Master’s Programme in Mechanical Engineering – Structural Mechanics


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  • Period : 2021-August-30 until 2023-June-04
  • Location: Karlskrona
  • Type of instruction: On campus, day, full-time
  • Language of instruction: The teaching language is English.
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Master’s Programme in Mechanical Engineering – Structural Mechanics

Work with advanced product development in coordinated processes – predicting and optimizing performance using both virtual and physical modelling.

Simulate, develop and optimize in advanced product development

This programme gives you the the ability to, among other things, control virtual and physical modelling, simulation, experimental investigation and optimization. A degree leads to future roles in advanced product development or research in mechanical engineering.

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Admission Criteria
(This paragraph is a translation from Swedish of the approved method, “Antagnings¬ordning”[Admission regulations], Dnr; BTH-1.2.1-0223-2017)
In the case of more qualified applicants than available positions for the current programme start, a selection is made. This is done in the following way:

METHOD 4 Relevant degree and English

GENERAL This method intends to assess the applicant’s suitability to studies at a Master’s level in regard to the applicant’s direction of Degree of Bachelor and knowledge of English.

SELECTION CRITERIA Prior higher education studies and English.

SPECIFICATION OF SELECTION CRITERIA The first step of the process consists of an assessment of the relevance of the applicant’s prior field and direction from a higher education degree for the direction of the applied programme. The assessment is done in three categories: minimal relevance given the entry requirements = merit rating 0, average relevance = merit rating 0.5, high relevance = merit rating 1. The applicant’s TOEFL – respective IELTS levels of English are finally standardized to a value between 0 and 1, where 0 is the minimal level to be qualified and 1 is the maximum level of the test. Applicants who are exempt from demonstrating their level of English with TOEFL/IELTS levels are given the merit rating of 1. These two values are added to a collected merit rating that may vary between 0-2.

HIGHEST MERIT RATING Maximum 2 points are given according to the description above.

WORKING METHOD Applications that are accepted for examination based on the general entry requirements will be ranked according to the above. If all applicants with the lowest equal merit rating cannot be offered a place, lots will be drawn.

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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

Upon a completed degree, the comprehensive goal for the student is to master a coordinated method of working at the analysis of decision support in the product development process, comprising the items of virtual and physical modelling, simulation respectively experimental examination and, also, optimization.

In addition to the national goals for the degree, the following goals will also apply to the programme.

Knowledge and understanding
Upon completion of the programme, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate broad knowledge of the area of analysis for decision-support in the product development process,
  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge of structural mechanical analysis,
  • demonstrate an advanced insight into current research- and development work, demonstrate in-depth methodology knowledge in the main field of mechanical engineering.

Competence and skills
Upon completion of the programme, the student will be able to:
  • demonstrate the competence of formulating and validating numerical and analytical models of mechanical systems by means of both advanced software as by strongly simplified relations for important characteristics,
  • demonstrate the competence of specifying, performing, and interpreting measurements and experimental analysis of vibrations of machines and other mechanical structures,
  • demonstrate competence to perform simulation of mechanical systems with parameters obtained from numerical models and/or experiments, for example in regard to the impact from applied load and/or simple structural changes,
  • demonstrate skills of performing optimization of mechanical systems based on results from numerical models, simulations and measurements to meet market needs and benefit from technological progress,
  • demonstrate skills of coordinating activities and reporting obtained results in an understandable way in accordance with general regulations and practice for scientific writing.

Judgement and approach
Upon completion of the programme, the student will be able to:
  • demonstrate skills of discussing and assessing the value of decision-guiding documents, produced through technical analysis, in consideration of relevant aspects of research- and product development work,
  • demonstrate skills of relating to a method of working, from a critical examining basis, that involves a systematic coordinated collaborative use of virtual and physical models at the technical analysis for the design of decision support in the product development process.

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