Advance your career and change the world, by working to reduce or eliminate one of the major global causes of carbon emissions

With sustainable development goals in mind, the heat and power sector is undergoing a revolutionary transition towards greener energy, and global businesses must adapt to meet the ever increasing current and future needs. Domestic and industrial heat is responsible for a very significant percentage of global GHG emissions and rectifying that represents a key challenge for future engineers to create a greener society.

Highly skilled, passionate and knowledgeable heat (thermal) engineers are urgently needed to transition our heat systems to a green, sustainable footing. Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Energy Institute, the Advanced Heat Engineering MSc will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to help achieve energy efficiency improvements, reduce waste generation, and recovery waste heat to reduce environmental pollution. Closely aligned with industry, with real-world case studies and research projects (nuclear power generation to district heating and cooling) at its core, this course will enable you to develop a successful and rewarding career as an environmentally aware heat engineering professional, able to make a significant contribution towards a greener, net zero future.


  • Start dateFull-time: October, part-time: October
  • DurationOne year full-time, two-three years part-time
  • DeliveryTaught modules 40%, group project 20%, individual project 40%
  • QualificationMSc, PgDip, PgCert
  • Study typeFull-time / Part-time
  • CampusCranfield campus

Who is it for?

This course is interdisciplinary and designed for engineering graduates, practising engineers or physical science graduates who wish to develop a successful career as an environmentally aware heat systems professional.

The course will equip you with knowledge that can be directly applied to help various sectors with their process heat efficiency, heat systems engineering, competitiveness, energy costs and pollution control standards.

Your career

The growing concern of global warming is changing the operation mode of industry towards low carbon solutions. In addition, there is a considerable, and increasing demand for environmentally aware energy specialists with in-depth technical knowledge combined with practical and management skills. This course will provide know-how on the low carbon heat and energy systems both at the system and component level, to prepare you as a graduate engineer to meet under-served market requirements.

Cranfield graduates have been successful in gaining employment in energy organisations, industrial producers and manufacturers, environmental and engineering consultancies, design companies, research organisations and government departments. Whilst we focus our courses on real-world commercial situations, preparing you to make rapid and meaningful contributions for your next employers, and improving your employment and career prospects, our courses also prepare you for further studies such as PhD’s for those minded towards a career in academic research.

Successful graduates have gone onto work in a range of roles, including:

Business Development Manager, Research Associate, Project Manager, Senior Project Engineer, Solutions Development Engineer, Operational Planning Engineer, Customer Application Engineer; Battery Test Deliver Engineer, Process & Project Engineer, Junior Project Engineer, Product Manager, PhD Researcher, Engineering Graduate.

Within prestigious institutions including:

Alstom Power, British Gas, BELECTRIC UK, Blue Circle Cement, Centrica, Coca Cola, Ceylon Electricity Board, Danfoss, DELPHI Automotive Systems, ENGIE Laborelec (Mexico), Electrolux (Denmark), Energy Saving Trust, Environmental Agency, Honeywell, Jaguar Land Rover, London Business School, Ministry of Energy (Botswana, Jordan, Tanzania, Uganda), Powergen, Petrofac, Scottish Power, Transport for London and Unilever.

Cranfield Careers and Employability Service

Cranfield’s Careers and Employability Service is dedicated to helping you meet your career aspirations. You will have access to career coaching and advice, CV development, interview practice, access to hundreds of available jobs via our Symplicity platform and opportunities to meet recruiting employers at our careers fairs. We will also work with you to identify suitable opportunities and support you in the job application process for up to three years after graduation.

Why this course?

Previously known as the MSc in Energy Systems and Thermal Processes, Advanced Heat Engineering MSc has evolved over the past 40 years to meet the industry needs and demands of today. The course has been developed based on ongoing discussions with industrial experts, employers, sponsors and previous students, with the drive towards net zero and sustainable business, making it more relevant than ever.

The ethos of the course is to provide you with the professional skills you will need to develop a successful career improving the management of heat processes and energy, designing energy-efficient systems, utilising renewable energy sources, and reducing and controlling pollution. The course will provide opportunities to:

  • Access world-class, pilot-scale facilities that are unique to the UK higher education sector,
  • Study modules including District Heat Networks, Thermal Energy Systems, Advanced Heat Exchanger Design, Industrial Thermal Operations and Applied Thermal Energy Systems,
  • Develop your technology leadership capabilities with the world-renowned Cranfield Energy and Sustainability team,
  • Participate in individual and group projects focused on your personal interests and career aspirations - with many supported by industry,
  • Learn from world-class lecturers with extensive, current experience of working with industry on solving real-world mechanical/chemical engineering challenges,
  • Benefit from our extensive industry links and alumni community, to develop your network and advance your career.

This MSc is supported by our team of professorial thought leaders, including Professor Nigel Simms, who is influential in the field of energy systems and thermal processes, and an integral part of this MSc.

"Thermodynamics and thermal engineering have always sparked my attention, and I've always desired to grasp both the practical and theoretical aspects of the sciences. The course gives a comprehensive overview of both industry and scholarly viewpoints on issues such as nuclear energy and desalination. The power industry in India has grown rapidly, but the task of decarbonising it and achieving a net zero aim is what interests me the most. Based on my experience here, I can state that the quantity of information and opportunities accessible is genuinely limitless."

"I chose Cranfield because of the percentage of world-class research that’s taking place here. Also that it’s an exclusively postgraduate university and the diversity of the staff, the students and alumni. What has really stood out for me was during the taught modules – the vast knowledge and experience that the teaching staff have is incredible."

"Cranfield University is world renowned for its facilities and development of new technologies. I'm a Nigerian, and a scholar of Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF). Back in my country we are trying to integrate new technologies into existing plants, to provide alternative solutions to the flaring of natural gas. Two months into my course I have already learned so much, and can see possibilities of how to achieve both my own goals around climate change, and make improvements back home in Nigeria.”

Informed by industry

The Advanced Heat Engineering MSc is closely aligned with industry to ensure that you are fully prepared for your career.

  • Close engagement with the energy sector has produced long-standing strategic partnerships with a wide range of prominent organisations, including Alstom Power, BP, Cummins Power Generation, Doosan Babcock, E.ON, Npower, Rolls-Royce, Shell, Siemens and Total,
  • Knowledge gained working with our industrial clients is continually fed back into the teaching programme to ensure that you benefit from the very latest knowledge and techniques affecting industry,
  • We have a world-class reputation for industrial-scale research facilities and pilot-scale demonstration programmes in the energy field,
  • Our strategic links with industry ensure everything taught on the course is relevant, timely and meets the needs of organisations competing within the energy sector, making our graduates some of the most desirable in the world,
  • The course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Energy Institute, ensuring professional recognition and relevance to employers.

Course details

The taught programme is delivered from October to February and comprises eight modules.

Each module is typically delivered over two weeks. Generally the first week involves intensive teaching while the second week has fewer teaching hours to allow time for more independent learning and completion of the assessment.

There are three modules that take place later in the academic year and involve more active problem-based learning and typically include practical or laboratory sessions, case studies or group work. These are an opportunity for you to apply and integrate your knowledge. These modules are all assessed by assignments that are completed during the two-week period. The focus on group work and application within these modules provides a valuable transition into the group project.


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Course delivery

Taught modules 40%, group project 20%, individual project 40%

Group project

The group project runs from late February until early May and enables you to apply the skills and knowledge developed during the taught modules into practice in an applied context, while gaining transferable skills in project management, teamwork and independent research. Projects are often supported by industry and potential future employers value this experience. The group project is normally multidisciplinary and shared across the Energy MSc programme, giving the added benefit of working with students with other academic backgrounds.

Each group is given an industrially-relevant problem to solve. During the project, you will develop a range of skills, including learning how to establish team member roles and responsibilities, project management, and delivering technical presentations. At the end of the project, all groups submit a written report and deliver a poster presentation to industry partners. This presentation provides the opportunity to develop presentation skills and effectively handle questions about complex issues in a professional manner.

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

Recent group projects include:

  • Techno-economic analysis of small modular reactors with sCO2 and thermal storage for grid flexibility,
  • Design and engineering development of cold thermal energy system,
  • Performance assessment of a cold thermal storage system integrated into a CSP plant,
  • Development of a comprehensive model for CSP plant annual performance and water consumption,
  • Performance assessment of an absorption chiller and a desalination unit integrated to renewable plants.

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 May 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, techno-economic, feasibility assessments, reviews, practical evaluations and experimental investigations.

Typical areas of research include:

  • Techno-economic feasibility assessment of clean energy systems,
  • 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:

  • Techno-economic of Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Recompression Closed Brayton Cycle,
  • Novel green power-to-ammonia to power system: reversible solid oxide cell for power and hydrogen production coupled with an ammonia synthesis unit,
  • Design and investigate the transient response of compact heat exchanger for the flexibilisation of fossil power plant,
  • Recovering liquefaction cost of captured carbon dioxide by cold energy utilisation and electric power generation,
  • Development of new control design methods for pressurised water reactors (PWR): application to temperature control,
  • Optimisation of combined heat and power (CHP) co-generation in student accommodation and private rental schemes,
  • Thermochemical Hydrogen Production,
  • Assessment of fuel cell integration in absorption refrigeration system,
  • Modelling the impact of small domestic batteries installation on the wider electrical grid dynamics.


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 compulsory and elective (where applicable) modules which are currently affiliated with this course. All modules are indicative only, and may be subject to change for your year of entry.

Course modules

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

Thermal Energy Systems

    This module provides an understanding of the fundamentals of operation, configuration and characteristics of thermal energy systems for power generation. 


    • Energy Overview: world electricity demand and supply. Low carbon energy fundamentals.

    • Power plant fundamentals: thermodynamic principles. Fuels. Combustion, gasification approaches.

    • Conventional tower plants, coal fired power plants, fuel handling, steam generation, Rankine 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.
    • Non-conventional power generation: solar thermal power, solar thermal enhanced designs and new materials, geothermal power, energy from waste, thermoelectric and thermionic power, ocean thermal energy conversion.
    • Advanced power plants: Innovative SCO2 cycles to operate at higher temperatures, Hybrid schemes.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

Debate issues related to the performance of conventional power-generation plants and identify appropriate routes for improving energy-utilisation efficiency.

Critically evaluate the fundamentals and laws governing energy conversion, various fuels and their characteristics and the energy requirement of thermal energy systems by modelling the underlying power cycles.

Critique the innovations in modern energy systems related to gas turbines, combined cycle and nuclear based power. 

Review critically technologies employed for non conventional thermal power generation systems (Geo, solar, ocean thermal) and their applications.

Assess the importance of thermal energy systems in achieving energy security and low carbon economy.

Process Design and Simulation 

Module Leader
  • Dr Dawid Hanak
    Process design, simulation and modelling are industrially-relevant tools to assess the feasibility of complex engineering processes and innovative process concepts that aim at tackling global challenges. The tools taught in this module enable process engineers to design and assess the feasibility and optimisation of process plant designs before the actual process plant is build. These tools are widely applied in the industry to assess several process variants and to select the most efficient option. This module aims to introduce you to the modern techniques and computer-aided engineering tools for the design, simulation and optimisation of sustainable process engineering systems. It comprises several hands-on case studies (microprojects) that enable you to develop relevant process design, simulation and optimisation competencies via hands-on experience using commercial software. You will also work on an industrially relevant case study that will take you through the entire process design cycle.  

    Process Design

    Overview: Conceptual process design. Process flow-sheeting.

    Process synthesis: Overview of a process system. Recycle structure of the flowsheet. Design of reaction and separation systems.

    Process integration: Concepts of process integration for heat exchanger network design.

    Process Modelling, Simulation and Optimisation

    Modelling and simulation: Concepts of process modelling. General concepts of simulation. Introduction to steady and dynamic process simulation. Introduction to commercial simulation software packages (i.e. Aspen Plus/Hysys, Aveva Process Simulation) and open-source codes (DWSIM) for process flow-sheeting, design and analysis.

    Process optimisation techniques: Principles of optimisation.

    Case Studies (PC Lab and Demonstration Sessions)

    Process design, simulation and optimisation case studies based on industrial or research projects will be carried out using AspenOne, Aveva, and DWSIM.  

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Formulate strategies to carry out a process design and critically appraise the techniques and major commercial simulation tools for steady and dynamic process simulation,  
  • Apply competently the basic principles of process optimisation,
  • Design and analyse the performance of a process plant using simulation or optimisation tools.

Computational Fluid Dynamics for Industrial Processes

Module Leader
  • Dr Patrick Verdin

    This module introduces you to 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 related to energy, process systems, offshore engineering, 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: fluid process problems are solved employing the widely-used industrial flow solver software FLUENT. Lectures are followed by practical sessions on single/multiphase flows, heat transfer, 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 you 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.

Industrial Thermal Operations

Module Leader
  • Dr Kumar Patchigolla

    Heat consumption accounts for a large proportion of greenhouse gas emissions. Industrial and commercial sectors use large quantities of heat in the preparation or treatment of materials used to manufacture goods and to provide services. This module is designed to provide working knowledge and understanding of:

    • The operating principles of small to medium scale industrial heat production plant,
    • The recovery of heat from production processes for conversion to power,
    • The use of combined heat and power (CHP) to simultaneously deliver both thermal and electrical needs of a consumer.

    The module will cover a wide variety of recent developments in thermal driven technologies to enhance energy efficiency and to improve environmental performance. In addition, this module also evaluates usage of renewables to provide industrial process heat while replacing fossil fuels use.  

    • Waste heat sources and its common uses: steam turbine exhaust from high temperature applications, gas turbine exhausts, reciprocating engines, process waste fluids and gas streams from oven/kilns; depends on its quality the waste heat can use for boiler feed water pre-heating, combustion air pre-heating, building space heating and drying ovens. Recovery of useful heat from gas turbine exhaust, steam turbines and reciprocating engines.
    • Industrial thermal operations enhancement: to improve efficiency by integrating organic Rankine cycles, Supercritical CO2 cycles, electric turbo compounding or a thermos-electric generator to delivery additional power to grid,
    • Thermal driven technologies: Absorption chillers, desalination, heat pumps, food processing, water purification and treatment and greenhouses; these technologies aimed to significant energy savings, lowering global warming and ensuring higher indoor air quality,
    • Thermal energy storage: types of storage and its operational characteristics; costs and pricing; integration of thermal storage into electrical grids; off-grid systems; seasonal storage scenarios; future developments including hydrogen storage,
    • 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 you should be able to:

  • Analyse principles of any relevant industrial thermal operation and assess qualitatively and quantitatively its heat demands, waste heat recovery potential and options for beneficial use of that heat,
  • Evaluate efficiency improvements by integrating the waste heat recovery concepts,
  • Explain different thermal driven technologies and assess its applicability in order to meet user defined specifications,
  • Distinguish between available and relevant thermal energy storage systems and its system evaluation.

Applied Thermal Energy Systems


    This module provides in-depth applied knowledge of different thermal energy systems. You will learn the development of comprehensive plant design, thermodynamic modelling, data collection, analysis, and prediction of the performance and control of these advanced/applied thermal systems. 


    Thermodynamic simulation tool selection: ASPEN Plus, Thermoflex, Ebsilon, MATLAB, EES, System advisor model, SolarPilot and/or combination of these software packages.

    Modelling of heat source: Coal-fired boilers, solar field, biomass incinerators, industry waste heat and nuclear reactors, and its typical operating conditions.

    Modelling of Thermal Storage System: steam accumulator, sensible heat storage including two-tank system, concrete, and packed bed, and phase change materials.

    Power block configuration for large Rankine cycle: Steam generators, Steam turbine, condenser, pumps, Deaerators, super heaters, pre heaters, heat exchangers, Control valves etc. Introducing the concept of Exergy and how it can be used to understand how processes can be made more efficient for large Rankine steam cycle

    Cooling technologies for heat rejection: Once through cooling, wet cooling towers, dry cooling towers, hybrid cooling systems, versatile coolers, Cold Thermal Energy Storage (cTES) systems, PCM storage, Water consumption calculations.

    Integration of components and systems: Integration of detail component model into global model for a flexible power plant (of heat source, power block, thermal storage and cooling systems), design, off design and annual simulation.

    Waste heat recovery systems: Absorption chiller simulations (components, working fluid pairs, fluid property functions, and, refrigerators), de-humidification calculations, desalination model development (Multi-effect distillation, Membrane distillation).

    Annual performance simulation: Annual performance of the developed thermal energy system integrated with solar field, power block and cooling system.

    Economics of thermal energy systems: Economic models for thermal energy systems, CAPEX and OPEX, Levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) calculations.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the detailed thermodynamics of different thermal energy processes,
  • Articulate the details of thermodynamic modelling of different energy sources, power blocks, cooling technologies and waste heat from thermal systems to drive desalination and absorption systems,
  • Assess the integration of these thermal sub system components into whole plant configuration for design and off-design scenarios,
  • Propose appropriate routes for improving energy-utilisation efficiency and its trade-offs,
  • Investigate the economic and environmental impacts of the proposed technologies.

District Heat Networks

Module Leader
  • Dr Renaldi Renaldi
    Heat accounts for a large portion of carbon emissions and decarbonising is thus vital to reduce emission targets. There is no one solution, since the fuel mix delivery to the end user vary greatly and from country to country. This particular module will demonstrate approaches for low carbon heat networks that can incorporate a range of low to zero carbon heat sources. This module will also include sustainable hydrogen production to use it as fuel, heat pump electrification as well as waste heat from various industrial processes. Advancements in heat energy efficiency will be considered for emissions reduction in the performance of public and commercial buildings.
    • Low Energy Building: strategies for low, zero and net positive building. Solar heating, passive heating and cooling,
    • District Heating and Cooling: energy sources (fossil fuel, biomass, geothermal, solar, hydrogen), components of a DHC system (heat substations, heat interface units, pipework), CHP schemes (small- and micro-scale CHP systems), integration of thermal storage,
    • Distributed Energy Systems modelling and software tools
    • Heat pumps: absorption heat pump and vapour compressor heat pump, the first type heat pump and the second type heat pump (heat transformer, temperature booster), CO2 heat pump, solar assisted heat pumps, air conditioner,
    • Energy Storage: hot and cold thermal energy storage, seasonal storage concepts, sensible heat storage, latent heat storage, passive applications, active applications,
    • Hydrogen transition: hydrogen infrastructure (natural gas / hydrogen blending, hydrogen network, booster station implications), controls and protection systems, sustainable hydrogen production (Electrolysis cells, reversible cells), centralised vs distributed hydrogen production, hydrogen as storage.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Discuss the principles of heat networks including the key benefits and the main design and operational considerations,
  • Differentiate the various key components of district heating and cooling systems and how to select and size system components; pipe work, controls, heat substations and heat interface units,
  • Debate on the hydrogen transition and its implications for existing natural gas infrastructure,
  • Evaluate the different methods of producing hydrogen and their relative merits for centralised and distributed systems,
  • Discuss the low carbon building strategies (near zero, zero and energy positive) and assess its heating and cooling demands.

Advanced Heat Exchanger Design

Module Leader
  • Dr Kumar Patchigolla

    Heat exchangers are critical to a wide variety of engineering applications and power to chemical and process plants. Any process changes lead to intensive replacement of these heat exchangers, hence this module provides in depth understanding of practically proven heat exchanger technologies and its limitations. This module will provide a good mix of state-of-the-art technologies and novel designs using interactive case studies and rigorous design strategies for efficient heat exchanger sizing, specification and its operational performance. 

    • Principles of heat transfer and fluid flow: one and two-dimensional steady state conduction and transient heat conduction; Forced and free convection-fluid flow and boundary layer concept; convective coefficients, resistance caused by the walls and by fouling; 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. 
    • Heat exchanger characteristics/specification: heat exchange area estimate--tubes diameter, length, tube pattern and pitch; baffle—type and spacing; design criteria-number of shell in series or in parallel and number of tube passes; two phase flows and hydrodynamics,
    • Design techniques and heat source: ϵ-NTU method, Effectiveness-Number of Transfer Unit relationships, P-NTU Method, P-NTU relationships, Mean Temperature Difference Method, Comparison of the ϵ-NTU, P-NTU, and MTD Methods, ψ-P and P1-P2 Methods, Solution Methods for Determining Exchanger Effectiveness; Modelling a Heat Exchanger Based on the First Law of Thermodynamics, Irreversibility in Heat Exchangers, Thermodynamic Irreversibility and Temperature Cross Phenomena, Heuristic Approach to an Assessment of Heat Exchanger Effectiveness, Energy, Exergy, and Cost Balances in the Analysis and Optimisation of Heat Exchangers, heat exchanger off-design performance and operational data analysis,
    • Conventional heat exchanger configurations: air-cooled heat exchangers, Tubular Heat Exchangers, Tube-Fin Heat Exchangers, Plate-Fin Heat Exchangers, Shell-and-Tube Exchangers with Segmental Baffles, Plate Heat Exchangers (Brazed Plate Heat Exchangers, Gasketed Plate Heat Exchangers, Shell and Plate Heat Exchangers), Selection Criteria Based on Operating Parameters, General Selection Guidelines for Major Exchanger Types; heat exchanger pressure drop analysis; Low-fin, High-flux, Corrugated and Twisted Tube applications,
    • Industrial problems and advanced configurations: high temperature high pressure applications-supercritical CO2, solar receivers, evacuated tube collectors; printed circuit heat exchangers; hybrid systems with efficient heat exchanger; exchange area requirement and thermal performance,
    • Evaporation and condensation heat transfer: pool boiling, convective boiling, film condensation, convective condensation, flow pattern, flow pattern map, void fraction, flow pattern-based heat transfer model,
    • Heat Exchanger Network (HEN): composite curves, pinch analysis, problem table algorithm, minimum utility requirement, heat exchanger network design, Targeting (minimum area, minimum number of heat exchanger).
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Debate on different modes of heat transfer and its applicability for designing heat exchanger concepts,
  • Differentiate various types of heat exchangers commonly used in industrial and process engineering contexts, and evaluate the design practices employed,
  • Evaluate energy, exergy, and cost balances to rationalise heat exchanger selection,
  • Discuss the novel heat exchanger design aspects related to power cycles including recuperators, regenerators, reboiler, condenser etc.
  • Select the appropriate heat exchanger for any given application (conventional vs advanced).

Engineering Project Management

    The purpose of this module is to provide you with experience of scoping and designing a project. The module provides sessions on project scoping and planning, including project risk management and resource allocation. A key part of this module is the consideration of ethics, professional conduct and the role of an engineer within the wider industry context.
    • Project management:
      • Project scoping and definition,
      • Project planning,
      • Project risk assessment and mitigation,
      • Resource planning and allocation,
    • Financial management of projects.
    • Ethics and the role of the engineer:
      • Ethics case study,
    • Professional code of conduct (in line with the code of conduct defined by the Engineering Council, IMechE, IChemE and Energy Institute).
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Design and scope a project, including identification of methods, resources required and risk management approaches,
  • Assess the likely financial needs of a new project and pitch for finance,
  • Evaluate ethical dilemmas and the role of the engineer within the context of your chosen industry.

Teaching team

You will be taught by our multidisciplinary team of leading technology experts including: Dr Kumar Patchigolla - Reader in Low Carbon Energy Systems. Our teaching team work closely with business and have academic and industrial experience. The course also includes inputs from industry that will relate the theory to current best practice. The Admissions Tutor is Kapil Garg and the Course Director is Dr Kumar Patchigolla.


The MSc of this course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and The Energy Institute.

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