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Thermal Power - Gas Turbine Technology option (MSc/MSc by Research)

  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    March, October

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year

  • Course Type


  • Last Updated

    14 July 2017

Course content

Course Description

Gas Turbine Technology provides a comprehensive background in the design and operation of different types of gas turbines for all applications. This course is designed for those seeking a career in the design, development, operations and maintenance of power and propulsion systems. Graduates are provided with the skills that allow them to deliver immediate benefits in a very demanding and rewarding workplace and therefore are in great demand. The course is suitable for graduates seeking a challenging and rewarding career in an international growth industry.

The UK continues to lead the world in power and propulsion technology. In addition to its established aerospace role, the gas turbine is finding increasing application in power generation, oil and gas pumping, chemical processing and power plants for ships and other large vehicles.

Course overview

The course consists of approximately ten to fifteen taught modules and an individual research project.

In addition to management, communication, team work and research skills, each student will attain at least the following outcomes from this degree course:

- Provide the skills required for a rewarding career in the field of propulsion and power.
- Meet employer requirements for graduates within power and propulsion industries.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge and critical awareness of gas turbine performance, analysis techniques, component design and associated technologies.
- Explain, differentiate and critically discuss the underpinning concepts and theories for a wide range of areas of gas turbine engineering and associated applications.
- Be able to discern, select and apply appropriate analysis techniques in the assessment of particular aspects of gas turbine engineering.

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 September in the presence of an external examiner.

Recent Individual Research Projects include:

- S-duct aerodynamic shape multi-objective optimisation
- Performance modelling of evaporative gas turbine cycles for marine applications
- Mechanical integrity/stress analysis of the high pressure compressor of a new engine
- High pressure turbine blade life analysis for a civilian derivative aircraft conducting military operations
- Engine performance degradation due to foulants in the environment
- Effects of manufacturing tolerances on gas turbine performance and components
- Development of a transient combustion model
- Numerical fan modelling and aerodynamic analysis of a high bp ratio turbofan engine
- Combustor modelling
- Impact of water ingestion on large jet engine performance and emissions
- Windmilling compressor and fan aerodynamics
- Neural networks based sensor fault diagnostics for industrial gas turbine engines
- Boundary layer ingestion for novel aircraft
- Multidisciplinary design optimisation for axial compressors
- Non-linear off design performance adaptation for a twin spool turbofan engine
- Engine degradation analysis and washing effect on performance using measured data.


The taught programme for the Gas Turbine Technology masters consists of seven compulsory modules and up to seven optional modules. The modules are generally delivered from October to April.

Core -

Blade Cooling
Engine Systems
Gas Turbine Theory and Performance
Mechanical Design of Turbomachinery
Gas Turbine Simulation and Diagnostics

Optional -

Computational Fluid Dynamics
Fatigue and Fracture
Gas Turbine Applications
Jet Engine Control (only October intake)
Management for Technology
Propulsion Systems Performance and Integration
Rotating Equipment Selection


The final assessment is based on two components of equal weight; the taught modules (50%) and the individual research project (50%). Assessment is by examinations, assignments, presentations and thesis.


A variety of funding, including industrial sponsorship, is available. Please contact us for details.

Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) - https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Study/Postgraduate-degrees/Fees-and-funding/Funding-opportunities/cpls/Cranfield-Postgraduate-Loan-Scheme

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.

Career opportunities

- Gas turbine engine manufacturers
- Airframe manufacturers
- Airline operators
- Regulatory bodies
- Aerospace/Energy consultancies
- Power production industries
- Academia: doctoral studies.

Further Information

For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Gas-Turbine-Technology-option-Thermal-power

Visit the Thermal Power - Gas Turbine Technology option (MSc/MSc by Research) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!






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