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    Full time available

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    Computer Science


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  • Course Duration

    2 years full-time

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    Please visit our website for the Computational Mechanics course fee information.

  • Last Updated

    23 July 2019

The MSc in Computational Mechanics is organised by a consortium of four leading European Universities: Swansea University, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain), École Centrale de Nantes (France) and University of Stuttgart (Germany), and in cooperation with the International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE, Spain).

You will receive deep multidisciplinary training in the application of the finite element method, as well as state-of-the-art numerical and computational techniques to solve and simulate challenging problems.

Your general knowledge of computational mechanics theory will be developed alongside an appreciation of computational simulation in industry.

Training is also provided in the development of new software for the improved simulation of current engineering problems.

Why Computational Mechanics at Swansea?

The faculty of Civil Engineering at Swansea has an established international reputation in computational engineering and its integration with civil engineering. This is largely due to pioneering the finite element methods.

Did you know?

Professor Olek Zienkiewicz, internationally recognised as the "Father of the Finite Element Method", joined Swansea University in 1961 as Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, and was Emeritus Professor of the University until his death in 2009. During his career, he supervised over 70 PhD students, many of whom now hold leading positions in academia and industry. He also founded the first journal dealing with computational mechanics in 1968 (International Journal of Numerical Methods in Engineering), still the major journal in the field of Numerical Computations.

Your Computational Mechanics experience

You will follow a common set of core modules in your first year, leading to examinations in Swansea or Barcelona.

An industrial placement taken during year one exposes you to the use of computational mechanics within an industrial context.

In the second year you move to another university, depending upon your preferred specialisation, completing a series of modules and the research thesis. A variety of specialisation areas are available including fluids, structures, aerospace and biomedical.

Incorporating modules from multiple universities allows you to experience postgraduate education in more than one European institution.

Computational Mechanics employment opportunities

Graduates of the MSc Computational Mechanics course at Swansea are positioned favourably for rewarding employment.

Computational Mechanics modules

The first year of the MSc in Computational Mechanics contains compulsory and optional 10-credit modules on subjects including continuum mechanics, advanced fluid mechanics, finite element computational analysis, computational plasticity, communication skills in a foreign language, a series of modules based in Barcelona, and a 30-credit industrial project.

Your second year also contains compulsory and optional 10-credit modules, as well as a compulsory 20-credit case study module and a 60-credit dissertation project module.

Modules on the Computational Mechanics course may include:

  • Practical Training
  • Numerical Methods Partial Differential Equation
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Finite Element Methods
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • Communication Skills in a Foreign Language
  • Entrepreneurship for Engineering
  • Computational Solid Mechanics
  • Finite Elements in Fluids
  • Computational Structural Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Computational wave propagation
  • Advanced Discretization Methods
  • Computational Mechanics Tools
  • Programming for Engineers and Scientists
  • Computer Modelling
  • Research Planning
  • Coupled Problems
  • Domain Decomposition and Large Scale Scientific Computing

How you're taught on the Computational Mechanics course

In the first year of the MSc Computational Mechanics course, you will follow an agreed common set of core modules leading to common examinations in Swansea or Barcelona. In addition, an industrial placement will take place during this year, where you will have the opportunity to be exposed to the use of computational mechanics within an industrial context.

For the second year of the MSc Computational Mechanics, you will move to one of the other Universities, depending upon your preferred specialisation, to complete a series of taught modules and the research thesis. 

There will be a wide choice of specialisation areas (i.e. fluids, structures, aerospace, biomedical) by incorporating modules from the four Universities. This allows you to experience postgraduate education in more than one European institution.

Professional Body Accreditation

The Computational 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).

This degree in Computational Mechanics 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.

This 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 many countries that are signatories to international accords.

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Visit the Erasmus Mundus Computational Mechanics MSc page on the Swansea University website for more details!





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