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Carbon Capture and Storage (MSc/PgCert/PgDip)

Course Description

Course Description

The MSc in Carbon Capture and Storage has been developed to meet the demand for well-qualified engineers and researchers needed to design, construct and operate carbon capture facilities for fossil fuel-fired power plants and transport networks in the future. Many similar MSc courses only provide a very broad overview and do not offer the academic and technical depth required for engineers who will be needed to design, build and operate carbon capture and transport facilities; and researchers for the continual development of the technology.


It is widely accepted that greenhouse gases, mainly carbon dioxide produced from burning fossil fuels, are the main contributors to climate change. Fossil fuels currently satisfy approximately 85% of global energy demand. Despite significant efforts to increase energy production from renewable sources, fossil fuels are predicted to continue playing a major role in future energy supply. To mitigate climate change while meeting energy demand, the UK and other developed countries have set ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions through carbon capture and storage (CCS).

The MSc in Carbon Capture and Storage has been developed to meet the demand for well-qualified engineers and researchers needed to design, construct and operate carbon capture facilities for fossil fuel-fired power plants and transport networks in the future.

The course is suitable for engineering or applied science graduates who wish to specialise in the technical and managerial aspects of carbon capture and transport systems.

Duration: Full-time MSc - one year, Part-time MSc - up to three years, Full-time PgCert - one year, Part-time PgCert - two years, Full-time PgDip - one year, Part-time PgDip - two years

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 - 6.5
TOEFL - 92
Pearson PTE Academic - 65
Cambridge English Scale - 180
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).

Course overview

The course consists of nine modules - eight compulsory and an optional module which is selected from a suite of three options. You will also complete an individual research project. For part-time students, who are not able to do the group project, an extra optional module will be taken in order to complete the programme.

In addition to management, communication, team work and research skills, each student will attain at least the following outcomes from this degree course:
- Gain an in-depth understanding of the technical, economic and environmental issues involved in the design and operation of CO2 capture plants and CO2 transport systems.
- Understand systematically the current theory and practice of the carbon capture process and the carbon transport system.
- Apply effectively the knowledge gained to the design and control of carbon capture plants and the carbon transport system.
- Make effective use of a range of software employed for modelling, optimisation and control of carbon capture and transport systems.


The taught programme for the Carbon Capture and Storage masters is generally delivered from October to March and is comprised of eight compulsory modules. The modules are delivered over one to two weeks of intensive delivery with the later part of the module being free from structured teaching to allow time for more independent learning and reflection. Students on the part-time programme will complete all of the compulsory modules based on a flexible schedule that will be agreed with the course director.

- Management for Technology
- Risk and Reliability Engineering
- Carbon Capture Technologies
- Carbon Transport Technologies
- Process Plant Operations
- Process Design and Simulation
- Power Generation Systems
- Introduction to Carbon Capture Transport

- Process Measurement Systems
- Advanced Control Systems
- Computational Fluid Dynamics

Individual Project

The individual research project allows students to delve deeper into a specific area of interest. As our academic research is so closely related to industry, it is common for our industrial partners to put forward real world problems or areas of development as potential research topics.

For carbon capture the emphasis is on chemical absorption and calcium looping for coal fired and/or natural gas fired combined cycle power plants. For CO2 transport the topics may include CO2 transport pipeline network design, flow analysis, material selection and fatigue tests.

Recent Individual Research Projects include:
- Energy saving potential of post combustion CO2 capture for supercritical coal power plants
- Carbon capture and enhanced oil recovery.

Group Project

The group project runs between February and April and is designed to give students invaluable experience of delivering a project within an industry structured team. The project is sponsored by industrial partners who provide particular problems linked to their plant operations. Projects generally require the group to provide a solution to the operation problem or design issues.

This group project is shared across the Process Systems Engineering MSc, Flow Assurance MSc and Carbon Capture and Storage MSc, giving the added benefit of gaining new insights, ways of thinking, experience and skills from students with other backgrounds. All groups submit a written report and deliver a presentation to the industry partner.

Part-time students will take an additional elective module instead of the group project.

Recent Group Projects include:
- Waste Water Treatment Process Design
- A New Operation Mode Design for a Gas Processing Plant.


Taught modules: 40%; Group project: 20% (dissertation for part-time students); Individual Research Project: 40%.
The taught modules are assessed by an examination and/or assignment. The Group Project is assessed by a written technical report and oral presentations. The Individual Research Project is assessed by a written thesis and oral presentation.

Career opportunities

The industry led education makes our graduates some of the most desirable in the world for recruitment by companies competing in the Energy sector. Graduates from this course will be equipped with the academic skills and requirements to successfully pursue a range of careers within this industry including positions within power generation companies, CO2 capture and transport industries, research organisations or academic institutions.

This qualification could take you onto become a qualified engineer or academic researcher able to meet the demands of a new industry to design, construct and operate carbon capture facilities for new and existing fossil fuel-fired power plants and transport networks.

For further information

on this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Carbon-Capture-and-Storage

Visit the Carbon Capture and Storage (MSc/PgCert/PgDip) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Chukwudubem Nwana

Impressive international rankings for the course of study and its reputation as the only postgraduate institution in the EU attracted me to Cranfield University. Also, its collaboration with industry was an important factor.
It helped me to develop my knowledge of business operations and how this interfaces with engineering expertise. I now have options in the manufacturing and the energy industries, both of which are my preferred career choices.
I found the international environment, as well as the access to social and extracurricular activities and facilities such as tennis and Jujutsu classes, and trips to Cambridge and London, fantastic.

Chukwudubem Nwanah, Management Trainee (Supply Chain -manufacturing), Unilever Nigeria,
(MSc, Energy Systems and Thermal Processes, 2014, full-time)


Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) - 20+ Awards

Cranfield University is now able to offer you a more affordable way to study an MSc with loans managed by Prodigy Finance.With a Cranfield Postgraduate Loan it is possible for you to take up your MSc studies with no repayments while you study. This will leave you free to concentrate on your course and enhance your career prospects.Launched in February 2014, the scheme is designed to support UK and EU students entering postgraduate study and is intended to attract those who may not otherwise progress to this level because of financial constraints.Loans of up to £15,000 are available (dependent on the tuition fees for your chosen course).If you are a UK student, loans are available for tuition fees and maintenance. EU students can apply for a loan covering only tuition fees.
Loans are repaid over a seven year period and repayments start six months after you complete your degree. As a not-for-profit scheme, funded by Cranfield and HEFCE, the loans are competitively priced (6.92% APR representative) and considerably more affordable than a standard career development loan.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Loans of up to £15,000 total


You can apply for a loan if you:• are domiciled in the UK or EU and qualify for ‘Home/EU’ fees and
• have an admissions offer to a Cranfield full-time, taught MSc course in a STEM (Science, Technology Engineering or Mathematics) subject

Application Procedure

If you already have an applicable course offer you can apply online through Prodigy Finance. You will need to provide Prodigy Finance with details of your offer from Cranfield. Your loan application will be considered and responded to within a few days.If you are yet to secure an offer of a place you can register your interest in the scheme and we will keep you up-to-date.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related science or engineering discipline. Other recognised professional qualifications or several years relevant industrial experience may be accepted as equivalent; subject to approval by the Course Director.

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