Rational and economic use of energy, with the least damage to the environment, is vital for the future of our planet. Achieving energy efficiency and reducing environmental pollution are increasingly important aspects of professional engineering. This course equips graduates and practicing engineers with an in-depth understanding of the fundamental issues of energy thrift in the industrial and commercial sectors.

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At a glance

  • Start dateFull-time: October. Part-time: October
  • DurationOne year full-time, two-three years part-time.
  • DeliveryTaught modules 40%, Group projects 20%, Individual project 40%
  • QualificationMSc, PgDip, PgCert
  • Study typeFull-time / Part-time

Who is it for?

The MSc in Energy Systems and Processes consists of nine taught modules including an energy audit group project and an individual research project.

The course has been developed to provide up-to-date technical knowledge and skills required for achieving the better management of energy, designing of energy-efficient systems and processes, utilisation of renewable energy sources and the cost effective reduction and control of pollution. This knowledge can be directly applied to help various sectors of the economy in improving their competitiveness in the face of dwindling resources, probable substantial increases in unit energy costs and the urgent requirement to comply with the increasingly restrictive pollution control standards.

The course is suitable for engineering and applied science graduates who wish to embark on successful careers as environmentally aware energy professionals.

Why this course?

The MSc in Energy Systems and Thermal Processes, established in 1972, was the first of its type to be instituted in Europe, and remains the most prestigious degree in technical energy management in the UK. The course has evolved over the past 40 years from discussions with industrial experts, employers, sponsors and previous students. The content of the study programme is updated regularly to reflect changes arising from technical advances, economic factors and changes in legislation, regulations and standards. 

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

  • Demonstrate competence in the current concepts and theories governing energy flows, heat transfer and energy conversions
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the issues involved in the management of energy in industry and commerce, and the design of energy-efficient systems and processes
  • Effectively acquire and critically review information from various sources
  • Apply effectively learnt techniques and technologies to achieve cost-effective conservation of energy and reduction of environmental pollution in industrial/commercial applications
  • Assess the potential and viability of energy policies and projects and making informed judgement in the absence of complete data.

Informed by Industry

We have a world-class reputation for its industrial-scale research facilities and pilot-scale demonstration programmes in the energy area. Close engagement with the energy sector over the last 40 years has produced long-standing strategic partnerships with the sectors most prominent organisations including Alstom Power, BP, Cummins Power Generation, Doosan Babcock, E.ON, npower, Rolls Royce, Shell, Siemens and Total.

Our strategic links with industry ensure that all of the materials taught on the course are relevant, timely and meet the needs of organisations competing within the energy sector. This industry-led education makes our graduates some of the most desirable in the world for energy companies to recruit.

Your teaching team

You will be taught by our experienced leading technology experts including:

  • Dr Ilai Sher, Course Director. A specialist in the study of thermo-fluid phenomena and thermal systems, particularly boiling heat-transfer,IC engines, and spraying systems.
  • Dr Ossama M Badr, whose teaching and research interest are mainly in the areas of heat transfer, modelling of energy and thermal systems, renewable-energy utilisation, technical and economic assessment of energy-policy options, and atmospheric pollution.

Our teaching team work closely with business and have academic and industrial experience. The course also includes visiting lecturers from industry who will relate the theory to current best practice. 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.


This MSc degree is accredited by Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).


Course details

The taught programme for the Energy Systems and Thermal Processes masters is generally delivered from October to March and is comprised of eight compulsory taught modules and one optional module to select from a choice of three. A typical module consists of five days of intensive postgraduate level structured lectures, tutorials or workshops covering advanced aspects of each subject.

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.

Group project

The Energy Audit group project is part of the Energy Management for Industry module. It requires teams of students to carry out energy audits on selected industrial/commercial sites. Teams must produce prioritised recommendations to reduce energy costs. Each team is expected to present findings and conclusions at various stages and submit a final report for assessment. 

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.

Individual project

The individual research project allows you to delve deeper into a specific area of interest. As our academic research is so closely related to industry, it is common for our industrial partners to put forward real practical problems or areas of development as potential research topics. The individual research project component takes place between April and August.

For part-time students, it is common that their research project is undertaken in collaboration with their place of work. 

Research projects will involve designs, computer simulations, feasibility assessments, reviews, practical evaluations and experimental investigations.

Typical areas of research include:

  • Modelling of energy-conversion systems and thermal processes
  • Renewable energy utilisation schemes
  • Control of environmental pollution
  • Combustion and heat transfer processes.
Recent individual research projects Include:

  • Feasibility study for a mini hydropower plant in Peru
  • Developing a self-powered generator for energy usage
  • Feasibility assessment of Installing photovoltaic systems in a house in Alicante, Spain
  • Biomass gasification plants for decentralised small scale rural electrification in Northern Ghana: Assessing the economic viability of its utilisation
  • Thermal analysis on a vertical axis wind turbine generator
  • Investigation of jet pump performance under multiphase flow conditions.


Taught modules 40%, Group projects 20%, Individual project 40%

University Disclaimer

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the core modules and some optional modules affiliated with this programme which ran in the academic year 2017–2018. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2018 entry. All modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Compulsory modules
All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course

Heat Transfer

Module Leader
  • Dr Ilai Sher

    An in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of heat transfer and practical tools for solving heat-transfer problems and design of heat-transfer equipment.

    • Modes of heat transfer. Conduction: Thermal conductivity. The differential heat-conduction equation. One-dimensional, steady‑state conduction. Two-dimensional, steady‑state conduction. Transient heat conduction.
    • Convection: Forced and free convection. The convective heat‑transfer coefficient. Fluid flow and the boundary‑layer concept. Turbulence. Boundary‑layer equations. The conservation equations. Boundary-layer equations. Analytical and integral solutions of boundary-layer equations. Analogy between heat and momentum transfer. Dimensional analyses of convective heat transfer.
    • Empirical and practical relations for forced convection: Flows over flat plates. A cylinder and a sphere in cross flow. Tube bundles in cross flow. Forced convection in packed beds. Forced convection inside tubes and ducts.
    • Empirical relations for Natural convection: Vertical planes and cylinders. Horizontal cylinders. Horizontal plates. Inclined surfaces. Spheres. Enclosures. Channels between parallel plates. Combined natural and forced convection.
    • Thermal radiation: Physical mechanism. Intensity of radiation and emissive power. Irradiation. Blackbody radiation. Radiation properties of surfaces. Radiation exchange between surfaces. Radiant energy transfer through absorbing and emitting media.
    • Boiling heat transfer: Fundamentals of boiling heat transfer. Pool boiling. External forced-convection boiling. Internal forced-convection boiling. Pressure drop in forced-convection boiling systems.
    • Condensation heat transfer: Mechanisms of condensation. Film condensation. Dropwise condensation.
    • Case studies:  Application of numerical techniques for solving a one‑dimensional, transient conduction problem with radiative and convective boundary conditions. Steady‑state analysis of a combined conduction, convection and radiation Heat transfer problem.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the principles governing the transfer of heat and apply a range of techniques, tools and skills to analyse and solve typical engineering problems
  • Formulate appropriate procedures/strategies for solving complex problems and making sound judgements in the absence of complete data
  • Critically evaluate and analyse energy flows in complicated systems and design heat-transfer equipment.

Industrial Heating Systems

Module Leader
  • Dr Ilai Sher

    An understanding of the fundamentals of operation and characteristics of combustion systems and applying these for modelling and design of energy-efficient furnaces and boilers.


    Combustion and Fuels (12 class contact hours)

    • Thermodynamic analysis of combustion processes: Basic reaction chemistry. Chemistry of combustion. Heat of formation. Enthalpy and internal energy of combustion. Calorific values. Adiabatic flame temperature. Dissociation and chemical equilibrium.
    • Primary fuels: Primary solid fuels. Primary liquid fuels. Characteristics of fuel oils. Unconventional sources of liquid fuels.  Primary gaseous fuels. Unconventional sources of gaseous fuels. Transport fuels.
    • Secondary fuels: Carbonisation of solid fuels. Gasification of coal. Gasification of oils. Reforming of petroleum gases. Hydrogen production. Liquid fuels from coal. Conversion efficiency.
    • Combustion systems: General principles. Combustion of gaseous fuels (Gaseous flames and burners, combustion characteristics of gases and burner design). Combustion of liquid fuels. Combustion of coal (combustion of coal on grates, pulverised-coal combustion, the cyclone furnace and fluidised-bed combustion).
    • Combustion efficiency. Emission of pollutants from combustion systems:  Formation of trace species. Emission factors. Emission standards. Emission-abatement technologies for combustion processes.

    Furnaces and Boilers (18 class contact hours)

    • Open-flame furnaces: Furnace types and classification. Aerodynamic and heat transfer in furnaces.
    • Mathematical modelling of furnace performance: The single gas‑zone model. The "long" furnace and other multi‑zone models.  Validation of furnace models.
    • Efficient furnace operation: Effect of operating variables. Reduction of furnace‑wall losses. Temperature control in industrial furnaces. Oxygen enrichment in combustion processes.
    • Industrial boilers: Sectional, shell and water‑tube boilers. Design features of shell boilers. Boiler water treatment and conditioning. Gas‑side corrosion and fouling problems. Oil and gas‑firing of boilers. Coal firing. Wastes as boiler fuels.  Boiler efficiency and part‑load operation. Condensing boilers.
    • Waste‑heat recovery from furnaces. Environmental aspects: Smoke formation and control. Control of other particulate emissions. Overall collection and grade efficiencies. NOx formation and control. Industrial‑chimney design.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Evaluate combustion processes based on a comprehensive understanding of the governing principle laws and  appraise various fuels and their characteristics
  • Analyse the performance of various combustion systems, and evaluate techniques to reduce the formation and emission of pollutants in stationary and mobile combustion systems
  • Assess the operation of furnaces and boilers based on a fundamental understanding of the governing laws, and debate issues influencing the design/selection of furnaces and boilers and future trends
  • Design energy-efficient furnaces and boilers based on successful application of heat transfer and combustion modelling.

Power Generation Systems

Module Leader

    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 this module a student should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate 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

Thermal Systems Operation and Design

Module Leader
  • Dr Ilai Sher

    An understanding of the fundamentals and technologies employed in the management of thermal energy and the tools available for the analysis of performance and design of thermal systems. 


    Heat exchanger Design and Operation

    • Heat exchangers: Classification. Theoretical principles and design of recuperative systems (effectiveness, NTU and capacity ratio approach for parallel-, counter- and cross-flow configurations). Series cross‑flow arrangements. Regenerative heat exchangers (intermittent and continuous systems). Pressure‑loss assessment. Heat‑exchanger optimisation (optimal pressure drop and surface area to maximise economic returns.
    • Process integration: Heat-exchanger network. Utility systems. Fundamentals of pinch analysis and Energy Analysis.

    Waste Heat Recovery and Thermal Storage

    • Waste‑heat recovery: Sources of waste heat. Heat recovery for industrial applications. Energy density considerations. Economics of waste-heat recovery.
    • Thermal storage: Principles and application to hot and cold systems. Storage duration and scale. Sensible and latent heat systems.  Phase-change storage materials. Application to source and load matching.

    Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

    • Application of refrigeration and air conditioning.
    • Vapour-compression refrigeration systems: Simple systems. Multi-stage compressor systems. Multi-evaporator systems.
    • Refrigerants:  Halocarbon refrigerants. CFC alternatives. Refrigerant-selection criteria.
    • Refrigeration compressors: Reciprocating compressors. Rotary screw compressors. Scroll compressors. Vane compressors. Centrifugal compressors.
    • Expansion devices: Capillary tubes. Thermostatic expansion valves. Constant-pressure expansion valves.
    • Absorption refrigeration: The absorption process. Properties of fluid-pair solutions. The basic absorption cycle. Double-effect systems.  Advances in absorption-refrigeration technology.
    • Psychrometry and principle Air-conditioning processes: Psychrometry. Heating, cooling, humidification and dehumidification processes.
    • Air conditioning equipment: Humidifiers. Air washers. Cooling towers.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Analyse and design heat exchangers, competently applying the principles of heat transfer, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics
  • Construct optimised heat exchanger networks by applying principles of process integration
  • Recognise and debate  the issues related to the efficient use of thermal energy and appraise  techniques and technologies employed
  • Design and analyse the performance of refrigeration and air conditioning  systems.

Renewable Energy Technologies: Systems

Module Leader
    Building on the fundamental understanding of the available renewable energy technologies, it is important to understand the in-depth operating principles, development and small/large scale systems of the main renewable energy generation technologies.  The purpose of this module is to cover the state-of-the-art knowledge on the whole technological systems that make up the renewable energy mix.  This module will recap solar energy, waste and biomass and wind and explore energy storage technologies.  Additionally the management of demand and smart grids will be covered in this module, allowing students to understand the concepts of a dynamic low carbon energy system. 
    • The current energy demand and methods of managing changing demand patterns, including the use of smart metering and smart grids;
    • Energy Storage (fundamentals of Chemical, Biological, Electrochemical, Electrical, Mechanical and Thermal Storage- link to energy generation technology);
    • The concept of a resilient energy system made up of a broad range of renewable energy technologies.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Discuss the concept of an energy system with regards to demand management, managing intermittency and smart grids;
  • Describe and explain the main renewable energy systems and critically discuss how these differ to the conventional energy mix and the challenges with moving towards a low carbon energy future;
  • Critically analyse how different renewable energy technologies will co-exist to form a national resilient energy system

Management for Technology

Module Leader
  • Stephen Carver

    The importance of technology leadership in driving the technical aspects of an organisations products, innovation, programmes, operations and strategy is paramount, especially in today’s turbulent commercial environment with its unprecedented pace of technological development.  Demand for ever more complex products and services has become the norm.  The challenge for today’s manager is to deal with uncertainty, to allow technological innovation and change to flourish but also to remain within planned parameters of performance.  Many organisations engaged with technological innovation struggle to find engineers with the right skills.  Specifically, engineers have extensive subject/discipline knowledge but do not understand management processes in organisational context.  In addition, STEM graduates often lack interpersonal skills.

    • Engineers and Technologists in organisations: The role of organisations and the challenges facing engineers and technologies.
    • People management: Understanding you. Understanding other people. Working in teams. Dealing with conflicts.
    • The Business Environment: Understanding the business environment; identifying key trends and their implications for the organisation.
    • Strategy and Marketing: Developing effective strategies; Focusing on the customer; building competitive advantage; The role of strategic assets.
    • Finance: Profit and loss accounts. Balance sheets. Cash flow forecasting.Project appraisal.
    • New product development: Commercialising technology. Market drivers. Time to market. Focusing technology. Concerns.
    • Business game: Working in teams (companies), students will set up and run a technology company and make decisions on investment, R&D funding, operations, marketing and sales strategy.
    • Negotiation: Preparation for Negotiations. Negotiation process. Win-Win solutions.
    • Presentation skills: Understanding your audience. Focusing your message. Successful presentations. Getting your message across.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Recognise the importance of teamwork in the performance and success of organisations with particular reference to commercialising technological innovation.
  • Operate as an effective team member, recognising the contribution of individuals within the team, and capable of developing team working skills in themselves and others to improve overall performance of a team.
  • Compare and evaluate the impact of the key functional areas (strategy, marketing and finance) on the commercial performance of an organisation, relevant to the manufacture of a product or provision of a technical service.
  • Design and deliver an effective presentation that justifies and supports any decisions or recommendations made.
  • Argue and defend their judgements through constructive communication and negotiating skills.

Elective modules
A selection of modules from the following list need to be taken as part of this course

Computational Fluid Dynamics for Industrial Processes

Module Leader
  • Dr Patrick Verdin

    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 & 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 industrial problems and the physical processes where CFD can be used.
    • Computational Engineering Exercise: specification for a CFD simulation. Requirements for accurate analysis and validation for multi scale problems. Introduction to Turbulence & practical applications of Turbulence Models: Introduction to Turbulence and turbulent flows. Traditional turbulence modelling. 
    • Advanced Turbulence Modelling: Introduction to Reynolds-averaged Navier Stokes (RANS) simulations and large-eddy simulation (LES).
    • Practical sessions: A fluid process problem is solved employing the widely-used industrial flow solver software FLUENT. Lectures are followed by practical sessions to set up and simulate a problem incrementally.  Practical sessions cover the entire CFD process including geometric modelling, grid generation, flow solver, analysis, validation and visualisation.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Assemble and evaluate the different components of the CFD process.
  • Explain the governing equations for fluid flows and how to solve them computationally.
  • Compare and contrast various methods for simulating turbulent flows applicable to mechanical and process engineering.
  • Set up simulations and evaluate a practical problem using a commercial CFD package.
  • Design CFD modelling studies for use in industrial design of complex systems.

Advanced Control Systems

Module Leader
  • Dr Yi Cao

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

    • System dynamics: Modelling of typical physical systems. 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. Feedforward control. Control of non-linear systems. Control of systems 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 industrial control.
    • Design packages for process control systems: Examples including Simulink and MATLAB.
    • Case studies: Examples will be chosen from a range of industrial systems including mechanical, chemical and fluid systems
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Evaluate and select appropriate modelling techniques for dynamic systems
  • Formulate control methodologies in feedback, feedforward and cascade loops
  • Recognise and critically appraise the key design tools and procedures for continuous and discrete controllers of dynamic systems

Energy Production Emissions Control, Carbon Capture and Transport

Module Leader
  • Dr Kumar Patchigolla

    Energy supply involves the integration of electricity and heat generation technologies (along with nuclear and renewable options) combined with the transmission and distribution to customers. This module provides a basic understanding of current and future systems, the technologies required for compliance with current environmental legislation and the developments to meet future restrictions on the emission of greenhouse gases, primarily CO2. CO2 capture and storage represent a viable near-term option to reduce CO2 emissions from current and future electricity and other industrial plants to avoid locking in CO2 emissions from these plants as countries strive to meet ever tighter greenhouse gas emissions regulations. Over 90% of the industrial infrastructure in the world relies on the burning of fossil fuels in air with the resulting flue gas typically containing low concentrations of CO2. This module focuses on approaches currently used or being developed to separate CO2 (and other pollutants from these flue gases), its transportation and long-term storage.  

    • General understanding of electricity/heat generation technologies and their integration into energy systems
    • The large point sources of CO2 emissions, fossil fuel plants such as power stations, oil refineries, petrochemical and gas plants, steel and large cement plants.
    • Emission control options for NOx, SOx, particulates and trace metals
    • The main approaches to capturing CO2 , covering pre-combustion, post-combustion, oxy-combustion, chemical looping, etc
    • CO2 transport by land via pipelines and tankers (rail, road and barge), or by sea using ships
    • Different CO2 storage options, including the difference between value added and non-value added storage options
    • The role of CO2 capture and storage within utilities company: Electricity /Gas /CO2 /Grid
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate technologies used in electricity and heat generation and their current status of development, analyse impact of energy supply on global climate change
  • Discuss and critically analyse emissions control technologies developed for energy industry, including their advantages, disadvantages and commercial readiness
  • Critically evaluate greenhouse gas emission control technologies and design/propose appropriate CO2 capture, transport and storage strategy to be integrated into energy systems
  • Critically evaluate CO2 capture, compression, transport and storage technologies and their integration into power plants and assess main operating issues associated to the technologies
  • Analyse and determine the best options for the control of emissions and other residues from plants using different fuels

Advanced Optimisation of Process and Energy Systems

Module Leader
  • Dr Giorgos Kopanos

    To introduce fundamental optimisation principles and tools for the design, analysis and optimisation of processes and operations in the energy and process industry.

    • Nonlinear unconstrained and constrained optimisation principles.
    • Linear programming.
    • Mixed integer programming.
    • Decision-making model building.
    • Introduction to multi-parametric programming.
    • Optimisation under uncertainty.
    • Introduction to general algebraic modelling languages (i.e., GAMS and AIMMS).
    • Several optimisation problems to be addressed, such as:
      • Heat exchanger networks design.
      • Process synthesis and optimal selection of processes.
      • Operational and cleaning planning of network of compressors.
      • Production scheduling and planning.
      • Energy planning of combined heat and power systems.
      • Supply chain operations in energy and process industries.
    • Presentation of real case studies from the energy and process industry.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Appraise basic optimisation and model building principles, and a familiarity with optimisation tools.
  • Apply effectively state-of-the-art decision-making approaches in supply chain problems (process and energy systems).
  • Apply competently optimisation methods for problems related to energy and process industries.
  • Design and optimise the operational aspects of a process plant or energy system using optimisation tools. 

Fees and funding

European Union students applying for university places in the 2017 to 2018 academic year and the 2018 to 2019 academic year will still have access to student funding support. Please see the UK Government’s announcement (21 April 2017).

Cranfield University welcomes applications from students from all over the world for our postgraduate programmes. The Home/EU student fees listed continue to apply to EU students.

MSc Full-time £8,500
MSc Part-time £1,635 *
  • * The annual registration fee is quoted above and will be invoiced annually. An additional fee of £1,340 per module is also payable on receipt of invoice. 
  • ** Fees can be paid in full up front, or in equal annual instalments, up to a maximum of two payments per year; first payment on or before registration and the second payment six months after the course start date. Students who complete their course before the initial end date will be invoiced the outstanding fee balance and must pay in full prior to graduation.

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A deposit may be payable, depending on your course.
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged and can be found below.
  • 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 Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.

For further information regarding tuition fees, please refer to our fee notes.

MSc Full-time £19,000
MSc Part-time £19,000 **
  • * The annual registration fee is quoted above and will be invoiced annually. An additional fee of £1,340 per module is also payable on receipt of invoice. 
  • ** Fees can be paid in full up front, or in equal annual instalments, up to a maximum of two payments per year; first payment on or before registration and the second payment six months after the course start date. Students who complete their course before the initial end date will be invoiced the outstanding fee balance and must pay in full prior to graduation.

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A deposit may be payable, depending on your course.
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged and can be found below.
  • 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 Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.

For further information regarding tuition fees, please refer to our fee notes.

Funding Opportunities

To help students in finding and securing appropriate funding we have created a funding finder where you can search for suitable sources of funding by filtering the results to suit your needs. Visit the funding finder.

GREAT China Scholarship
The GREAT Cranfield University Scholarship China is jointly funded by Cranfield University and the British Council. Two scholarships of £11,000 each for Chinese students are available.

The Cranfield Scholarship

We have a limited number of scholarships available for candidates from around the world applying for the 2017 intake. Scholarships are awarded to applicants who show both aptitude and ability for the subject they are applying. Find out more about the Cranfield Scholarship

Postgraduate Loan from Student Finance England

A Postgraduate Loan is now available for UK and EU applicants to help you pay for your Master’s course. You can apply for a loan at GOV.UK

Santander MSc Scholarship

The Santander Scholarship at Cranfield University is worth £5,000 towards tuition fees for full-time master's courses. Check the scholarship page to find out if you are from an eligible Santander Universities programme country.

Chevening Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships are awarded to outstanding emerging leaders to pursue a one-year master’s at Cranfield university. The scholarship includes tuition fees, travel and monthly stipend for Master’s study.

Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Countries

Students from developing countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship which includes tuition fees, travel and monthly stipend for Master’s study.

Future Finance Student Loans

Future Finance offer student loans of up to £40,000 that can cover living costs and tuition fees for all student at Cranfield University.

Erasmus+ Student Loans

This new loan scheme for EU students is offered by Future Finance and European Investment Fund and provides smart, flexible loans of up to £9,300.

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.

Conacyt (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia)

Cranfield offers competitive scholarships for Mexican students in conjunction with Conacyt (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia) in science, technology and engineering.

Delta Foundation Chevening Scholarships Taiwan

The Chevening/Delta Environmental Scholarship Scheme is designed to promote environmental awareness and increase future activity to tackle environmental issues, in particular climate change, by offering two joint scholarships for students from Taiwan.

Entry requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree 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.

Applicants who do not fulfil the standard entry requirements can apply for the Pre-Masters programme, successful completion of which will qualify them for entry to this course for a second year of study.

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. Our minimum requirements are as follows:

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 is 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 must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking a IELTS for UKVI test.

Applicants who do not already meet the English language entry requirement for their chosen Cranfield course can apply to attend one of our Presessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. We offer Winter/Spring and Summer programmes each year to offer holders.

Your career

There is a considerable demand for environmentally aware energy specialists with in-depth technical knowledge and practical skills. Our industry-led education makes graduates of this program some of the most desirable in the world for recruitment by companies and organisations competing in the energy sector.

Graduates of the course have been successful in gaining employment in energy, environmental and engineering consultancies and design practices, research organisations and government departments. A number of our MSc graduates follow further research studies leading to PhD degrees at Cranfield and in other academic institutions.

Recent graduates have gained positions with:

  • Alstom Power
  • Blue Circle Cement
  • British Gas
  • Ceylon Electricity Board, Sri Lanka
  • DELPHI Automotive Systems, Mexico
  • Electrolux, Denmark
  • Energy Saving Trust
  • Environmental Agency
  • Ministry of Energy (Botswana, Jordan, Tanzania, Uganda)
  • Powergen
  • Scottish Power
  • Unilever.
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I consider my experience at Cranfield University a positive one as I have had the opportunity to study an MSc in a foreign country, in an international environment.

Alberto Tejeda de la Cruz ,


Online application form. UK students are normally expected to attend an interview and financial support is best discussed at this time. Overseas and EU students may be interviewed by telephone.

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