Computer Aided Engineering

MSc ( 1 year Full-time )


Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) is one of the strongest growing fields within engineering and underpins design and analysis in all engineering disciplines. Virtual prototyping, based on the numerical analysis of structures, fluids, acoustics and many other disciplines, has become absolutely central to the industrial design and analysis process. The skills and knowledge you will develop in this MSc programme will enhance your career prospects for employment in competitive industrial companies and research institutions. Research projects in CAE are drawn from a wide variety of applications in all of the specialisation areas, reflecting the strong research links that the staff members have industrial companies such as Airbus, Alstom, Rolls Royce, TWI, VW.

This programme will:

  • Allow you to choose your area of specialisation. You will specialise in an engineering discipline chosen from aeronautical, mechanical, biomedical or sustainable energy engineering and will follow advanced modules in that specialisation.
  • Provide you with a solid background in computational and numerical methods, as well as the relevant aspects of programming in modern programming languages such as C++. You will be introduced to a wide range of aspects of computation in engineering, both in structures and in fluids, including numerical optimisation.
  • Give you numerical analysis skills, which you will apply to engineering problems in your specialisation in your final MSc project.

Why study your MSc in Computer Aided Engineering at Queen Mary?

The School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) undertakes high quality research in a wide range of areas. This research feeds into our teaching at all levels, helping us to develop very well qualified graduates with opportunities for employment both in many leading industries as well as in research. Both Engineering and Materials are very well established at Queen Mary, with the Aerospace Department being the first established in the UK. Our aerospace teaching programmes were ranked number two in the UK in the 2011 National Student Survey.

  • This is a unique course geared toward students with an interest in computers as well as specific fields of engineering.
  • The skills and knowledge you will develop on this programme will enhance your prospects for employment in leading industrial companies and research institutions.


Our postgraduate students enjoy a range of excellent resources, including:

  • Comprehensive computing facilities: several high-performance PC clusters and parallel SGI computer clusters, and an extensive network of Linux and UNIX workstations.
  • Extensive wind tunnel facilities: eight low speed wind tunnels, a very low turbulence wind tunnel, three high-speed wind tunnels, computer-based flow control system with high-speed, real-time data acquisition and processing system, colour and high-focused Schlieren systems, interactive aerodynamic simulator, and a PIV system.
  • Experimental thermofluids engineering facilities: heat transfer and condensation rigs, six IC-engine test beds and three combustion rigs, laser Doppler anemometry, electron microscopy gas/particulate-sampling and analysis facilities, several exhaust gas sampling and testing kits for engine and combustion emissions and thermal instrumentation.
  • Two new electrospray technology laboratories that were created with the support of the UK Joint Research Councils. The facilities include a wide range of instrumentation including a mass spectrometer capable of resolving high m/z particles up to 40,000, Fourier Transform Infra-Red Spectrometer, a wide-range, high-voltage power supply and a high speed camera.
  • A cell and tissue engineering suite: this houses cell culture labs, a molecular biology unit with quantitative RT-PCR capability, and a radio-isotope labelling facility. A general purpose laboratory incorporates advanced mechanical test machines and standard biochemical/cell biology analysis equipment. The microscopy unit incorporates two confocal microscopes.
  • The latest electron microscopes and a range of modern materials characterisation facilities including: FTIR and FT-Raman spectroscopy, x-ray fluorescence (XRF), inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, x-ray diffractometer (XRD), calorimetric (DTA, DSC) and thermomechanical (DMA, rheometer) techniques, analytical and computational facilities and image analysis, materials processing and fabrication, heat treatment equipment and dielectric and electrical characterisation.
  • Thanks to a Royal Society Wolfson Grant we recently opened new laboratories to support functional materials research. The laboratories will hold the latest processing and characterisation equipment for organic solar cells.
  • A new NanoVision Centre enhances the experimental nanomechanics and high resolution imaging capabilities of the School. The centre houses two high-resolution environmental scanning electron microscopes (SEM) one with an additional focused ion beam, a custom-built atomic force microscope and a cryo-sample preparation stage. Both SEMs incorporate the latest STEM technology and are supported by transmission electron microscopy. Our scanning probe laboratory contains two low-drift, high-stability closed loop Scanning Probe Microscopes (SPM).


The MSc in Computer Aided Engineering includes 4 compulsory, and 4 optional taught modules (15 credits each), as shown on the structure below. You can follow the links for details for each module, and also visit the SEMS website for information on projects and facilities.

Starting in Semester A the programme also includes a research project (60 credits), which is completed under close supervision throughout the year, and submitted in September.

Please note the modules are correct at the time of reading; however we constantly review and update our modules, meaning that they may be subject to change in the future.

Core modules

  • Research Methods and Experimental Techniques in Engineering
  • Computational Engineering
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Numerical Optimisation in Engineering Design
  • Research Project

Optional modules

  • Mechanics of Continua
  • Topics in Scientific Computing
  • Computer Aided Engineering for Solids and Fluids
  • Advanced Flight Control and Simulation of Aerospace Vehicles
  • Advanced Environmental Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering in Urology
  • Combustion Concepts and Modelling
  • Advanced Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer
  • Advanced Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics
  • Renewable Energy Sources
  • Advanced High Speed Aerodynamics
  • Aeroelasticity
  • Robotics
  • Advanced Combustion in Reciprocating Engines
  • Advanced Gas Turbines
  • Implant Design and Technology

For more information

Visit the School of Engineering and Materials Science website.


Postgraduate Admissions Coordinator School of Engineering and Materials Science
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8735

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree (minimum good second class honours or equivalent) in Engineering, Mathematics, or equivalent. Each application is individually assessed; you are recommended to contact us for guidance in specific cases. IELTS 6.5 is required.

International applicants: Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find details on our English language entry requirements page.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the School of Engineering and Materials Science for assistance.

Learning and teaching

As a student in the School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) you will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals, and a variety of coursework.
The methods of assessment are coursework and formal examinations, which take place in May. Many courses will include continuous assessment so that some or all of the work you do during the course counts towards the final mark.
Research Project
A major part of the MSc is your research project: an individual research project based around the in the current internationally-recognised research taking place in SEMS. This project will be based in the labs and gives you the opportunity to apply the theory you will have learnt in the taught modules while taking advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities within SEMS.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £10,900
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £22,750
Part-time study is not available for this course


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

Graduate employment

Our graduates work in research, development and consultancy positions within the engineering and materials industries for companies such as BAE Systems, Airbus, Rolls Royce, Eaton Aerospace and Atkins. Many graduates apply their degree knowledge directly, working as engineers and/or scientists in sectors relevant to those they have studied. Computational methods in Engineering have become increasingly central to the industrial design and analysis process. The skills and knowledge from the course will enhance the career prospects for students for employment in both industrial companies as well as research institutions.

Some graduates use their MSc to secure positions within the wider fields of mechanical and general engineering. Others work in areas beyond those directly related to their degree, including regulatory bodies, teaching and finance. The range of skills developed through our programmes, coupled with opportunities for extracurricular activities and work experience, has enabled our graduates to move into careers across many successful companies both in the UK and worldwide. A significant proportion of our graduates also go on to undertake PhDs in engineering 

We have strong links with many industrial partners in terms of both research collaboration and funding. We host a biannual engineering Industrial Liaison Forum - potential employers, industry representatives and alumni working in industry attend sharing their experiences and offering advice. These strong industrial links, combined with the skills and training you will acquire during your studies, are highly valued by potential employers. They range from large platform producers as Airbus and Roll Royce to specialised high precision engineering as Eaton Aerospace and operators as airliners and airport authorities, all are frequent participators in our forums.



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