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Gas Turbine Technology option - Thermal Power and Propulsion* (MSc)

Cranfield University    Aerospace

Full time March, October PGDip, MSc MSc One year; PgDip up to one year; Part-time MSc by research (by arrangement): two-three years

About the course

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You can help solve the challenge as the aviation industry is looking to universities to provide graduates with the relevant skills to solve problems across the sector. A Cranfield MSc can help you develop these skills in a focussed postgraduate study environment.

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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 in Engineering programme, successful completion of which will qualify them for entry to this course for a second year of study.

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Student Profile(s)

Jenny Cham

“Cranfield was a really good choice; I went to Vienna for my project due to Cranfield’s partnerships with other European University’s. I also got the opportunity to attend conferences across Europe, write reviews and contribute to my very first peer-reviewed scientific paper - which was well received!
The staff were very supportive, in particular a lady from the Careers Service gave up her time to help prepare me for job interviews, which I found really helpful.
Overall it’s a great environment in terms of access to other really intelligent interesting people. I think that’s a really nice part of being a student at Cranfield.”

Lauren Carter

"I believe my MSc was invaluable in preparing me for my current role – covering a broad range of subjects has been extremely useful when liaising with different departments.
I got my job through the links Cranfield had with the company I’m currently working for, who were really impressed by the range of subjects covered as well as the detail and professionalism of my project.”

Nsisong Ukut

After researching online and looking at the Cranfield University website, I thought this was the right choice for me. It is the only stand-alone postgraduate university in the UK that specialises in aerospace and engineering and has a great heritage. I had also observed my colleagues in Nigeria who had studied at Cranfield and watched the meteoric rise in their careers. I saw the functions they could handle and how they had launched into global careers.
I found my studies at Cranfield very rewarding – the lecturers give you comprehensive support to help you fully wrap your mind around your subject. Project supervisors are quite amazing too – they connect you into a group project and then with an industrial partner so that you can transform your theoretical knowledge into practical solutions to find the best outcome. This really prepares you for your future career.
Cranfield is a place where you can do a lot! I got involved with the Cranfield Students Association (CSA) in the role of School Representative. This gave me an opportunity to see across the entire school and to see how teaching and non-teaching staff impact the student experience. The support the CSA offers is tremendous – everything to make a good social life and to balance out your academic work. There is an ultra-modern sports centre to keep you fit whilst studying and plenty of clubs and societies that you can get involved in.
Cranfield is the right place to meet the right people in the right environment with the right contacts. The atmosphere is mature and professional and an ideal base to launch your global career.
My advice to anyone who chooses Cranfield is to make use of all the opportunities it offers – embrace it all and make the most of it.
You don’t just get a certificate when you graduate at Cranfield, you get a rewarding experience that will improve the quality of your life.

Arnold Gad-Briggs

I did my MSc in Thermal Power and it was very industry focused in terms of its theoretical application to everyday challenges, especially within industry. In doing my MSc it was natural progression that I was going to come back to do my doctorate. I founded my own company EGB Engineering and am the Exec Director.


The Thermal Power MSc is providing eight full-fee Athena scholarships (named after the Greek goddess of wisdom) for the Thermal Power MSc at Cranfield University. These will be offered to talented female engineers from under-represented backgrounds (to widen participation) one or two from each continent (one each for N&C America, South America, Europe and Oceania plus two for Asia and Africa). The Worshipful Company of Fan Makers endorses this Scholarship.

The Athena scholarships are for female students who, due to their background would not be able to attend the course due to affordability. Awardees thus benefit from a life-changing opportunity to contribute to the challenges of the power and propulsion industry that brings great social and economic benefits to the world.

What it covers
The scholarship covers the tuition fees for the MSc in Thermal Power only. Applicants must note that they will be responsible for their travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses.

Who can apply
The Scholarship is open to any female engineering student with an offer of admission for the MSc in Thermal Power. Applicants can be considered for either the October and March intakes. The Scholarship will be awarded to suitably qualified female students who, without financial support, would not be able to attend this postgraduate course. Applicants are required to undertake, in agreement with a Thermal Power MSc member of staff, a Thermal Power MSc project relating to environment friendly developments in Thermal Power, if successful in securing the Scholarship. The awardees will be selected on the basis of the quality of their supporting statement, CV (including qualifications and experience) and their disadvantaged background.

Application Procedure

Applicants must have an offer of admission for the MSc in Thermal Power. Applications will close 4 months before the course start date.

Interested applicants may contact Professor Pericles Pilidis, Director Thermal Power MSc, on with the subject ‘Athena Scholarship for the Thermal Power MSc’

Please include a one-page supporting statement:
- a 500 word motivation statement
- a 500 word explanation of economic need
- student number and a copy of the offer letter
- a reference letter explaining why your background is disadvantaged

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application 3 months before the course start date.

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Value of Scholarship(s)


We have a limited number of scholarships available for the next intake of full-time master's students. Funding opportunities are available to recognise academic success and enable you to enrol at Cranfield University to continue your studies as a postgraduate learner.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Variable by course and applicant


What it covers -
Scholarships cover part of the tuition fee and the amount you can be awarded is at the discretion of the course director for the programme you have applied for.

Who can apply -
In order to be considered, you need to show both aptitude and ability for the subject you have applied for. Scholarships are available for full-time master's courses.

Application Procedure

Applicants wishing to be considered for a Cranfield Scholarship should indicate their interest on their course application form including a short statement of why they should be considered.

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