Module information on this degree can be found below, separated by year of study.

The module information below applies for the current academic year. The academic year runs from August to July; the 'current year' switches over at the end of July.

Students select optional courses subject to rules specified in the Mechanical Engineering Student Handbook,  for example at most three Design and Business courses. Please note that numbers are limited on some optional courses and selection criteria will apply.


Module syllabus

Topics covered include unconstrained optimisation and the associated algorithms of steepest descent and conjugate gradient, Newton methods, rates of convergence, constrained optimisation and the method of Lagrange multipliers, quadratic programming, penalty methods. A brief introduction to global optimization and integer programming will be also given.

Reading list

Supplemental Reading

Module leaders

Professor Alessandro Astolfi