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Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics MSc/PGDip

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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Computer Science


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    MSc: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time; 3 years part-time, PGDip: 1 year full-time

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees

    For current fees visit our website

  • Last Updated

    06 September 2018

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 of Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics

  • 8th in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide 2019)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Research Quality (Complete University Guide 2019)
  • ‌Recognised as one of the top 200 departments in the world (QS World Subject Rankings).

Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics students benefit from our brand new facilities including comprehensive laboratories for structures, concrete, fluid, soil and surveying, all equipped with state-of-the-art facilities at the highest quality.

Built on the world leading research capacity in computational engineering, the program has a unique strength in computer modelling and its application in civil engineering.

The Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering, within which the Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics 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.

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


Modules on the Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics course may include:

  • Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • Dynamics and Transient Analysis
  • Research Case Study
  • Communication Skills for Research Engineers
  • Finite Element Computational Analysis
  • Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • Nonlinear Continuum Mechanics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Computational Plasticity
  • Reservoir Modelling and Simulation


MSc in 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 partially meeting the educational requirement for Further Learning for Engineering Council 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). Study on this accredited degree will provide you with some of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills needed 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.

Computational Engineering

The Bay Campus includes an extensive Engineering Quarter, designed to capitalise on our research expertise and our collaboration with major companies.

The £450 million development project includes specialist laboratories and excellent computing facilities.

Computational facilities

High Performance Computing

The College of Engineering has always maintained state-of-the-art computing facilities in order to support the leading edge research in the area of computational engineering. All of these facilities are available to researchers within the centre and for contract work to external clients.

Linux Cluster

The Linux cluster was installed in order to provide a performance increase for large parallel applications. It currently comprises:

  • 260 AMD Opteron 64-bit processor cores
  • Memory ranging from 2Gb - 8Gb per node
  • Myrinet interconnect for maximum communication performance

Engineering Quarter

At the College of Engineering, we continually strive for excellence in our teaching and research. The Bay Campus provides the space for growth and enable us to build on our current success, co-locating industry with our academic staff and students including those in Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics.

The Bay Campus includes purpose built facilities for students, staff and businesses allowing for the benefits of co-location, enabling applied research, an accelerated innovation pathway and employment opportunities. 

The seven buildings that form the College of Engineering house high-tech teaching and research laboratories. There are brand new lecture theatres, smaller tutorial and seminar rooms, teaching laboratories and PC facilities.

Engineering Central

Engineering Central is home to the Swansea Bay Innovation Hub, which along with the Engineering Manufacturing Centre, has been part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, through Welsh Government. 

Engineering Central provides world-class facilities for industrial research and development in a state-of-the-art building. Engineering Central represents an investment of around £36 million which enables the University to grow its activities in advanced engineering and innovation.

Engineering Central also supports the:

  • Health and Biosciences in developing engineering solutions to medical challenges including nanotechnology and design for manufacture to take prototype devices to production run.
  • Low Carbon Economy in areas such as material development for weight reduction and aerodynamic performance.
  • Digital Economy Cluster in the development of hardware and wireless technologies.

The interaction between the subject areas is very complex and there are many areas of integration and support from one discipline to another.

Key facts

  • 11,000 sqm building.
  • BREEAM Excellent rating. BREEAM is the world's leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings.
  • Academic staff offices, conference and meeting rooms, research labs and workshops.
  • Focuses on conceptual design, computer modelling, simulation and optimisation.
  • Main disciplines : Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nanotechnology and Chemical Engineering.
  • This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

Visit the Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics MSc/PGDip page on the Swansea University website for more details!





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