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 - ttp://http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/taught/aerospace-propulsion-option-thermal-power
Gas Turbine Technology - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/taught/gas-turbine-technology-option-thermal-power
Power, Propulsion and the Environment - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/taught/power-propulsion-and-the-environment-option
Rotating Machinery, Engineering and Management - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/taught/rotating-machinery-engineering-and-management-option
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 optional modules and select an appropriate research project. An intensive two-week 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:
- Canadian Forces
- Royal Air Force (RAF).
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) - http://www.imeche.org/
Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) - http://aerosociety.com/
The course is comprised of 10 – 15 taught modules, depending on the course option chosen. Modules for each option vary; please see individual descriptions for compulsory modules which must be undertaken. In addition, you have an extensive choice of optional modules to match specific interests.
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.
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.
Taught modules 50%, Individual research project 50%
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.