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Lightweight Structures and Impact Engineering MSc

Course code

1JA8PLISTIE

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

1 year full-time

2 years part-time

24 months full-time with placement

Fees

2021/22

UK £9,650

International £19,855

2020/21 changes

Click here to read about the changes we are making to our education delivery from September 2020, in response to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Overview

*** New course starting in September 2021 ***

Brunel University London provides this world-leading MSc degree with scholarships for the next generation of lightweight structures and impact engineers.

Delivered near Cambridge at the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), Brunel's unique Lightweight Structures and Impact Engineering MSc focuses on preparing you to design and analyse advanced lightweight structures to support carbon reduction targets for transportation, offshore, marine and defence sectors.

In reducing structural weight, it is essential not to compromise safety, as structural integrity and impact response under extreme loading become key design drivers.

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

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

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

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.

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Careers and your future

Brunel's lightweight structures and impact engineering degree will equip you with the knowledge and transferable skills required by leading employers in the transportation, offshore and defence sectors. Your training in advanced simulation across different operating conditions is highly desirable.

Our graduates are extremely well placed to take up employment, as:

Research and Development Engineer

  • Manage, or contribute to industry-relevant research or development in areas concerning engineering structures

Design and Development Engineer

  • Design and develop engineering solutions, covering: safety engineering (crashworthiness and impact protection); structural integrity; structural analysis; stress analysis

Also, we have graduates who take up doctoral training. They enjoy working and networking in a professional environment and continue their education through PhD study within NSIRC.

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UK entry requirements

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

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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) 

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2021/22 entry

UK

£9,650 full-time

£4,825 part-time

£1,385 placement year

International

£19,855 full-time

£9,925 part-time

£1,385 placement year

More information on any additional course-related costs.

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.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

An engaging learning environment is achieved through specialist lecture modules (assessed and non-assessed), including software training and invited industry speakers.

Online self-study training videos will supplement and enhance your learning experience. This includes access to CSWIP training opportunities.

The industry-supported, student-led Group Design Project provides training in problem solving and project management as well as experience in dealing with the complexities of working within a design team.

Your Individual Research Project (thesis) allows you to deepen your knowledge in a specific subject.

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Assessment and feedback

Applied assessments and examinations help prepare you to successfully submit your individual dissertation. You’ll be given opportunities for experiential learning in project management and working individually (and as a team) on an initially unfamiliar problem to improve your communication skills.

You will develop your communication skills through technical report writing, oral and poster presentations.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.