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Master of Science Programme in Mechanical Engineering with emphasis on Structural Mechanics 120 credits

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Welcome letter

This programme will prepare you to contribute to advanced product development or to conduct research in mechanical engineering. On completion of the programme, you should master a coordinated method of working with analysis to support decisions in the product development process, covering the elements of virtual and physical modelling, simulation and experimental investigation, and optimization.

Informed by a specialized knowledge in mathematics, numerical calculation methods, measurement technology, analysis of vibrations, acoustics and fracture mechanics, you will have a solid basis for working with performance prediction and ensuring that new products achieve their intended function.

The programme consists of 120 credits and leads to a two-year Master’s degree.



  • Type of instruction: On campus, day, full-time
  • Study period: 2018-September-03 until 2020-June-07
  • Education level: Second cycle
  • Main field of study: Mechanical Engineering
  • Programme syllabus: Download
  • Application: It is no longer possible to apply to this option
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  • Location: Karlskrona
  • Language of instruction: The teaching language is English.
  • Entry requirements: Applicants having a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, preferably with emphasis on structural mechanics, will be considered for admission. The degree must contain mathematics (including matrix algebra, multi-variable calculus and transform theory), basic structural mechanics and programming. English is English B/English 6.

    Specific eligibility in the English language from upper secondary school for non-Swedish students:
    TOEFL 575/90; IELTS 6,5 no section below 5.5, or University of Cambridge and Oxford tests.

The aim of the programme is to prepare students for participation in advanced product development or research in mechanical engineering. The aim is that, on completion of the programme, the student will master a coordinated method of working with analysis for decision support in the product development process, the extensive modules of virtual and physical modelling, simulation and experimental investigation, and optimization.

In brief, the coordinated working method can be described as: Virtual models for the description of interesting product properties and behaviors are developed, verified and used for simulations of the functionality of the system. The simulation result is compared with experimental results of studies on delimited, simultaneously developed physical models, or with experiences from previous developments, with the aim of validating the virtual models.

The coordination also involves using the virtual models to design good physical models and measurement strategies. This process is repeated until sufficient results have been achieved. Simulation with the virtual model can then be used for optimization. If the optimization shows a need for changes that influence the relevance of the current model, the whole procedure is repeated. When necessary, more detailed descriptions are gradually added to the model during the ongoing development of the analyzed product. When developing a completely new product, repeated trial runs are usually required. When a new variant of a product is developed, earlier experiences can largely be reused.

Students are expected to keep up to date with current research of relevance to the field and considerably increase their ability to communicate their own contributions of scientific facts and relations both orally and in writing with the help of modern aids for visualization and documentation.


On completion of the programme, students will be awarded the second cycle degree
Master of Science (120 credits).
Main field of study: Mechanical Engineering.
Specialization: Structural Mechanics.


Admission Criteria
(This paragraph is a translation from Swedish of the approved method, “Antagnings¬ordning”[Admission regulations], Dnr; BTH-1.2.1-0223-2017)


This method has the purpose of assessing the applicants’ competency for studies at, among others, the Master Programmes in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Software Engineering.


Previous university studies and English.


The first step of the ranking process is an assessment of the relevance of the area and specialisation of the applicants’ previous university studies to the applied programme. This assessment is made in three categories: minimal relevance = merit points 0, average relevance = merit points 0.5, high relevance = merit points 1.
Finally, the applicants’ TEOFL or IELTS level in English is normalised to a value between 0 and 1, where 0 is the minimum level to pass the prerequisites of the applied programme and 1 is the maximum level of the test. Applicants’ who are not required to prove their English skills with TOEFL or IELTS tests will get the merit point 1.
These two merit point values are added to a total merit value between 0 and 2


A maximum of 2 merit points will be given, according to the above given details.

Applications that are accepted for review based on the basic requirements for the programme will be ranked according to the details above. If not all applicants with the same lowest merit point can be admitted, a preference is given to the gender that is least represented at the programme, and if further selection is needed lots will be drawn.

Qualification Awarded

On completion of the programme, students will be awarded the second cycle degree
Master of Science (120 credits).
Main field of study: Mechanical Engineering.
Specialisation: Structural Mechanics.

Learning Outcome

In addition to the nationally regulated aims, which are found under point 8, the following aims apply to the education.
After completion of the education, the student should
  • be able to formulate and validate numerical and analytical models of mechanical systems by means of both advanced software and by means of strong simplified relations for important characteristics
  • be able to specify, carry out and interpret measurements and analysis of vibrations for rotating machines and other mechanical structures
  • be able to specify, carry out and interpret experimental modal analysis on mechanical structures
  • be able to carry out simulation of mechanical systems with parameters received from numerical models and/or experiment, for example regarding effect from imposed load and/or simple structural changes
  • be able to carry out optimisation of mechanical systems based on results of numerical models, simulations and measurements to meet the market needs and draw use of technological progress
  • be able to coordinate activities and report received results in an understandable way under the observing of general rules and practice for scientific writing
  • understand effects on society and environment of the student’s own activities.

Job profiles

Students with a higher education qualification from the programme can work within many different application fields and not only within sectors of pure mechanical engineering. The focus, normally, lies mainly on theoretical and experimental technical analysis for assessing product functionality and performance, e g especially regarding vibrations of structures. Dependent on the student’s own interests, a career can lead to assignments as technical expert or project manager and other leadership roles. A number of students also go on to continued third-cycle programmes in the area. Teaching in a multinational environment prepares the student for international work.
Planning of the education

The program is constituted by, in substance, compulsory courses that build on each other in a given order. Only one of the concluding courses is chosen dependent on expected specialisation of the following degree project. The intended study path for the programme is illustrated below, followed by a brief description of compulsory courses and elective courses. More detailed descriptions are found in respective course syllabus. The study programme goes through continuous evaluation and development which can mean that the range of courses offered and placing of courses in time is changed.

The program is completed with a written degree project equivalent to 30 credit points.

Programme Evaluation and Programme Advisory Board

On completion of each course within the program, students who has participated in the course will be offered an opportunity to submit their experiences and understandings of the course through a course evaluation, which will be compiled and reported back to the students in the course. The feedback is used in the process to improve the contents and delivery of the programme.

The Programme Advisory Board is responsible for ensuring quality, development and education usability for labour market and consists of each subject area's representative, students, alumni and a representative for the labour market.

Courses in this program

Contact us

Programme manager: Ansel Berghuvud

Student counsellor: Student counselling