Master’s Programme in Mechanical Engineering - Structural Engineering (120 credits)


Program Description

Work with advanced product development in coordinated processes – predicting and optimizing performance using both virtual and physical modeling.

The program consists of 120 credits and leads to a two-year Master’s degree.


Advanced Product Development with Several Dimensions

The program prepares you to work with advanced product development or to conduct research in mechanical engineering. On completion of the program, you should master a coordinated method of working with analysis from several parallel subprocesses to support decisions in the product development process.

A Diversity of Moments – A Multiplied Competence

You work with a multitude of moments – virtual and physical modeling, simulation, experimental investigation, and optimization. You acquire a solid basis for working with performance prediction and ensuring that new products achieve their intended function, using your specialized knowledge in mathematics, numerical calculation methods, measurement technology, analysis of vibrations, acoustics and fracture mechanics.

After BTH

Simulate, Develop and Optimize in Advanced Product Development

With this degree, you have the ability to, among other things, control virtual and physical modeling, simulation, experimental investigation, and optimization. Your future role is probably within advanced product development or research in mechanical engineering.

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  • Type of instruction: On-campus, day, full-time
  • Application code: BTH-90556
  • Study period: 2020-August-31 until 2022-June-05
  • Education level: Second cycle
  • Main field of study: Mechanical Engineering
  • Application: Apply via
  • Welcome letter: Link to welcome letter from a responsible teacher will be posted here no later than 3 weeks before the course begins.
  • Location: Karlskrona
  • Language of instruction: The teaching language is English.
  • Entry requirements: A Degree of Bachelor or a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, preferably with emphasis on structural mechanics. The degree is to include mathematics comprising matrix algebra, multivariable analysis and transform theory, basic mechanics and programming. English B/English 6.

Program Distribution



Semester 1

  • Mandatory courses
    • Introduction to strategic sustainable development
    • Signal processing
    • Dynamics of mechanical systems
    • Differential equations with lie group analysis

Semester 2

  • Mandatory courses
    • Structural analysis
    • Computational engineering 1
    • Sound and vibration analysis
    • Fracture mechanics

Semester 3

  • Mandatory courses
    • Computational engineering 2:1
    • Research methodology with an emphasis on engineering science
    • Experimental and numerical modal analysis
  • Elective courses
    • Physical acoustics
    • Simulation-driven design

Semester 4

  • Mandatory courses
    • Master´s thesis in mechanical engineering with emphasis on structural engineering

Learning Outcome

In addition to the nationally regulated aims, which are found under point 8, the following aims apply to education.

After completion of the education, the student should:

  • be able to formulate and validate numerical and analytical models of mechanical systems by means of both advanced software and by means of strong simplified relations for important characteristics.
  • be able to specify, carry out and interpret measurements and analysis of vibrations for rotating machines and other mechanical structures.
  • be able to specify, carry out and interpret experimental modal analysis on mechanical structures.
  • be able to carry out simulation of mechanical systems with parameters received from numerical models and/or experiment, for example regarding effect from the imposed load and/or simple structural changes.
  • be able to carry out the optimization of mechanical systems based on results of numerical models, simulations, and measurements to meet the market needs and draw use of technological progress.
  • be able to coordinate activities and report received results in an understandable way under the observing of general rules and practice for scientific writing.
  • understand the effects on society and the environment of the student’s own activities.


Admission criteria

(This paragraph is a translation from Swedish of the approved method, “Antagnings¬ordning”[Admission regulations], Dnr; BTH-1.2.1-0223-2017)


This method has the purpose of assessing the applicants’ competency for studies at, among others, the Master Programs in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Software Engineering.

Bases for Ranking of Applicant
  • Previous university studies and English.
Details on Bases for Selection:

The first step of the ranking process is an assessment of the relevance of the area and specialization of the applicants’ previous university studies to the applied program. This assessment is made in three categories: minimal relevance = merit points 0, average relevance = merit points 0.5, high relevance = merit points 1.

Finally, the applicants’ TEOFL or IELTS level in English is normalized to a value between 0 and 1, where 0 is the minimum level to pass the prerequisites of the applied program and 1 is the maximum level of the test. Applicants’ who are not required to prove their English skills with TOEFL or IELTS tests will get the merit point 1.

These two merit point values are added to a total merit value between 0 and 2.

Last updated Jan 2020

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