The Advanced Master is the ideal stepping-stone to a high-level job in the field of welding and joining technology. In many countries, there is a permanent and growing demand for scientists and engineers who are knowledgeable and trained at an academic level in the field of welding engineering.
The programme is indispensable (and obligatory) for engineers seeking to work as Responsible Welding Coordinators. Engineers interested in R&D, quality, design, production, maintenance and particularly welding metallurgy will also find the programme instructive.
4 Clusters in the programme:
Upon successful completion of the entire programme (60 ECTS), you will be awarded the degree of MSc in Welding Engineering.
Upon successful completion of the course (40 ECTS), you gain access to the International Institute of Welding oral examination. A passing score results in IIW accreditation as a certified International Welding Engineer (IWE) and European Welding Engineer (EWE).
The green KU Leuven Technology Campus De Nayer, near Mechelen, is certified as an Authorised Training Body for International Welding Engineering by the Belgian Welding Association (BVL), which represents the International Institute of Welding (IIW).
This advanced master's programme strives to offer students a complete training in the professional niche of Welding Engineering. The programme has the following goals:
To this end, students must acquire sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities in order to:
This programme opens up a wide spectrum of professional possibilities and exposes you to an extremely varied field of action: petrochemistry, the aviation and aero-space industry, civil construction, assembly plants, the nuclear sector, shipping and logistics, general construction, and more. As a welding engineer, you will carry out a wide range of duties, including research, design, production, maintenance, sales and quality inspection.
Our graduates find employment in local SMEs, large multinational industrial companies as well as private and public organisations at home and abroad. There is a real need for experts with the capability to conduct research, carry out quality control analyses, and perform inspections, monitoring and certification in the broad field of welding. Some graduates start a career as independent consultants.
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. The course covers modern welding techniques, automation, metallurgy, materials science, welding processes, weld design, and quality.
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.
Welding is integral to the manufacture of a wide-range of products, from high power laser welding of large ships, to micro-joining of thin wires. Joining technologies continue to expand; and are used in the oil and gas; automotive; aerospace, nuclear, shipbuilding, and defense industries. Furthermore many of the student projects involve Wire + Arc Additive Manufacture which is a technology where Cranfield University is a world leader. All our projects are industrially linked and usually involve a new development never before undertaken. You will have the opportunity to be supervised by a world leading academic in this area.
There are numerous benefits associated with undertaking a postgraduate programme of study at Cranfield University, including:
Some organisations that we regularly work with and can be mentioned are:
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.
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.
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.
This provides experience of undertaking research into a specific welding or Wire + Arc Additive Manufacture (WAAM) topic that is of interest and benefit to industry. For full-time students the project is performed using our state-of-the-art welding and WAAM equipment in the Welding Engineering and Laser Processing 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.
Taught modules 40%, Group projects 20%, Individual project 40%
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 in oil and gas, automotive, and aerospace sectors.
The welding sector is constantly undergoing major changes, providing significant technological challenges and offering excellent career prospects for well-qualified engineers. The role of the welding engineer is crucial in developing efficient technologies that can help protect the environment while contributing to competitiveness and economic growth.
The course has been developed to provide those with a welding-related background an in-depth technical understanding of advanced metallurgy and welding topics, together with generic skills that will allow them to contribute effectively in developing company capabilities.
The course is particularly suitable for people with a background in:
Students will undertake 10 study modules and a final year project.
MSc students take on an individual project which allows study of a specific selected topic in depth. This will effectively use the knowledge gained in the course modules.
The theme of the topic can be industry related, perhaps to your own company. It can also be aligned to some welding research at Strathclyde.
This particular part of the course can be a source of unleashing hidden talent within individuals and demonstrate a desire to succeed in their project. This is where some of the research techniques detailed within the course can be applied.
Suitable guidance will be given on project design, but it is stressed it will be the student’s own work and the guidance given by the tutor will be optional.
Assessment is on the basis of a series of module assignments which come at the end of each module. The student will normally have up to three weeks to submit the assignment at the end of the coursework. This extended time is to allow students to research the topic and show definitive evidence of that.
The programme is designed to make students more employable and also satisfy the Further Learning requirements necessary to obtain CEng status.
Most students on this course will already be in full-time employment. The course is designed to make you a more rounded welding engineer with a greater breadth and depth of applicable knowledge, and thus more employable.
Initially, completion of the course is a very visible demonstration of the student’s capability and commitment to the company. This has been shown from other courses to act as a springboard to further development/promotion within organisations. Whilst this course is ‘technical’ there is also evidence that this type of course can lead in time to ‘non-technical’ roles in organisations. Areas such as manufacturing management, production engineering safety, training, strategic planning and academia are employers of welding engineers. In addition, there's additional evidence of higher management positions being attainable.
This new taught Masters’ programme offers a very much hands-on entry route to the fascinating opportunities offered within Industry 4.0. Whilst covering all aspects of industrial digitalisation, the course will centre around additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing). The aim of the programme is to educate and train work-ready, capable and equipped professionals; better placed to fulfil the requirements of higher-paid positions within Industry 4.0 and contribute to its further research and development.
You will learn how to digtially model, design and evaluate components and products; some of which cannot be made using other methods of manufacture. We strongly embrace a ‘fail-fast, fail-often’ design approach so that you can learn which parts of your designs work, and which need redesigning. You will 3D print a large number of these models on-site using our wide range of stereolithography (SLA) and fusion deposition modelling (FDM) printers. In addition, you will perform post-production operations in a dedicated laboratory to finalise your creations.
The programme is positioned at the cutting-edge of technology and examines how UK manufacturing could be transformed through the adoption of industrial digital technologies (IDT). As such, as part of this programme, you will visit complex technical organisations to witness the impact that is being made.