Welding is integral to the manufacture of a wide-range of products. This course provides the practical and theoretical knowledge required to become a welding engineer and a materials and joining specialist. Cover modern welding techniques, automation, metallurgy, materials science, welding processes, design, quality and related equipment.

At a glance

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

Who is it for?

This course will provide you with a fundamental understanding of welding technologies and an awareness of recent technical developments within the relevant industries. It will also improve your communication, presentation, analytical and problem solving skills. Our graduates are highly sought after by international companies using welding and joining technologies, and are able to attain positions of significant engineering responsibility.

In addition, you will be qualified to act as responsible persons as defined by European and international quality standards, and will have met a major part of the requirements for membership of the appropriate professional organisations with knowledge, skills and experience of managing research and development projects.

Why this course?

Welding is integral to the manufacture of a wide-range of products, from high power laser welding of large ships, to microjoining of thin wires to circuit boards. The  joining continues to expand; in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries; in transport, including automotive, aerospace, and shipbuilding; in manufacture of electronic systems; in defence industries; and in general manufacturing. This MSc addresses these needs, and covers a wide-range of areas that are part of modern welding technology such as automation, metallurgy and materials science, welding processes, design, and quality.

There are numerous benefits associated with undertaking a postgraduate programme of study at Cranfield University, including:

  • Study in a postgraduate-only environment where Masters' graduates can secure positions in full-time employment in their chosen field, or undertake academic research
  • Teaching by leading academics as well as industrial practitioners
  • Work alongside a strong research team
  • Dedicated support for off-campus learners including extensive information resources managed by Cranfield University's library
  • Consultancy to companies supporting their employees on part-time programmes, in relation to individual projects.

Informed by Industry

Our courses are designed to meet the training needs of industry and have a strong input from experts in their sector. Students who have excelled have their performances recognised through course awards. The awards are provided by high profile organisations and individuals, and are often sponsored by our industrial partners. Awards are presented on Graduation Day.

Your teaching team

You will be taught by internationally leading academics and practitioners. This will ensure you are aware of cutting-edge tools, techniques and innovations.

Accreditation

The MSc in Welding Engineering is accredited by The Welding Institute (TWI), Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3), Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer.  Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergradudate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Please note accreditation applies to the MSc award. PgDip and PgCert do not meet in full the further learning requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Course details

The course comprises seven assessed modules, a group project and an individual research project. The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through practical work, written examinations, case studies, essays, presentations and tests. These provide the 'tools' required for the group and individual projects.

Group project

The group project experience is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. Teams of students work to solve an industrial problem. The project applies technical knowledge and provides training in teamwork and the opportunity to develop non-technical aspects of the taught programme. Part-time students can prepare a dissertation on an agreed topic in place of the group project.

Industrially orientated, our team projects have support from external organisations. As a result of external engagement Cranfield students enjoy a higher degree of success when it comes to securing employment. Prospective employers value the student experience where team working to find solutions to industrially based problems are concerned.

Watch video: Paul Ewers, Visteon Engineering Services, talks about his involvement in the Manufacturing Group Project at Cranfield University.

Watch video: Manufacturing MSc students talk about their experience of the Manufacturing Group Projects at Cranfield University. 

Individual project

This provides experience of undertaking research into a specific welding issue that is of interest and benefit to a company. The research project is usually on a topic of direct relevance to industry, and for full-time students is performed using the wide-range of welding equipment in our Welding Engineering Research Centre. In some cases, it may be possible to undertake the research project with an industry sponsor at their premises. For part-time students, the research project is usually performed at their employer's premises on a topic of interest to the student and the employer.

Assessment

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 2016–2017. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2017 entry. All modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Core modules

Introduction to Materials Engineering

Module Leader
  • Dr David Ayre
  • Dr Supriyo Ganguly
Aim

    The aim of this module is to enable the student to understand the structure and properties of materials, to understand how fabrication processes affect structure and properties, and how this determines materials properties, and to apply this knowledge to the use of materials in applications.

Syllabus
    • Introduction to materials: Atomic structure, crystal structure, imperfections, diffusion, mechanical properties, dislocations and strengthening mechanisms, phase diagrams, phase transformations, solidification, corrosion
    • Basic and alloy steels, tensile behaviour of metals, work and precipitation hardening, recovery and re-crystallisation
    • Structural steels - C-Mn ferrite-pearlite structural steels, specifications and influence of composition, heat treatment and microstructure on mechanical properties.  Fracture, weldability and the influence of welding on mechanical properties
    • Corrosion Resistant Materials - stainless steels - austenitic, ferritic, martensitic and duplex stainless steels - compositions, microstructures, properties
    • Welding and joining processes, weld metal, heat affected zones and weld cracking
    • Non-metallic Materials - polymers and composites manufacturing issues, physical properties and  mechanical behaviour
    • Structure and properties and applications of ceramics. Principles underlying electrical and magnetic properties of materials.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles of material structures on a micro and macro scale, and be able to relate microstructure to mechanical performance
  • Explain how the chemical composition, microstructure and processing route for steels and non-ferrous alloys influence the resulting mechanical properties
  • Identify and apply methodologies for the  selection of specific materials (steels, stainless steels, polymers, composites, and corrosion resistant alloys) for different applications
  • Be able to relate fracture, corrosion and welding behaviour to particular alloys
  • Be able to select appropriate manufacturing processes for composites and ceramics
  • Relate magnetic and electrical behaviour of materials to specific materials.

Welding Processes and Equipment

Module Leader
  • Colegrove, Dr Paul P.A.
Aim
    The aim of this module is to provide the student with a description of the physical principles, operating characteristics and practical applications of a variety of welding processes to enable selection of a suitable process for a particular application.
Syllabus
    • TIG welding
    • Plasma arc welding
    • Metal transfer in consumable electrode processes
    • Metal Inert Gas (MIG) / Metal Active Gas (MAG)
    • Manual metal arc welding
    • Flux cored arc welding
    • Submerged arc welding
    • Power source design and principles.
    • Thermal cutting and other edge preparation processes
    • Brazing
    • Preheating
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
  • Appraise a variety of arc and non-arc welding processes
  • Select and compare different processes for a particular application
  • Diagnose faults in these processes
  • Relate the safety issues associated with each process and propose appropriate control measures.

Design of Welded Structures

Module Leader
  • Colegrove, Dr Paul P.A.
Aim

    The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of the fundamentals of strength of materials and its application to weldments, and to appreciate the factors involved in design and performance of welded structures.

Syllabus
    • Fundamentals of strength of materials
    • Basics of weld design
    • Design principles of welded structures
    • Economic weld design and selection of joint preparation
    • Joint design – tolerances, welding symbols and standards
    • Residual Stress and Distortion
    • Design of welded structures – static loading
    • Design for thermodynamic loading – pressure vessels
    • Fundamentals of fracture mechanics
    • Fitness-for-purpose for fracture
    • Fundamentals of fatigue and fracture
    •  Design for dynamic loading
    • Design of lightweight structures – aluminium and its alloys
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
  • Understand the fundamentals of strength of materials
  • Understand basic weld design principles
  • Apply welding symbols on drawings
  • Select the most appropriate edge preparation to enable the weld to be manufactured economically.
  • Describe the factors that affect weld cost.
  • Design joints that minimise the effects of residual stress and distortion.
  • Understand the different types of loading which welded structures are subjected to.
  • Analyse the behaviour of structures under static loading
  • Analyse the behaviour of welded components under dynamic loading
  • Understand the principles of fracture mechanics, and its application of welded structures.

Management of Weld Quality

Module Leader
  • Dr Supriyo Ganguly
Aim

    The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of the fundamentals of quality management related to welding fabrication, including quality systems and non-destructive examination, and to provide the student with the knowledge to manage health and safety in welding.

Syllabus
    • Introduction to quality assurance
    • Weld quality standards – IS0 9000 and ISO 3834
    • Quality control during manufacture – weld procedure specification and qualification
    • Welder qualification
    • Introduction to Non-destructive examination (NDE) and types of weld imperfections
    • Fundamentals of NDE methods (dye penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current, acoustic emission, radiographic inspection)
    • Ultrasonic Inspection
    • Qualification and certification of NDE personnel
    • Health and Safety.
Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Understand the principles of quality management
  • Apply National and International standards to achieve required weld quality
  • Specify, qualify and operate weld procedures to appropriate standards
  • Identify appropriate NDE techniques for welded fabrications, and have a basic understanding of interpretation of NDE examinations
  • Manage workplace practices to ensure adequate health and safety.

Advanced Welding Processes

Module Leader
  • Professor Stewart Williams
Aim

    The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of the principles behind the most recent developments in welding processes. There is a strong emphasis on laser welding and processing as well as recent developments in arc processes and resistance welding. The module will cover the physical principles, operating characteristics and practical applications of each process.

Syllabus
    • Fundamentals of lasers, optics and fibre optics Laser welding including hybrid processes
    • Laser material interactions
    • Laser sources, optics and fibre optics
    • Advanced arc welding
    • Solid state processes
    • Friction welding
    • Additive manufacture
    • Advanced resistance welding
    • Dissimilar material welding
    • Repair welding
    • Weld metal engineering
    • Electron beam welding
    • Process monitoring
    • Other laser processes
    • Material characteristics and response to laser.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student will:

  • Understand the recent developments in welding technology and where these new processes can be used
  • Understand the physical principles behind the operation of these processes
  • Understand how to select the most appropriate welding system for a particular application and analyse the economic benefits
  • Understand the physical and engineering principles behind each application and the methods for maximising process efficiency.

Welding Metallurgy

Module Leader
  • Dr Supriyo Ganguly
Aim

    The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of the microstructures of welded joints in ferrous and non-ferrous alloys and the factors which lead to weld defects, and to provide knowledge on the joining of castings, coated steels, plastics, ceramics and composites.

Syllabus
    • Metallographic examinations
    • Welding of aluminium, copper, and nickel based alloys
    • Joining dissimilar metals
    • Welding of castings – cast steel and cast iron
    • Wear and Protective Layers
    • Welding of Stainless Steels
    • Joining materials for low and high temperature applications.
    • Joining of coated steels
    • Case studies, welding failures
    • Joining processes for plastics
    • Joining processes for advanced materials – ceramics and composites.
Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Understand the techniques and processes suitable for welding non-ferrous alloys
  • Apply physical metallurgy principles to explain the response of non-ferrous metals to welding
  • Interpret the microstructures of welds for a wide range of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys
  • Evaluate the causes of defects in welds
  • Recommend the procedures and methods necessary to prevent weld defects
  • Understand the principles involved in joining of non-metals.

Welding Systems and Research Methods

Module Leader
  • Colegrove, Dr Paul P.A.
Aim

    This module will enable students to gain an understanding of the physical principles and operating characteristics of selected welding processes, and of automated welding and welding sensors. The module is also intended to develop students’ skills in communication, project management and research methods.

Syllabus
    • Fundamentals of welding automation
    • Welding sensors and data acquisition
    • Welding process optimisation
    • Principles of robotic welding
    • Welding software
    • Project management
    • Critical evaluation of literature
    • Design and analysis of experiments
    • Evaluation and industrial implementation of research data
    • Welding and cutting laboratory
    • Economics of weld fabrication
    • Plant facilities, welding jigs and fixtures.
Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Understand the physical and engineering principles of welding sensors, and automated and robotic welding systems
  • Develop skills in evaluation and assessment of research and industrial data, in constructing a critical literature review, in project management, in design of experiments and analysis of experimental data, in the use of conceptual thinking to reach logical conclusions based on research data, and in the application of research programmes in industry
  • Design a robotic welding cell that includes fixturing and sensing of the part, equipment for loading and unloading, labour requirements and an estimation of the time to manufacture
  • Calculate the cost of a typical robotic welding operation including labour costs, overhead costs, and consumable costs.

General Management

Module Leader
  • Dr Yuchun Y Xu
Aim

    To give an introduction to some of the key general management, personal management and project management skills needed to influence and implement change.

Syllabus
    • Management accounting principles and systems
    • Personal style and team contribution, interpersonal dynamics, leadership, human and cultural diversity
    • Sustainability in an industrial context and strategic innovation management
    • Project management
Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Understand the objectives, principles, terminology and systems of management accounting
  • Have an appreciation of inter-relationships between functional responsibilities in a company
  • Have a practical understanding of different management styles, team roles, different cultures, and how the management of human diversity can impact organisational performance
  • Have an understanding of key concepts and principles of strategic innovation management
  • Understand sustainability from an industrial context, including impacts upon industry and potential responses of industry
  • Understand a formal process for structuring and running projects to ensure a successful completion.

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 £9,000
MSc Part-time £1,500 *
PgDip Full-time £7,200
PgDip Part-time £1,500 *
PgCert Full-time £4,000
PgCert Part-time £1,500 *
  • * The annual registration fee is quoted above and will be invoiced annually. An additional fee of £1,300 per module is also payable on receipt of invoice. 
  • ** Students will be offered the option of paying the full fee up front, or in a maximum of two payments per year; first instalment on receipt of invoice and the second instalment six months later.  

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018.
  • 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 £18,500
MSc Part-time £18,500 **
PgDip Full-time £15,000
PgDip Part-time £15,000 **
PgCert Full-time £7,500
PgCert Part-time £10,800 **
  • * The annual registration fee is quoted above and will be invoiced annually. An additional fee of £1,300 per module is also payable on receipt of invoice. 
  • ** Students will be offered the option of paying the full fee up front, or in a maximum of two payments per year; first instalment on receipt of invoice and the second instalment six months later.  

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018.
  • 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 find and secure 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.

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.

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.

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.

Global Manufacturing Leadership Masters Scholarship
The Cranfield Global Manufacturing Leadership (GML) scholarships, provided by Cranfield Manufacturing contributes towards the costs of study (tuition fee plus £1000 maintenance grant). Awards are made for a maximum duration of one calendar year for full time study.

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.

Entry requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree in a relevant science, engineering or related discipline, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.

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:

IELTS Academic – 6.5 overall
TOEFL – 92
Pearson PTE Academic – 65
Cambridge English Scale – 180
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 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

Successful students develop diverse and rewarding careers in engineering management in a wide-range of organisations deploying welding technologies. Roles include the management of welding manufacturing operations, and management of design and fabrication of welded structures. The international nature of such activities means that career opportunities are not restricted to the UK. Cranfield graduates develop careers around the world.

Applying

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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