Continuum Mechanics (L6) (G1158)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module introduces the mathematical theory of continuum mechanics where, in contrast to classical mechanics, materials are modelled as a continuous mass rather than discrete particles.

You gain an understanding, and working knowledge, of the Eulerian and Lagrangian coordinate systems, description of forces, and the laws describing the dynamics of continuous media: conservation of mass, and balance of linear and angular momentum.

Selected topics in the mechanics of fluids and solids will also be covered, such as ideal and viscous fluids, and the theory of elasticity.


100%: Lecture


20%: Coursework (Portfolio, Problem set)
80%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: