MSc in Engineering (mechanical engineering and lightweight construction)


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Program Description

Master program "Mechanical Engineering and Lightweight Construction"

Central technology of the future

Lightweight construction is regarded as the central technology of the future: in vehicle technology, aerospace technology, energy technology, architecture, medical technology and even electronics. In times of scarcer resources, climate change and the necessary reduction of CO2 emissions as well as the increase of the efficiency of machines and plants, special know-how is needed. This is offered on the master program "Mechanical Engineering - Lightweight Construction" - guided by the motto "green, safe, comfortable", which is written throughout the course of studies.

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Project-based learning

The contents of the study are varied and extend from areas such as Generative Design and Bionic Design to composite materials (Composite Materials) to Additive Manufacturing. The students get to know the most important modern production technologies up to 3D printing. Simulation-supported construction in combination is a special competence focus on the degree program, which students acquire in practice-oriented courses. The program design relies on project-based learning to combine the theoretical knowledge with the practical skills in the best possible way.

A close-to-reality preparation for practice also includes dealing with the development of prototypes, which represents an important part of the Master's program in Mechanical Engineering Lightweight Design. Design, design and implementation of complete, complex systems are integral parts of the study, which is characterized by a focus on constructive lightweight construction. As a basis for the specialized technical subjects, students build the necessary basic knowledge in calculation and design, material technologies, FEM simulation (Finite Element Method), Generative Design, Bionic approaches and construction and materials testing. This broad expertise is rounded off by the areas of simulation and validation, which are among the specialties of the degree program.


The master program "Mechanical Engineering and Lightweight Construction" deepens the technical understanding of the function of machines and plants and underlines the central role of lightweight construction as a motor for all sectors of modern mechanical engineering. The study thus enables career paths in vehicle technology, aerospace engineering, energy technology, architecture, medical technology or plant engineering and maintenance. In all these future-oriented areas there is a great need for well-trained experts. The necessary knowledge is provided to students in practice-oriented courses that deal with the design, design and implementation of complete, complex systems. Including 3D printing, various modern production technologies are discussed. From the idea to the prototype, your own designs can be tracked and realized in the Smart Lab. After successfully completing "Mechanical Engineering Lightweight Construction" you have a variety of career opportunities.

study requirements

What students should bring to their studies:

  • A completed relevant Bachelor's degree at an Austrian university or comparable academic degree from a foreign educational institution.
  • A creative personality who enjoys innovative developments.
  • Logical thinking, combined with a sound scientific / technical basic education.
  • Curiosity and the ability to work independently.

learning outcomes

After successfully completing the degree, graduates have the following skills and knowledge:

  • They know the characteristics of lightweight steels and light metals, of polymer materials and composite materials, and know how they are manufactured and processed.
  • They know about mathematical, physical, strength theory and constructive methods for the calculation and design of lightweight components.
  • They can also design components and joints under dynamic or oscillating load and also with consideration of corrosive effects.
  • They are very familiar with the finite element method for different application fields, bionic and generative design, topology optimizations and can use 3D printing technology specifically.
  • They check equipment for faults, service them and optimize them.
  • They analyze and simulate highly dynamic, transient processes.

Job & career

With the Master program Mechanical Engineering / Lightweight Construction, the University of Applied Sciences Carinthia offers the unique course of study in Austria that trains students in the future topic of lightweight construction. Current surveys in the mechanical engineering industry have shown that there is already a shortage of mechanical engineers with lightweight design know-how and that in future the demand for lightweight engineers throughout Austria and internationally will continue to increase.

The areas of activity of mechanical engineering / lightweight graduates include

  • Construction and simulation
  • Experimental and testing activities
  • Research and development activities
  • Management and leadership tasks
Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

Since its inception, the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS) has developed into a unique educational institution in Carinthia. Due to the constant further development of the study programs ... Read More

Since its inception, the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS) has developed into a unique educational institution in Carinthia. Due to the constant further development of the study programs of the CUAS and intensive cooperation with industry and science, CUAS students are sure to have a future-oriented education on the pulse of the time. Read less
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