Master in Engineering Mechanics

General

Program Description

Engineering Mechanics plays a key role in all areas of the industrial design process that requires advanced mechanical analysis of product performance and functionality. The master’s program in Engineering Mechanics will equip students with the knowledge and the skills required to focus on reliable and sustainable design by state-of-the-art simulations and experiments in fluid mechanics, solid mechanics and sound and vibrations.

Engineering Mechanics at KTH

The master's program in Engineering Mechanics covers theory, numerical methods and experimental techniques related to fluid mechanics, solid mechanics and sound and vibration. The curriculum is developed with strong involvement from industry and heavily influenced by the latest research. An important goal for the program is to educate students that are well-prepared for advanced industrial problem-solving in both large and small international enterprises as well as in research.

The program offers three tracks: Fluid Mechanics, Solid Mechanics, and Sound and Vibration. Only one-third of the courses are mandatory, which means that the students have many possibilities to tailor the course structure to meet their interests. During the first three terms, theoretical courses are mixed with more applied project-based courses. The courses typically contain experimental and numerical laboratories, and students will gain proficiency in up-to-date experimental methods and software. In the courses, the students will be given many opportunities to interact with prominent researchers at KTH and companies such as the world-leading truck manufacturer Scania, and the train and aircraft giant Bombardier.

The fourth term is spent working on a five-month degree project, where the student has the opportunity to investigate a specific topic in-depth. The degree project is completed either in industry or at an academic institution, in Sweden or abroad. Students doing their degree project close to KTH may also take courses in parallel with their thesis work.

This is a two-year program (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The program is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Engineering Sciences (at KTH).

Career

Students who graduate from the master's program in Engineering Mechanics will be proficient in fluid mechanics, solid mechanics and sound and vibration, areas that are linked with a multitude of industries. Graduates will find a wide range of job opportunities in research and development within the industry, consulting and research, not only in mechanical engineering but also in other engineering fields.

Typically, graduates from the program will find job opportunities as design engineers, testing engineers, calculation engineers, researchers, consultants and specialists, and graduates from the program can be found at companies such as ABB, Airbus, Alfa Laval, COMSOL, Sandvik, Scania, Tetra Pak, ÅF and Volvo. A considerable number of the graduates also pursue doctoral studies either at KTH or at other internationally renowned universities.

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Sustainable development

Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programs. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's program in Engineering Mechanics are:

  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities

Engineering mechanics plays a key role in almost any major energy conversion process. With a degree from Engineering Mechanics, you will be able to contribute to, for example, assessing the structural integrity of nuclear power plants and wind turbines, and the design of wind turbine parks in order to maximize energy harvesting.

Engineering mechanics is of utmost importance in the design processes for many industrial products and systems. The knowledge and skills that you will learn from the master program, such as novel experimental techniques and advanced simulations, will make you a key contributor to new sustainable innovations.

Disturbance from noise and other undesirable sounds is an important issue in the development of sustainable cities and communities. Graduates from engineering mechanics will be perfectly equipped to contribute to the design of noise-free products and systems related to transportation, energy conversion, and structural integrity, among other things.

In addition, the Engineering Mechanics program of course also contributes to other sustainable development goals. One example is good health and well-being, by offering several courses in biomechanics related to medical issues such as vascular disease and human mobility.

Fluid Mechanics track

The Fluid Mechanics track is one of three tracks within the Master's program in Engineering Mechanics. The students taking the track in Fluid Mechanics will acquire a deep and widely applicable competence in fluid mechanics preparing them for their future profession.

Fluid mechanics is found everywhere, both in nature and industrial applications, and plays an important role in the development of many future products. Anything that involves a fluid (gas or liquid) is fluid mechanics. These fluids may or may not contain particles such as raindrops in the air, red blood cells flowing in blood or the fibers found in paper pulp flows. The areas of applications are, for example, found in various energy conversion processes such as wind and wave power as well as conventional combustion engines, but also in vehicle design, where the focus can be directed towards optimizing wings on aircraft, minimizing fuel consumption.

As a discipline, fluid mechanics consists of physics, mathematics, mechanics and numerical analysis. As our student, you will gain knowledge of and work with modern theoretical, numerical and experimental methods to find solutions to a wide variety of fluid mechanical problems. At the Department of Mechanics, there is extensive high-profile research carried out within the field, research that you as our student will be introduced to via interaction with our researchers and teachers.

Solid Mechanics track

Solid Mechanics is one of three tracks within the master's program in Engineering Mechanics. The students taking this track have their own premises and computer lab. Our faculty strongly values communication with the students.

Our goal is to provide you with knowledge in all the technical aspects of Solid Mechanics analyses, which are in great demand in many industries. Your future occupation can include working with computational stress and strain analysis, design, development, research or testing.

Solid Mechanics as a discipline encompasses Mathematics, Numerical Analysis, Mechanics and Physics. It also involves a number of aspects of Materials Science and Industrial Design.

Solid Mechanics is a mature area, which is still continuously being developed and researched both nationally and internationally. The driving force in this work is the development of new materials and their utilization for advanced product functionality, improved durability, and reliability, minimizing the adverse environmental impact. At KTH, we devote a lot of effort to developing tools to facilitate the design of new products through the better description of material mechanical properties and formulating appropriate design criteria. We actively develop and use scientific computational tools that are widely adopted by the industry for Solid Mechanics and interdisciplinary analyses.

Sound and Vibration track

Sound and Vibration is one of the tracks within the master's program in Engineering Mechanics at KTH. This program gives you a platform for a successful career in industry or continuation towards a Ph.D.

Everywhere in our modern society, we are exposed to sound and vibrations. From the pleasant sound of birdsong or music through sound carrying information to unpleasant or even harmful noise and vibration from, for instance, traffic and construction work. Applications of technical acoustics cover a very wide field, from applied mathematics via signal processing to engines, transport, and building technology. The Marcus Wallenberg Laboratory for Sound and Vibration Research (MWL) is a part of the Department of Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering at KTH and is the largest university center in northern Europe in the area of sound and vibrations research. The purpose of the program is to make it possible for students to learn advanced topics in noise and vibration control, especially in the field of vehicle engineering. Students may also develop their own specialization, through numerous elective courses. The program has a good balance between theoretical studies and practical applications.

Courses

Year 1

Mandatory courses for all tracks

  • Theory and Methodology of Science (Natural and Technological Science) (AK2030) 4.5 credits
  • Research Methodology in Engineering Mechanics (SG2128) 3.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses for all tracks

  • Introduction to Noise Control (SD2110) 3.0 credits
  • Engineering Acoustics (SD2111) 6.0 credits
  • Signals and Mechanical Systems (SD2125) 6.0 credits
  • Vibro Acoustics (SD2140) 8.0 credits
  • Experimental Structure Dynamics, Project Course (SD2150) 9.0 credits
  • Flow Acoustics (SD2155) 6.0 credits
  • Acoustical Measurements (SD2165) 8.0 credits
  • Building Acoustics and Community Noice (SD2166) 7.5 credits
  • Energy Methods (SD2170) 6.0 credits
  • Numerical Methods for Acoustics and Vibration (SD2175) 9.0 credits
  • FEM for Engineering Applications (SE1025) 6.0 credits
  • Introduction to Biomechanics (SE2121) 9.0 credits
  • Testing Techniques in Solid Mechanics (SE2123) 6.0 credits
  • Material Mechanics (SE2126) 9.0 credits
  • Applied Elasticity with FEM (SE2132) 9.0 credits
  • Dynamic Problems in Solid Mechanics (SE2134) 7.5 credits
  • Fatigue (SE2137) 6.0 credits
  • Fracture Mechanics (SE2139) 6.0 credits
  • FEM Modelling (SE2860) 8.0 credits
  • Vehicle Aerodynamics (SG2211) 6.0 credits
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (SG2212) 7.5 credits
  • Fluid Mechanics (SG2214) 7.5 credits
  • Compressible Flow (SG2215) 7.5 credits
  • Turbulence (SG2218) 7.5 credits
  • Wave Motions and Hydrodynamic Stability (SG2221) 7.5 credits
  • Micro Fluids (SG2222) 4.5 credits
  • Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics (SG2224) 5.0 credits
  • Fluid Mechanics Continuation Course (SG2225) 4.0 credits

Fluid Mechanics track

Mandatory courses

  • Fluid Mechanics (SG1218) 4.0 credits
  • Fluid Mechanics for Engineers (SG1220) 6.0 credits
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (SG2212) 7.5 credits
  • Fluid Mechanics (SG2214) 7.5 credits
  • Compressible Flow (SG2215) 7.5 credits
  • Turbulence (SG2218) 7.5 credits
  • Fluid Mechanics Continuation Course (SG2225) 4.0 credits

Recommended courses

  • Flow Acoustics (SD2155) 6.0 credits
  • FEM for Engineering Applications (SE1025) 6.0 credits

Solid Mechanics track

Mandatory courses

  • FEM for Engineering Applications (SE1025) 6.0 credits
  • Material Mechanics (SE2126) 9.0 credits
  • Applied Elasticity with FEM (SE2132) 9.0 credits
  • FEM Modelling (SE2860) 8.0 credits

Recommended courses

  • Vibro Acoustics (SD2140) 8.0 credits
  • Experimental Structure Dynamics, Project Course (SD2150) 9.0 credits

Sound and Vibration track

Mandatory courses

  • Vibro Acoustics (SD2140) 8.0 credits
  • Flow Acoustics (SD2155) 6.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Design of Silent and Vibration-free Products (SD1116) 6.0 credits
  • Noise and Vibration Control (SD1120) 9.0 credits
  • Engineering Acoustics (SD2111) 6.0 credits
  • Signals and Mechanical Systems (SD2125) 6.0 credits
  • Building Acoustics and Community Noice (SD2166) 7.5 credits

Recommended courses

  • Testing Techniques in Solid Mechanics (SE2123) 6.0 credits
  • FEM Modelling (SE2860) 8.0 credits
  • Vehicle Aerodynamics (SG2211) 6.0 credits
  • Compressible Flow (SG2215) 7.5 credits

Year 2

Mandatory courses for all tracks

  • Theory and Methodology of Science (Natural and Technological Science) (AK2030) 4.5 credits
  • Research Methodology in Engineering Mechanics (SG2128) 3.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses for all tracks

  • Engineering Acoustics (SD2111) 6.0 credits
  • Signals and Mechanical Systems (SD2125) 6.0 credits
  • Acoustical Measurements (SD2165) 8.0 credits
  • Building Acoustics and Community Noice (SD2166) 7.5 credits
  • Non-linear Acoustics (SD2180) 6.0 credits
  • Vehicle Acoustics and Vibration (SD2190) 6.0 credits
  • Material Mechanics (SE2126) 9.0 credits
  • Applied Elasticity with FEM (SE2132) 9.0 credits
  • Fatigue (SE2137) 6.0 credits
  • Reliability, Optimization, and Design (SE2145) 9.0 credits
  • Mechanics of Fiber Networks and Materials (SE2152) 8.0 credits
  • FEM Modelling (SE2860) 8.0 credits
  • Fem for Nonlinear Problems in Solid Mechanics (SE2870) 7.0 credits
  • Fluid Mechanics for Engineers (SG1220) 6.0 credits
  • Project Course in Engineering Mechanics (SG2010) 15.0 credits
  • Rigid Body Dynamic (SG2150) 7.0 credits
  • Fluid Mechanics (SG2214) 7.5 credits
  • Turbulence (SG2218) 7.5 credits
  • Advanced Compressible Flows (SG2219) 7.5 credits
  • Wave Motions and Hydrodynamic Stability (SG2221) 7.5 credits
  • Fluid Mechanics Continuation Course (SG2225) 4.0 credits
  • Wind Energy Aerodynamics (SG2226) 6.0 credits
  • Biomechanics of Human Movement (SG2804) 7.0 credits

Fluid Mechanics track

Recommended courses

  • Non-linear Acoustics (SD2180) 6.0 credits
  • Material Mechanics (SE2126) 9.0 credits
  • Applied Elasticity with FEM (SE2132) 9.0 credits

Solid Mechanics track

Recommended courses

  • Signals and Mechanical Systems (SD2125) 6.0 credits
  • Fluid Mechanics for Engineers (SG1220) 6.0 credits
  • Rigid Body Dynamic (SG2150) 7.0 credits
  • Fluid Mechanics (SG2214) 7.5 credits
  • Fluid Mechanics Continuation Course (SG2225) 4.0 credits

Sound and Vibration track

Recommended courses

  • Building Acoustics and Community Noice (SD2166) 7.5 credits
  • Material Mechanics (SE2126) 9.0 credits
  • Applied Elasticity with FEM (SE2132) 9.0 credits

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the program, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English and meet the program-specific requirements.

Bachelor's degree

A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programs, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English proficiency

English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognized English tests:

  • TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, a total score of 575.
    TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
  • TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, a total score of 90
  • IELTS Academic: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
  • Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
  • The University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)

Specific requirements for the master's program in Engineering Mechanics

A Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, corresponding to 180 ECTS credits, with courses in

  • Mathematics and programming: must include (i) differential and integral calculus in several variables, (ii) linear algebra, (iii) numerical analysis), (iv) ordinary and partial differential equations and integral transforms , (v) mathematical statistics, and (vi) basics of programming in a higher programming language equivalent to at least 25 ECTS credits in total.
  • Applied mechanics: must include (i) solid mechanics, (ii) fluid mechanics and (iii) sound and vibration, equivalent to at least 20 ECTS credits in total.

Application documents

  1. Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
  2. Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
  3. Proof of English proficiency
  4. A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents

Specific documents for the master's program Engineering Mechanics

  • Summary sheet *

*In order for your application to be considered complete, you need to fill out the online summary sheet. If you do not include a summary sheet, this will negatively affect your evaluation score. Be sure to fill out all of the required information before you submit the form. Please note that the summary sheet is the only specific document required when applying to the master's program in Engineering Mechanics.

Last updated Apr 2020

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