The Master's Program

The Master's program has 5 different Degrees:

  • Expert in Theoretical and Practical Application of Finite Element Method.
    • o Attendees must take all Basic Modules (30 ECTS)
  • Expert in Practical Application of Finite Element Method (NEW)
    • o Attendees must choose from modules MB1, MB5 and/or any specialized modules (15 ECTS Minimum) (*). Required at least 50% of Application and Practice ECTS.
  • Specialist in Theoretical and Practical Application of Finite Element Method and CAE Simulation
    • Attendees must take all Basic Modules (30 ECTS) and one specialized module (10 ECTS)
  • Specialist in Practical Application of Finite Element Method and CAE Simulation (NEW)
    • o Attendees must choose from modules MB1, MB5 and/or any specialized modules (30 ECTS Minimum) (*). Required at least 50% of Application and Practice ECTS.
  • Master's in Theoretical and Practical Application of Finite Element Method and CAE Simulation
    • Attendees must take the Expert module (30 ECTS), three Specialized modules (3 x 10 ECTS = 30 ECTS) and the Master's Final Project (10 ECTS)

(*)To take any Specialized Module attendees must know how to use the application and practice software and if not, must choose the MB5 module.

The Expert, Specialist and Master's degrees meet internationally approved credit point system (ECTS).

Accessing this postgraduate course requires at least an EHEA Bachelor's degree (EEES level).

The Master's Program can be completed in a minimum of 2 years.

ECTS of any degree are considered to get a higher degree.

See some examples of a training plan in the image below:

Note: Example 5 (1 Year: Specialist Practical Application during the first year (30 ECTS)




Module Structure

The Master's program has different types of modules: the Basic Modules, the Specialized Modules and the Master's Final Project.

Each module, except the Master's thesis, consists of a list of subjects that can be grouped into three types:

  • Fundamentals Subjects

    Basic and theoretical subjects.

  • Software Application Subjects

    Hands-on training using a commercial software program for each module.

  • Practical Application Exercises

    In this subject you will apply the knowledge acquired in the previous subjects to real problems through examples and exercises.

The objective of these subjects is for attendees to develop the necessary knowledge and skills required to apply them in practice in their professional careers.


The Expert Degree

Completion of this degree is necessary in order to be awarded the “Expert in Theoretical and Practical Application of the Finite Element Method” degree or the “Expert in Practical Application of Finite Element Method” degree.

In case you are interested in the “Expert in Theoretical and Practical Application of the Finite Element Method” degree, you must complete it as a prerequisite to study the advanced specialized modules.

In case you are interested in studying the “Expert in Practical Application of Finite Element Method”, you could choose from modules MB1, MB5 and/or any specialized modules (15 ECTS Minimum).

The Expert Degree offers two branches: The Mechanical Branch and the Construction Branch.

Each attendee must choose one branch at the beginning of the program depending on his interests: Mechanical Engineering (ANSYS family of products is used) or Civil Engineering (CivilFEM for ANSYS is used).

The Specialized Modules

The Specialized Modules focus strongly on various areas of interest. Some Specialized Modules are specific to each Branch (you can review this in the Master's Course Structure Scheme shown below).

In order to be awarded the “Specialist in Theoretical and Practical Application of the Finite Element Method and CAE Simulation” the student must complete the Expert Degree and, at least, one Specialized Module (40 ECTS).

In order to be awarded the “Specialist in Practical Application of the Finite Element Method and CAE Simulation” the student must choose from modules MB1, MB5 and/or any specialized modules (30 ECTS Minimum).

  • Module A: Dynamic Analysis
  • Module B: Nonlinear Analysis
  • Module C: Heat Transfer
  • Module E: Steel Structure Advanced Calculation
  • Module F: Fluid Mechanics
  • Module H: Advanced Calculation of Concrete Structures
  • Module I: Geotechnics

The Master's Final Project

Upon successful completion of the Master's Thesis after having completed the Expert Degree and a minimum of three Specialized Modules, the student will be awarded with the “Master's in Theoretical and Practical application of the Finite Element Method and CAE simulation” degree (70 ECTS).

The Diplomas are issued by Spain's UNED University.


Academic Path

Although it is possible for attendees to enroll in a maximum of 60 ECTS per year, a lower workload is recommended (especially in the case of professionals who are working during the Master's Program). Please check the examples below regarding the recommended number of enrollments per year.

Mechanical branch

Attendees who choose Mechanical Branch in the Expert Degree will use ANSYS family of products in Dynamic, Non-Linear, Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics.


Please check the section Software for further information about the software.

Construction branch

Attendees who choose Construction Branch in the Expert Degree will use CivilFEM for ANSYS in Dynamic, Non-Linear, Steel Structures Advanced Analysis, Concrete Structures Advanced Analysis and Geotechnics Specialized Modules.


Please check the section Software for further information about the software.

In Fluid Mechanic Specialized Module a ANSYS CFX will be used.

Notes


  • Attendees must pass each module they enroll in, otherwise, they will need to re-enroll and successfully complete the module (the subjects are not considered as stand-alone).

  • Attendees can enroll in a maximum of 60 ECTS per year. A minimum of two years is necessary to obtain the Master's degree (70 ECTS).

  • The attendees only have to enroll in the Modules to which they will attend during that year.

  • Attendees need to complete (or being completing during the same year) the Expert Degree first in order to participate in the Specialized Degree. Furthermore, attendees must complete the Expert Degree and 3 Specialized Modules (or being completing during the same year the last Specialized Modules), in order to qualify to take and present the Final Project.



  • If a module has less than 3 students registered, the module could be suspended in that edition.