Computational Engineering Design (CED) covers the use of computers in all activities from the design to the manufacture of a product. It is at the forefront of information technology and of crucial importance to economies around the world. It is a vital part of many global industries including those of automotive, aerospace, oil, defence, finance and health.
This specialist option of the MSc Computational and Software Techniques in Engineering has been developed to reflect the wide application of CAE and to deliver qualified engineers of the highest standard into industries operating in the fields of computational and software engineering.
Who is it for?
Suitable for candidates from a broad range of engineering and applied mathematical backgrounds, including aeronautic, automotive, mechanical and electrical engineering, in addition to those with a mathematical and computational sciences training, who wish to both develop and complement their existing skill-set in these important areas.
The specialist taught modules are designed to provide you with the knowledge, programming techniques and practical skills necessary to develop and use core CAE solution software over a wide range of industrial settings.
Why this course?
We are a leader in applied mathematics and computing applications. The CAE option benefits from the knowledge and experience gained by the staff through their strong industrial links, particularly our well-established research collaborations with the petrochemical, automotive, aeronautical and financial sectors.
This course produces well-qualified graduates, ready to take on professional roles without additional training on the job. In recent years, key employers have requested a student visit to showcase their graduate roles.
This course is also available on a part-time basis, enabling you to combine studying alongside full-time employment. We are very well located for visiting part-time students from across the UK and Europe.
The course consists of twelve core modules, including a group design project, plus an individual research project. A combination of mathematical, computational and hands-on use of industry-standard CAE systems form the basis of the specialist modules, covering the theory and application of CAE based software for the modelling, analysis and simulation, in diverse fields such as automotive, aeronautical, flow-related industries, data fitting and visualisation.
All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course
- C Programming (pre-requisite)
- Computational Methods
- C++ Programming
- Computer Graphics
- Management for Technology
- Geometric Modelling and Design
- CAE Applications and PLM
- Advanced Engineering Analysis
- Computational Engineering (Fluids)
- CAE Advanced Applications
- Advanced Graphics
- Applications of Computational Engineering Design Optimisation - Group Project
Applicants are required to either have a minimum of a UK second class Honours degree or its equivalent in aeronautical, mechanical or electrical engineering or computer science or be applying as part of a recognised double-degree programme with their home EU institution.
Applications from candidates with lesser qualifications but with considerable relevant work experience will be considered.
The Computational Engineering Design option is designed to equip you with the skills required to pursue a successful career working both in the UK and overseas. This course attracts enquiries from companies in the rapidly expanding engineering IT industry sector across the EU and beyond who wish to recruit high-quality graduates.
There is considerable demand for students with expertise in engineering software development and for those who have strong technical programming skills in industry standard languages and tools.
Typically our graduates are employed by software houses and consultancies, or by CAD/CAM and other engineering companies in software development roles and industrial research.
A selection of companies that have recruited our graduates include:
- Design Manager, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd
- Financial Software Developer, Bloomberg
- Research Engineer, Moodstocks SAS
- PLM Consultant, PCO Innovation
- Software Developer, CAE Engineering
- Computer Science Engineer, Sopra Group
- IT Architecture Consultant, Solucom
- Asset Management Engineering, EON UK
- Mathematical Software Engineer, Arithmetica Ltd
- Analyst, Morgan Stanley
About the School
Cranfield's distinctive expertise is in our deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world.