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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.
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 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.
Modules on the Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics course can vary each year but you could expect to study:
Reservoir Modelling and Simulation
Finite Element Computational Analysis
Advanced Fluid Mechanics
Nonlinear Continuum Mechanics
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Dynamics and Transient Analysis
Computational Case Study
Communication Skills for Research Engineers
Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
The MSc Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM).
The Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) 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 MSc Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.
The MSc Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics degree has been accredited by the JBM under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.
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 for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). 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.
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.
The Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering has an extensive track record of industrial collaboration and contributes to many exciting projects, including the aerodynamics for the current World Land Speed Record car, Thrust SSC, and the future BLOODHOUND SSC, and the design of the double-decker super-jet Airbus A380.
Employment in a wide range of industries, which require the skills developed during the Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics 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 in Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics, you will be able to utilise your highly sought-after skills in industry or 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.
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.
Suitable for engineering, mathematics or physical science graduates wishing to specialise in unmanned systems or in support of continued professional development, this programme is supported by several major UK companies, including Thales, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, QinetiQ and Cobham. You will design and build a sophisticated unmanned system during the course of your studies and will have access to rapid prototyping facilities and testing facilities to put your designs through mission testing. You will have access to a sophisticated autopilot system and will be trained in its use.
Compulsory modules include: Unmanned Vehicle Systems Design; Group Design Project; Systems Reliability; Design Search and Optimisation; Aerospace Control Design; Avionics; MSc Research Project
Optional modules: Aircraft Structural Design; Control and Instrumentation, Wing Aerodynamics; Advanced Control Design; Advanced Finite Element Analysis; Aircraft Propulsion; Aircraft Structures; Composites Engineering Design and Mechanics; Powered Lift; Finite Element Analysis in Solid Mechanics; Applications of CFD; Advanced Sensors and Condition Monitoring; Automotive Propulsion
Graduate students will find the programme of substantial use in developing their knowledge and skills base for bridge analysis, design and management.
The programme also offers the opportunity for practising bridge engineers to update their knowledge of current design and assessment codes and guidelines, become familiar with developments in new techniques for the design, construction and management of bridges.
The Bridge Engineering programme encompasses a wide range of modules addressing the whole life-analysis of bridge structures from design to end-of-life.
Optional modules from some of our other study streams are also offered, covering structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, water engineering, construction management, and infrastructure engineering and management.
Graduates are highly employable and may progress to relevant specialist PhD or EngD research programmes in the field.
This programme is studied over either one year (full-time) or between two and five years (part-time or distance learning). It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation project.
This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.
Example module listing
The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
Bridge Engineering Group Modules
Structural Engineering Group Modules
Geotechnical Engineering Group Modules
Construction Management Group Modules
Infrastructure Engineering and Management Group Modules
Water and Environmental Engineering Group Modules
The programme aims to provide graduates with:
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:
Knowledge and understanding
Intellectual / cognitive skills
Professional practical skills
Key / transferable skills
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
Modern industry operates within a highly competitive global market, the adoption, exploration and management of technology across both design and manufacture and product simulation performance is at the forefront of providing successful business with the competitive edge needed to survive and grow. In addition, society is demanding that such business enterprises become evermore proactive in terms of adopting a more socially conscious approach, such as sustainability, across all their strategies and operations.
This course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of modern engineering analysis and simulation tools and techniques in terms of product development and optimisation before manufacture. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of how various IT-based tools and systems function while also gaining insights into how these are implemented effectively, within the manufacturing and industrial sectors. You will be equipped to undertake cross-functional management roles and to evaluate how modern organisations can strategically exploit existing and emerging technologies. This reflects the growing demand for specialists with advanced skills and knowledge to drive forward effective, new, product development and their introduction across all of the major industrial sectors including automotive, aerospace and general manufacture.
The course will allow you acquire advanced knowledge and systematic understanding of contemporary finite element modelling techniques to analyse the behaviour of complex engineering systems and components. It will involve a comprehensive understanding of advanced solid mechanics and analytical techniques pertinent to product development and sustainability, and to apply these advanced techniques to synthesise novel designs of a range of engineering systems.
Research Methods and Professional Skills
Project Management Tools and Techniques
CAD and Product Definition
Emerging Design Tools
Simulation and Design Optimisation
Applied Stress Analysis
This course provides you with the unique opportunity to experience the practicalities and applications of modern Engineering Analysis Techniques. The dedicated IT simulation resources and expertise of our specialised staff, based at our Telford Campus, is well renowned and often called upon to support and advise external agencies and key industries across the aerospace, automotive and automotive sports and power generation sectors. You can therefore rest assured of access to a variety of significant simulation techniques facilities and expertise. Beyond this, the course will encourage and guide you to explore and conduct research into emerging Design and use the latest industry standard simulation software to produce complex, economical and sustainable part/component part production. Our expectation is that the exposure offered by the course, to modern and newly emerging manufacturing technologies coupled with the project managerial aspects of the course will ensure that you are well placed to take up a key role in this dynamic industrial sector.
You will have the opportunity to engage with a range of learning approaches during the course of your study.
You will take part in lectures and seminars. Some of these will be more traditional whereas others will require you to undertake research before coming together to discuss technical issues with a range of students and academic staff. You will have seminars from industry practitioners and have the opportunity to discuss your projects with them to gain real world insight into the problems you are trying to solve.
You will have the opportunity to work in a range of dedicated facilities such as the Dedicated IT Laboratories to develop practical skills and understand the link between the theory and practical implementation of integrated CAD, Simulation and Finite Element Analysis Techniques. Throughout the weekly class sessions and through use of the on-line support material, you will obtain skills required to successfully implement and manage a range of modern design and simulation systems, processes and methodologies.
Often working on assessment and project briefs specified by industry practitioners, you will develop solutions to meet real world problems/requirements and be able to present these to your peers, practitioners and third parties in order to obtain balanced and current feedback.
The course is aimed at Science and Technology graduates who aspire to Engineering and Manufacturing management roles, in leading industrial organisations.
On completion of the programme, you can expect to develop your career leading to senior management where strategic thinking skills, project management experience and a deeper technological knowledge-base would be beneficial.
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The University of South Wales Civil & Structural Engineering MSc is a taught postgraduate course offering full-time and part-time pathways.
Students complete a sequence of optional and compulsory modules, plus a final dissertation, before graduating with the 180 credit Master of Science degree.
This degree is your opportunity to establish or consolidate your career as a civil or structural design engineer. The course is accredited for the Further Learning Programme (formerly ‘Matching Sections’) at Chartered Engineer (CEng) level by 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).
There is also an opportunity for working professionals to progress towards CEng status through a tailor-made route. This will help you accelerate to the remaining steps of CEng status by working with your employer in the process. This is a unique feature of a Masters course and significantly reduces the period required to achieve Chartered status.
To provide the latest specialist knowledge and technical competence, all design-related modules are taught in accordance with the new structural Eurocodes. As well as developing your analytical and problem-solving skills, tuition covers project planning and contract management. The course is also underpinned by research into areas such as the use of novel and sustainable environmentally-friendly materials, geotechnics and structural modelling.
You will study the following modules:
- Advanced Civil Engineering Materials
- Integrative Project Planning and Management
- Geo-environmental Engineering
- Advanced Structural Analysis and Structural Concrete Design
- Further Advanced Structural Analysis and Steel/Composite Design
Optional modules include:
- Seismic Analysis and Design to Eurocodes*
- Structural Timber and Masonry Design to Eurocodes*
- Further Finite Element Analysis*
- Non-Destructive Testing*
*10 credit module
The course is delivered in three major blocks that offer an intensive but flexible learning pattern, with two entry opportunities for applicants each year – February and September. You will learn through lectures, tutorials and seminars, as well as guest lectures and seminars with prominent industry experts. You will complete a research project using our excellent laboratory facilities and a dissertation on a chosen topic of interest.
On completion of this course, you will be able to develop a career as a structural engineer, technical manager, or research and development manager. These roles can be with leading international consultancies, contractors, national and local consulting companies, as well as international research and government organisations.
Some modules are assessed through coursework, others by a combination of design projects and a formal examination. If you want to continue working in industry, you can apply to study individual modules as short courses on a day-release or block-delivery basis.
The University of South Wales has excellent facilities, and is committed to investment and refurbishment. We’ve just completed a £130m investment programme in new buildings and facilities, including significant investment in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science. The University has also announced a further investment of £28m ensure that you’re using equipment and software that is state-of-the-art and industry-standard, we continually evaluate our labs and teaching spaces and regularly re-fit and re-equip them. A recent refurbishment of a number of our Civil and Mechanical Engineering labs is part of this programme of continuous enhancement of our facilities.
The MSc Civil and Structural Engineering is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree*. See http://www.jbm.org.uk for further information.
* It should be noted that candidates completing the MSc who hold an underpinning accredited IEng degree or a non-accredited bachelor degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to determine whether they will meet the educational base for CEng registration.
Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.
The following postgraduate funding may be available to study the Civil & Structural Engineering MSc at The University of South Wales.
Full Time (UK / EU): £6,000
Full Time (international): £12,600
Part Time (UK /EU): £670 per 20 credit
This programme will provide you with a sound understanding of civil engineering design and applications through a series of specialist modules in coastal, environmental, infrastructure, and transport engineering. A wide range of laboratory projects are available, which enable students to deepen their understanding of a subject that is of particular interest to them and their future careers. The programme is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers and meets the further learning requirements to become a chartered civil engineer. We also offer a conversion degree pathway aimed at non-civil engineering graduates who wish to transfer into the civil engineering industry.
Compulsory modules: MSc Research Project; Data Analysis and Experimental Methods for Civil and Environmental Engineering
Optional modules: Understanding Civil Engineering (compulsory for non-civil engineering graduates); Coastal and Maritime Engineering and Energy; Earthquake Engineering; Project Economics and Management; Groundwater Hydrology and Contamination; Water Resources Planning and Management; Highway Engineering; Waste Resource Management; Advanced Structural Engineering; Advanced Foundation Engineering; Energy Performance Assessment of Buildings; River Engineering; Water and Wastewater Engineering; Advanced Finite Element Analysis; Transport Management and Safety, Coastal Flood Defence; Law and Contracts for Civil and Environmental Engineers . The following modules are not available for non-civil engineering graduates: Applied Hydraulics; Geotechnical Engineering; Railway Engineering and Operations; Structural Engineering