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MSc in Lightweight Structures and Impact Engineering

Brunel University London, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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Total Course Fee

USD 27,201

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  • 1 Years
  • On Campus
  • Postgraduate
  • Degree
Brunel University London provides this world-leading MSc degree with scholarships for the next generation of lightweight structures and impact engineers.
  • As new simulation and material technologies emerge, there is a continuing need for CAE specialists to competently work across several engineering disciplines. With over 15 years' experience providing graduates to industry, including: Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin, McLaren, and Rolls-Royce, this postgraduate engineering degree programme targets two key areas:
  • Firstly, understanding the linear and non-linear material and structural response over different operating conditions, which may include large or rapid deformation, failure (static and transient), and high strain rate loading (inertial effects, wave propagation and shockwaves).
  • And secondly, providing specialist training and competency in advanced simulation methods (mesh-based and meshfree) and application to lightweight structural design.

Key features:

  • Prestigious scholarships available
  • Industry based programme delivered at NSIRC (Cambridge), providing access to specialist equipment and CPD training opportunities through TWI (CSWIP)
  • Internship and placement options
  • NAFEMS accredited Finite Element Analysis training
  • Aligned with Engineering Council accreditation
  • Taught in condensed blocks to support full-time/part-time study
  • Industry-led dissertation projects
  • Significant networking opportunities through direct contact with the industry at NSIRC and contribution to NSIRC annual PhD conference
  • Laptop provided with full access to engineering software for the duration of your studies

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023

UK entry requirements

  • First or 2.1 UK honours degree (or equivalent) in mathematics, physics, computing or an engineering discipline. 

EU and International entry requirements

  • If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all sub scores)
  • BrunELT: 58% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 79 (min R18, L17, S20, W17)
  • The course is delivered in blocks usually across two weeks. Plus, you'll benefit from extra tutorial support via timetabled self-study time.
  • A formative study block in structural mechanics and stress analysis supports those who may not have a direct mechanical engineering background.
  • Working in groups encourages personal responsibility of learning to achieve a collaborative goal. The group design project is student-led and supported by industry. It not only develops your ‘soft’ skills in communication, problem-solving, planning, and project management, but also gives you experience in dealing with the complexities of working within a design team.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to undertake an internship or placement after completion of the taught modules and your dissertation.
  • This course can be studied 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time or 24 months full-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

  • Advanced Transient Simulation Methods
  • Applied Continuum Mechanics 1: Fundamentals
  • Applied Continuum Mechanics 2: FEA
  • Composite Materials and Structures
  • Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue Analysis
  • Impact and Crashworthiness
  • Metallurgy and Materials
  • ME5XXX – Dissertation


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  • UK
  • £9,650 full-time 
  • £4,825 part-time 
  • £1,385 placement year
  • Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase.
  • Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

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