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Thermal Power (MSc)

Cranfield University    Aerospace

Full time March, October MSc, PGDip See website for details

About the course

Gain fundamental and applied knowledge applicable in 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.

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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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Open days

Our usual on-campus Open Days have moved – online! We will give you the best possible experience to help in your decision-making process for postgraduate study and research. Join us on 12 March 2022 to talk with academics and staff from key services such as admissions, student support and accommodation. Plus you can explore a virtual tour of key teaching, research and student facilities.





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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.


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Cranfield University, in partnership with the British Council, is proud to join the Women in STEM Scholarship initiative by offering five fully funded scholarships for female students from Turkey. We are looking for women with a background in STEM, who can demonstrate their need for financial support and who wish to inspire future generations of women to pursue careers in STEM. Read less

This scholarship programme aims to increase opportunities in STEM for girls and women. According to data from the UN Scientific Education and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), fewer than 30 percent of researchers worldwide are women and only 30 percent of female students select STEM-related fields in higher education.

What it covers
A full scholarship which includes tuition fees, stipend, travel costs, visa and health coverage fees.

Who can apply
We are looking for applicants who:
- are a woman (cis-gendered or trans) or identify as non-binary
- are a citizen and resident of Turkey
- are able to take up a full-time course of study in the UK for the academic year from Sept/Oct 2022 – 2023
- can demonstrate a need for financial support
- have an undergraduate degree that will enable them to gain access onto one of the eligible Cranfield Masters courses
- can attain the level of English required for postgraduate study at a UK university
- are active in the field with work experience or a proven interest in their subject area
- are passionate about their course of study and are willing to engage as committed British Council scholarship alumni

Value of Scholarship(s)

A full scholarship which includes tuition fees, stipend, travel costs, visa and health coverage fees.

Application Procedure

The first step is to check that your course choice is eligible and submit a scholarship application using the link below. This form should be submitted before you make an application for admission to your chosen Cranfield course. If your scholarship application progresses to the next stage you will be given instructions on the further steps you must undertake. Please do not submit an application for admission to Cranfield University until you are advised to do so.

Applications close on 31 March 2022. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

You must complete the online application form even if you have already received an offer to study at Cranfield or have deferred your offer from a previous year. Only applicants who have completed the online scholarship application form can be considered.

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