International Master's in Theoretical & Practical Application of FEM and CAE Simulation - FEA, CFD and Explicit Dynamics

International Master’s in Theoretical & Practical Application of FEM and CAE Simulation

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23rd Edition. 2017


Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) use is growing widely in today´s manufacturing world.

Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) use is growing widely in today´s manufacturing world. Its use has enabled designers and engineers to drastically reduce product development cost and time while improving the safety, comfort, and durability of the products they produce. The “real world” predictive capability of CAE tools has progressed to the point where much of the design verification is now done using computer simulations rather than physical prototype testing. The industry was expected to grow to over 5 billion/yr. in revenues by 2013.

As use of CAE expands, there is a growing need for additional training and certification for both recent technical graduates and working professionals in the proper use and implementation of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) in the workplace.

Twenty years of our FEA Master´s programs

Over the twenty one years of our FEA Master´s programs, more than 3,400 students have graduated and provided us with constant feedback on how we can improve the program year after year. For example, our syllabus has been expanded with new optional specialized modules, enhanced content, as well as an upgraded distance e-learning system. In addition, the latest versions of FEA software are always used, allowing you to bring the most recent technology into use at your job.

International FEA Master’s

Furthermore, the Global interest received for this Master´s Program has motivated us to expand this program into English. By partnering with local companies who help support and promote this program within their specific regions, we are making participation and study this program possible from anywhere in the world. Thus demonstrating that UNED´s Master FEA program has obtained worldwide acceptance and prestige.

We welcome you to join us in this 23rd year of the Program.

2017 edition NEWS!

– modeFRONTIER: The student will be able to use modeFRONTIER in the Master’s Final Project. modeFRONTIER, developed by ESTECO is an integration platform for multi-objective and multi-disciplinary optimization. More info about modeFRONTIER here.

– CivilFEM with Marc professional release: Due to the launch of the first professional release of CivilFEM with Marc the students who choose CivilFEM with Marc in the Construction branch will get 50% discount (materials for free). More info about CivilFEM at


The objective of the program is teaching engineers the basic and specialised theory of Finite Element Method (F.E.M) using commercial grade Computer Aided Engineering technologies and the immediate transfer of this skillset to professional practical application in the workplace.

In short, it is possible to list the five main objectives:

1. Solid foundation of FEM: The Expert Module provides a solid foundation of FEM that can be further developed with various Specialised Modules.

2. Commercial software use: Develop hands-on experience of commercial grade software including MSC Nastran, Patran, CivilFEM, CFD++ and XFlow (depending on which modules you take)

3. Practice examples: Practice examples that provide a real useful experience in the workplace.

4. Strong studying material: Different texts and proposed exercises provide strong studying material.

5. Adapt the training to personal interests: A combination of mandatory and optional subjects so that the student can adapt the training to their personal interests. To this end, the program offers three different levels awarding three different degrees as will be shown in the guide.

Course Structure

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

1. Foundation Classes: basic and theoretical subjects.

2. Software Application Classes: hands on training using a commercial software program for each module.

3. Problem Application: in this module, you will apply the knowledge acquired in the theoretical classes on real problems through examples and exercises. The objective of these classes is that the students develop the necessary knowledge and skills needed to transfer this into practice their professional lives.

Expert Module (mandatory) – 30 credits

The Expert Module is the foundation module that all students must complete as a pre-requisite to any of the three degrees. Completion of this module is necessary to be awarded the Expert in Theoretical and Practical Application of Finite Element Method degree.

The Expert Module offers two specialised degree branches: The Mechanical Branch and Construction Branch. Each student must choose one path at the beginning of the program. For more information please review the specialised guides for each branch.

The Expert Module


Specialised Modules (optional) – 10 credits each module

The Specialised Modules offer a higher degree of focus on various analytical areas of interest. To be awarded the Specialist in Theoretical and Practical Application of Finite Element Method and CAE Simulation degree the student must complete the Expert Module and, at least, one specialised module.

– Module A: Dynamic Analysis – 10 credits
– Module B: Nonlinear Analysis – 10 credits
– Module C: Heat Transfer – 10 credits
– Module E: Steel Structure Advanced Calculation ­ 10 credits
– Module F: Fluid Mechanics – 10 credits
– Module H: Advanced Calculation of Concrete Structures – 10 credits
– Module I: Geotechnical Expansion – 10 credits
– Module J: Electromagnetic Analysis – 10 credits
– Module K: Finite Element Analysis of Composite Structures – 10 credits

Specialised Modules Groups for Master degree


Specialised Modules Groups for Master degree

The specialised module groups are designed to allow you to pre-select a certain subset of modules around your specific interests. The available groups are as follows:

Mechanical Specialty: Modules A, B, C, F, J and K (*)(**)
Structural Specialty: Modules A, B, and E
Construction Specialty: Modules A, B, E, H and I (*)(***)

(*)To complete a Specialised Module Group the students must choose at least 3 of the available modules.
(**)Module J is only available with ANSYS
(***) Module I is only available with CivilFEM for ANSYS

Final Project Module (optional) – 10 credits

Upon the successful completion of the Master´s Thesis after having completed the Expert Module and a minimum of three Specialised Modules (in the same Specialised Module Group), the student will be awarded with the Master’s in theoretical and practical application of Finite Element Method and CAE simulation degree.


1. Students must pass each module they enroll in, otherwise, they will need to re-enroll and successfully complete the module.

2. Students can enroll in a maximum of 60 module credits per year. A minimum of, two years is necessary to achieve the Master´s degree.

3. Students need to complete the Expert Module first in order to participate in the Specialised Modules. Furthermore, students must complete the Expert Module and a Specialised Modules Group (with three modules), in order to qualify to take and present the Final Project.

4. Students have the option to enroll in other Specialised Modules of their interest independent of the required Specialised Module Groups.

5. Each module credit requires approximately 15 hours of work at home.

Academic Route

Mechanical Branch: Participants who choose Mechanical Branch in the Expert Module, will use MSC.PATRAN/NASTRAN or ANSYS software in Dynamic, Non-Linear and Heat Transfer, Electromagnetic and Composite Structures specialised modules and CFD++ or ANSYS CFD and XFLOW software in Fluid Mechanics specialised module.

Construction Branch: Participants who choose Construction Branch in the Expert module, will use CivilFEM with Marc or CivilFEM for ANSYS in Dynamic, Non-Linear, Steel Structure, Concrete Advanced analysis and Geotechnics specialised modules.



Tutorships consist of guiding the students in their learning process. To do this the Master´s mainly uses online meetings, virtual classrooms and the forums for each subject.

Tutorships will be conducted in English or in Spanish language.

Key elements of distance learning are:

  • Online meetings: Subject specific sessions on each module will be given by the professor and recorded for viewing at your discretion.
  • Virtual classrooms: This is where you will find the necessary materials and content to navigate through the course. You will find the teaching and exercise materials, software, forums, etc. In order to use this tool, it is necessary to have an internet connection.
  • Forums: Where the students have the chance to interact and consult with each other and the tutors (available in English or Spanish). This is a very powerful tool if used properly and in accordance with the rules. Lots of questions and doubts can be answered and clarified through the forums.
  • Base texts: The main training material of the Master´s. Specially created for the program, combined with a selected bibliography to study. These texts are for Foundation, Application and Practical courses as well as being part of “hands on” exercises.
  • Software: Students will have access to educational software licenses of MSC Software´s Patran and MSC Nastran, CivilFEM by Ingeciber, CFD++ by METACOMP and XFLOW by Nextlimit to use throughout the theoretical training of the course. All the software included is 3D based and has all the elements needed to complete the various types of analysis throughout the course (see minimum requirements for each software below)
  • Self-evaluation exercises: Test yourself and track your progress through these exercises and related solutions available in the base texts. Check your acquired subject knowledge and see where you need to improve.
  • Continuous Assessment Exercises (CAEs): These exercises are part of the various modules´ training materials and are accessible through the virtual classroom. These exercises should be solved and submitted to the professor for review.
  • Exams: Will be conducted using distance test questions and practical exercises. They are completely on-line.

Tutorships will primarily be available through the virtual classroom, although it will be possible to contact the course teaching staff by telephone, e-mail or in person during normal office hours. Each subject will offer four hours of tutorships per week. More information about this will be provided by the individual professors. The professors contact information is located in the branch specific guides.



Minimum computer requirements recommended:

PATRAN/ MSC NASTRAN: The student version is designed for small, academic simulation only; there is a limit of 5000 nodes in the model.

– Windows 32 and 64 bit OS (Windows 8 is not supported).
– A standard computer is needed

ANSYS: The student version is designed for small, academic simulation only

– Windows 32 and 64 bit OS.
– A standard computer is needed

CivilFEM with MARC: The student version is designed for small, academic simulation only; there is a limit 1000 elements (200 beam elements) in the model.

– Windows 32 and 64 bits OS.
– A standard computer is needed

CivilFEM for ANSYS: The student version is designed for small, academic simulation only.

– Windows 32 and 64 bits OS.
– A standard computer is needed

CFD++: Academic version is designed for academic simulation only; there is a limit of 1,000,000 cells in the model.

– OS Windows 64 bits
– Processor: 2 cores
– RAM: 4 Gb

ANSYS CFD: Academic version is designed for academic simulation only

– OS Windows 64 bits
– Processor: 2 cores
– RAM: 4 Gb


– OS Windows 64 bits
– Processor: 4 cores
– RAM: 8 Gb


The Master’s degree is matched with an internationally approved credit point system (ECTS). The program has a total of 70 credits.

The Following awards will be granted on successful completion of the different Master’s levels:

Expert in theoretical and practical application of Finite Element Method.
(Students must take Expert Module – 30 c. ECTS)

Specialist in theoretical and practical application of Finite Element Method and CAE simulation.
(Students must take the Expert Module and one Specialised Module – 40 c. ECTS)

Master’s in theoretical and practical application of Finite Element Method and CAE simulation.
(Students must take the Expert Module, one of the Specialised Modules Group and the Final Master Project – 70 c. ECTS)

Diplomas are issued by UNED university of Spain.To access this postgraduate course is required at least a EHEA bachelor’s degree (grado EEES)

Teaching Staff

Professor Juan José Benito Muñoz.
Construction Engineering and Manufacturing Department, School of Mechanical Engineers, UNED University.

Mr. Miguel Angel Moreno Fdez. de Yepes
CEO, Ingeciber, S.A.

Deputy Director:
Mr. Ambrosio Baños Abascal
Head of Mechanical Engineering Department, Ingeciber, S.A.

Theoretical subjects professors:
– Professor Enrique Alarcón Álvarez. Civil Engineer PhD, U.P.M.
– Mrs. Arancha Alarcón-Fleming. Civil Engineer, PhD, PE, LEED AP. UNED Collaborator
– Mr. José Ramón Arroyo Arroyo. MSc Mechanical Engineer, INTEMAC 
– Associate Professor Ramón Álvarez Cabal. Mechanical Engineer PhD, U.P.M. 
– Professor Juan José Benito Muñoz. Mechanical Engineer PhD, UNED
– Associate Professor Francisco Blázquez García. Mechanical Engineer PhD, U.P.M.
– Associate Professor Pablo de la Fuente Martín. Civil Engineer PhD, U.P.M. 
– Professor Luis Gavete Corvinos. Mine Engineer PhD, U.P.M. 
– Professor Julio Hernández Rodríguez. Mechanical Engineer PhD, UNED
– Mr. Marcos Latorre Ferrús. MSc Aeronautical Engineer. U.P.M. 
– Mr. Enrique López del Hierro Fernández. MSc Mechanical Engineer, UNED
– Professor Francisco Montans Leal. Mechanical Engineer PhD, U.P.M.
– Associate Professor Ignacio del Rey Llorente. Mechanical Engineer PhD, U.P.M
– Professor Mariano Rodríguez-Avial Llardent. Mechanical Engineer PhD, UNED
– Associate Professor José Ángel Sánchez Fernández. Civil Engineer PhD, U.P.M.
– Professor José Mª Sancho Aznal. Architect PhD, U.P.M.

– Mrs. Ma Cruz Argüeso Chamorro. MSc Civil Engineer. Ingeciber, S.A.
– Mr. Florin Arion. MSc Mechanical Engineer. GECI Gmbh
– Mr. Gabriel Arias. MSc Mechanical Engineer. CADFEM UK CAE Ltd.
– Mr. Pablo Arrieta Yáñez. MSc Naval Engineer, Ingeciber, S.A.
– Mr. Ambrosio Baños Abascal. MSc Science, Ingeciber, S.A.
– Mr. Daniele Calsolaro. MSc Aerospace Engineer. Enginsoft
– Mr. Michele Camposaragna. MSc Mechanical Engineer. PhD Applied Mathematics. Enginsoft
– Mr. Javier Carro Sotillos. MsC Civil Engineer, Ingeciber, S.A.
– Mr. Stefano Cavalleri. MSc Mechanical Engineer. PhD Mechatronics and Innovative Technologies. Enginsoft
– Mr. Massimo Galbiati. MSc Environmental Engineer. Enginsoft
– Mr. José Luis Gómez Villanueva. MSc Mechanical Engineer. Ingeciber, S.A.
– Mr. Amer Kasim. MSc Mechanical Engineer. UNED collaborator. 
– Mr. Juan Carlos Lancha. Civil Engineer PhD. OHL Group.
– Mr. Román Martín Martín. MSc Civil Engineer, Ingeciber, S.A.
– Ms. Nuria Moral Fernández. MSc Science. Enginsoft
– Mr. Miguel Ángel Moreno Fdez. De Yepes. Civil Engineer PhD, Ingeciber, S.A. 
– Ms. Valentina Peselli. MSc Aerospace Engineer. Enginsoft
– Mr. Fabio Rossetti. MSc Mechanical Engineer. Enginsoft
– Mr. Eduardo Salete Casino. Civil Engineer PhD, UNED
– Mr. Miguel Ángel Sanz Gómez. MSc Mechanical Engineer. U.P.M. 
– Mr. Andrea Serra. MSc Telecommunication Engineer. PhD Information Engineer. Enginsoft
– Mr. Mariano Serrano de la Asunción. MSc Mechanical Engineer. Ingeciber, S.A. 
– Mr. Ronald Siat Caparrós. MSc Civil Engineer, Ingeciber, S.A.
– Mr. Alessio Trevisan. MSc Mechanical Engineer. Enginsoft
– Mr. Luis Valdivia Montoro. MSc Civil Engineer. Ingeciber, S.A.
– Mrs. Elena Vallejo. MSc Mine Engineer. CADFEM UK CAE Ltd.
– Mr. Nicola Varotto. MSc Civil Engineer. Enginsoft


23rd Edition

Registration: From 10th September 2016 to 15th January 2017

Opening Session: February 2017

Registration instructions:

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Ingeciber, S.A.
Gema Ramos
Avda. Monforte de Lemos, 189.
Madrid 28035. Spain.
Phone: +34 91 386 22 22


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