Master of Science Mechanical Engineering

Delft University of Technology

Program Description

Master of Science Mechanical Engineering

Delft University of Technology

Master of Science Mechanical Engineering

Whether it's a dentist's drill or a tunnel drill, an automobile assembly line or a CD player, somewhere in the course of its development, a mechanical engineer has had a hand in its design. Mechanical engineers design, develop and build an enormous range of technical systems and mechanisms for industry and consumers. They have an important hand as well in stimulating the development of bio-systems, and micro- and nano-scale devices. Innovations in these areas are of vital importance in efforts to reduce energy consumption, to ease pressures on the environment, and to build a more sustainable society.

What you will learn

At TU Delft, the goal of the MSc Programme in Mechanical Engineering is to give students a broad, in-depth understanding of all mechanical engineering disciplines. The programme trains engineers to handle the entire process of innovative thinking, design, manufacturing and operation.

Tracks overview

In the MSc Programme in Mechanical Engineering, you will begin straight away in one of the six tracks. Each track teaches you the basics of mechanical engineering, whether your interest is more in working in the medical sector or on large industrial plants.

Transportation Engineering

Reliable systems for moving people and goods are cornerstones of modern society. Transportation Engineering (TE) focuses on the sustainable and effective development, design, construction and operation of marine and ground transport systems. Often this includes the integration of different modes of transportation. It also addresses such issues as mechanical and energy supply and conversion systems on ships.

Control Engineering

Control Engineering (CE) is about the analysis and design of reliable high-performance measurement and control strategies for a wide variety of dynamic technological processes. The curriculum provides a solid foundation in the modelling of dynamic systems and developing algorithms for controller design. This track places particular emphasis on two fields of industrial application: advanced process control and motion control for electromechanical and servo-hydraulic systems.

Sustainable Process & Energy Technologies

Sustainable Process & Energy Technologies (SPET) gives students the technological knowledge and the theoretical, numerical and experimental skills to play an active role in the development of innovative new energy and process technologies. Students study key basic disciplines, including thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, process modelling and simulation, and process equipment design, giving them a sound theoretical basis in both process and energy engineering. Sustainability issues are addressed at all stages of the programme.

Precision and Microsystems Engineering

Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME) trains students in such disciplines as advanced simulation, mechatronics, smart microsystems and high-precision production techniques – all of which play an integral role in the design and development of devices whose dimensions may be measured in nanometres. These may be high-speed spindles for manufacturing sub-millimetre devices, for example, or multifunctional micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) which allow for the embedding of intelligent sensing and actuation devices on mechanical components smaller than a human hair.

BioMechanical Design

BioMechanical Design is the design of systems meant for interaction with biological systems (such as the human body), or the design of systems that follow the principles of biological systems (biomimetics). Examples are telemanipulation systems (surgical robots, offshore and space robots) and intelligent cars with force feedback in pedals and steering wheel. The development and improvement of surgical instruments and aids for surgeons are among the key areas of investigation in the BioMechanical Design (BMD) track .

Solid & Fluid Mechanics

The design, modelling and control of all manner of structures and systems in our daily lives is dependent on either solid or fluid mechanics – or both, when fluid forces interact with solid structures. The Solid & Fluid Mechanics (SFM) track focuses on the fundamentals of contemporary mechanics. A variety of courses address such issues as the formulation and fundamentals of governing continuum theories, numerical solution procedures and discretisation techniques.

Materials Engineering & Applications

In this Master’s track you will learn how to work with the properties of materials, and when the existing materials do not suffice, how to explore ways to create new materials having the desired properties for particular applications.



The following rates are applied for the full academic year:

A) Tuition fees for full-time enrolment as a student


Statutory rate:

  • 2012/2013:   € 1,771
  • 2013/2014:   € 1,835

Tuition fees institutional rate I

You are eligible for the statutory rate for enrolment in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programme if you hold the Dutch nationality or that of another EU/EFTA country *) **), or the Surinamese nationality.

  • 2012/2013 academic year: € 1,771
  • 2013/2014 academic year: € 1,835

Tuition fees institutional rate II

All students from non-EU/EFTA countries who began their Bachelor studies before 1 September 2008 and who have been uninterruptedly enrolled since then, pay institutional rate II.

  • 2012/2013 academic year: € 2,401
  • 2013/2014 academic year: € 2,487

Tuition fees institutional rate III (Master)

Students from outside the EU/EFTA countries who enrol for a TU Delft Master’s degree programme are required to pay institutional rate III.

  • 2012/2013 academic year: € 12,650.-
  • 2012/2013 academic year: €  9,340.- (transitional arrangement)
  • 2013/2014 academic year: € 12,916.-
  • 2013/2014 academic year: € 9,677,-

B) Tuition fees for part-time enrolment as a student


  • 2012/2013 academic year:  € 1,483
  • 2012/2013 academic year:  € 1,536

C) Examination fees for external students


  • 2012/2013 academic year: € 6,000
  • 2012/2013 academic year:  € 6,000 

D) Freemovers (BSc and MSc)


  • 2012/2013 academic year:  € 8,096
  • 2012/2013 academic year:  € 8,266
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
1,835 EUR
Netherlands - Delft
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- EU, full-time