Master's Programme in Mechatronic System Design

Lappeenranta University of Technology

Program Description

Master's Programme in Mechatronic System Design

Lappeenranta University of Technology

Intense competition is putting pressure on machine builders to deliver machines with higher output, reduced operating cost, and increased safety.

Increasing demands on the productivity of complex systems, such as manufacturing machines, requires the application of new methods in the product development process. Mechatronic system design is gaining popularity in the machine design process and it is a key approach in product process of productive life cycle efficient machines.

In the Master's programme Mechatronic System Design you will be familiarized with design and simulation of modern mechatronic machines, which are comprised of mechanical system, power transmission (hydraulic, electric, pneumatic or hybrid) and digital control system. You will learn about environmentally conscious design and development of new technologies to solve current and future global problems. Your study curriculum will also include functional principles of sustainable machines such as electric drives, and you will learn how to design them.

The ability to create virtual prototypes is a critical aspect of the mechatronics approach because it helps engineers and scientists explore machines before they are built. In this programme you will be able to apply simulation tools to analyze demanding machine systems. This expertise can be applied to the most demanding research and development processes of the global industry. The use of simulation tools in design and development has increased in popularity throughout recent decades and there seems to be no decrease in interest in sight due to more efficient computational tools and more expensive prototyping costs.

In this programme you will get extensive knowledge in the fields of design, hydraulics, control, dynamics and the simulation of machines. You will also get familiarized with programming and the application of numerical methods, both required in different fields of mechanical engineering.

All sessions of the programme will be available online. You will be able to participate to the programme according to the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) principle.

Intended Learning Outcomes

After completing this master's programme you will have acquired comprehensive knowledge in design and development of modern mechatronic machines.

You will

  • be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of dynamics of mechatronic machines, simulation tools and usage of them, multidisciplinary product development process
  • have adopted the principles of applying theoretical methods into practice using virtual tools
  • be able to work with others in task-orientated groups participating and interacting in the group in a productive manner
  • be able to logically think through industrial research and development problems and solve them, to contribute to innovative thinking
  • be able to understand the needs and special features of other disciplines out of your core competence in mechanical engineering

Degree Structure and Studies

The Master's Programme in Mechatronic System Design is a two-year programme. It leads to the degree of Master of Science in Technology, MSc. (Tech.), which includes 120 ECTS credits.

Master's Thesis and Seminar. 30 ECTS credits: The Master's thesis is part of the student's specialized studied. It is an advanced research project, which requires approximately six months of full-time work. It is completed during the fourth semester of the degree programme.

Career Prospects

You will be equipped with the skills necessary to work in engineering fields such as mechanical, electronic, electrical and computer systems engineering, and project management. You may find employment with companies, which design and manufacture either consumer or specialized industrial machines, or small to medium high technology companies involving automation.

In addition to knowledge and skills in mechanical engineering, you will also develop a range of other skills, like teamwork, analytical, communication and presentation skills. You will also be given a firm basis to continue your studies in doctoral programmes.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 13, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2016
2 years
Full time
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The application period for starting your studies in August 2016 is December 1, 2015 - January 27, 2016.
Start date Aug. 2016
Finland Lappeenranta
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The application period for starting your studies in August 2016 is December 1, 2015 - January 27, 2016.
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Duration 2 years
Price Free