Air pollution and meteorology (lapse rate and atmospheric stability; Temperature inversions; Atmospheric mixing height and ventilation coefficient). Dispersion modelling (plume rise; The Gaussian plume dispersion model).

      Control of atmospheric pollution: Particulate pollutants (gravity settling chambers; Centrifugal separators; Electrostatic precipitators; Filters and scrubbers). VOCs (Adsorption; Condensation; Absorption; Thermal oxidation; Bio-oxidation). SO2 (Removal of SO2 from rich waste gases; Sulphuric acid plants; Removal of SO2 from lean waste gases; Scrubbers; Dry systems; Wet-dry systems). NOx (Selective catalytic reduction; Selective non-catalytic reduction; Non-selective catalytic reduction). CO2 (Industrial emissions; The Kyoto Protocol; CO2 capture from flue-gas streams of fossil fuel-fired power plants; CO2 storage; CO2 utilisation). 

      Water pollutants and basic treatment principles: Water contaminants. Overview of drinking water treatment processes. Regulatory requirements for drinking water in Europe. 

      Wastewater pollutants and basic treatment principles: Rationalization of wastewater quality including the origin, abundance and classification of pollutants. Pollution measurement. Overview of regulations.  Brief description of common wastewater treatment processes and main principles. 

      Water flowsheet exercise: Exploration of the logical sequence of treatment processes required to achieve water/wastewater treatment.

      Solid waste management: Solid waste generation. Options for management of the waste. Waste recycling. Composting. Anaerobic digestion. Gasification. Pyrolysis. Refuse-derived fuels. Waste incineration. Waste disposal. Integrated solid waste management.  

      Overview of environmental law and legislation

      Introduction to environmental impact assessment

      Intended Learning Outcomes

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

      • Recognise the complexity of environmental issues facing industrial organisations
      • Identify  the emissions  of atmospheric and water pollutants from an industrial activity and assess their environmental impacts
      • Appraise critically available pollution control technology/equipment in order to make a successful selection of the most appropriate and viable option for a given application
      • Make sound judgement in the absence of complete data and communicate effectively conclusions obtained
      • Continue to advance their knowledge and assimilate new future technologies.
    • Mechanical Design of Turbomachinery
      Module LeaderDr Panagiotis Laskaridis - Director Centre For Gas Turbine Diagnostics and Life Cycle Costs

      To familiarise course members with the common  problems associated with the mechanical design and the lifting of the major rotating components of the gas turbine engine.


      Loads/forces/stresses in gas turbine engines: 

      • The origin of loads/forces/stresses in a gas turbine engine such as loads associated with: rotational inertia, flight, precession of shafts, pressure gradient, torsion, seizure, blade release, engine mountings within the airframe and bearings.  
      • Discussion of major loadings associated with the rotating components and those within the pressure casing including components subject to heating.

      Failure criteria:  

      • Monotonic failure criteria: proof, ultimate strength of materials.  
      • Theories of failure applied to bi-axial loads.  
      • Other failure mechanisms associated with gas turbine engines including creep and fatigue.  
      • Fatigue properties including SN and RM diagrams, the effect of stress concentration, mean stress etc.  
      • Cumulative fatigue, the double Goodman diagram technique to calculate the fatigue safety factor of gas turbine components. 
      • Methods of calculating the creep life of a component using the Larson-Miller Time-Temperature parameter.


      • The design of discs and blades.
      • Illustration of the magnitude of stresses in conventional axial flow blades by means of a simple desk-top method to include the effects of leaning the blade.  
      • The stressing of axial flow discs by means of a discretised hand calculation which illustrates the distribution and relative magnitude of the working stresses within a disc.  
      • The design of flanges and bolted structures.  
      • Leakage through a flanged joint and failure from fatigue.

      Blade vibration: 

      • Resonances.  
      • Desk top techniques for calculating the low order natural frequencies of turbomachine blades.  
      • Allowances for the effects of blade twist and centrifugal stiffening.  
      • Sources of blade excitation including stationary flow disturbance, rotating stall and flutter.  
      • Derivation of the Campbell diagram from which troublesome resonances may be identified.  
      • Allowances for temperature, pre-twist and centrifugal stiffening.  
      • Methods for dealing with resonances.  

      Turbomachine rotordynamics

      • Estimation of the critical speeds of shafts using the Rayleigh-Ritz and Dunkerley’s methods and their relevance to gas turbine engines.
      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On completion of the course the course members should be able to:

      • Describe and distinguish the design requirements and loads encountered by gas turbine components during normal operation.
      • Analyse, evaluate and assess loads, stresses and failure criteria on gas turbine components.
    • Gas Turbine Simulation and Diagnostics
      Module LeaderDr Yiguang Li - Senior Lecturer

      To provide course members with the ability to undertake gas turbine component performance calculations, diagnostics and to perform evaluations of gas turbine performance and deterioration. 


      Lecture content covers:

      • Basic theory and calculations for components (intake, nozzle, duct, compressor, turbine, combustor, intercooler and recuperator)
      • Design-point performance calculations
      • Off-design performance calculations and iteration techniques
      • Gas Turbine Performance Code: TURBOMATCH
      • Description of gas turbine performance degradation and faults
      • Description of most commonly used gas turbine condition monitoring techniques
      • Linear and on-linear GPA, and other performance analysis based diagnostic techniques
      • Gas path sensor fault and diagnostics
      • Gas path measurement and uncertainty
      • Gas turbine gas path diagnostics code.

      Practical content involves the use of the small gas turbine engine test facility and covers:

      • Laboratory performance test
      • Simulation of the engine performance using TURBOMATCH
      • Simulation of the deteriorated performance of the engine
      • Fault diagnosis using linear Gas path Analysis (GPA) by hand calculation
      • Fault diagnosis by non-linear GPA using appropriate software.
      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On completion of the course the course members should be able to:

      • Describe, calculate and evaluate gas turbine component performance at design and off-design points
      • Assess the influence of ambient conditions on gas turbine performance and the impact of different gas turbine degradation and faults
      • Compare and contrast different diagnostic techniques
      • Perform analyses to detect gas turbine faults with linear and non-linear GPA.
  • Assessment

    The final assessment is based on two components of equal weight; the taught modules (50%) and the individual research project (50%). Assessment is by examinations, assignments, presentations and thesis.

  • Start date, duration and location

    Start date: March or October

    Duration: 1 year full-time, 2-3 years part-time MSc by Research (by arrangement)

    Teaching location: Cranfield

  • Overview

    The MSc in Rotating Machinery, Engineering and Management is 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. You will receive a thorough grounding in the operation of different types of rotating machinery for aeronautical, marine and industrial applications.

    We have been at the forefront of postgraduate education in thermal power and gas turbine technology at Cranfield since 1946. We have a global reputation for our advanced postgraduate education, extensive research and applied continuing professional development.

    Cranfield University is very well located for visiting part-time students from all over the world, and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments. 

    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)
    • Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).
  • Informed by industry

    The course is founded upon the knowledge and experience gained by the Cranfield University, 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.

  • Your teaching team

    At Cranfield University will be taught by experienced academic staff including:

    Professor Pericles Pilidis, Course Director who 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, 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:

    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.

  • Facilities and resources

    Cranfield University has extensive gas turbine test/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:

    • Gas Turbine Engineering Laboratory
    • Icing Tunnel.

    Cranfield University offer 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.

    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, it is also vital for your future employability and career progression.    

  • Entry Requirements

    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.

    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 - £7,500

    Overseas student

    MSc Full-time - £17,500

    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

    A variety of funding, including industrial sponsorship, is available. Please contact us for details.

    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 by companies competing in the thermal power and environment sectors.

    Over 90% of the course graduates have found employment within 12 months of completing the course. Most 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.