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

Organising department/s:

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Application period:

2017-12-15 - 2018-01-24

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The Master's Programme in Mechanical Engineering empowers students to follow their interests in the field and become experts with versatile skillsets.

Today's society relies on mechanical engineering for effective and safe solutions everywhere. The field covers a wide range of activities and technology sectors, from energy and transportation to medical devices and environmental protection. There is no shortage of tasks, challenges, and opportunities where mechanical engineers create innovative solutions. Mechanical engineering applies to everything from the smallest components to the largest assemblies, resulting in a persistent demand for mechanical engineering expertise.

"In the future, mechanical engineers are needed because of their understanding of the processes of automation and machinery"

Marianne Berg, student

Study programme

Aalto University's Master's Programme in Mechanical Engineering builds upon a thorough understanding of core mechanics subjects, which is complemented through advanced studies. Studies provide a solid engineering basis for working in an international, competitive and highly innovative environment.

The programme is flexible and versatile, offering many possibilities for specialisation or multidisciplinary combination as well as support in plotting your personal study path. Our teaching is based on problem-based learning, often solving practical real-world cases in co-operation with industry. The finished degree opens doors to a multitude of career paths in consulting, design, product development, research and management, or to a postgraduate position within Aalto University.


Specialisation in the programme is offered through advanced studies courses, which are organised into topic groups. You may follow pre-defined study paths within those topics or pick a less conventional mix of courses in accordance with your individual profile. To help you plan your studies, we offer a comprehensive system of academic support.

Arctic Technology

The demand for engineers with specific Arctic competence is rising as marine traffic and industrial activities in ice-covered seas increase. The Arctic environment, including the Baltic Sea, is very fragile and it imposes strict requirements for the safety and sustainability of all operations. You will gain a deep understanding of different engineering issues related to cold marine environments, including the design of ships for the harsh Arctic environment and the behaviour of sea ice. 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 studies will give you the opportunity to participate in model-scale experiments in a unique test facility, Aalto Ice Tank, and learn the state-of-the-art in analytical and numerical methods. For example, you might choose 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 science of our most important engineering materials keep these advances coming and understand which advances to focus on from a user's as well as a producer's perspective.

You can complement this specialisation with, for example, 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 typically find work in large and small companies, start-ups, research institutes, universities and government agencies in roles like product development, research, analysis, and management.


Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field that integrates mechanical, electrical, telecommunications, control and computer engineering. By choosing the advanced studies of this topic group and the recommended courses for elective studies, you will develop a strong conceptual and theoretical background as well as practical expertise in the different technology areas of the subject: machine design, electronics, fluid power, automation, control engineering, programming, modelling and simulation.

Your studies will involve solving multidisciplinary problems creatively through various methods; critically evaluating the adaptability of alternative technologies; analysing system characteristics, operation and quality with measurements and simulations; and designing and building energy-efficient and requirements-compliant mechatronic systems, apparatuses and machines.

Following graduation, your typical career options include 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 move over to more challenging design, research, teaching or management duties in the service of industry or academia.

Product Development

A good product developer has expertise and competence in at least one additional field, such as 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 in the methods and tools of product development. Second, more practical approaches for communicating, prototyping, and testing ideas and solutions. Third, the capstone course takes you through a complete experience, from an idea to a prototype, in partnership with an industrial partner and based on a real-world challenge.

Product development courses are aimed at those who adapt well to team settings and who are interested in the processes of developing investment and consumer goods from planning to completion. Matters of management and leadership, as well as working in an interdisciplinary team, are components of the capstone course.

If you are interested in product development, you will typically find yourself in a position of team leader soon after 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 at factories. The Production Engineering topic group focuses primarily on manufacturing in the metal industry.

Courses in the 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 co-operation with the industry is common.

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

Solid Mechanics

Experts in the field of solid mechanics are needed in the design of structures and machinery to ensure their safety and efficiency. The studies provide a comprehensive framework of the theoretical and numerical aspects of applied mechanics. As a future expert in this field, you will not only learn the fundamental theories related to the behaviour of structures and materials under loads, but you are also able to apply these theories – together with numerical tools – to effectively and reliably solve practical hands-on tasks. Complementary studies in materials science, machine design, product development, and production engineering may also prove useful.

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

Marine Technology

Courses in the Marine Technology topic group give you 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. Experimental work complements theory studies and computer simulations are used to convey concepts.

You can modify and focus your studies based on your interests through specialisation courses from other topic groups or other master's programmes. For instance, the cross-disciplinary Cruise & Ferry Experience minor connects engineering studies with design and business.

Marine Technology studies provide you with the capabilities required to perform design and research work in the marine industry. The majority of graduates work in design and research positions at shipyards, research institutes, design offices, shipping companies and regulatory institutions.


"I think it's a really exciting time to be in this programme or in this field"

Justin Champion, Foreship Ltd., alumnus

Degree structure




The programme begins with a project course in which you tackle a prototypical mechanical engineering problem. Over the course's duration you will work and learn as a team and construct your individualised professional profile as a mechanical engineer. This profile forms the basis for your study path going forward. The project course is part of the 30 credits of common studies in the programme.

In addition, you choose 30 credits of advanced studies in the field to build your own area of expertise. 30 credits of elective studies are also included, to be chosen from within or beyond mechanical engineering. The master's thesis completes the programme.

  • For more information about the programme's course offering, visit Aalto University's student portal Into.

Master's thesis

The master's thesis (30 credits) is a piece of applied research conducted independently by the student. Its key goal is to solve a problem relevant to the field of study, based on existing scientific knowledge and in compliance with the principles of responsible conduct of research. Master's theses are written on topics related to the advanced studies of the programme, agreed upon between the student and the supervising professor. A master's thesis may be, for example, a research and development project carried out for an industrial partner outside the university, or it can be connected with an ongoing research project of the department. Completing a master's thesis usually takes six months of full-time work.

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 following are used as criteria for academic evaluation:

  • University or Higher Education Institution
  • Degree and relevance of studies
  • Academic study performance
  • Motivation and commitment to the programme (Motivation letter)

Applicants are expected to hold a high-quality bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or a related discipline.

"Studying at Aalto University prepared me really well for my career today"

Justin Champion, Foreship Ltd., alumnus

Contact information

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

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

Programme director: Professor Sven Bossuyt

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