Master's 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 fees & scholarships:

Yes, for non-EU citizens.
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Language of Instruction:

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Organising school/s:

School of Engineering

Application period:

2016-12-15 - 2017-01-25

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Application guide


Today's society relies on mechanical engineering for effective and safe solutions everywhere. The field spans the broadest range of activities and technology sectors, including energy, transportation, materials, machinery, and industrial production, but also consumer goods, sports, medical devices, and environmental protection. There is an endless supply of tasks, challenges, and opportunities, where fundamental principles of solid and fluid mechanics, combined with advanced knowledge of materials, design, production methods, and safety issues, enable mechanical engineers to have creative answers. Mechanical engineering applies to everything from the smallest components to large assemblies and systems with complex functionality. As a result, there is persistent demand for mechanical engineering expertise.

Aalto University's Master's Programme in Mechanical Engineering starts from a thorough understanding of the core mechanics subjects, to complement that with cross-disciplinary quality thinking and simultaneous engineering principles together with the use of the most modern computer aided design/engineering (CAD/CAE) and simulation tools. The studies provide a solid engineering basis for working in an international, competitive and highly innovative environment. The programme is a multidisciplinary, flexible and versatile option offering many possibilities for specialisation or for combination with other disciplines. Our teaching is based on problem-based learning, often solving practical real-world problems in cooperation with industry, and the degree opens doors to a multitude of future career paths.

Graduates from the programme can work in a variety of areas including consulting, design, product development, research, and management. They are also welcome to apply to a post-graduate position within Aalto University.

Study programme

The programme starts with a project course tackling a prototypical mechanical engineering problem. Our students develop the "soft skills" that are important in a modern work environment, and construct an individualised professional profile as a mechanical engineer. This profile forms the basis for their further study path. The project course is part of the 30 credits of common studies of the programme. In addition the student should take 30 credits of advanced studies in the field. Although the advanced studies courses are listed in topic groups, this does not mean that students must choose predefined study paths in those topics; students may choose a less conventional mix of courses in accordance with their individual profile. 30 credits of elective studies are also included. They may be chosen within or outside of mechanical engineering. The Master's thesis completes the programme. Please, see more information about the programme courses in the student portal Into.

Degree structure

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Master’s thesis
The master’s thesis (30 cr) is a piece of applied research and its key goal is solving a problem relevant to the field of study based on existing scientific knowledge in compliance with the principles of responsible conduct of research. The master's thesis shall be written on a topic related to the advanced studies of the degree programme, agreed upon between the student and the supervising professor. A suitable topic can, for instance, be a research and development project carried out for a partner outside the university, or it can be connected to an ongoing research project of the department. The master’s thesis takes 6 months (fulltime) and it is an individual project.

Topic groups

Arctic Technology

The demand for engineers with specific Artic competence is rising, as the marine traffic and industrial activities in ice-covered seas are increasing. The Arctic environment, including the Baltic Sea, is very sensitive and imposes strict requirements for safety and sustainability on all operations. Students are provided with deep understanding of different engineering issues related to cold marine environment. These include design of ships for the harsh Arctic environment and understanding of the behaviour of sea ice. The courses deal with winter navigation, ice loads on ships and structures, design of structures, hydrodynamics, ice mechanics, and applied mechanics in general.

Aalto University is one of the leading institutions in research related to Arctic Technology. The students will be able to participate in model scale experiments in a unique test facility, Aalto Ice Tank, and will get to know the state-of-the-art analytical and numerical methods used. Students can select, for example, the arctic marine technology study path, or arctic offshore and ice engineering. Graduates of Arctic Technology typically find work in consulting and design companies, classification societies, governmental bodies, shipyards, or in research institutes and universities.

Engineering Materials

Materials are "the stuff that stuff is made of". Advances in the science and technology of the materials we can use are key enablers of technological progress. Mechanical engineers specialised in the materials science of the most important engineering materials keep these advances coming, and understand which advances to focus on from users' as well as producers' perspective.

This specialisation can be complemented for example with application-specific courses for a particular industry, or with design and modelling skills, or with materials-related courses from other programmes and schools.

Graduates with an Engineering Materials focus are employed at large and small companies, start-ups, research institutes and universities, and government agencies, for example, in roles like product development, research, analysis, and management.


Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field integrating mechanical, electrical, telecommunications, control and computer engineering. By choosing the advanced studies of this topic group and the recommended courses for elective studies the student develops a strong conceptual and theoretic background, and also practical expertise on the different technology areas of the subject: machine design, electronics, fluid power, automation, control engineering, programming, modelling and simulation.

The student learns to solve multidisciplinary problems creatively with different methods; to critically evaluate the adaptability of alternative technologies; to analyse system characteristics, operation and quality with measurements and simulations; and to design and build energy efficient and requirements satisfying mechatronic systems, apparatuses and machines.

Typical career options for graduates are working as an expert, e.g., as system designer, product developer or research engineer in the service of a component manufacturer, an engineering office or a research institute. With accumulated work experience, graduates typically moves over to more challenging duties of design, research, teaching or management in the service of industry or academia.

Product Development

A good product developer has expertise and competence on at least one specific area e.g. machine design, engineering materials, manufacturing, structural engineering, electronics, mechatronics, industrial design, or business development. Product development courses focus on three main areas. First, the theoretical foundation on methods and tools of product development. Second, more practical approaches for communicating, prototyping, and testing of ideas and solutions. Third, the capstone course takes students through a complete experience from an idea to prototype process in partnership with an industrial partner and a real-world challenge.

Product development courses are planned for students who adapt well to team settings. They are recommended for students who are interested in development projects of investment and consumer goods, and how they are planned, executed and closed. Managerial and leadership issues, as well as working in an interdisciplinary team, are components of the capstone course.

Students who are interested in product development typically find themselves in a position of a team leader soon after their graduation. Further career paths may lead to development manager positions, technical expert roles, or product manager positions with more business responsibilities.

Production Engineering

A production engineer has a wide set of skills for managing production in a factory. The production engineering focus at Aalto University's Master's Programme in Mechanical Engineering is on manufacturing in the metal industry.

The courses in the production engineering topic group cover the following general subjects: manufacturing and machine tool technology, additive manufacturing, quality management and metrology, production systems, modelling and optimisation in production technology. Studying production engineering is often practical involving hands-on laboratory exercises, projects and individual assignments. Close cooperation with the industry is common.

The focus areas of research include modelling and optimisation of production systems, material removal processes and additive manufacturing technology. Students may also use the shared research facility ADD, Aalto University Digital Design Laboratory, which provides 3D printing, laser cutting and robotics services to the university.

Solid Mechanics

Experts in Solid Mechanics are needed in the design of structures and machinery to ensure their safety and efficiency. The studies lead to deep understanding of the theoretical and numerical aspects of applied mechanics. An expert in this field understands the fundamental theories related to the behaviour of structures and materials under loads, but is also able to apply these theories, together with numerical tools, to effectively and reliably solve practical hands-on tasks. The knowledge of materials science, machine design, product development, and production engineering may also be useful. Different career paths include project engineer, continuum mechanics specialist and computational mechanics specialist.

The courses in Solid Mechanics provide students with the capability to perform structural design and research related to mechanics of structures. Graduates will find work in companies designing and manufacturing products or structures, in consulting and design companies, or in governmental bodies. Also research institutes and universities are typical working environments. Recent graduates in solid mechanics from Aalto University have specialised for example in elevators, vehicles, marine propellors, and steel structures in civil engineering.

Marine Technology

The courses in the Marine Technology topic group give an in-depth understanding of maritime engineering. Teaching provides principles for ship construction and design, including hydrodynamics, loads, structural analyses, stability, risk of marine traffic and winter navigation. Theory supported by experimental work, and computer simulations are used to convey concepts. Paths offered by the topic group include: naval architecture, arctic marine technology, ship project engineer, structural expert and hydrodynamic expert.

The selected path can be modified and focused based on student interest by specialisation courses from other topic groups or other Master's degree programmes. For instance, the cross-disciplinary Cruise & Ferry minor extends the engineering studies to design and business.

The students are provided with the capability to perform design and research in the marine industry. The majority of graduates work in design and research positions in shipyards, in research institutes, in design offices, in shipping companies, or in regulatory institutions.

Student selection

The selection process is competitive and paper-based. Applications that pass the eligibility check (administrative evaluation) of Aalto University Admissions Services proceed to the School's programme specific academic evaluation. The applicants are expected to have a high quality Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or a related discipline.

The following academic evaluation criteria applies:

•    Degree and institution of higher education
•    Relevancy of studies
•    Academic performance
•    Motivation Motivation_letter_2017-pdf

Academic evaluation is split into two phases:

  • In the first phase, the applicant’s degree that is used as grounds for the application and the related institution of higher education are evaluated. The applicant’s academic performance is evaluated, while any of the applicant’s other education that is attached to the application may also be evaluated. Criteria used to evaluate academic performance may include the time taken to complete the degree as well as the date of the degree’s completion.
  • In the second phase, the acceptable applicants are ranked. A number of eligible applicants no greater than the allotted quota are admitted based on the academic evaluation. The most important criteria are the applicability of previous studies and academic performance in studies relevant to the study option. The aim is to admit only those applicants who have the required competence to begin studies without any supplementary studies.

Contact information

For enquiries regarding the application process, please contact: admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi

For enquiries regarding the content of programme and studies, please contact: masters-eng [at] aalto [dot] fi

Programme Director: Professor Sven Bossuyt


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