MSc in Computational and Software Techniques in Engineering


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Program Description


Engineering software development is one of the key areas in the European information technology sector. It is a fast-moving subject of crucial importance to industry and forms the basis for a wide and ever-growing variety of applications.

This course with its blend of skills-based and subject-specific material has the fundamental objective of equipping you with the generic hands-on skills and up-to-date knowledge adaptable to the wide variety of applications that this field addresses.

Who is it for?

If you intend to make a career in software development, whether it is in the data centre, on the desktop or in the rapidly expanding mobile application space, you need to have a strong basis in software engineering. The MSc in Computational and Software Techniques in Engineering is unique in that it combines software engineering with high-performance computing, giving you the tools and techniques that employers are looking for and an advantage in the job market.

Why this course?

This course produces well-qualified graduates, ready to take on professional roles without additional training on the job. Due to this, our graduates are in high demand with industry leaders visiting Cranfield to showcase their graduate roles.

In addition to the software/computational topics, we deliver a core module entitled Management for Technology, which focuses on those aspects of management which will enable you to fulfil a wider role in an organisation more effectively.

We are very well located for visiting part-time students from all over the world and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments. This MSc programme benefits from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.

Course details

You will complete four compulsory modules followed by specialist modules from your selected MSc option. In addition to the taught component, you will complete a group project and an individual research project.

Compulsory modules

All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course

  • C++ Programming
  • Computational Methods
  • Management for Technology
  • Computer Graphics

Entry requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent), in applied mathematics, 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.

Applicants who do not fulfil the standard entry requirements can apply for the Pre-Masters programme, successful completion of which will qualify them for entry to this course for the second year of study.

Your career

The MSc in Computational and Software Techniques in Engineering is designed to equip you with the skills required to pursue a successful career working in the UK and overseas. This course attracts enquiries from companies in the rapidly expanding engineering IT industry sector across the world who wish to recruit high-quality graduates.

This course is meeting the industry demand for personnel with expertise in engineering software development and for those who have strong technical programming skills in industry standard languages and tools.

Some of our graduates go to PhD degrees. Project topics are most often supplied by individual companies on in-company problems with a view to employment after graduation – an approach that is being actively encouraged by a growing number of industries.

In recent years, our graduates have been employed in the following positions:

  • Analyst, Morgan Stanley
  • Asset Management Engineering, EON UK
  • Computer Science Engineer, Sopra Group
  • Design Manager, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd
  • Financial Software Developer, Bloomberg
  • IT Architecture Consultant, Solucom
  • Mathematical Software Engineer, Arithmetica Ltd
  • PLM Consultant, PCO Innovation
  • Research Engineer, CASSIDIAN
  • Research Engineer, Moodstocks SAS
  • Software Developer, CAE Engineering
  • Software Developer, Mandara Capital
  • Software Developer, Ocado
  • Software Engineer, Commerzbank
  • Software Engineer, FactSet
  • Software Engineer, IBM
  • Software Engineer, Oracle
  • Software Engineer, Techtalk
  • Trainee Engineer, Arcelor Mittal.
Last updated Jan 2020

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.

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