The MSc portfolio within our Energy and Power programme has recently been reviewed. This is to ensure that our courses are attractive to prospective students and to make sure that the courses titles and student learning outcomes are relevant to future employers. As a result of the review for October 2018 this course will merge with other Renewable courses to become Renewable Energy

A stable, secure and financially viable energy supply is a fundamental issue impacting our homes and workplaces. This course focuses on the technology and management issues of offshore renewable devices and the key technologies for offshore use.

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At a glance

  • Start dateFull-time: October. Part-time: throughout the year
  • DurationOne year full-time, two-three years part-time
  • DeliveryTaught modules 40%, group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), individual project 40%.
  • QualificationMSc, PgDip, PgCert
  • Study typeFull-time / Part-time

Who is it for?

The course comprises eight one-week assessed modules, a group project, and an individual thesis project. Students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) complete the eight modules and the group project. Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) students are required to complete six of the eight modules.

This course is suitable for graduates keen to pursue careers within the offshore sector; or those currently working in offshore and ocean-related industries keen to extend their qualifications.

Why this course?

Providing a stable, secure and financially viable energy supply is a fundamental issue impacting our homes and workplaces. Our expertise relates to all the potential solutions; from our ongoing relationship with oil and gas, to our developing reliance on renewable energy from the world around us.

Key advantages:

  • Project with industry: Through our group and individual projects our students have regular contact with potential employers.
  • Learning from the best academics: We attract top-quality staff from across the world, many of them are world-leading in their area of expertise. The diverse mix of backgrounds and experiences creates a rich teaching and research environment.
  • Outstanding facilities: We have exceptional facilities many of which are unique in the university sector. Our impressive on-site pilot-scale facilities include: gas turbines and high-pressure combustion rigs, a structural integrity laboratory and an ocean systems laboratory.
  • Research-informed teaching: Our teaching is informed by our expertise in power generation, advanced fossil fuel technologies and transport systems. We’re currently researching offshore renewables, oil and gas engineering, the production and clean use of fossil fuels.
  • Networking opportunities: Our considerable network of contacts gives you the opportunity to build useful connections with industry.
  • Industry relevant courses: We design our courses with employers and combine high-calibre teaching with practical work experience, giving you an unparalleled competitive edge. The relevance and appropriateness of the MSc content is reviewed by an Industrial Advisory Panel, a group of key figures in relevant industries (i.e. Shell, Society of Underwater Technology, ABS).

Informed by Industry

Our courses are designed to meet the training needs of industry and have a strong input from experts in their sector. These include:

  • P A Consulting
  • Joint Research Centre, Ispra
  • Adas
  • Cresswell Associates
  • Chartered Institute of Waste Management
  • Geospatial Insight
  • Oakdene Hollins
  • Golder
  • Astrium Geo-information Services
  • Unilever
  • Landscape Science Consultancy
  • WRc PLC
  • FWAG
  • RSPB
  • ERM
  • GIGL
  • WRG
  • Environment Agency
  • Chartered Institute of Water and Environment Management
  • Enviros
  • Health Protection Agency
  • Neales Waste
  • Natural England
  • National Trust
  • Trucost
  • SLR Consulting
  • Highview Power Storage
  • Nomura Code Securities

Your teaching team

You will be taught by experts from the Offshore Technology Group, staff from other academic departments and industrial representatives.

Accreditation

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

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Course details

The course comprises eight one-week assessed modules, a group project, and an individual thesis project. Students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) complete the eight modules and the group project. Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) students are required to complete six of the eight modules.  

Group project

The group project is an applied, multidisciplinary, team-based activity. Often solving real-world, industry-based problems, students are provided with the opportunity to take responsibility for a consultancy-type project while working under academic supervision. Success is dependent on the integration of various activities and working within agreed objectives, deadlines and budgets. Transferable skills such as team work, self-reflection and clear communication are also developed.


Individual project

The individual project is the chance for students to focus on an area of particular interest to them and their future career.  Students select the individual project in consultation with the Thesis Co-ordinator and their Course Tutor. These projects provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research, think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine problems in the offshore industry. Many of the projects are supported by external organisations.


Assessment

Taught modules 40%, group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), 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

Offshore Renewable Energy: Technology

Module Leader
  • Kara, Dr Fuat F.
Aim

    The availability of energy sources has been extremely important for mankind since the age of industrialisation. At present, a number of energy sources are utilised on a large scale: coal, oil, gas cover 80% and nuclear energy covers about 7% of the global primary energy supply. Although gas, oil and coal reserves may still be available until the end of this century, ultimately it will get increasingly difficult and costly to extract these resources to satisfy an increasing global energy demand. Besides, the issue of global warming has resulted in growing pressure to switch to renewable sources (eg. solar, wind, wave, tidal, geothermal, ocean thermal etc.) to reduce carbon emissions. This module aims to provide the student with a knowledge and understanding of the technologies used in capturing renewable sources of energy from the marine environment.

Syllabus
    • Wind turbines: design, mounting/mooring arrangements, installation. Failure mechanisms, design of wind environment, aerodynamic characteristics of horizontal and vertical axis wind turbines, boundary element method, momentum method, boundary element momentum method
    • Wave energy: energy within water wave, description and operation of various systems proposed and in use for inshore and offshore application, design of wave environment, maximum power absorption from ocean waves, hydrodynamic characteristics of wave energy converters, response of floating structures, fluid structure interactions, time and frequency domain numerical methods both in two and three dimension
    • Tidal energy: current stream devices, barrage systems hydrodynamics characteristics of tidal devices, wave and current effects, fluid-structure interactions, time and frequency domain numerical methods both in two and three dimension
    • Energy storage, transmission and distribution issues and solutions. 
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
  • Apply a sound knowledge of the various technologies that have been developed and proposed for harnessing offshore wind energy, wave energy and tidal range and stream energy.
  • Identify and apply the science, technology and engineering that are directly transferable from the offshore oil and gas industry to the offshore renewable energy sector.
  • Predict wave loads and design wave, current and wind environments for floating offshore wind turbines and marine energy devices (wave and tidal).

Materials in the Offshore Environment

Module Leader
  • Sumner, Dr Joy J.
Aim

    To enable the student to understand the structure and properties of materials, and to apply this knowledge to the use of materials in the offshore environment.

Syllabus
    • Introduction to materials: atomic structure, crystal structure, imperfections, diffusion, mechanical properties, dislocations and strengthening mechanisms, phase diagrams, phase transformations, solidification, corrosion
    • Introduction to materials in offshore structures: to materials usage in offshore engineering in fixed and floating structures, jack-ups, pipelines, and in topside and process equipment
    • Structural steels - C-Mn ferrite-pearlite structural steels, specifications and influence of composition, heat treatment and microstructure on mechanical properties
    • Pipeline Steels - Effect of processing grain refinement, thermomechanical treatment and accelerated cooled steels (TMCP).  Effect of composition, inclusions, grain size and production route on mechanical properties
    • Corrosion Resistant Materials - Stainless steels - austenitic, ferritic, martensitic and duplex stainless steels - compositions, microstructures, properties.  Other corrosion resistant alloys, copper and nickel based alloys, clad material
    • Non-metallic materials: concrete and reinforced concrete, polymers and composites used offshore
    • Offshore failures: case studies
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should 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
  • Have a broad knowledge of how the chemical composition, microstructure and processing route for steels and non-ferrous alloys influence the resulting mechanical properties
  • Be able to relate fracture, and corrosion behaviour to particular alloy specifications
  • Understand the basis of selection of specific materials (steels, stainless steels, non-ferrous alloys, polymers, composites, corrosion resistant alloys and concrete) for different applications offshore
  • Know how to apply design codes, and their relevance to specification of materials in offshore applications
  • Have knowledge of the specifications, composition, structure and properties of the various steels and non-ferrous alloys.

Safety, Risk and Reliability Offshore

Module Leader
  • Shafiee Mahmoodabadi, Dr Mahmood M.
Aim

    To enable the student to understand and be able to apply the basic concepts of risk and reliability analysis in the offshore environment.

Syllabus

    Module syllabus covers following topics:

    • Introduction: concept of RAMS, risk management and reliability engineering   
    • Failure distributions: how to analysis and interpret failure data, introduce the most commonly used discrete and continuous failure distributions (e.g. Poisson, Exponential, Weibull and Normal)
    • Reliability and availability analysis: system breakdown, MTTF/MTBF/MTTR, survival, failure/hazard rate
    • Risk management process: hazard identification, assessment, evaluation and mitigation (risk acceptance, reduction, ignorance, transfer)
    • Risk assessment techniques for offshore energy systems: risk matrix, Pareto analysis, fault tree analysis, event tree analysis, failure mode and effects analysis, hazard and operability studies
    • Reliability analysis techniques for offshore energy systems: reliability block diagram, minimal cut-sets, series and parallel configurations, k-out-of-n systems, redundancies
    • Human reliability analysis and accident causation: major accident sequences, risk perception and control of risk. human reliability assessment tools, HEART and THERP
    • Offshore safety case and formal safety assessments: regulatory regime,  safety case requirements, types of study, scenario development, examples of use of QRA methods, consequence analysis, vulnerability of essential systems, smoke and gas ingress, evacuation escape and rescue and typical output
    • Review of major offshore accidents: Sea Gem, Alexander Keilland, Star Canopus and Piper Alpha disaster
    • Introduction to maintainability and its various measures, impact of maintenance strategy on system reliability
    • Introduction to structural reliability analysis: stress strength interference and limit state concepts, first-order/second-order reliability method (FORM/SORM), damage accumulation and modelling of time dependent failures
    • Workshops and case studies: work in groups to determine the risk and reliability of subsea production systems using various tools and techniques.
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
  • To be able to explain the concept of RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety) and its application in the offshore energy industry.
  • Have a basic understanding of reliability analysis techniques and the mathematical basis of risk and reliability
  • Be able to apply various tools (e.g. fault tree and event tree analysis, FMEA/FMECA, HAZOP, reliability block diagram) in risk and reliability assessment of offshore energy systems.
  • Appreciate the role of human error and equipment failure in accident causation.
  • Understand how the above relate to the preparation of offshore safety cases.

Offshore Inspection

Module Leader
  • Shafiee Mahmoodabadi, Dr Mahmood M.
Aim

    To provide students with an in depth understanding of the underlying science and application of a variety of inspection techniques used on structures in the offshore environment.

Syllabus
    • Outlining the basic supporting why inspection is crucial.
    • Marine growth.
    • Fundamentals of offshore inspection methods and systems.
    • Standards for offshore inspection.
    • NDT techniques used in the offshore energy industry.
    • Ultrasonic testing: Properties of sound waves, probe construction, A-scan , B-scan, C-scan, arrays and other data display/collection methods;
    • Eddy Currents: Principles of eddy current formation; Interaction with material Inhomogeneities; the impedance plane as a basis of understanding the possibilities of the method; Effects of depth of penetration and frequency.
    • Electrical Methods: ACFM and APCD, resistance (ac and dc) measurements.
    • Magnetic Particle Inspection: Production of high magnetic fields; use of particles, relative directions of field and flaw; demagnetisation.
    • Dye Penetrant: Principles of cleaning, dyes, developers and interpretation of passive stress wave production and detection.
    • Underwater inspection - visual, by diver and ROV.
    • Inspection requirements and planning, flooded member detection.
    • Internal and external pipeline inspection.
    • Defect sizing, thickness measurement, and damage assessment.

Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
  • Understand the concepts and fundamentals of offshore inspection methods and systems.
  • Demonstrate the capabilities and limitations of each inspection method.
  • Be familiar with various international standards (API, ISO, DNV, BV).
  • Be able to determine the quality of inspection using different methods and select the most appropriate one for different applications.
  • Utilise inspection outcomes to evaluate damage in offshore structures.

Corrosion in the Offshore Environment

Module Leader
  • Sumner, Dr Joy J.
Aim

    To provide a knowledge and understanding of the corrosion processes that occur on a range of materials in the offshore (including oil and gas) environment.

Syllabus
    • Thermodynamics of corrosion: electrode reactions, potential. Simple cells, elecrochemical series, galvanic, series. Nernst equation. Common cathodic reactions. General corrosion. Pourbaix diagram.
    • Corrosion kinetics: polarisation diagrams, practical measurements, passivity.
    • Corrosion mechanisms: Effects of oxygen and carbon dioxide, Galvanic corrosion, Pitting and crevice corrosion, Mechanical interactions, Microbial corrosion, Corrosion of welds, Stress corrosion cracking, Hydrogen embrittlement and effects of H2S, High temperature corrosion.
    • Corrosion control: paints, cathodic protection, corrosion resistant alloys, corrosion monitoring, control by design.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student will:

  • Have a good knowledge of the principles of corrosion and the factors that affect its rate
  • Be able to recognise the main types of corrosion and be aware of the conditions under which they can occur
  • Understand the principal methods of corrosion protection and be able to select appropriate methods of corrosion control.

Management for Technology

Module Leader
  • Stephen Carver
Aim

    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.


Syllabus
    • 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

Subsea Oil and Gas Exploitation

Module Leader
  • Kara, Dr Fuat F.
Aim

    To provide the student with a knowledge and understanding of the equipment and procedures employed in the exploration and production of offshore oil and gas.

Syllabus

    Module syllabus covers the following topics:

    • Reservoir Engineering: introduction, reservoir rocks - properties, reservoir fluids; rock-fluid interaction; phase behaviour of reservoir fluids; classification of reservoir fluids
    • Drilling: history, drilling systems, tubing programs, connectors; primary guidance; motion compensation, wellhead housings, running tools, templates and tiebacks, completion overview
    • Subsea Production: fundamental requirements; hardware - trees, manifolds, flowlines; analysis of building blocks; subsea developments - examples, case studies; new technologies.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student will:

  • Have a basic understanding of (petroleum) reservoir engineering
  • Have a knowledge of the equipment needed and procedures practised for the extraction of natural hydrocarbons (oil and gas) from offshore locations
  • Understand the problems encountered and potential dangers involved during the extraction of oil/gas
  • Understand how procedures/equipment have developed in order to minimise the potential dangers
  • Understand the requirements in terms of equipment for the production of oil and gas in offshore and subsea locations
  • Have an overview of the factors to be considered in the development of an offshore/subsea oil/gas field.

Structural Integrity

Module Leader
  • Dr Ali Mehmanparast
Aim

    To provide an understanding of pertinent issues concerning the use of engineering materials and practical tools for solving structural integrity and structural fitness-for-service problems.

Syllabus
    • Introduction & Structural Design Philosophies
    • Fatigue Crack Initiation
    • Fracture Mechanics (1) – Derivation of G and K
    • Fracture Mechanics (2) – LEFM and EPFM
    • Fracture Mechanics (3) – Evaluation of Fracture Mechanics Parameters; K and J
    • Fracture Toughness Testing and Analysis; KIC and JIC
    • Creep Deformation and Crack Growth
    • Non Destructive Testing Methods
    • Inspection Reliability
    • Defect Assessment, Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics of Welded Components
    • Fracture of Composites
    • Corrosion Engineering
Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Assess fitness-for-service issues and propose appropriate structural integrity solutions.
  • Judge the current component life assessment procedures and distinguish their limitations in aspects of structural integrity.
  • Develop a critical and analytical approach towards the engineering aspects of structural integrity.
  • Be able to confidently assess the applicability of the tools of structural integrity to new problems and apply them appropriately.

Engineering Stress Analysis: Theory and Simulations

Module Leader
  • Dr Ali Mehmanparast
Aim

    This module brings together theoretical and computational stress analysis through Finite Element simulations, allowing students to appreciate how the two disciplines interact in practice and what their strengths and limitations are. The examination of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for various practical applications (e.g. engineering components, composite structures, rotating disks, cracked geometries) in conjunction with relevant case studies will allow students to combine theoretical understanding with practical experience in order to develop their skills to model and analyse complex engineering problems.

Syllabus
    • Stress Analysis: Introduction to stress analysis of components and structures, Ductile and brittle materials, Tensile data analysis, Material properties, Isotropic/kinematic hardening, Dynamic strain aging, Complex stress and strain, Stress and strain transformation, Principal stresses, Maximum shear stress, Mohr’s circle, Constitutive stress-strain equations, Fracture and yield criteria, Constraint and triaxiality effects, Plane stress and plane strain conditions, Thin walled cylinder theory, Thick walled cylinder theory (Lame Equations), Compound cylinders, Plastic deformation of cylinders, Introduction to computational stress analysis.
    • Finite Element Analysis: Introduction to FEA, Types of elements, Integration points, Meshing, Mesh convergence, Visualisation, Results interpretation, Beam structures under static and dynamic loading, stress concentration in steel and composite plates, tubular assemblies, 2D and 3D modelling of solid structures, axisymmetry and symmetry boundary conditions, CS1: Stress and strain variation in a pressure vessel subjected to different loading conditions, CS2: Prediction and validation of the stress and strain fields ahead of the crack tip. (case studies are indicative).
Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Develop a strong foundation on stress analysis and demonstrate the ability to analyse a range of structural problems.
  • Understand the fundamentals of Finite Element Analysis, be able to evaluate methodologies applied to the analysis of structural members (beams, plates, shells, struts), and critically evaluate the applicability and limitations of the methods and the ability to make use of original thought and judgement when approaching structural analysis.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth awareness of current practice through case studies of engineering problems.
  • Develop skills in using the most widely applied commercial finite element software package (ABAQUS) and some of its advanced functionalities.
  • Evaluate the importance of mesh sensitivity in finite element simulations.

Reliability Engineering and Asset Risk Management

Module Leader
  • Dr Mahmood Shafiee
Aim

    To provide the knowledge and skills necessary to calculate values of reliability and risk of components, systems and processes used in variety of industries.


Syllabus

    • Introduction: Asset management, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), asset productivity.
    • Asset integrity: Asset integrity management, Risk-based integrity, through-life engineering.
    • Maintenance engineering: Maintenance regimes, reactive vs. proactive maintenance; Age and block maintenance, reliability-centred maintenance (RCM), risk-based maintenance (RBM).
    • Fault prognosis and diagnosis: Fault detection and failure location; root-cause analysis (RCA), Common-cause analysis (CCA), Condition-based maintenance (CBM), predictive maintenance (PdM).
    • Introduction to Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), world-class maintenance (WCMain).
    • Maintenance modelling, planning, scheduling, and optimization
    • Reliability data analysis: types and sources of reliability data, data collection, data cleansing, data accuracy and precision, model fitting, big-data, incomplete data, redundant data, not-detailed data.
    • Applications of Monte-Carlo simulation in system reliability and availability modelling.
    • Probability of failure, Cost of failure, and risk of failure in offshore energy systems.
    • System’s life-cycle: Life-cycle cost (LCC) analysis, whole-life costing, how to identify key cost drivers
    • Warranty and service contracts analysis: guarantees, warranties, extended warranties, service contracts, and maintenance outsourcing with several examples from the oil and gas, marine renewable, railway and manufacturing industries.
    • Workshops and case studies: Work in groups to analyse the reliability, availability and maintainability of various offshore systems and components.

     

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Identify and recognise the asset risk management techniques and maintenance strategies used in different industries.
  • Apply various proactive maintenance policies (Age and block, RCM, RBM, CBM, PdM, TPM).
  • Determine the concept and utilise applications of Monte-Carlo simulation in system reliability and availability modelling.
  • Analyse key and fundamental aspects of system’s life-cycle and understand the financial implications involved with assessing the maintenance and risk factors of offshore projects.

Offshore Pipeline Design and Installation

Module Leader
  • Kara, Dr Fuat F.
Aim

    To provide the student with a detailed knowledge of all aspects of design and installation of offshore pipelines.

Syllabus
    • Overview of Components – Pipelines, risers, valves, pig launchers/receivers and flow metering equipment
    • Introduction to Design Procedures – Physical properties, stress analysis, buckling and collapse, strain-based design
    • Fluid flow through pipes – Basic hydrodynamics, multiphase flow, hydrate formation/prevention, wax formation/prevention
    • Pipelines Steels – Effect of processing: normalised quenched and tempered, thermo-mechanically treated and accelerated cooled steels.  Seamless, HFERW and UOE manufacturing processes, corrosion resistant steels.
    • Design for installation – S-lay, J-lay, deepwater, calculation of tensions, reeling
    • Thermal coatings – Requirements, selection and application of coating, field joint coating systems   
    • Pipelay Methods – Laybarge configurations, anchor handling /DP, Reel barge, pipeline bundles, ‘pipe in pipe’, factors affecting productivity.
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
  • Apply the basic procedures in offshore pipeline design and installation
  • Be able to select appropriate components for an installation
  • Identify and apply the capabilities and limitations of different pipelaying techniques
  • Analyse and predict the problems caused by fluids carried within pipelines.

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 *
PgDip Full-time £6,500
PgDip Part-time £1,635 *
PgCert Full-time £3,250
PgCert 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 **
PgDip Full-time £15,200
PgDip Part-time £15,200 **
PgCert Full-time £7,600
PgCert Part-time £11,310 **
  • * 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.

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.

Society of Underwater Technology (SUT)

The Society of Underwater Technology’s Educational Support Fund currently pays its sponsored students up to a maximum of £4,000 per annum for a full academic year.

Entry requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related science or 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

Successful students develop diverse and rewarding careers in the extremely exciting and challenging fields of offshore oil and gas exploration, underwater engineering, pipeline engineering, risk management in offshore and marine operations, and the emerging offshore renewable energy industry. The international nature of such activities means that career opportunities are not restricted to the domestic market; Cranfield graduates develop careers around the world.