The joint master's programme in Turbomachinery Aeromechanical University Training (THRUST) is a cooperation between KTH, Université de Liège, Duke University and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The programme offers education of high international standard as well as cultural experience from at least two different countries and a double degree from two universities.
Turbomachinery Aeromechanical University Training at KTH
Energy and propulsion are much-needed systems in the world for most modern human activities and social development for a sustainable society. Turbomachines produce more than 90% of all electricity in the world, drive the majority of aircraft and are used extensively as compressors, pumps, etc. in many modern applications (for example. refrigerators and ventilators).
Aeromechanics is one of the main limitations for more efficient, lighter, cheaper and reliable turbomachines, be jet engines, steam turbines, gas turbines, wind turbines or hydro turbines, as well as various kind of compressors. The programme aims to educate students with high skills to face the challenges within aeromechanics. The programme is led by a coordinator team at KTH. The coordinator team reports back to a steering committee composed of representatives from all parties involved in the programme, both from academia as well as industry.
The programme is highly integrated, first of all regarding student and teacher mobility for certain common lectures, but also related to the extended use of remote teaching by the specialist teachers at all four universities, in conjunction with “face-to-face” and “virtual” interactive workshops and project courses. The programme offers a unique, modern and highly interactive learning material which enhances the student learning process. This, together with the “remote learning” aspects, will also allow for a substantial potential for already active industrial persons to participate in the programme as part of the life-long learning inside their respective companies. Given the nature of the subject of aeromechanics, multidisciplinary skills are fostered.
The programme offers three tracks related to three mobility options. Students begin their first year at KTH and study the second year at one of the three programme tracks connected to three different universities:
Université de Liège, Belgium (ULiège)
The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (AUTH)
Duke University, USA
The tracks at Université de Liège and AUTH result in a joint degree, and the track at Duke results in a double degree from KTH and Duke. Participation cost varies between tracks. The track offered at KTH and Université de Liège will open for application for studies starting in 2021. The tracks involving Duke University and AUTH will not open for application for studies starting 2021.
Turbomachines, Aerodynamics, Aeromechanics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Mechanical Design, Vibrations, Structural Dynamics, Materials, Measurement Techniques.
The programme offers the students a worldwide unique education at a high academic level, involving researchers/teachers at three European and one US top universities in the area and prepares the students for direct industrial engagement. Furthermore, it paves the way for continued doctoral studies in this field.
Graduates from the THRUST programme are spread all over the world working in large companies like Siemens, GE Aviation, GKN Aerospace, SpaceX, Numeca, Scania, Rolls-Royce, Ansaldo Energia, Safran Aero Engines, Safran Aero Boosters, Honda Aircraft Company and UTC Aerospace Systems.
More than 30 per cent of our graduates choose to continue with their PhD studies at different universities and institutes that are all well renowned in the field, like Imperial College, University of Oxford, Duke University, University of Liège, Technical University of Berlin, University of Stuttgart, Ghent University, University of Virginia and KTH. Many of those doctoral students have already made significant achievements in the area of turbomachinery aeromechanics and as such, they have contributed to further improvement in understanding of complex aeromechanical phenomena occurring in modern turbomachines.
Turbomachinery Design Engineer, Researcher (in both academia and industry), Development Engineer, Test Engineer, Software Developer, Business Analyst, Project Manager.
"I’ve always had a profound interest in space exploration and aeronautics."
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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 programmes. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's programme in Turbomachinery Aeromechanical University Training are:
9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
13 Climate Action
In the course of the programme, students will learn about how sustainable development is related to turbomachinery technology and what future role the technology will have in achieving a more sustainable society. Students will acquire both a system perspective and unique, specific expertise on aeromechanical issues in turbomachinery, both of which are fundamental aspects of innovation and the development of innovative solutions. Understanding the physics behind the aeromechanical phenomenon enables more efficient aircraft and maritime propulsion systems and thus leads to lower emissions and less climate impact. Students will also learn about the challenges engineers will face in a rapidly changing society and what impact this has on developments of infrastructure, industry and society in general.
To be eligible for the programme, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English, and meet the programme-specific requirements.
A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognised university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programmes, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and, if qualified, will receive a conditional acceptance. These applicants must include a written statement according to the instructions given by University Admissions. Students in the final year of undergraduate studies at a Swedish university do not have to provide a written statement in order, if qualified, to receive a conditional acceptance. They must, however, have completed 150 ECTS credits in the bachelor’s programme by 1 February.
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/IELTS UKVI: 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)
The language requirement can also be fulfilled through previous university and upper secondary school studies. More information on recognized English tests, previous studies, and required documents is provided by University Admissions.
Specific requirements for the master's programme in Turbomachinery Aeromechanical University Training (THRUST)
A bachelor's degree corresponding to at least 180 ECTS credits, in Science, Engineering or Technology with a specialization in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Energy Technology, Aerospace Engineering or Materials Science/Engineering.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) results are required only for the specialization Unsteady Aerodynamics (2nd year at Duke University). The minimum GRE scores required are: Quantitative Reasoning 155, Verbal Reasoning 150 and Analytic writing 3.0.
Please note that the following TOEFL test score requirements and University of Cambridge/ University of Oxford Certificates are specific for the Master's programme in Turbomachinery Aeromechanical University Training (THRUST):
Paper-based test: total result of 580 (written test, grade 4,0)
Internet-based test: total result of 92 (written test, grade 22)
University of Cambridge/ University of Oxford Certificates
Certificate in Advanced English- CAE (minimum grade C).
Certificate of Proficiency in English- CPE (minimum grade C).
Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentation. The following general and programme-specific documents must therefore be included in the application in the specified order:
Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
Proof of English proficiency
A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents
Specific documents for the master's programme in Turbomachinery Aeromechanical University Training (THRUST)
Graduate Record Exam ( GRE) General Test. The GRE results are only mandatory for students taking mobility option Unsteady Aerodynamics (KTH-Duke University) and must be submitted together with the overall application documents.
A Curriculum vitae including details on your academic career.
A letter of motivation including an indication of the desired mobility option.
Two letters of recommendation from professors of the most recently attended higher institution or from recent employers if relevant.