MSc by Research Simulation Driven Product Design

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc by Research 1Yr FT
    MSc by Research 2Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.1

Course Overview

Computer simulation is now an established discipline that has an important role to play in engineering, science and in newly emerging areas of interdisciplinary research.

Key Features

Using mathematical modelling as the basis, computational methods provide procedures which, with the aid of the computer, allow complex problems to be solved. The techniques play an ever-increasing role in industry.

Swansea University has been at the forefront of international research in the area of computational engineering. Internationally renowned engineers at Swansea pioneered the development of numerical techniques, such as the finite element method, and associated computational procedures that have enabled the solution of many complex engineering problems.


Find out more about some of  the academic staff supervising theses in the area of computational engineering:

Dr Alison Williams

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the MSc by Research Simulation Driven Product Design is a first or upper second class honours degree in Engineering or similar relevant science discipline.

We welcome applications by prospective students from around the world and look for evidence of previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements stated above. The Postgraduate Admissions Office are happy to advise you on whether your qualifications are suitable for entry to the course you would like to study. Please email for further information.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 5.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found at:


How To Apply

Once you have identified a topic area within which you would like to work, we recommend that you submit a research proposal and discuss this with an Admissions Tutor for the subject area before making an application. You can email to express your interest in a MSc by Research Simulation Driven Product Design.

Apply online and track your application status for the MSc by Research at

If you're an international student, find out more about applying for the MSc by Research

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc by Research Full-time £4,200 £18,450
MSc by Research Part-time £2,100 £9,250

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

Note: The UK/EU fee is indicative pending confirmation from RCUK.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the MSc by Research do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Course Structure

Typically one year full-time, two to three years part-time. This is an individual research project written up in a thesis of 30,000 words.


A thesis of no more than 30,000 words is submitted, which demonstrates original research that contributes significantly to the subject area.


Engineering at Swansea University has utilised an award of £3M from the Science Research Infrastructure Fund (SRIF) to provide state-of-the-art research facilities.

This includes one of the most advanced university computing facilities in Europe.
Hardware includes a 450 cpu Cluster, high-end graphics workstations and high-speed network links. Extensive software packages include both in-house developed and 'off-the-shelf' commercial.

Find out more about the facilities used by students at Swansea University.


The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008 ranked Engineering at Swansea University as 8th in the UK for the combined score in the research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

World-leading research

The RAE showed that 73% of research produced by academic staff is classified as world-leading (4*) or of internationally excellent (3*) quality.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering, Swansea University harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.