MSc Thermal Power & Fluid Engineering

Year of entry: 2022

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Overview

Degree awarded
MSc
Duration
12 months full time
Entry requirements
The standard academic entry requirement for this Master's programme is a Second Class UK honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant science or engineering discipline.  Please note that we consider grades achieved in key relevant modules in your undergraduate degree as well as the overall degree result.     

Full entry requirements

How to apply

For further information about making an online application for this MSc course, please see the guidance on our department website about  how to apply .

If you have any questions about the application process, the course or about our entry requirements please do contact us at  pg-mace@manchester.ac.uk  and we will be happy to advise you further.

Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place must meet all the conditions of their offer by 31 July. 

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y N N N

Course description

The Thermal Power and Fluid Engineering MSc is a highly successful course which has been offered here for almost forty years. The aim of this postgraduate course is to train and educate thermofluid engineers to enable them to meet present and future demands of the industry and to equip them with the necessary skills to engage in employment or further research.

The course is suitable for engineering/science graduates and professionals who not only wish to enhance their expertise in thermofluids but also to develop their competence in the use of state-of-the-art analytical, computational and experimental methods; advanced methods which are specifically designed for the analysis of heat and fluid flow in both industrial and research applications.

The objectives of this course are to produce postgraduate specialists with:

  • advanced understanding of heat and fluid flow processes and their role in modern methods of power generation
  • in-depth understanding of numerical and experimental techniques in heat and fluid flow

Teaching on the course is delivered by academics from our world-leading research group in the field of turbulence modelling and heat transfer.

Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD), the University of Manchester's  new £400m purpose built home for engineering and material science , is nearing completion. The physical move to the new development is scheduled to take place between January 2022 and December 2022. Whilst it is anticipated that access to equipment, or work on projects for which such access is required may be limited during the period of the move, plans are underway to ensure that any disruption caused is minimised, a wide selection of dissertation projects will continue to be available, and excellent student experience remains pivotal. If you have any questions about how the move may affect you, please contact  pg-mace@manchester.ac.uk  

Open days

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, we have suspended all on-campus open days until further notice. However, please do take a look at the information and recordings from our most recent Virtual Open Week  to find out more about The University and our courses.

We would also encourage you to have a look at our department's virtual tour or to get in touch with us if you have questions about our MSc courses.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2022, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £12,500
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £26,000

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

We offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and awards to outstanding UK and international students each year.

If you're a current or recent student at The University of Manchester and plan to start a master's course in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, you may be eligible for our  Manchester Alumni Scholarship Schemes .

The University of Manchester is committed to widening participation in master's study, and allocates £300,000 in funding each year. Our  Manchester Master's Bursaries  are aimed at widening access to master's courses by removing barriers to postgraduate education for students from underrepresented groups.

For more information, see the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering  Fees and Funding  page or visit the University of Manchester  funding for master's courses  website for more information.

Contact details

Department
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 543 4016
Email
Website
https://www.mace.manchester.ac.uk/
School/Faculty

The School of Engineering creates a world of possibilities for students pursuing skills and understanding. Through dynamic research and teaching we develop engineering solutions that make a difference to society in an ethical and sustainable way.  Science-based engineering is at the heart of what we do, and through collaboration we support the engineers and scientists of tomorrow to become technically strong, analytically innovative and creative. Find out more about Science and Engineering at Manchester .

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

The standard academic entry requirement for this Master's programme is a Second Class UK honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant science or engineering discipline.  Please note that we consider grades achieved in key relevant modules in your undergraduate degree as well as the overall degree result.     

English language

English language

All applicants will need to demonstrate competency in English language. Applicants who do not already possess an acceptable English Language qualification will need to take a recognised test and attain the required English Language score:

  • IELTS: at least 6.5 overall with no sub-test below 6.0. 
  • TOEFL iBT: at least 90 overall with no sub-test below 20. We do not accept 'MyBestScore'.
  • Pearson PTE: at least 70 overall with no sub-test below 65.

Further information on language requirements can be found on our website .

Pre-sessional English

We will consider applicants who do not meet these scores but you may be required to complete a pre-sessional English language course at the University of Manchester prior to the start of the course.

To be considered for a pre-sessional English language course for this programme we require the following minimum IELTS (Academic) scores:

  • 6 Week Pre-Sessional Course:  Minimum 6.0 overall with no sub-test below 5.5.
  • 10 Week Pre-sessional Course: Minimum 5.5 overall with no sub-test below 5.5.

If you have not yet completed your current academic study and are interested in studying a pre-sessional course, you must hold an IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test certificate.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

For further information about making an online application for this MSc course, please see the guidance on our department website about  how to apply .

If you have any questions about the application process, the course or about our entry requirements please do contact us at  pg-mace@manchester.ac.uk  and we will be happy to advise you further.

Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place must meet all the conditions of their offer by 31 July. 

Advice to applicants

Please ensure you have all your supporting documents scanned and ready to upload with your online application. If your academic documents are in languages other than English, please provide them in their original version and official translations.

You will need the following:

  • Transcript of your studies to date, including credit weighting and grades achieved, translated into English.
  • One signed academic reference on letter headed paper. These can be scanned and uploaded when you apply or emailed to  pg-mace@manchester.ac.uk . We do not request references on an applicant's behalf and it is your responsibility to ensure your referees know how to provide your reference to us.
  • Degree certificate if you have already graduated.
  • A CV if you graduated more than three years ago.

If English is not your first language, we also require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

If you have any additional documentation to add to your application after submitting the online form, please email scanned copies to  pg-mace@manchester.ac.uk    

How your application is considered

We consider your full academic history including which course units you have taken and the marks obtained. Even if you have met our minimum entry requirements, we will take into account your marks in relevant course units in our final decision making.

If you graduated more than three years ago, we will also consider the information contained on your CV and any relevant work experience you have to assess if you are still able to fulfil the entry criteria.

Interview requirements

No interview is required for this course.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

CAS Information

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until, which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

If you have previously studied in the UK on a Tier 4 visa as an undergraduate or postgraduate student, please send a copy of your previous CAS statement to us as it will assist with the issue of your new CAS statement. This includes study in the UK on study abroad programmes and any study that you did not complete.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course. The Admissions Team will contact you at the appropriate time.

Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.

Deferrals

Admissions staff will decide whether to offer places to applicants for deferred entry on their courses and you should not assume that they will grant all such requests. If you request deferral for more than one year, you would normally be required to re-apply, as your chosen course, and your suitability for it, would change over time. English Language test results can only be considered to be current for two years from the test date.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

The Thermal Power and Fluid Engineering MSc is a highly successful course which has been offered here for almost forty years. The aim of this postgraduate course is to train and educate thermofluid engineers to enable them to meet present and future demands of the industry and to equip them with the necessary skills to engage in employment or further research.

The course is suitable for engineering/science graduates and professionals who not only wish to enhance their expertise in thermofluids but also to develop their competence in the use of state-of-the-art analytical, computational and experimental methods; advanced methods which are specifically designed for the analysis of heat and fluid flow in both industrial and research applications.

The objectives of this course are to produce postgraduate specialists with:

  • advanced understanding of heat and fluid flow processes and their role in modern methods of power generation
  • in-depth understanding of numerical and experimental techniques in heat and fluid flow

Teaching on the course is delivered by academics from our world-leading research group in the field of turbulence modelling and heat transfer.

Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD), the University of Manchester's  new £400m purpose built home for engineering and material science , is nearing completion. The physical move to the new development is scheduled to take place between January 2022 and December 2022. Whilst it is anticipated that access to equipment, or work on projects for which such access is required may be limited during the period of the move, plans are underway to ensure that any disruption caused is minimised, a wide selection of dissertation projects will continue to be available, and excellent student experience remains pivotal. If you have any questions about how the move may affect you, please contact  pg-mace@manchester.ac.uk  

Teaching and learning

This is a full-time course studied over 12 months with one start date each year in September. Every year this MSc course in Thermal Power and Fluid Engineering attracts a large number of applications from all around the world, which allows us to select only the best candidates.

Throughout the course, alongside the teaching, special emphasis is placed on both computational and experimental work; the aim is to provide insight through experimentally observed phenomena, and also to provide practical/computational experience of a wide range of measurement and data analysis techniques. Thus, the course has a strong practical orientation which is supported by our department laboratories and facilities and it aims to produce engineers who are able to engage in the design, development and testing of internal combustion engines, turbines or power producing devices. Whilst on the course, students have the opportunity to participate in a number of industrial visits. Relevant companies sometimes offer projects to our students as a result of these visits.

The MSc is continually reviewed and now includes course units such as research and experimental methods, advanced fluid mechanics, advanced heat transfer, engineering thermodynamics, power engineering and computational fluid dynamics. Students are assessed based upon a combination of coursework, laboratory calculations, exams and projects. Upon successful completion of taught modules the students are required to do a research dissertation.

Course unit details

If you are an international student applying for ATAS clearance, please use the ATAS application guidance and course unit lists sent directly to you. If you have not yet received this, please do email us to request it before making your ATAS application.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Research Methods MACE60041 15 Mandatory
Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics MACE60122 15 Mandatory
Dissertation (Thermal Power & Fluids Engineering) MACE60200 60 Mandatory
Advanced Power MACE60562 15 Mandatory
Computational Fluid Dynamics I MACE60711 15 Mandatory
Heat Transfer MACE61022 15 Mandatory
Advanced Engineering Fluid Mechanics MACE61042 15 Mandatory
Thermodynamics MACE63081 15 Mandatory
Experimental Methods (MSc Thermal Power & Fluids Engineering) MACE65021 15 Mandatory
Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics MACE60122 15 Optional

The Thermo & Fluids research activity in the School of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering is one of the strongest in the UK. The School was formed when the University of Manchester was established, in 2004, as a result of the merger between UMIST and the Victoria University of Manchester. This has brought together over 20 academics, research-active in Thermo and Fluids topics. The study of Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics has a long tradition in Manchester, starting with Osborne Reynolds, in the 1890s.

More recently the Manchester University and its two precursor institutions established strong reputations in CFD and Turbulence Modelling, IC Engines, Experimental Thermal Hydraulics, Combustion, Sprays and Atomization and Experimental Aerodynamics. There are currently six Specialist Research Discipline Groups in the Thermo and Fluids area;

  • Advanced Flow Diagnostics
  • Experimental Aerodynamics
  • CFD
  • Energy and Multi-Physics
  • Turbulence Mechanics

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

The MSc in Thermal Power and Fluid Engineering trains graduates in the theory and practice of a broad range of industrially relevant topics within the fields of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. It is specifically designed to meet the needs of the modern engineer both in industry and in research. Most of our research is derived and funded by industry, and we have always been proud of maintaining strong links with our industrial partners. Teaching staff on this course have research-based collaborations with multinational companies such as Boeing, Airbus, Rolls Royce, Jaguar Land rover, Électricité de France, Procter and Gamble, Unilever, Dyson, Alstom and many others.

Each year Manchester careers fairs, workshops and presentations attract more than 600 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors illustrating how employers target Manchester graduates.

Our recent graduates have gone on to work in internationally renowned companies including:

Airbus, UK

Électricité de France, UK

Jaguar Land Rover, UK

Dassault Systèmes, France

Honda Motors, UK

Doosan Global, UK

ExxonMobil, UK

Saudi Aramco, KSA

Engro Chemicals, Pakistan

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, UAE

ANSYS, UK

ABB Group, UK

Exa GmbH, UK

Accrediting organisations

This Masters Course is accredited by the IMechE, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers which is the UK's professional body of Mechanical Engineers. This means that graduates from this course are recognised by the IMechE as having the academic qualifications required of candidates for the status of Chartered Engineer.