Studies on magneto-electro-elastic cylindrical shell have been carried out in the present work. The constitutive equations of piezomagnetic medium involving mechanical, electrical and magnetic fields are used to derive finite element model for the system. The semi-analytical finite element model is developed. The influence of piezomagnetic effect on the structural frequencies is evaluated. The comparative study of shell with layered configuration with that of multiphase system is attempted. The study is carried out for a typical shell with clamped-clamped boundary conditions. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.