MSc Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Mechanics plays a key role in all areas of the industrial design process that requires advanced mechanical analysis of product performance and functionality. The master’s programme in Engineering Mechanics will equip students with the knowledge and skills required to focus on reliable and sustainable design by state-of-the-art simulations and experiments in fluid mechanics, solid mechanics and sound and vibrations.
Engineering Mechanics at KTH
The master's programme in Engineering Mechanics covers theory, numerical methods and experimental techniques related to fluid mechanics, solid mechanics and sound and vibration. The curriculum is developed with strong involvement from industry and heavily influenced by the latest research. An important goal for the programme is to educate students that are well-prepared for advanced industrial problem-solving in both large and small international enterprises as well as in research.
The programme offers three tracks: Fluid Mechanics, Solid Mechanics, and Sound and Vibration. Only one-third of the courses are mandatory, which means that the students have many possibilities to tailor the course structure to meet their interests. During the first three semesters, theoretical courses are mixed with more applied project-based courses. The courses typically contain experimental and numerical laboratories, and students will gain proficiency in up-to-date experimental methods and software. In the courses, the students will be given many opportunities to interact with prominent researchers at KTH and companies such as the world-leading truck manufacturer Scania, and the train and aircraft giant Bombardier.
The fourth semester is spent working on a five-month degree project, where the student has the opportunity to investigate a specific topic in-depth. The degree project is completed either in industry or at an academic institution, in Sweden or abroad. Students doing their degree project close to KTH may also take courses in parallel with their thesis work.
This is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Engineering Sciences (at KTH).
Fluid Mechanics track
The students taking the track in Fluid Mechanics will acquire a deep and widely applicable competence in fluid mechanics, preparing them for their future profession.
Fluid mechanics is found everywhere, both in nature and industrial applications, and plays a vital role in the development of many future products. Anything that involves a fluid (gas or liquid) is fluid mechanics. These fluids may or may not contain particles such as raindrops in the air, red blood cells flowing in blood or the fibres found in paper pulp flows. The areas of applications are, for example, found in various energy conversion processes such as wind and wave power as well as conventional combustion engines, but also in vehicle design, where the focus can be directed towards optimising wings on aircraft or minimising fuel consumption.
As a discipline, fluid mechanics consists of physics, mathematics, mechanics and numerical analysis. As our student, you will gain knowledge of and work with modern theoretical, numerical and experimental methods to find solutions to a wide variety of fluid mechanical problems. At the Department of Mechanics, there is extensive high-profile research carried out within the field, research that you as our student will be introduced to via interaction with our researchers and teachers.
Solid Mechanics track
The students taking this track have their own premises and computer laboratory. Our faculty strongly values communication with the students. Our goal is to provide you with knowledge in all the technical aspects of Solid Mechanics analyses, which are in great demand in many industries. Your future occupation can include working with computational stress and strain analysis, design, development, research or testing.
Solid Mechanics as a discipline encompasses Mathematics, Numerical Analysis, Mechanics and Physics. It also involves several aspects of Materials Science and Industrial Design.
Solid Mechanics is a mature area, which is still continuously being developed and researched both nationally and internationally. The driving force in this work is the development of new materials and their utilisation for advanced product functionality, improved durability and reliability, minimising the adverse environmental impact. At KTH, we devote a lot of effort to developing tools to facilitate the design of new products through the better description of material mechanical properties and formulating appropriate design criteria. We actively develop and use scientific computational tools which are widely adopted by the industry for Solid Mechanics and interdisciplinary analyses.
Sound and Vibration track
Everywhere in our modern society, we are exposed to sound and vibrations, from the pleasant sound of birdsong or music through sound carrying information to unpleasant or even harmful noise and vibration from, for instance, traffic and construction work. Applications of technical acoustics cover a vast field, from applied mathematics via signal processing to engines, transport and building technology. The Marcus Wallenberg Laboratory for Sound and Vibration Research (MWL) is a part of the Department of Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering at KTH. It is the largest university centre in northern Europe in the area of sound and vibrations research. The purpose of the programme is to make it possible for students to learn advanced topics in noise and vibration control, especially in the field of vehicle engineering. Students may also develop their own specialisation, through numerous elective courses. The programme has a good balance between theoretical studies and practical applications. It gives you a platform for a successful career in industry or continuation towards a PhD.
Find out what students from the programme think about their time at KTH.
Students who graduate from the master's programme in Engineering Mechanics will be proficient in fluid mechanics, solid mechanics and sound and vibration, areas that are linked with a multitude of industries. Graduates will find a wide range of job opportunities in research and development within industry, consulting and research, not only in mechanical engineering but also in other engineering fields.
Typically, graduates from the programme will find job opportunities as design engineers, testing engineers, calculation engineers, researchers, consultants and specialists, and graduates from the programme can be found at companies such as ABB, Airbus, Alfa Laval, COMSOL, Sandvik, Scania, Tetra Pak, ÅF and Volvo. A considerable number of the graduates also pursue doctoral studies either at KTH or at other internationally renowned universities.
Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programmes. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's programme in Engineering Mechanics are:
Engineering mechanics plays a key role in almost any major energy conversion process. With a degree from Engineering Mechanics, you will be able to contribute to, for example, assessing the structural integrity of nuclear power plants and wind turbines, and the design of wind turbine parks in order to maximise energy harvesting.
Engineering mechanics is of utmost importance in the design processes for many industrial products and systems. The knowledge and skills that you will learn from the master programme, such as novel experimental techniques and advanced simulations, will make you a key contributor to new sustainable innovations.
Disturbance from noise and other undesirable sounds is an important issue in the development of sustainable cities and communities. Graduates from engineering mechanics will be perfectly equipped to contribute to the design of noise-free products and systems related to transportation, energy conversion and structural integrity, among other things.
In addition, the Engineering Mechanics programme of course also contributes to other sustainable development goals. One example is good health and well-being, by offering several courses in biomechanics related to medical issues such as vascular disease and human mobility.
Faculty and research
The engineering mechanics research at KTH is highly ranked internationally, and research fields where engineering mechanics faculty at KTH continuously make important contributions include high-Reynolds number turbulence, geophysical flows, micro- and complex fluids, fluid flow control, material mechanics, biomechanics, paper mechanics, fatigue and fracture, reliable design, aeroacoustics, structural damping and non-linear vibrations.