Master in Turbomachinery Aeromechanic University Training (THRUST)


Program Description

The joint master's program in Turbomachinery Aeromechanical University Training (THRUST) is a cooperation between KTH, Duke University, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Université de Liège. The program offers education of high international standards 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 it jet engines, steam turbines, gas turbines, wind turbines or hydro turbines, as well as various kind of compressors. The program aims to educate students with high skills to face the challenges within aeromechanics. The program 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 program, both from academia as well as industry.

The program 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 program offers a unique, modern and highly interactive learning material that 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 program as part of the life-long learning inside their respective companies. Given the nature of the subject of aeromechanics, multidisciplinary skills are fostered.

The program 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 program tracks connected to three different universities:

  • Université de Liège, Belgium (ULg)
  • The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (AUTH)
  • Duke University, USA


The program 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 program 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, UTC Aerospace Systems.

More than 30 percent 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, KTH etc. 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 complex aeromechanical phenomena occurring in modern turbomachines.


Find out what students from the program think about their time at KTH.

Taylor Ramsay, United States: "I’ve always had a profound interest in space exploration and aeronautics."

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 Turbomachinery Aeromechanical University Training are:

  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Climate Action

In the course of the program, 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.


The joint master’s program in Turbomachinery Aeromechanical University Training 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 program tracks connected to three different universities. The tracks at ULg and AUTH result in a joint degree, and the track at Duke results in a double degree from KTH and Duke. The track KTH/AUTH will not be open for intake 2020.


Year 1 at KTH

Mandatory courses

  • Aeromechanics project course Part 1, 6 credits
  • Thermal power systems, 6 credits
  • Turbomachinery, 6 credits
  • Introduction to computational fluid dynamics and mathematics, 6 credits
  • Advanced mechanical vibrations, 6 credits
  • Measurement techniques in aeromechanics, 6 credits
  • Advanced mechanics and finite element methods, 6 credits
  • Introduction to Unsteady aerodynamics, 7.5 credits
  • Thermal turbomachinery, 6 credits
  • Measurement techniques in aeromechanics, 6 credits
  • Aeromechanics project course Part 2, 7.5 credits

Year 2 at ULg

Mandatory courses

  • Mechanical Design of Turbomachinery, 5 credits
  • Fracture Mechanics, Damage and Fatigue, 5 credits
  • Materials Selection, 5 credits
  • Large Deformation of Solids, 5 credits
  • Thesis Project, 30 credits

Elective courses

  • Aeroelasticity and Experimental Aerodynamics, 5 credits
  • Mechanics of Composite, 5 credits
  • Vibration Testing and Experimental Modal Analysis, 5 credits
  • Mechanical Computer‐Aided‐Design, 5 credits

Year 2 at AUTH (no intake to autumn 2020)

Mandatory courses

  • Advanced Dynamics and Vibration, 5 credits
  • Random Vibration – Structural Reliability, 5 credits
  • Fracture Mechanics and Structural Fatigue, 5 credits
  • Turbomachinery Aeromechanics Applications, 5 credits
  • Diploma Thesis Project, 30 credits

Elective courses

  • Experimental Methods in Vibration, 5 credits
  • Health Monitoring in Turbomachinery, 5 credits
  • Advanced Control in Structural Dynamics, 5 credits

Year 2 at Duke University

Mandatory courses

  • Intermediate Dynamics, 6 credits (ME541)
  • Business Fundamentals for Engineers, 6 credits (MENG570)
  • Unsteady Aerodynamics, 6 credits (ME672)
  • Aeroelasticity Part 2, 6 credits (ME775)
  • Mini‐Thesis, Paper Review Sessions, 6 credits (ME555)
  • Management High Tech Industries, 6 credits (MENG540)
  • Lecture Series, 6 credits (ME759)
  • Aerospace Structures, 6 credits (ME473)
  • Mini Thesis, 6 credits (ME555)

Elective courses

  • Engineering Acoustics, 6 credits (ME572)
  • Compressible Fluid Flow, 6 credits (ME536)
  • Intermediate Fluid Mechanics, 6 credits (ME631)
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics, 6 credits (ME632)
  • Aerodynamics, 6 credits (ME571)
  • Introduction to Finite Element Methods, 6 credits (ME524)
  • Non‐linear Finite Element Analysis, 6 credits (ME525)

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 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 program 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).

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 in Turbomachinery Aeromechanical University Training (THRUST)

  1. 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.
  2. A Curriculum vitae including details on your academic career.
  3. A letter of motivation including an indication of the desired mobility option.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from professors of the most recently attended higher institution or from recent employers if relevant.
Last updated Apr 2020

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