Master´s Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering


Master of Science (Technology).
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120 ECTS

Field of Study:

Technology and Engineering


2 years, full-time


An appropriate Bachelor´s degree or an equivalent qualification.

Tuition fee:


Language of Instruction:

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Organising school/s:

School of Engineering

Application period:

2014-12-15 - 2015-01-30

Publication of Results:


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Mechanical Engineering Flyer 2015

During this two-year programme (120 credits), students will receive technological education of the highest international standard and earn a M.Sc. degree. Close contact with leading Finnish companies will ensure that students also get a chance to put their expertise and knowledge to use and solve real-life industrial cases.

Students can select from a wide array of courses and study modules employing a variety of teaching methods. In addition to lectures, teaching takes the form of  seminars, practical exercises and projects done individually and in groups. Assessment methods include examinations, exercises and project reports.

Study programme

Students choose three out of five 20-credit modules to form the basis of their studies:

Product Development: Students will learn about product development processes and project working practices in order to apply the expertise acquired on more technically oriented courses; emphasis is put on team work and integrated, interdisciplinary product development.

Mechanics of Materials: This module aims to teach and apply methods for advanced component and structure dimensioning, analysis and testing. It includes courses on the finite element method, fatigue and fracture assessment and material modelling.

Digital Design and Manufacturing: This module focuses on computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided engineering (CAE) and digital manufacturing, including welding and casting. The aim is to learn to apply digital design methods and tools to integrated design-manufacturing and the product life management (PLM) process .

Mechatronics: In this module, students learn the working principles of mechatronics components and systems. Project and team work approaches are used to help students learn and apply the principles of a machine design process in the design of mechatronic systems.

Innovative Structural Design: This module includes courses on the design and assessment of composite, lightweight and large complex structures. Emphasis is put on structural reliability and optimisation, particularly in ship structures and aircraft engineering.

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Structure of studies


 During this new two-year programme (120 credits), students will receive multi-disciplinary education of the highest international standard, leading to a MSc degree. Close contact with leading Finnish companies will ensure that advanced skills and knowledge can be applied to relevant industrial problems. Master Programme in Mechanical Engineering 2014.pdf

 Students are able to select from a wide array of courses and study modules. In addition to lectures, teaching utilises seminars, practical exercises and individual as well as group projects. Assessment is made by examinations, exercises and project reports.

 Students will choose three of the following five modules (20 credits each) to form the basis of their studies:

Programme-specific requirements

The applicants for master's programmes should fill in an application form on the Aalto University online application system ( The application form is available only during the application period. Before filling in the online application form or submitting any documents, please read the admission requirements and instructions carefully.

Applicants use the online application system to follow the status of their application and see the arrival of their documents. The online system is used throughout the whole application process. Also the final admission results will be published via the online application system. Aalto University does not charge application fees.

Please, see information about the application documents and the delivery at:

In addition to the compulsory application documents, the candidates are asked to provide a true attested copy of the Finnish matriculation examination certificate in case the matriculation examination has been taken in a Finnish upper secondary school or vocational school.

Evaluation criteria

In the academic evaluation candidates’ academic qualifications are assessed. Admission to the programme is granted on a competitive basis, and the candidates are assessed on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the previous university degree
  • Study success in the BSc programme (GPA)
  • Relevance of the previous degree studies
  • Motivation and commitment to the programme How to write motivation letter:motivationletter2015.pdf
  • Other relevant merits

The suitability of previous academic studies with relation to the programme applied is evaluated. The aim is to select students whose academic background is suitable for starting the Master’s Programme in Mechanical Engineering with minimum amount of supplementary studies.

The main prerequisite for the Master’s Programme in Mechanical Engineering is a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering or closely related discipline, e.g., Technical Mechanics, Production Engineering, etc.
The academic study performance is evaluated based on the candidates’ GPA in the degree based on which the candidate is applying.

Additonally, English language aptitude and motivation to the programme is evaluated.

Required application documents

Application documents

  1. Official Bachelor's degree certificate (the studies must be completed by 31 July 2015), or a certificate for equivalent studies
  2. Authorised translation of the degree (if applicable)
  3. Official transcript of university records listing your completed university studies
  4. Authorised translation of the transcript (if applicable)
  5. Curriculum vitae
  6. A copy of your passport or ID-card
  7. Language test scores.For detailed information about the language requirements, please see Language Requirements.
  8. motivation_letter_2015.pdf(included in the application form)

Further information on the general application documents can be found at  All enquiries regarding admission, admission documents and language tests should be sent to admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi.

Complementary studies

The university may require an admitted student to pursue supplementary studies (max. 60 credits) to gain the knowledge and skills required for the master’s programme studies. The supplementary studies provide the student with the prerequisite knowledge for the master’s programme and are not counted towards the degree of Master of Science (Technology). The contents of the supplementary studies are defined for each student no later than at the start of his/her studies.

Tuition fees and scholarships

For the intake of 2015 no tution fees and no scholarships.

Contact information


Academic contact: 

Professor Pedro Vilaca, e-mail: pedro.vilaca [at] aalto [dot] fi

Administrative contact:

Planning officer Börje Helenius, e-mail: borje.helenius [at] aalto [dot] fi

Send all enquiries regarding admission to Mechanical Engineering program, admission documents, and language tests to admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi.

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