Postgraduate taught 

Structural Engineering MSc

Finite Element Analysis M ENG5294

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is an introduction to Finite Element Analysis.  It develops and applies the Finite Element Method for planar and 3D linear elastic problems and steady-state heat conduction problems.


2 lectures per week

Excluded Courses





60% Written Exam

30% Set Exercise

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ provide students with an understanding of the theoretical background of the Finite Element Method;

■ give guidance to its practical application in engineering mechanics.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ apply the concept of approximation in the analysis of engineering problems;

■ apply the Finite Element Method to practical situations, with specific emphasis on its application to planar linear elastic problems and simple heat conduction problems;

■ undertake, with confidence, a finite element analysis and to appreciate modelling issues such as discretisation, boundary conditions, loading, validation.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must attend the degree examination and submit at least 75% by weight of the other components of the course's summative assessment.


Students must attend the timetabled laboratory classes.