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

The aim of the program is to have the student prepare for participation in advanced product development or research within mechanical engineering. The aim is that the student after completed degree should master a coordinated working method at analysis for decision support in the product development process, the extensive modules of virtual and physical modelling, simulation and experimental investigation and optimisation.

A coordinated working method of analysis for decision support.

The student is expected to inform herself/himself about current field-relevant research and considerably increase her/his ability to communicate her/his own contributions with scientific facts and relations both orally and in writing by means of modern tools for visualisation and documentation.

The coordinated working method can, in short, be described according to Virtual models for the description of interesting product properties and behaviours are developed, verified and used for simulations of the functionality of the system. The Simulation result is compared with experimental results of studies on delimited parallelly developed physical models, or with experiences from earlier development, with the aim of validating the virtual models.

The coordination also implies that the virtual models are used to design good physical models and measurement strategies. This process is repeated until sufficient agreement is achieved. Simulation with the virtual model can then be used for optimisation. If the optimisation shows a need for changes that influence the relevance of the current model, the whole procedure is repeated. More detailed descriptions are, when necessary, gradually added to the model during the ongoing development of the analysed product. At the development of a completely new product, several iterations are usually required. When a new variant of a product is developed, earlier experiences can largely be reused.

Learning outcomes

In addition to the nationally regulated aims, which are found under point 8, the following aims apply to the 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 a simulation of mechanical systems with parameters received from numerical models and/or experiment, for example regarding effect from imposed load and/or simple structural changes
  • be able to carry out optimisation 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 effects on society and environment of the student’s own activities

Mode of delivery

The program is constituted by, in substance, compulsory courses that build on each other in a given order. Only one of the concluding courses is chosen dependent on expected specialisation of the following degree project. The intended study path for the programme is illustrated below, followed by a brief description of compulsory courses and elective courses. More detailed descriptions are found in respective course syllabus.

The study programme goes through continuous evaluation and development which can mean that the range of courses offered and placing of courses in time is changed.


For admission to the study programme, a Bachelor's degree or a Bachelor of Science in Engineering within mechanical engineering are required, preferably with specialisation in structural mechanics. A higher education qualification should contain mathematics including matrix algebra, multivariable analysis and transform theory, basic mechanics and programming. The requirement in English is English B.

Admission Criteria

For second-cycle programmes, the special selection is applied. The special selection implies that one or several selection criteria are weighted together according to a method that results in a tariff.

Method 12: special selection for master's programme within the field of technology.

Selection steps:
Academic degree - The first stage of the assessment process consists of an assessment of how relevant the field and specialisation of the applicant's earlier higher education qualifications is for the specialisation of the programme applied to. The assessment is made in three categories: minimum relevance given the entry requirements = tariff 0, medium-high relevance= tariff 0.5, high relevance = tariff 1.

TOEFL - Finally the applicant’s TOEFL is standardised; respective IELTS-levels in English to a value between 0 and 1, where 0 is the minimum level to be qualified and 1 is the maximum level on the test. Applicants that are exempted from showing their levels in English with TOEFL/IELTS-levels are given the tariff 1.

These three values are added to a collected tariff that can vary between 0-3.

Qualified applicants with the same qualifications:
If two or more applicants to a first - and second-cycle alternative have the same tariff, lots are drawn. For more information:

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Last updated July 3, 2019
This course is Campus based
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2 years
200,000 SEK
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