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Energy Systems and Thermal Processes (MSc)


Course Description

Course Description

The MSc in Energy Systems and Thermal Processes course has been developed to equip graduates and practicing engineers with an in-depth understanding of the fundamental issues of energy thrift in the industrial and commercial sectors. It provides up to date technical knowledge and skills required for achieving the better management of energy, designing of energy-efficient systems and processes, utilisation of renewable energy sources and the cost effective reduction and control of pollution. This knowledge can be directly applied to help various sectors of the economy in improving their competitiveness in the face of dwindling resources, probable substantial increases in unit energy costs and the urgent requirement to comply with the increasingly restrictive pollution control standards.

Overview

Energy is an essential precursor for sustaining economic development and improving standards of living. However, the rational and economic use of energy, with the least damage to the environment, is vital for the future welfare of our planet. Achieving energy efficiency and reducing environmental pollution are increasingly important aspects of professional engineering.

The course is suitable for engineering and applied science graduates who wish to embark on successful careers as environmentally aware energy professionals.

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 MSc in Energy Systems and Processes consists of nine taught modules, including an energy audit group project, and an individual research project.

In addition to management, communication, team work and research skills, each student will attain at least the following outcomes from this degree course:
- Demonstrate competence in the current concepts and theories governing energy flows, heat transfer and energy conversions.
- Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the issues involved in the management of energy in industry and commerce and the design of energy-efficient systems and processes.
- Effectively acquire and critically review information from various sources.
- Apply effectively learnt techniques and technologies to achieve cost-effective conservation of energy and reduction of environmental pollution in industrial/commercial applications.
- Assess the potential and viability of energy policies and projects and making informed judgement in the absence of complete data.

Modules

The taught programme for the Energy Systems and Thermal Processes masters is generally delivered from October to March and is comprised of eight compulsory taught modules, and one optional module to select from a choice of three. A typical module consists of five days of intensive postgraduate level structured lectures, tutorials or workshops covering advanced aspects of each subject. 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.

Core:
- Management for Technology
- Environmental Management
- Heat Transfer
- Power Generation Systems
- Industrial Heating Systems
- Thermal Systems Operation and Design
- Renewable Energy Technologies, Policy and Markets
- Energy Management for Industry

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

Individual Project

The individual research project allows you 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 practical problems or areas of development as potential research topics. The individual research project component takes place between April and August.

For part-time students, it is common that their research project is undertaken in collaboration with their place of work.

Research projects will involve designs, computer simulations, feasibility assessments, reviews, practical evaluations and experimental investigations.

Typical areas of research include:
- Modelling of energy-conversion systems and thermal processes
- Renewable energy utilisation schemes
- Control of environmental pollution
- Combustion and heat transfer processes.

Recent Individual Research Projects Include:
- Feasibility study for a mini hydropower plant in Peru
- Developing a self-powered generator for energy usage
- Feasibility assessment of Installing photovoltaic systems in a house in Alicante, Spain
- Biomass gasification plants for decentralised small scale rural electrification in Northern Ghana: Assessing the economic viability of its utilisation
- Thermal analysis on a vertical axis wind turbine generator
- Investigation of jet pump performance under multiphase flow conditions.

Group Project

The Energy Audit group project is part of the Energy Management for Industry module. It requires teams of students to carry out energy audits on selected industrial/commercial sites. Teams must produce prioritised recommendations to reduce energy costs. Each team is expected to present findings and conclusions at various stages and submit a final report for assessment.

Part-time students are encouraged to participate in a group project as it provides a wealth of learning opportunities. However, an option of an individual dissertation is available if agreed with the Course Director.

Assessment

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

There is a considerable demand for environmentally aware energy specialists with in-depth technical knowledge and practical skills. Our industry-led education makes graduates of this program some of the most desirable in the world for recruitment by companies and organisations competing in the energy sector.

Graduates of the course have been successful in gaining employment in energy, environmental and engineering consultancies and design practices, research organisations and government departments. A number of our MSc graduates follow further research studies leading to PhD degrees at Cranfield and in other academic institutions.

Recent graduates have gained positions with:
- Alstom Power
- Blue Circle Cement
- British Gas
- Ceylon Electricity Board, Sri Lanka
- DELPHI Automotive Systems, Mexico
- Electrolux, Denmark
- Energy Saving Trust
- Environmental Agency
- Ministry of Energy (Botswana, Jordan, Tanzania, Uganda)
- Powergen
- Scottish Power
- Unilever.

For further information

On this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/energy-systems-and-thermal-processes.html

Visit the Energy Systems and Thermal Processes (MSc) 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)


(Scholarship)

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

Eligibility

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

http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/loan?utm_campaign=commscpls&utm_source=fam&utm_medium=onlineprofile&utm_content=courselistingfunding



Entry Requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree in mathematics, physics or an 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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