Master of Mechanical Engineering (Leuven)


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Program Description

Today’s modern devices and products are the results of an ongoing synergy between different basic technical disciplines. Mechanical engineering is the preferred branch of knowledge for realizing the incorporation of these and integrating almost all disciplines of contemporary technology. The Master of Mechanical Engineering is a general training program integrating all disciplines of basic sciences, engineering, and technology.

What's the program all about?

The program offers you the choice between application-oriented and generic methodological approach, with many of the courses enjoying close links to the top-level industrial research of the program’s lecturers. This ongoing link with the world of the industry offers you an advanced, up-to-date content, leading to cutting edge research and development that has resulted in spin-off companies and innovation-driven entrepreneurship.

Program outline

The first major component is the core module in mechanical engineering. The second major component is one of five options, which have been put together in a complementary way.

Three generic options:

  • Manufacturing and Management: modern techniques for the design and production of discrete components, CAD and computer integration in production, management techniques, maintenance and logistics of a production company.
  • Mechatronics and Robotics: mechatronics is the discipline in which the synergy of construction, sensing, actuation, and control of machinery are concurrently defined and tuned for optimum integration.
  • Thermotechnical Sciences: physical principles and analysis, design, construction and operation of combustion engines and thermal and flow machines, cooling machines, power plants, etc.

Two application-oriented options:

  • Aero and Space technology: physical principles, analysis, design, construction, exploitation and operation of aircraft and space systems.
  • Automotive Engineering: physical principles, design, analysis, and production of cars and ground vehicles and of systems for ground transportation.

The third and fourth components in the program structure concern a set of elective courses, to be chosen from a list of technical courses and from a list of general interest courses.

Master's thesis: which represents 20% of the credits of the entire curriculum.


  • The department has a large experimental research laboratory with advanced equipment, to which you will have access. FabLab (a "Fabrication Laboratory") is also directly accessible.
  • The department has built up an extensive network of companies which have already recruited a large number of our alumni over many years and from whom we receive invaluable, informal feedback on the program.
  • In addition to their academic teaching and research assignments, several members of the teaching staff also have other responsibilities in advisory boards, in external companies, science & technology committees, etc. and they share that expertise with students.
  • Students are also encouraged to participate in an industrial and research internship abroad.

Is this the right program for me?

  • You have a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or Electro-Mechanical engineering.
  • You need to have (good) knowledge of mechanics, production engineering, thermodynamics, flow, heat transfer, and a solid background in mathematics.
  • Your proficiency in English (oral and written) meets all the requirements as applied at the Faculty of Engineering Science

Career Opportunities

The field of mechanical engineering is very wide. Mechanical engineers find employment in many industrial sectors thanks to our broad training program. The demand for this engineering degree in the labor market is strong and consistent.

A study by the Royal Flemish Engineers Association identifies the key sectors in which graduated mechanical engineers are employed:

  • mechanical engineering
  • off-shore and maritime engineering
  • automation industry
  • electrical industry
  • chemical industry
  • environmental engineering
  • the energy sector
  • the financial, banking and insurance sector
  • the communications sector
  • the transportation sector

Start your career, during your studies

During your bachelor's and master's program you can already shape your own profile by choosing a certain specialization, studying abroad (Erasmus), doing a work placement, or starting your own business.

The Student Career Center is happy to put you on the right track towards your first work experience. The center also coaches you in the search for an interesting job and helps you with job interviews. For students wanting to start their own business KU Leuven also has Lcie, the KU Leuven community that encourages students with innovative and entrepreneurial ideas.

Don’t know where to start? The Student Career Center's databases contain offers for jobs, volunteer work, innovation projects, and student jobs. You can also visit one of the events organized by the Career Center.

Last updated Mar 2020

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