Master's Programme in Welded Metal Structures

Lappeenranta University of Technology

Program Description

Master's Programme in Welded Metal Structures

Lappeenranta University of Technology

Machines have enabled many seemingly unrealistic ideas and have facilitated a multitude of challenging functions. Machine science is one of the oldest and most traditional of the engineering sciences characterized by a strong desire to think differently and effect change in the world.

The high level civilization in the world is based strongly on welded metal structures, which keep the constructions in shape and machines running. Design and production of those are one of the most fascinating engineering tasks.

In this master's programme you will get the newest and purposeful knowledge and expertize for design and manufacturing of innovative, sustainable, competitive and safe welded metal structures for demanding applications, especially for dynamic loading or arctic conditions.

The teaching combines theoretical studies and laboratory exercises in modern environment with advanced methods to ensure that you will have excellent skills for your future career in both academia and industry. You will learn from different teams of experts from laboratory of steel structures, welding and laser technologies who will bring the newest results of high-level research to you.

Teaching and research are carried out in close cooperation with enterprises and other universities and research institutions.


Completed Degree

You are eligible to apply to this Master's Programme with one of the following degrees:

  • Finnish university degree in Technology (B.Sc. or M.Sc.)
  • Finnish degree in Technology from a University of Applied Sciences (insinööri AMK tai insinööri Ylempi AMK)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Technology completed outside of Finland;
  • Provided that the degree gives a qualification for equivalent academic studies in the country in question.
  • The degree must correspond to a Finnish lower university degree (Bachelor's Degree) in Technology in the extent (180 ECTS credits) and duration (3-4 years of full-time studies).
  • The degree must include a minimum of 60 ECTS credits of studies in Technology.
  • Specialist Degree in Technology from a Russian university included
  • Master's Degree in Technology completed outside of Finland
  • Finnish University Degree or a Finnish Polytechnic Master's Degree in a field other than Technology

Additional Programme-Specific Requirements

Kindly note that there is a requirement for a minimum of 24 ECTS credits of programme-specific studies required.

Higher education in Finland is free for students coming from countries within the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. Students who are citizens of a country outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees for Master's programmes. The amount of tuition fee is 10 000 €/Master’s programme.

Extensive scholarships are available. There are three categories of available scholarships: full scholarship (covers tuition fee and living costs), tuition fee scholarship covering 100 % of tuition fee, and tuition fee scholarship covering 50 % of tuition fee.

Degree structure and studies

The Master's programme in Welded Metal Structures is a two-year programme. It leads to the degree of Master of Science in Technology, M.Sc. (Tech.), which is 120 ECTS credits.

The programme includes core studies, specialisation studies, minor studies and elective studies.

Core studies (34 ECTS credits) include topics on research methods, structural materials, industrial manufacturing processes, reliability engineering design, management and leadership skills, and language studies.

Specialisation studies (55 ECTS credits) include studies on integrated design and fabrication of welded structures, structural design, fatigue design, advanced welding processes, sustainable welding production and welding metallurgy.

Minor studies (min. 20 ECTS credits) include three optional minor subjects in mechanical engineering: modern manufacturing, advanced digital laser based photonic production, advanced materials engineering and sustainability. Minor subject can also be selected from other minor subjects available.

Elective studies (to attain the full 120 ECTS credits) can include any courses offered by LUT.

The Master's Thesis and Seminar, 30 ECTS credits, is a part of specialisation studies. The thesis an advanced research project, which requires approximately six months of full-time work. It is completed during the fourth semester of the degree programme.

Double degree studies for students from partner universities Students from partner universities are able to study as a double degree student at LUT. Students admitted to the double degree programme receive a degree certificate from two universities after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both universities.

Welded Metal Structures programme's double degree partner universities are:

  • Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Russia
  • Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnical University, Russia
  • St. Petersburg Mining University, Russia
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 31, 2017
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2 years
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Finland - Lappeenranta
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