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Pre Masters Course in Engineering

Course Description

Course Description

The engineering profession spans several industrial sectors across the globe including aerospace, automotive, defence, energy and manufacturing. Skilled engineers continue to be in demand with diverse career opportunities in research and development, design, management or operations. With a global reputation for many of our MSc degree programmes, this course is an ideal stepping-stone to an exciting career in engineering.


A Cranfield degree will fast-track your career, enabling you to go further, more quickly. Our graduates are sought after by top employers from around the world, in industry and commerce, government organisations and academia.

As an exclusively postgraduate University, we offer you a professional and mature study environment working with like-minded, talented people who are focused on advancing their careers.

The Pre-Masters in Engineering is designed as a bridging programme with the following objectives:
•To enable direct admission to selected engineering Masters degree courses from Cranfield University.
•To learn the personal and professional skills needed both for masters-level study and in future career development.
•To refresh and enhance the understanding of engineering related science and mathematics skills.
•To understand the methodologies, philosophies and tools used within industry and provide valuable experience of working on open-ended projects.

The course is suitable for:
- Those who wish to take their career in a new direction and advance their skills in engineering.
- Professionals who have been out of education for some time and wish to get back into the study routine before commencing an MSc programme.
- Graduates with an undergraduate degree in engineering, physics or mathematics that do not meet our standard entry requirements.
- Holders of a UK Ordinary/Pass degree (or equivalent for overseas students) who have industrial experience and cannot be admitted directly.
- Overseas students wishing to enhance their technical English language skills before entering a Cranfield MSc course.

English Language Requirements

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

IELTS - 5.5
TOEFL - 72
Pearson PTE Academic - 51
Cambridge English Scale - 165
Cambridge English: Advanced - C
Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).


The Pre-Master's in Engineering is an intensive, full-time course delivered through a mixture of lectures, practical laboratory sessions and design exercises.

Core Modules

The modules cover many aspects of general engineering applications.

- Mechanical Design
- Propulsion and Power
- Aeronautical Engineering
- Basic Aerodynamics
- Engineering Stress Analysis
- An Introduction to Engineering Materials and Failure Analysis
- Mathematics I and II
- Computing Aided Design (CATIA)
- Computing Course
- Thermofluids
- Academic English Language
- Research Methods

Individual Project

The individual project is comprised of design exercises or a research project related to the chosen MSc course. It aims to enhance research methodology as well as develop engineering knowledge in your chosen field.


Taught Modules: (70%), Individual Research Project (30%).

You will benefit from a wide range of assessment methods including examinations, assignments and presentations.

Career opportunities

Engineers work in a dynamic environment where new technologies, methodologies and processes are being developed. The Pre-Master's in Engineering course covers many aspects of general engineering fields including aerospace, automotive and offshore.

After successfully completing this course, you will meet the entry requirements for several of our postgraduate programmes.

For further information

On this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/pre-masters-in-engineering.html

Visit the Pre Masters Course in Engineering page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

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.”

(Student Profile)

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.”

(Student Profile)

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.


Entry Requirements

Ordinary degree or HND and 3 years experience (or equivalent) in engineering and physical science disciplines. Candidates will be individually considered. Previous experience, aptitude and level of academic achievement will be assessed.

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