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Cranfield University’s Welding Engineering MSc covers a wide range of modern welding technology such as automation, metallurgy and materials science, welding processes, design and quality.

Graduates can gain a fundamental understanding of welding technologies and an awareness of recent technical developments within the relevant industries, as well as communication, presentation, analytical and problem solving skills.

The programme comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual research project.

Modules include: Welding Systems and Research Methods; Design of Welded Structures; Management of Weld Quality; An Introduction to Materials Engineering; Advanced Welding Processes; Welding Metallurgy; Welding Processes and Equipment 1; and Welding Processes and Equipment 2.

The group project assists students in developing their theoretical knowledge and skills in collating and analysing information from pre-published sources.

The individual project provides experience of undertaking research into a specific welding issue that is of interest and benefit to a company.

The research project is usually on a topic of direct relevance to industry and, for full-time students, is performed using the wide range of welding equipment in the Welding Engineering Research Centre at Cranfield.

For part-time students, the research project is usually performed at their employer’s premises on a topic of interest to the student and the employer.

Successful students develop diverse and rewarding careers in engineering management in a wide range of organisations deploying welding technologies.

Roles include the management of welding manufacturing operations and management of design and fabrication of welded structures.

The international nature of such activities means that career opportunities are not restricted to the UK.

Students can utilise a variety of facilities within the Welding Engineering Research Centre, including robotic, automated and advanced arc welding equipment; sensors, data acquisition, infrared and high-speed imaging cameras; plasma physics monitoring equipment; high-power laser systems; and a hyperbaric welding chamber.

This course is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) on behalf of the UK Engineering Council as meeting the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status.

This qualification also contributes to satisfaction of the Engineering Education and/or the Knowledge of Welding criteria used in the assessment of candidates for Professional Membership of the Welding Institute (TWI) and registration with the Engineering Council.

Cranfield University, School of Applied Sciences

Cranfield University is a wholly postgraduate university with an international community and a truly global reputation. The School of Applied Sciences is recognised for its multi-disciplinary approach to research and teaching in relation to manufacturing, materials, natural resources and sustainable systems. We also provide short courses and consultancy services to our clients. Cranfield is third in the UK for the impact of its mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing research. Through our focus on fundamental research and its application to meet the needs of industry and society, Applied Sciences is a major contributor to these positions. We have a successful track record of working closely with organisations around the world. Our success is due to our staff and the quality of the students whose careers we help develop. We operate key facilities which underpin our research, teaching and short courses.  

The School of Applied Sciences offers an extensive engineering portfolio of full and part-time masters’ programmes, funded research opportunities and short courses, across a number of sectors.  All courses are designed to meet the training needs of industry, and benefit from significant input from experts in the sector.

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