Cranfield University

Cranfield University

Scientific Computation

The scientific computation course gives considerable emphasis to the practical, industrial and computational aspects of the subject; students who complete the course successfully are better equipped to understand the available numerical methods, to develop existing algorithms into usable software and to exploit the available software; the modular form of the course, consisting of a compulsory core and a selection of other modules, enables students to select the course of study most appropriate to their particular requirements; Master's students must complete the taught phase, consisting of 8 standard modules (including the 2 core modules) and 4 advanced modules, together with an individual project thesis in a relevant topic; wherever possible, thesis topics are related to problems of specific interest to students and sponsors or local industry; PgDip students are required to undertake the taught phase without the project. PgCert students must complete the core module Introduction to Numerical Methods together with 5 other modules; up to 3 of these may be advanced modules.

Entry requirements

1st or 2nd class Honours degree or equivalent in science, engineering or mathematics.

Course modules

A standard module normally consists of a 1-week course of lectures and practical sessions followed by the equivalent of 1 week of assessed directed study; standard modules offered include: introduction to numerical methods (core); introduction to programming in Fortran 95 (core 2 ); programming and software development in C (alternative core 2); computer graphics; intelligent systems; neural networks; high performance and parallel computing; computational methods for ordinary differential equations; computational partial differential equations; optimisation; statistical analysis and trials; the standard module in computer graphics is also offered using distance learning as an alternative to the normal mode of delivery; this creates a blended learning variant for part-time students; advanced modules, which enable students to explore some areas in greater depth, are offered in most of these topics; these advanced modules involve an additional 2 weeks of assessed directed study.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include continuous assessment, examinations and thesis.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time - 2 years
PgCert Part-time - 1 years
PgDip Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Shrivenham Swindon SN6 8LA South West

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