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.
- 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, M.Sc. (Tech.), which is 120 ECTS credits.
The programme includes core studies, specialisation studies, minor studies and elective studies.
Core studies (38 - 41 ECTS credits) include studies on research methods, structural materials, industrial manufacturing processes, reliability engineering design, management and leadership skills, and language studies.
Specialisation studies (55 ECTS credits) include topics on mechatronics, electrical motion control systems, machine dynamics and simulation.
Minor studies (min. 20 ECTS credits) include optional minor subjects in mechanical engineering: modern manufacturing, advanced digital laser based photonic production, advanced materials engineering and sustainability. Minor subject can also be selected from other minor subjects available.
Elective studies (to attain the full 120 ECTS credits) can include any courses offered by LUT.
The Master's thesis and seminar, 30 ECTS credits, is a part of specialisation studies. The thesis an advanced research project, which requires approximately six months of full-time work. It is completed during the fourth semester of the degree programme.
Double degree studies for students from partner universities
Students from partner universities are able to study as a double degree student at LUT. Students admitted to the double degree programme receive a degree certificate from two universities after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both universities.
Mechatronic System Design programme's double degree partner universities are:
- Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Plasma Physics, China
- Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Russia
- Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnical University, Russia
- Samara University, Russia
- St. Petersburg University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, Russia
- St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University, Russia
- St. Petersburg Mining University, Russia
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.
Higher education in Finland is free for students coming from countries within the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. Students who are citizens of a country outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees for Master's programmes. The amount of tuition fee is 10 000 €/Master’s programme.
Extensive scholarships are available. There are three categories of available scholarships: full scholarship (covers tuition fee and living costs), tuition fee scholarship covering 100 % of tuition fee, and tuition fee scholarship covering 50 % of tuition fee.
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Last updated October 27, 2016