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