Master’s Programme in Mechanical Engineering with Emphasis on Structural Engineering

120 ECTS credits (start autumn-12)
The purpose of this programme is to prepare the students for participation in advanced product development or research in Mechanical Engineering. You learn analysis support for product development including virtual & physical modelling, simulation/experimentation and optimization.

Overview

Profile - General Content

The aim of the program is to have the student prepare for participation in advanced product development or research within mechanical engineering. The aim is that the student after completed degree should master a coordinated working method at analysis for decision support in the product development process, the extensive modules of virtual and physical modelling, simulation and experimental investigation and optimisation.

Coordinated working method at analysis for decision support.
The student is expected to inform herself/himself about current field-relevant research and considerably increase her/his ability to communicate her/his own contributions with scientific facts and relations both orally and in writing by means of modern tools for visualisation and documentation.

The coordinated working method can in short be described according to: Virtual models for description of interesting product properties and behaviours 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 parallelly developed physical models, or with experiences from earlier development, with the aim of validating the virtual models.

The coordination also implies that the virtual models are used to design good physical models and measurement strategies. This process is repeated until sufficient agreement is achieved. Simulation with the virtual model can then be used for optimisation. If the optimisation shows a need for changes that influence the relevance for the current model, the whole procedure is repeated. More detailed descriptions are, when necessary, gradually added to the model during the ongoing development of the analysed product. At the development of a completely new product, several iterations are usually required. When a new variant of a product is developed, earlier experiences can largely be reused.

Qualification Awarded

The education is a second-cycle programme and leads up to a higher education qualification for second-cycle studies with the description
Degree of Master of Science (Two Years).
Main field of study: Mechanical Engineering.
Specialisation: Structural Mechanics.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Welcome letter

Programme period

2012-September-03 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Programme manager

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 200000 SEK
First payment: 50000 SEK
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Number of seats

5

Admission

Prerequisites

For admission to the study programme, a Bachelor's degree or a Bachelor of Science in Engineering within mechanical engineering are required, preferably with specialisation in structural mechanics. A higher education qualification should contain mathematics including matrix algebra, multivariable analysis and transform theory, basic mechanics and programming. The requirement in English is English B.

Read about general admission requirements for second cycle.

Admission Criteria

For second-cycle programmes, special selection is applied. The special selection implies that one or several selection criteria are weighed together according to a method that results in a tariff.

Method 12: special selection for master's programme within the field of technology.

Selection steps:

Academic degree - The first stage of the assessment process consists of an assessment of how relevant the field and specialisation of the applicant's earlier higher education qualifications is for the specialisation of the programme applied to. The assessment is made in three categories: minimum relevance given the entry requirements = tariff 0, medium-high relevance= tariff 0.5, high relevance = tariff 1.


TOEFL - Finally the applicant’s TOEFL is standardised; respective IELTS-levels in English to a value between 0 and 1, where 0 is the minimum level to be qualified and 1 is the maximum level on the test. Applicants that are exempted from showing their levels in English with TOEFL/IELTS-levels are given the tariff 1.

These three values are added to a collected tariff that can vary between 0-3.

Qualified applicants with the same qualifications:
If two or more applicants to a first - and second-cycle alternative have the same tariff, lots are drawn.

For complete information about selection, see the BTH admission regulations.

Admission Procedure

Read about the admission procedure.

Recognition of prior studies and studies abroad

Student who has been admitted to the programme and has earlier completed a course that corresponds to a course within the programme, can apply for recognition of prior studies. If possible, the student will be offered admission to an alternative course. Studies abroad within the programme can normally be partly or fully recognised. In these cases a decision is made via the Learning Agreement, prior the study period.

Read more about studying abroad.

Practical Information

Practical information is found under 'Prospective students'.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Welcome letter

Programme period

2012-September-03 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Programme manager

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 200000 SEK
First payment: 50000 SEK
Read more

Number of seats

5

Learning Outcomes

Profile - General Content

The aim of the program is to have the student prepare for participation in advanced product development or research within mechanical engineering. The aim is that the student after completed degree should master a coordinated working method at analysis for decision support in the product development process, the extensive modules of virtual and physical modelling, simulation and experimental investigation and optimisation.

Coordinated working method at analysis for decision support.
The student is expected to inform herself/himself about current field-relevant research and considerably increase her/his ability to communicate her/his own contributions with scientific facts and relations both orally and in writing by means of modern tools for visualisation and documentation.

The coordinated working method can in short be described according to: Virtual models for description of interesting product properties and behaviours 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 parallelly developed physical models, or with experiences from earlier development, with the aim of validating the virtual models.

The coordination also implies that the virtual models are used to design good physical models and measurement strategies. This process is repeated until sufficient agreement is achieved. Simulation with the virtual model can then be used for optimisation. If the optimisation shows a need for changes that influence the relevance for the current model, the whole procedure is repeated. More detailed descriptions are, when necessary, gradually added to the model during the ongoing development of the analysed product. At the development of a completely new product, several iterations are usually required. When a new variant of a product is developed, earlier experiences can largely be reused.

Learning outcomes

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

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Welcome letter

Programme period

2012-September-03 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Programme manager

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 200000 SEK
First payment: 50000 SEK
Read more

Number of seats

5

Structure

Mode of delivery

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.

NOTE! It is the start term of the course that is stated below. See each course to find out the actual length of the course.
 

Courses autumn semester 2012

Compulsory courses

Computer Aided Design, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The course shall, for the student at an advanced level, give knowledge in how to use a modern tool in construction work and in product development process. Especially aimed at creating surface and solid models and a combination of these.

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Introduction to Strategic Sustainable Development, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The purpose of this course is to learn about and
apply core concepts of Strategic Sustainable Development (SSD) to planning for sustainability.
This includes a theoretical understanding and practical application of a structured planning and decision-making model for solving real-world issues. Students will gain an understanding of the major sustainability challenges facing our society today, and learn the importance of taking a whole-systems perspective when trying to identify problems and plan solutions.

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Differential Equations with Lie Group Analysis, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
During this course students will obtain knowledge of approaches to modelling by differential equations, basic theorems on existence of solutions and methods for analytical solving linear and non-linear ordinary and partial differential equations. Futhermore, students will develop skills in using Lie group analysis for solving nonlinear ordinary and partial differential equations.

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Signal Processing I, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The course aims at giving the students the theoretical fundamentals within modern digital signal processing and also at providing knowledge and insights into applied signal processing problems. The student will be well prepared for both signal processing within the industry and for continued studies in the subject. The course will mainly provide basic knowledge in signal- and system theory with the intention of providing the necessary mathematical tools for digital signal processing.

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Courses spring semester 2013

Compulsory courses

Research Methodology with Emphasis on Engineering Science, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The goal of the course is to give a fundamental introduction to modern approach to science, particularly to nature and engineering sciences. The course gives also an insight on history and philosophy of science and how the scientific methods could be applied in electrical and mechanical engineering. After the course the students should be able to curry on research projects and write a scientific report.

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Structural Analysis, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The course shall provide knowledge and proficiency of fundamental methods and tools for computational and experimental structural analysis to support design decisions in product development.

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Computational Engineering 1, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The students gain knowledge and skills of semi-analytical and numerical calculation methods for extensive engineering analysis in e.g. the product development process. Engineering Tribology, Heat Conduction and Solid Mechanics are the primary fields of application used for introduction of the calculation methods in the course.
The students will develop skills in creating theoretical models, deriving relevant equations and solving equations by appropriate methods. This will give deepened understanding of how existing calculation software works and of their possibilities and limitations. The ability to develop complementary software for special purposes will also be increased. Searching for scientific information and communicating scientific facts and relationships will be thoroughly practiced.

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Sound and Vibration Analysis, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The course aims at giving the students basic knowledge of sound- and vibration measurements. The course also reflects how modern signal analysis is applied for the measuring of sound and vibrations. The student will be well prepared for sound- and vibration measuring within the industry as well as for continued studies in the subject.

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Courses autumn semester 2013

Compulsory courses

Computational Engineering 2, 15 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The students gain knowledge and skills of semi-analytical and numerical calculation methods for extensive engineering analysis in e.g. the product development process. Engineering Tribology, Heat Conduction and Solid Mechanics are the primary fields of application used for introduction of the calculation methods in the course.
The students will develop skills in creating theoretical models, deriving relevant equations and solving equations by appropriate methods. This will give deepened understanding of how existing calculation software works and of their possibilities and limitations. The ability to develop complementary software for special purposes will also be increased. Searching for scientific information and communicating scientific facts and relationships will be thoroughly practiced.

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Experimental Modal Analysis, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The course shall provide knowledge and proficiency of fundamental methods and tools for characterization of mechanical structures, including experimental modal analysis and system simulation.

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Optimisation, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The student obtains knowledge of various mathematical optimization techniques and apply them on structural mechanical problems. A coordinated combination of modeling, simulation and experimental methods help to create an understanding of how the potential for improving a product's functionality can be explored.

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Physical acoustics, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim is to extend previous knowledge in mathematics and mechanics with knowledge about the behavior of acoustic waves and mathematical descriptions of this.

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Elective courses

Fracture Mechanics, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The purpose of this course is for the student to acquire basic skills, to work professionally as an engineer. This means applying fracture mechanics theory and to calculate stress areas and the ''energy release rate'' around crack tips and crack growth due to fatigue.

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Courses spring semester 2014

Compulsory courses

Master´s Thesis (120 credits) in Mechanical Engineering with emphasis on Structural Engineering, 30 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
Master´s Thesis is the culmination of several years of study in a major subject and shall show that the author has matured to a level such that it can provide a scientifically viable contributions to the field.
The course objective is for participants to further develop and demonstrate the knowledge and understanding and the skills needed to work independently and professionally in the main field.
The thesis also seeks to apply theories and methods for sustainable product and service innovation.

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Written Work

The program is completed with a written degree project equivalent to 30 HE credits.

International element

Studies abroad can either be carried out at some of our partner universities or at other appropriate universities.

Read about study abroad

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.

Further Studies

A student with a higher education qualification from the programme can generally apply to further third-cycle studies within the main field of study of Mechanical engineering.

Students from the programme obtain a profile particularly suited for continued third-cycle programmes in line with the research team within structural analysis at BTH.

Programme Advisory Board

The programme has a Programme Council that has the assignment of ensuring the usability of the education on and for the labour market.

The Programme Council consists of students, alumni, external representatives and teachers and representatives of the main field of study.

The Programme Council meets 2 times a year.

Contact for the Programme Council is: Stefan Sjödahl.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Welcome letter

Programme period

2012-September-03 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Programme manager

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 200000 SEK
First payment: 50000 SEK
Read more

Number of seats

5

Examination

Qualification Awarded

The education is a second-cycle programme and leads up to a higher education qualification for second-cycle studies with the description
Degree of Master of Science (Two Years).
Main field of study: Mechanical Engineering.
Specialisation: Structural Mechanics.

Assessment and grading

Assessment and examination vary between different courses in the programme. See information for respective course in the programme.

Programme Evaluations

Alumni

Earlier students have appreciated the education depth within the specialisation which has contributed to exciting work with highly set requirements.

Earlier students work for example as calculation engineers, testing engineers, project managers, and with advanced third-cycle programmes.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Welcome letter

Programme period

2012-September-03 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Programme manager

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 200000 SEK
First payment: 50000 SEK
Read more

Number of seats

5

 

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