About

Gain fundamental and applied knowledge applicable to the understanding of the design and operation of different types of gas turbines for all applications. Pursue your own specific interests and career aspirations through a wide range of modules through four specialist options:

  • Aerospace Propulsion
  • Gas Turbine Technology
  • Power, Propulsion and the Environment
  • Rotating Machinery, Engineering and Management.

Who is it for?

This course aims to provide both fundamental and applied knowledge applicable to the understanding of the design and operation of different types of gas turbines for all applications. Suitable for graduates seeking a challenging and rewarding career in an established international industry.

Why this course?

The MSc course in Thermal Power is structured to enable you to pursue your own specific interests and career aspirations. You may choose from a wide range of modules and select an appropriate research project. An intensive industrial management course is offered which assists in achieving exemptions from some engineering council requirements.

The course is embedded in a large power and propulsion activity that is recognised internationally for its enviable portfolio of research, short courses and postgraduate programmes.

We have been at the forefront of postgraduate education in aerospace propulsion at Cranfield since 1946. We have a global reputation for our advanced postgraduate education, extensive research and applied continuing professional development. Our graduates secure relevant employment within six months of graduation, and you can be sure that your qualification will be valued and respected by employers around the world.

This MSc programme benefits from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.

Informed by Industry

Our industry partners help support our students in a number of ways - through guest lectures, awarding student prizes, recruiting course graduates and ensuring course content remains relevant to leading employers.

The Industrial Advisory Panel meets annually to maintain course relevancy and ensure that graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge required by leading employers. Knowledge gained from our extensive research and consultancy activity is also constantly fed back into the MSc programme. The Thermal Power MSc Industrial Advisory Panel is comprised of senior engineers from companies such as:

  • Alstom
  • Canadian Forces
  • EASA
  • EasyJet
  • E-ON
  • RMC
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Royal Air Force (RAF)

Your teaching team

You will be taught by staff with many years of industrial experience including:

  • Professor Pericles Pilidis (Director of Thermal Power, March and October)
  • Dr Theoklis Nikolaidis (October)
  • Dr Devaiah Nalianda (March)
  • Professor David MacManus
  • Dr Joao Amaral Teixeira
  • Dr Uyioghosa Igie
  • Dr Panagiotis Laskaridis
  • Dr Yiguang Li 
  • Professor Vassilios Pachidis
  • Professor Mark Savill
  • Dr Bobby Sethi
  • Dr Pavlos Zachos.
  • Dr Suresh Sampath

Our teaching team are active researchers as well as tutors and have extensive experience of aerospace propulsion, in both industrial and research and development environments.

Continuing close collaboration with major engine manufacturers in both the UK and overseas, through teaching and research, ensures that this course maintains the relevance and professionalism for which it is internationally renowned. Knowledge gained working with our clients is continually fed back into the teaching programme, to ensure that you benefit from the very latest knowledge and techniques affecting industry. The course also includes visiting lecturers from industry who will relate the theory to current best practice.

Accreditation

Re-accreditation for the MSc in Thermal Power is currently being sought with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) 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) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)

Course details

The course is comprised of taught modules, depending on the course option chosen. Modules for each option vary; please see individual descriptions for compulsory modules which must be undertaken. There is also an opportunity to choose from an extensive choice of optional modules to match specific interests.

Individual project

You are required to submit a written thesis describing an individual research project carried out during the course. Many individual research projects have been carried out with industrial sponsorship, and have often resulted in publication in international journals and symposium papers. This thesis is examined orally in the presence of an external examiner.

Previous Individual projects have included:

  • Techno-economic, Environmental and Risk Assessment Studies
  • Centrifugal Compressors Simulations and Diagnostics for oil and gas applications
  • Advanced Power Generation Systems with Low Carbon Emissions
  • Design of Turbines for use in Oscillating Water Columns
  • Design of a 1MW Industrial Gas Turbine
  • Gas Path Analysis for Engine Diagnostics
  • Procurement Criteria for Civil Aero-Engines
  • Selection of Combined Heat and Power Plants
  • Condition Monitoring Systems Instrumentation
  • Repowering Steam Turbine Plants
  • Combined Cycle Plant Technical and Economic Evaluation.

Assessment

Taught modules 50%, Individual research project 50%.

Entry requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) in engineering, mathematics, physics or an applied science.

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

Over 90% of the graduates of the course have found employment within the first year of course completion. Many of our graduates are employed in the following industries:

  • Gas turbine engine manufacturers
  • Airframe manufacturers
  • Airline operators
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Aerospace, and energy consultancies
  • Power production industries
  • Academia: doctoral studies.
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