Cranfield launches professional Masters programme

Cranfield University is to offer science and technology graduates a new Master of Technology Advanced Professional Master’s degree (MTech) from next year.

The programme, which will begin in September 2008, is intended to enhance career opportunities for graduates by combining taught study, company-based research, professional development and industrial experience.

Cranfield’s success in its first MTech in Water Processes, launched in October 2005, has led to the expansion of the programme into 22 courses run by Cranfield’s School of Applied Sciences, in areas such as materials, motorsport and environment management.

As part of the course students spend the majority of the two-year full-time programme with a sponsoring organisation from a relevant sector.

Cranfield said that students benefit from a dedicated funded route to direct and relevant industrial experience whilst progressing towards chartered status. The MTech also helps the student finance their postgraduate development as the industrial sponsor covers their fees and provides a significant bursary. MTech students also receive a free laptop computer.

The success of the programme has already been evidenced by a student award. Water Processes MTech student Ryland Cairns recently gained the ‘Water Engineer of the Year Award’ by The Worshipful Company of Engineers and the International Water Association (IWA) in recognition of his work on the treatment of drinking water .