24 months
5150 EUR/year
2900 EUR/year
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Erasmus Mundus Master's degree in Computational Mechanics at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, is designed for students who wish to develop their knowledge and competency in the field of computational mechanics with applications in solids, fluids and interdisciplinary fields.


The goal is to provide them with the skills needed for modelling, formulating, analysing and implementing simulation tools for advanced engineering problems, as well as skills for understanding these approaches in the broader context of engineering science. An entrepreneurial component complements these skills, providing students with tools for setting up successful businesses and enhancing their own employability.

This Computational Mechanics master’s degree at the  Polytechnic University of Catalonia, has received the International Master’s Programme distinction (2013 call) awarded by the Government of Catalonia’s Agency for the Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR).

This master’s degree is organised by an international consortium of five leading universities in cooperation with the International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE): Swansea University (UK), Ecole Centrale Nantes (France), Universität Stuttgart (Germany), Tsinghua University (China) and the UPC.

Professional opportunities

The field of Computational Mechanics is constantly growing within European industry. Cutting-edge technological advancements depend upon the implementation and use of advanced computational simulation tools. This consistent expansion is reflected in an increasing demand for highly qualified professionals within this field. The strength of this master’s degree can be measured by the graduate employment rate in leading R&D departments in industry (55%) and the number of graduates continuing their education on doctoral programmes related to Computational Mechanics (40%).

Generic competencies

Generic competencies are the skills that graduates acquire regardless of the specific course or field of study. The generic competencies established by the UPC are capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainability and social commitment, knowledge of a foreign language (preferably English), teamwork and proper use of information resources.

Specific skills
  • Complete and consolidate their basic training in problem-solving with numerical and computational methods.
  • Attain advanced knowledge of the theory and application of numerical methods to the solution of engineering problems.
  • Apply numerical methods using calculation programs, graphics pre- and post-processors, programming languages and calculation libraries.
  • Complete and consolidate knowledge, criteria and critical thinking to come up with conventional solutions and analyse results in problems that are characteristic of numerical modelling.
  • Acquire a critical awareness of the European Union and international vanguard in the use of numerical methods in engineering.
  • Solve real engineering problems by the identification of the underlying mathematical model, the most appropriate method of calculation and the critical interpretation of the results.
  • Independently use their knowledge and understanding of computational engineering to design solutions to new problems, incorporating theoretical and practical knowledge, from other disciplines where appropriate, and designing new, original and suitable problem-solving methods.
  • Understand the applicability and the limitations of numerical modelling and existing calculation technologies.
  • Attain knowledge of advanced numerical modelling and apply it to the different areas of engineering.
  • Show knowledge of the latest numerical technologies for solving basic problems and also of the modern physical models of materials science.
  • Learn and apply quality control techniques for numerical simulation using modern tools.
  • Understand the applicability and the limitations of the different numerical simulation techniques and receive training in calculation methods: pre- and post-processing programs, programming languages and standard calculation libraries.

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Numerical Methods for PDEs
  • Finite Element Method
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • Communication Skills
  • Entrepreneurship for engineers
  • Computational Structural Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Finite Elements in Fluids
  • Computational Solid Mechanics
  • Industrial Training
  • Computational Mechanics Tools
  • Advanced Discretization Methods
  • Domain Decomposition and Large Scale Scientific Computing
  • Programming for Engineering and Science
  • Coupled Problems
  • Master Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • All applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
  • Suitability of the student’s prior qualifications and learning in relation to the content of the master’s degree.
  • Academic record.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Motivation letter and two letters of recommendation.
  • Certificate of English language skills at a level above B2.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    5150 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10300 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5800 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.

Living costs for Barcelona

770 - 1360 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The Consortium is addressing scholarships to highly-qualified European and non-European students with outstanding academic records which will begin the Master of Science in Computational Mechanics yearly in September.

The Consortium awards these scholarships for the complete duration of the studies (two years) after a selection procedure performed by the Board of Studies of the Master Course. The application for these scholarships coincides with the application to the master course (mark the corresponding question in the online application procedure).

The application deadline is yearly on January 15th.


In the event that a student applies to more than three EM Courses he/she will be excluded from the selection for a Scholarship.

Candidates must hold before starting the course (September) a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or in Applied Mathematics, Physics or a similar science-based subject, or appropriate degree deemed to be a satisfactory standard for admission (at least 3 years programme). Other non-graduate qualifications, such as professional experience or accumulated ECTS credits can also be considered by the Board of Studies provided their professional experience is validated as accumulated credits by the partner institutions.


Students will be selected on the basis of their CVs, study and academic merits, recommendations, language skills (English), etc. Priority will be given to applicants whose background and interest matches closely with those of the Master of Science in Computational Mechanics. To check this, prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to see the program description here.

Candidates will be required to provide:

  • the degree classification, class rank and full academic transcript.
  • the IELTS or similarly internationally recognised English language proficiency score.
  • two letters of recommendation.
  • a statement of purpose, describing their interest in computational mechanics, their personal aims in this field and their preferred areas of specialization (max one page).
  • a complete Curriculum Vitae including additional language skills other than English and any additional information available that may relate to the potential performance of the student in the course.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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