Questions about our CSTE MSc? Join our next drop-in Q&A session, where you can find out more about the MSc course and ask questions directly to the course director and teaching team. Click here to register.
- Start dateSeptember
- DurationOne year full-time, two-three years part-time
- DeliveryTaught modules 40%, group project 20%, individual research project 40%
- Study typeFull-time / Part-time
- CampusCranfield campus
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 offer a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This enables students to complete their 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.
Informed by industry
The course is directed by an Industrial Advisory Panel who meet twice a year to ensure that it provides the right mix of hands-on skills and up-to-date knowledge suitable for to the wide variety of applications that this field addresses.
A number of members also attend the annual student thesis presentations which take place at the end of July, a month or so before the end of the course. This provides a good opportunity for students to meet key employers.
The Industry Advisory Panel includes:
- Black & Veatch Ltd,
- Stone Rock Advisors,
- Cambridge Consultants,
- Industrial Vision,
- SOLV3 Engineering Ltd,
- Red Bull Technology,
- L3 Harris,
- Autonomous Devices,
- The Manufacturing Technology Centre.
You will complete a number of compulsory modules that are common across options, 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. The course is delivered via a combination of structured lectures, tutorial sessions and computer-based workshops. Please refer to each option for further information.
Taught modules 40%, group project 20%, individual research project 40%
The group design project is intended to provide you with invaluable experience of delivering a project within an industry structured team. The project allows you to develop a range of skills including learning how to establish team member roles and responsibilities, project management, delivering technical presentations and gaining experience of working in teams that include members with a variety of expertise and often with members who are based remotely.
Part-time students are encouraged to participate in a group project as it provides a wealth of learning opportunities. However, an option of an individual dissertation is available if agreed with the Course Director.
Group project subject areas include:
- Applications of computational engineering design,
- Applications of DSP and computer vision,
- Applications in computational intelligence,
- Applications in high-end computing.
The individual research project allows you to delve deeper into an area of specific interest. It is very common for industrial partners to put forward real world problems or areas of development as potential research thesis topics. It is common for part-time students to undertake their research thesis in collaboration with their place of work.
Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.
To give you a taster, we have listed the compulsory and elective (where applicable) modules which are currently affiliated with this course. All modules are indicative only, and may be subject to change for your year of entry.
All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course.
Object oriented programming (OOP) is the standard programming methodology used in nearly all fields of major software construction today, including engineering and science and C++ is one of the most heavily employed languages. This module aims to answer the question ‘what is OOP’ and to provide the student with the understanding and skills necessary to write well designed and robust OO programs in C++. Students will learn how to write C++ code that solves problems in the field of computational engineering, particularly focusing on techniques for constructing and solving linear systems and differential equations. Hands-on programming sessions and assignment series of exercises form an essential part of the course.
|Intended learning outcomes||
On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Apply the principles of the object oriented programming methodology - abstraction, encapsulation, inheritance and aggregation - when writing C++ programs.
Management for Technology
To provide knowledge of those aspects of management which enable an engineer to fulfil a wider role in a business organisation more effectively.
• People management: Understanding you. Understanding other people. Working in teams. Dealing with conflicts.
• The Business Environment: Understanding the business environment; identifying key trends and their implications for the organisation.
• Strategy and Marketing: Developing effective strategies; Focusing on the customer; building competitive advantage; The role of strategic assets.
• Finance: Profit and loss accounts. Balance sheets. Cash flow forecasting. Project appraisal.
• New product development: Commercialising technology. Market drivers. Time to market. Focusing technology. Concerns.
• Business game: Working in teams (companies), students will set up and run a technology company and make decisions on investment, R&D funding, operations, marketing and sales strategy.
• Negotiation: Preparation for Negotiations. Negotiation process. Win-Win solutions.
• Presentation skills: Understanding your audience. Focusing your message. Successful presentations. Getting your message across.
|Intended learning outcomes||
On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
The reason why I wanted to come to Cranfield is because it's one of the best ranked schools. I really like coding and using computational tools to solve engineering problems. I think the course is really relevant and useful for today's digital era.
Cranfield gives good teachers, interesting lectures, updated group projects with the best technology available currently, and most importantly the perfect preparation and connection with industry that helps start your professional career.
I applied for this course as I wanted to be more refined in the computer software field. Beyond the course, I can apply what I have learned in the modules, so that I can achieve a sense of accomplishment in my study. In addition, there are many choices in the topic of the thesis which combines interest and professionalism.
Cranfield University is a leader in applied mathematics and computing applications, and you will be taught by leading academic staff. The Course Director for this programme is Dr Irene Moulitsas.
The Computational and Software techniques in Engineering MSc is accredited by the Institute of Engineering Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for further learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration.
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 on to undertake 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.
How to apply
Online application form. UK students are normally expected to attend an interview and financial support is best discussed at this time. Overseas and EU students may be interviewed by telephone.