MSc Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc 1Yr FT
    MSc 3Yr PT
    PGDip 1Yr FT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.2

Course Overview

MSc Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics

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. As a student on the Master's course in Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics, you will find the course utilises the expertise of academic staff to provide high-quality postgraduate training.

Key Features

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. 

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 and there is further emphasis to apply the methodology to other important areas such as medicine and the life sciences.

This MSc Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics course provides a solid foundation in computer modelling and the finite element method in particular. 

The Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering, within which this course is run, has excellent computing facilities, including a state-of-the-art multi-processor super computer with virtual reality facilities and high-speed networking.

Scholarships: College of Engineering MSc Scholarships 2016.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MSc 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EGIM02Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
EGIM03Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Solid Mechanics
EGIM04Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Advanced Fluid Mechanics
EGIM07Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Dynamics and Transient Analysis
EGIM14Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Computational Case Study
EGIM16Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Communication Skills for Research Engineers
EG-M23Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Finite Element Computational Analysis
Optional Modules

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-D04Semester 3 (Summer Taught)60MSc Dissertation - Civil and Computational Engineering

Description

Modules on the MSc Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics course can vary each year but you could expect to study: 

Reservoir Modelling and Simulation
Solid Mechanics
Finite Element Computational Analysis
Advanced Fluid Mechanics
Computational Plasticity
Fluid-Structure Interaction
Nonlinear Continuum Mechanics
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Dynamics and Transient Analysis
Computational Case Study
Communication Skills for Research Engineers
MSc Research Project

View the full module listing by downloading the handbook for the MSc Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics

Entry Requirements

Usually the entry requirements for the MSc Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics course is a first or second class honours degree in Engineering, Mathematics or similar relevant science discipline. You will also need to have an overall mark of at least 55%, however performance in key modules will also be considered.

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 admissions@swansea.ac.uk 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:
www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements/english-requirements

 

How To Apply

Apply online and track your application status for the MSc Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics course at www.swansea.ac.uk/applyonline

If you're an international student, find out more about applying for this MSc Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics course www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/apply‌

Tuition Fees

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

UK/EU International
MSc Full-time £6,150 £17,950
MSc Part-time £2,050 £6,000
PGDip Full-time £4,100 £11,950

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.

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 Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics course do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Course Structure

MSc programmes are modular in structure. Students must obtain a total of 180 credits to qualify for the degree. This is made up of 120 credits in the taught element (Part One) and a project (Part Two) that is worth 60 credits and culminates in a written dissertation. Students must successfully complete Part One before being allowed to progress to Part Two.

Part-time Delivery mode

The part-time scheme is a version of the full-time equivalent MSc scheme, and as such it means lectures are spread right across each week and you may have lectures across every day. Due to this timetabling format, the College advises that the scheme is likely to suit individuals who are looking to combine this with other commitments (typically family/caring) and who are looking for a less than full-time study option.

Those candidates seeking to combine the part-time option with full-time work are unlikely to find the timetable suitable, unless their job is extremely flexible and local to the Bay Campus.

Timetables for the programme are typically available one week prior to each semester.

Sample Timetable

Below is a sample timetable for the MSc Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics Semester 1.

Please note timetables are subject to change.

Computational Modelling Timetable

Assessment

The award of the MSc is based on satisfactory performance in examinations, continuous assessment and research dissertation. The examinations are taken in January and May/June and, if passed satisfactorily, students move on to the full-time research project during the summer. The research dissertation is submitted in September and is examined externally.

Accreditation

MSc Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics at Swansea University is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), which is composed of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE). The accreditation is on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills as a Chartered Engineer. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

See jbm.org.uk for further information.

Quote on the Course

“The Civil and Computational Engineering Centre is acknowledged as an internationally leading centre for computational engineering research. Many numerical techniques currently in use in commercial simulation software have originated from Swansea University. The Centre provides several postgraduate programmes, originating from the pioneering and internationally recognised MSc course in Finite Elements Methods developed by Professor Zienkiewicz in the 1960’s.” 

Professor Yuntian Feng, Course Coordinator, College of Engineering

Careers

Employment in a wide range of industries, which require the skills developed during this course, from aerospace to the medical sector. Computational modelling techniques have developed in importance to provide solutions to complex problems and as a graduate of this course, you will be able to utilise your highly sought-after skills in industry or research.

Facilities

Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

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.

Research

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines. 

The REF assesses the quality of research in the UK Higher Education sector, assuring us of the standards we strive for.

World-Leading Research

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering 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.