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Cranfield University: Computational Fluid Dynamics

Institution Cranfield University View institution profile
Department Cranfield University
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There is an increasing global demand for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) specialists with practical and technical knowledge. This course, designed to reflect the wide applications of computational fluid dynamics, will enable you to gain the knowledge and appreciation necessary for a strong foundation in a career in this exciting engineering discipline.

You will learn to understand, write and apply CFD methods across a broad range of fields, from aerospace, multi-phase flow and heat transfer to microflows, bio-medical flows and fluid-structure interaction problems.

Who is it for? This course is designed to meet the education needs of graduates and professional engineers who are looking to kick-start an industrial or research career in the ever-evolving field of computational fluid dynamics. It bridges the gap between the introductory level of undergraduate courses and the applied expertise acquired by engineers using CFD in industry. You will gain the knowledge and practical skills to apply CFD methods, necessary for a strong foundation to a career in this exciting engineering discipline.

Why this course? The MSc in Computational Fluid Dynamics provides a solid background so that you will be able to apply CFD methods as a tool for design, analysis and engineering applications. With a strong emphasis on understanding and application of the underlying methods, students will be able to write their own CFD codes during the course.

Sharing modules with several MSc programmes within the school, this enables you to interact with students from other disciplines. In recent years, our students have had the opportunity for work-based placements at Red Bull F1, the Aircraft Research Association (ARA), AIRBUS, European Space Agency (ESA), Ricardo and DAF Trucks.

Informed by industry Our strategic links with industry ensure that all of the materials taught on the course are relevant, cutting edge and meet the needs of organisations competing within the computational analysis sector. This industry-led education makes Cranfield graduates some of the most desirable for companies to recruit.

The Industrial Advisory Board comprises senior industry professionals who provide input into the curriculum in order to improve the employment prospects of our graduates.

Accreditation The Computational Fluid Dynamics MSc is accredited by Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for further learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration.

Your career Strategic industrial links ensure that the course meets the needs of the organisations competing within the computational sector, therefore making our graduates some of the most desirable in the world for companies to recruit.

Part-time route We welcome students looking to enhance their career prospects whilst continuing in full-time employment. The part-time study option that we offer is designed to provide a manageable balance that allows you to continue employment with minimal disruption whilst also benefiting from the full breadth of learning opportunities and facilities available to all students. The University is very well located for visiting part-time students from all over the world and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies.

As a part-time student you will be required to attend teaching on campus in one-week blocks, for a total of 7 blocks over the 2-3 year period that you are with us. Teaching blocks are typically run during the period from October to February, followed by independent study and project work where contact with your supervisors and cohort can take place in person or online.


Cranfield is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.


We have many world-class, large-scale facilities, including our own global research airport, which offers a unique environment for transformational education and research, living laboratory for testing transformative technologies and new approaches to deliver enhanced social, economic and environmental outcomes. 

Cranfield teaches over 5,000 postgraduate students each year and employs around 1,500 academic and support staff.  Our staff-to-student ratio is one of the best for any university in the UK.

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