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Finite Element Analysis

Civil and Structural Engineering Mx
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 11 February 2021
  • Course duration: Thursday mornings (term-time only) typically 9 am - 12 noon for twelve weeks, plus coursework

On this course, you'll evaluate the Finite Element Method (FEM) in the analysis of complex structural problems.

Via computer labs, you'll be introduced to FEM software, a leading engineering analysis tool that combines element technology with an extensive library of material models and an advanced post-processing capability.


This course will introduce you to the theory behind FEM, how to apply the method in structural problems, and how to produce reports.

You'll be required to produce solutions for two projects; these solutions will demonstrate your ability to apply, refine and develop computer models and solve structural problems (with the appropriate graphs and data).

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • integrate your knowledge of mathematics, science, information technology, design and engineering practice to solve a range of problems associated with finite element analysis
  • assess the capabilities and limitation of computer-based methods in finite element analysis
  • argue efficiently and effectively at all levels on matters of finite element analysis.

A CPD certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course.

Successful completion can also contribute 15 credits towards a postgraduate award.

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: cpdbe@ntu.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

This course will include:

  • weighted residual methods
  • Galerkin finite element method
  • differential equations for one and two-dimensional problems
  • modal analysis of structures and the extraction of natural frequencies
  • linear transient dynamic analyses
  • nonlinear analysis, including buckling and the stability of structures.

How you’re taught

Teaching and learning will take place using a flexible programme of lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials.

Entry requirements

Level: Professional/postgraduate

Entry Requirements: You should have a minimum of three years’ professional experience and have the support of your employer to integrate study and projects into your day-to-day work.

You will probably be employed on significant infrastructure or building works, with experience of developing and coordinating projects.

If you wish to receive credit, you should also have a 2:2 honours degree in a built environment subject area.

Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Level: Professional/postgraduate

Entry Requirements: You should have a minimum of three years’ professional experience and have the support of your employer to integrate study and projects into your day-to-day work.

You will probably be employed on significant infrastructure or building works, with experience of developing and coordinating projects.

If you wish to receive credit, you should also have a 2:2 honours degree in a built environment subject area.

Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

Please read the guidance notes and complete the application form.

You should then your form to be considered by the academic team: cpdbe@ntu.ac.uk

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read the guidance notes and complete the application form.

You should then your form to be considered by the academic team: cpdbe@ntu.ac.uk

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £925

Payment is due before the course starts.

The fee for this course is £925.

Payment is due before the course starts.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418