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  • Course description
     Rotating Machinery, Engineering & Management
    (Option of Thermal Power MSc) MSc/PgDip

    Rotating machinery is employed today in a wide variety of industrial applications including oil, power, and process industries. With the continuing expansion of the applications of rotating machinery, qualified personnel are required by the increasingly large numbers of users.

    The Rotating Machinery Engineering and Management option of the MSc course in Thermal Power is an important element in the formation of engineers for those industries.

    Excellent career prospects

    The Rotating Machinery option offers participants a varied choice of challenging career opportunities. Many of our graduates occupy very senior positions in their organisations, making valuable contributions to international industries.

    Learn from our experience

    This course is founded upon the knowledge and experience gained by the Department of Power and Propulsion, through its strong industrial links. Knowledge gained from our extensive research and consultancy activity is constantly fed back into the masters programme to ensure that you achieve a qualification that is valued by employers.

    Focus on your interests

    Although you will receive a thorough grounding in the operation of different types of rotating machinery for aeronautical, marine and industrial applications, we also structure the course to enable you to pursue your own specific interests and career aspirations. You may choose from a wide range of optional courses and select an appropriate research project.

    Benefit from our reputation

    Cranfield University has been at the forefront of postgraduate education in engineering at Cranfield since 1946. We have a global reputation for our advanced postgraduate education, extensive research and applied continuing professional development. With 95% of Cranfield graduates securing relevant employment within six months of graduation, you can sure that your qualification will be valued and respected by employers around the world.
    Accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers:


    A thorough grounding is provided in the operation of different types of rotating machinery for aeronautical, marine and industrial applications in a course structured to meet the differing needs of individual students. The teaching programme, based on an established gas turbine course, comprises a series of lecture courses and an extensive Research or Design Project.


    The lecture programme consists of approximately thirteen courses; eight of these are compulsory and the remainder are selected from a list of eight options. Typical lecture courses are:

        * Turbomachinery
        * Pumps and Valves
        * Piston Engines
        * Electric Motors
        * Engine Systems
        * Gas Turbine Applications

    An intensive two-week industrial management course is offered to all MSc students; this course assists in achieving exemptions from some engineering council requirements. The students also benefit from invited lectures from senior engineers and managers in the propulsion and power industries.

    Research Project

    In addition to the lecture programme, the candidate is required to submit a written thesis describing a research project carried out during the course. This thesis is examined orally in September in the presence of an external examiner. Typical titles of projects undertaken in the past are:

        * Techno-economic, environmental and risk assessment studies
        * Centrifugal compressors simulations and diagnostics for Oil & Gas applications
        * Advanced Power Generation Systems with Low CO2 Emissions
        * Design of turbines for use in oscillating water columns
        * Design of a 1MW Industrial Gas Turbine
        * Gas Path Analysis for Engine Diagnostics
        * Procurement Criteria for Civil Aero-Engines
        * Selection of Combined Heat and Power Plants
        * Condition Monitoring Systems Instrumentation
        * Repowering Steam Turbine Plants
        * Combined Cycle Plant Technical & Economic Evaluation


    The final MSc assessment is weighted equally between the assessed lecture courses and the project thesis.

    Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma

    A post-graduate certificate in the Rotating Machinery, Engineering & Management option is available for candidates who are only able to devote a limited part of the year to their studies.  The postgraduate certificate in Rotating Machinery, Engineering & Management will entail attendance at the courses which are run between October and December and which are examined in late January.  Obtaining the post-graduate diploma will entail attendance at the courses, which are run from October through to April the following year which are examined in late January and April.

    Part-Time Options

    The department offers a part-time MSc by research in Rotating Machinery, Engineering & Management. The MSc by research is assessed entirely on the basis of a research project/thesis which will normally take between 2 and 3 years to complete, depending on work commitments.  Candidates will be required to attend 5 continuing professional development short courses (generally lasting one to two weeks each) at Cranfield in the first 2 years of the programme to provide specific academic background to the project.

    Cranfield is very well located for visiting part-time students from across the UK and Europe and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies.

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