MSc in CFD : Cranfield or Leeds? Help !!! Your views on the matter Watch

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Hi guys! I liked this conversation and thought that you could help me out. I am getting my bachelor this year in Milan and I'd like to apply to a Msc in cranfield university. I read that someone of you applied in november of course of 2014. Should I apply now??! I mean I haven't got my bachelor yet, so what should I write in the application form in the educational history section!? Hope someone help me!!
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(Original post by and_209)
Hi guys! I liked this conversation and thought that you could help me out. I am getting my bachelor this year in Milan and I'd like to apply to a Msc in cranfield university. I read that someone of you applied in november of course of 2014. Should I apply now??! I mean I haven't got my bachelor yet, so what should I write in the application form in the educational history section!? Hope someone help me!!
thank you guys!!!
i recently applied for propulsion this year.You can apply now, you still have time with the application process. Regarding your certificate upload your transcript instead as that will be sufficient till you get your degree certificate.

If they are happy with your application, they will offer you a conditional offer which will ask you to provide your official degree certificate prior to registration. Hope this helps.
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Yup. Aero91 is spot on.
Put up an application in a short while with whatever details you have now. They will review, and if happy, will issue you a conditional offer letter. The condition would be that you have to submit the degree certificate / marklist / something to that effect upon the completion of your current course.
Once you do that, you will be issued an unconditional offer letter. That is your ticket.

Try to provide as much details as possible when you apply. Since you are still a student, they would know that you will not get any formal certificates prior to completion. And hence, they will move accordingly..
Sometimes, if your application is missing some info about any gap years, they will get back to you asking you to provide sufficient information to fill in the gap.
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Thank you really much guys!!! You have been really helpful. Just one little doubt yet! If I want to upload my transcript how do I have to do! Should I send it in attechment separately from the application!? Because it seems that the application online doesn't have any space or section that allows me to upload my transcript!!
Thank you again anyway!!


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Thank you really much guys!!! You have been really helpful. Just one little doubt yet! If I want to upload my transcript how do I have to do! Should I send it in attechment separately from the application!? Because it seems that the application online doesn't have any space or section that allows me to upload my transcript!!
Thank you again anyway!!


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You can email it to them if you like quoting your application reference number.

I just uploaded mine after submitting my application using EVE portal.
EVE portal there should be a blue tab at the bottom of the window "Document upload". Once clicked another window opens, select from the dropdown list "transcript of marks".
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Thank you aero91!! I'll do it!!


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Hi guys. I have received an offer from University of Manchester for Msc in thermal and fluid power engineering.
I also have an offer from Cranfield University in Msc in thermal power.

I'm confused between these two universities.

which uni has strong industry realtions?
thnx
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I am pretty sure Cranfield has. Manchester, I am not really sure because, I do not have any direct contacts..
Talk to your course directors.. They must be able to give you a better idea of what you can expect.
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Hi guys. I have received an offer from University of Manchester for Msc in thermal and fluid power engineering.
I also have an offer from Cranfield University in Msc in thermal power.

I'm confused between these two universities.

which uni has strong industry realtions?
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I applied to both universities, and would say both universities are really good. I was able to speak with both directors during the open days, they had some good course structures. But I was sold with Cranfield because it being postgraduate only institute (more time available with lecturers or tutors) , and its relevant industrial links with BAE, Airbus and so on.

I was able to speak to many students who were happy with their choice with Cranfield, some who were working on projects with Astrium. Other students had got through the application stages and were offered an interview. And of course as you can see on this Forum, there are the Alumni who shared their experiences with us.

Alot of the students at Manchester open day were civil, so I was not able to ask them many questions. But they did have good facillities, industrial links I could not see much evidence. But I am pretty sure they have some.

In the end though which ever institute you choose, it will come down to your (Job) application and interview. Manchester is good but I feel Cranfield specialises in Engineering a bit more. If your still unsure, there is an open day in March with Cranfield, you should check it out.
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Hi Guys,

Just applied for a course at Cranfield, and was wondering how long the application process takes?
Would appreciate if you could share you experience regarding this matter.

Thanks!
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Hi Muggi,
This is the time typically, when the Course Directors start to get a lot of applications. This is also the time when there is a lot of discussion going on in the department about the Thesis topics of the current students.
So, do not expect a reply very soon, but, do keep in touch. They will take their time ( usually about two weeks ) before they reply with / without an offer. In the meantime, you could upload or email any additional info you want them to consider which you think would be relevant to your application.
Wish you all the very best.
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Hi Muggi,
This is the time typically, when the Course Directors start to get a lot of applications. This is also the time when there is a lot of discussion going on in the department about the Thesis topics of the current students.
So, do not expect a reply very soon, but, do keep in touch. They will take their time ( usually about two weeks ) before they reply with / without an offer. In the meantime, you could upload or email any additional info you want them to consider which you think would be relevant to your application.
Wish you all the very best.
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Thanks I appreciate your help. I have submitted 2 references and a personal statement, should i upload any additional information?
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Undergraduate degree Transcripts, Language Proficiency Certificates ( if needed, based on the country of your origin ), Work experience related to the subject, List of publications if any.. etc.. are valuable supplements to your application.
Not compulsory, but, if you have any of these, send it promptly before they ask for it.
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Would be grateful for some more specific information about Cranfield CFD MSc. How long does each module run for? Is it in short full time blocks or over a whole term in parallel? Also for each module typically how many assignments/assessment are there? Do these involve working on commercial CFD codes or is it pen and paper type? How much does the course emphase on coding/development? Finally Ive read about the links with industry. Does this mean any form of campus recruitment or placements upon completion? Also I get the feeling that most MSc courses in UK are good preparation for a PhD, but how does this course compare purely in terms of employment in industry in UK itself? Realise Ive asked quite a lot of info. Appreciate help on any aspect. Thanks in advance.
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Hi vgm

Life is full of surprises. Hence, I am not going to elaborate on the modules and how it will be taught thereby robbing you of the pleasant surprise when you get to know that I was sugarcoating everything.

But, I can say this much : Course is 11 core modules and 5 electives which are chosen from a list of 7. All modules will have assignments and a few will be evaluated based on an exam also. Modules which are evaluated based on assignments alone will earn you a credit of 5, and the ones which requires you to attend an additional exams, earns you a credit of 10. So, to earn the credit, you have to submit a satisfactory assignment, and pass the exam with minimum marks. Assignments would be case studies, and you need to write up a report within the word limit specified by the professor.
The thesis carry a total credit of 100 with 50% weightage.

Studentship at Cranfield itself comes with a lot of perks, the most important of which is a lifetime membership and access to several online resource databases. Additionally, if you pass out with a decent score with a good grasp of what has been done in the course, it is not so difficult to find a job within 3 months. For that matter, Cranfield conducts two or three job fairs around the year wherein you can meet people from industry, get to know what they expect from you, and if all goes well, get an interview with them.

PhD after Cranfield is like PhD after any Course from any Uni. If you are good enough, and you can prove it in front of a committee, then thats pretty much it.

Hope it helps. Go in and explore the rest. You will not regret it.
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Hi,

I am Indian student of mechanical engineering stream interested to pursue my masters in CFD. I wanted to know following things about Cranfield University.

1) Academic grades required at UG level to apply at Cranfield
2) Are any journal publications required?
3) Does work experience before application matter?
4) Total cost of living including tuition fees, accomodation etc.
5) How can I know whether my profile is good enough to get admitted to Cranfield University? Basically what are their expectations?
6) What are my other options besides Cranfield Uni to pursue MSc in CFD?

Expecting reply, especially from Indian students who have bee through the application process ealier. It would really help. Thanks in advance.
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Hi,

I am interested to do MSc in CFD. I wanted to know following things about Cranfield-


1) Academic score required at UG level to apply at Cranfield.
2) Are any journal publications required?
3) Overall cost of living including tuition fees, books, accomodatiion etc.
4) How can I know whether my profile is suitable for applying at Cranfield?

Expecting reply from past students who have studied at Cranfield university. Thanks in advance.
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1) Academic grades required at UG level to apply at Cranfield

Good grades. The higher the best. The probability of you getting in depends on the other applicants this year, how early you apply, how strong is your statement of purpose.

2) Are any journal publications required?

Not necessary. Undergraduate students are expected to be strong in their basics but, is not expected to have published in a leading journal

3) Does work experience before application matter?

Again, good if you have,but not bad if you don't.

4) Total cost of living including tuition fees, accomodation etc.

Tuition fees plus around 500£ per month will get you through easily

5) How can I know whether my profile is good enough to get admitted to Cranfield University? Basically what are their expectations?

Their basic requirements are listed clearly in the website. If don't make it,you will not make the cut. Anything additional will add value to your application.

6) What are my other options besides Cranfield Uni to pursue MSc in CFD?

Do your homework carefully. You have a lot of other options. Imperial, Manchester, Leeds, Swansea, Nottingham, Southampton, Sheffield etc etc..
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Thanks for the quick reply.

I want to ask one more doubt, to what level of proficiency coding and programming knowledge is important for this course? I have hands on experience with Fluent, ICEM CFD, CFD post due to my final year thesis. But I have not solved any problem by developing a code from basic level. Please guide so that I can develop the necessary skills in the mean time before application. Thanks.
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Coding and programming knowledge is important I would say.
In fact, a good understanding of how programming algorithms work, the importance of the syntax and the structure, control parameters, capability to evaluate the flowchart of the algorithm etc... is the things you need the most.
Once you have this (which is the backbone, and which is common to all languages), you just need to learn the syntax for each of the languages.

As to experience with ANSYS products, and other commercial codes, it is very advantageous. The more, the better as always. You will use ANSYS FLUENT very frequently for your assignments and probably thesis too.
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