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Materials for Energy Systems (MSc/PgCert/PgDip)

Course Description

Course Description

The MSc in Materials for Energy Systems covers the application of scientific and engineering principles for materials used in energy systems, as well as detailed knowledge of many of the different types of energy generation/conversion systems. The course equips students with knowledge and skills that will enable them to solve a wide range of energy materials technology and engineering problems to minimise operational risks and maximise process reliability, and ensure a more sustainable future. This course forms part of the call to meet the UK Government’s ambitious target of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The efficiencies of most energy systems are limited by materials engineering, as are the reliabilities of these systems, and as such there is a need for educated professionals with a broad understanding of the scientific, engineering and technological issues that govern the design of energy systems, the materials that they are constructed from and the reliability of these systems.

Course overview

The MSc course comprises eight assessed modules, an integrated group project and an individual project. Students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) complete the eight modules and the group project. Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) students complete six modules.

Group project

The group project experience is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. It provides students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a consultancy-type project, working within agreed objectives, deadlines and budgets. For part-time students a dissertation usually replaces the group project.

Individual Project

The individual thesis project, usually in collaboration with an external organisation, offers students the opportunity to develop their research capability, depth of understanding and ability to provide materials technology and engineering solutions to real problems in energy systems.


This course comprises eight taught modules, a group project and an individual project.

Core -

Introduction to Materials Engineering
Renewable Energy Technologies: Fundamentals
Failure of Materials and Structures
Materials and Reliability in Energy Systems
Fuels and Energy Conversion
Renewable Energy Technologies: Systems
Energy Production Emissions Control, Carbon Capture and Transport
Surface Science and Engineering


Taught modules 40%, group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), individual project 40%.


Funding opportunities exist, including industrial sponsorship, School bursaries and a number of general external schemes. For the majority of part-time students sponsorship is organised by their employers. We recommend you discuss this with your company in the first instance.

Career opportunities

Takes you on to a wide range of careers as professional materials scientists and engineers in the energy production and conversion sectors, consultancies and the public sector.

Further Information

For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Materials-for-Energy-Systems

Visit the Materials for Energy Systems (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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