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Program

The Master of Science in Computational Mechanics

is designed for students who wish to excel in the field of computational mechanics. The goal is to provide the students with the skills for the modelling, formulation, analysis and implementation of simulation tools for advanced engineering problems, as well as skills for understanding these approaches in the broader context of business and innovation. It is developed to improve their knowledge and competency in the field of computational mechanics with applications in solids, fluids and interdisciplinary fields and take out of the students the best of their capabilities. The programme also includes a component of entrepreneurship and innovation, a key aspect in the best teaching programs. Students will benefit from a leading group of world-top faculty. The students will also enjoy a highly multicultural and exciting international environment. The Master of Science in Computational Mechanics will provide the students with the best terminal training for their future professional career as well as prepare the most interested student in research with the best background knowledge to face a Ph.D. degree in the most important institutes all over the world.

Summary of study programme

The program lasts two academic years (120 ECTS), providing a deep knowledge in all the fields of computational mechanics. It includes the Master Thesis as well as practical training in an industrial or applied research environment in any lab that the student could choose. The entire Master Programme is taught in English.

The first year is aimed at providing a solid background on mechanics and numerical methods. The core of the first semester consists of a four modules (20 ECTS) complemented by transversal and entrepreneurship modules (10 ECTS). These core modules are taught jointly at Barcelona (UPC) and Swansea (SU). The second semester provides an extra background in computational mechanics with a series of courses amounting to 15 ECTS into important aspects of solid and fluid mechanics (i.e. plasticity, nonlinear continuum mechanics, dynamics, computational fluid dynamics). The semester ends with a Practical Training (15 ECTS) module, which is an essential element in the curriculum providing students with the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge in an industrial context.

The second year is pursued in the second host institution. They are organised into minors, emphasising very specific areas in computational mechanics. The student must select a set of modules adding up to 25 ECTS. Additionally, the student will enroll in 5 ECTS of transversal skills. The programme end up with a Masters thesis (30 ECTS) which should help the student to deep in his/her knowledge within a particular topic of computational mechanics, usually set at the frontier of cutting-edge computational mechanics technology.

Learning outcomes

The EMMC in Computational Mechanics aims to provide the students with the skills for the modelling, formulation, analysis and implementation of simulation tools for advanced engineering problems:

  • General knowledge of computational mechanics
    • Knowledge of the field of Computational Mechanics as well as advanced training in specific topics.
    • Computing skills: use existing software and knowledge of programming languages.
  • Practical training/entrepreneurship skills
    • Development of innovative and enterprising spirit to carry out business activities.
    • Facilitate the creation of new technology-based (knowledge-based) SMEs.
    • Offer the possibility of working with software tools for planning and monitoring of projects.
    • Improved employability through the practical training in industry.
    • Exposure to Industry-University relationships for those MSc Theses with an industry orientated topic.
    • Understanding of the applicability and shortcomings of existing technology.
  • Transversal skills
    • Integrative approach to problem solving, incorporating theoretical and practical knowledge and skills.
    • Time management, independent and group study.
    • Search and gathering of information (i.e. use of bibliographic resources, web-based search engines).
  • Language/cultural skills
    • Effective integration in a multicultural environment and undertaking lifelong learning.
    • Exposure to the European and worldwide computational mechanics community.
    • Communication skills: oral presentations, clear and concise professional and scientific reporting.