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Master's Programme in Mechanical Engineering

In Mechanical Engineering Master’s Programme you can become an expert in Arctic Technology, Engineering Materials, Marine Technology, Mechatronics, Product Development, Production Engineering and Solid Mechanics, or create your own combination. We empower students follow their interests in the field of mechanical engineering as their professional skills are needed for creating more effective and safe solutions for the society.
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Master of Science (Technology)

Application period:

1.12.2021 – 3.1.2022

Language of instruction:



2 years, full-time


Relevant Bachelor's degree

Field of study:

Technology and Engineering


120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Engineering

Tuition fees:

For non-EU/EEA citizens, €15000/y (Master’s studies)

The application period has closed

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Aalto University Mechatronic Circus

The information concerning the Master programme in Mechanical Engineering the application round 2021-2022 will be updated by 1 October 2021.  

Study objectives 

Today's society relies on mechanical engineering for effective, sustainable 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. 

Through high quality teaching the programme combines hands-on study methods with theory, in order to educate graduates with a variety of skills that correspond to the challenges of future society. As an Aalto University Mechanical Engineering graduate, you will have:  

  • Own specialization in the field. We have teaching in seven different topic groups: Arctic Technology, Engineering Materials, Marine Technology, Mechatronics, Product Development, Production Engineering and Solid Mechanics, which allows you to specialize in one of these fields or to create your combination of skills from different topic groups. The programme is flexible and versatile, offering many possibilities for specialization or multidisciplinary combination as well as support in plotting your personal study path. 

  • Relevant technical, mathematical, computational and analytical knowledge and skills. When completing the programme, you will understand the principles and methods of mechanics in engineering, and their practical applications. You will know how to solve engineering problems in your chosen area of specialization, and you can correctly apply a combination of creativity, systematic analysis, computational tools, and critical judgement to such tasks. 

  • Good interpersonal skills. As a student in an international environment, you will learn to justify your choices and methods, communicate clearly and collaborate effectively. 

  • Understanding of the societal context. By solving practical real-world cases with the relevant industries, you will also learn the broader societal impact of the field. You will learn to apply mechanical engineering for effective, sustainable and safe solutions, which benefit society in different levels, which our specialization fields reflect.   

  • Experience from industry. We have close ties to industry, which allows our students to learn in co-operation and to work with the relevant companies and public institutions already during their studies.   

Content of the studies 

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. Our teaching is based on problem-based learning, often solving practical real-world cases in co-operation with industry.  


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 
  • Engineering Materials 
  • Marine Technology 
  • Mechatronics 
  • Product Development 
  • Production Engineering 
  • Solid Mechanics 

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 individualized 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

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.

Career opportunities 

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 or elsewhere. Graduates of Mechanical Engineering Master’s programme can work as:  

  • Systems engineers  ​understanding and designing complex systems of different scales, from atomic to global. ​ 

  • Entrepreneurial engineers  ​creating innovative design necessary to develop products, processes and services that are competitive in a global economy.​ 

  • Engineering scientists  ​conducting basic research, which is necessary to address compelling global challenges such as energy sustainability. ​ 

  • Engineering managers​ leading global projects and businesses.  

These are just some examples, as the number of career paths available for graduates are nearly endless. Our students work closely with industry already during their studies, which enables them to start their careers before graduation.

Get to know our alumni

Portrait of Waqas Ahmad

"Ice is a very complicated material to work on. We are trying to study the causes of ice fracture and its effect on the design of marine offshore structures in the arctic region. For this, we are employing computer vision along with conventional fracture mechanics."

Waqas Ahmad, Doctoral student at Aalto University

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Portrait of Eetu Kivelä

"To me, ships were and still are the ultimate engineering product in a sense that they combine the full range of engineering disciplines that together form a highly complex floating city."

Eetu Kivelä, Project Manager at Foreship Ltd. 

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Portrait of Mikko Koskinen

"I felt a little bit out of place during the first years and basic courses, but things got interesting after discovering the product development opportunity: I wanted to design things based on deep insight on human mind and behavior."

Mikko Koskinen, Co-founder at Kyrö Distillery

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Portrait of alumna Aino Mäntyranta

"Originally, I wanted to specialize in mechatronics, but materials stole my heart during my undergraduate degree. I decided to write my bachelor’s thesis in materials science and haven’t looked back since!"

Aino Mäntyranta, Doctoral student at Aalto University

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Lien Tran at her graduation ceremony

"I acquired a bachelor’s degree in plastics technology, and I wanted to broaden my analysis and design skills and to gain a deeper understanding of materials and structures. With that goal in mind, I applied to a master’s programme in Mechanical Engineering at Aalto, where I chose to major in Solid Mechanics."

Lien Tran, Concept Designer at Deltamarin 

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Post-graduate opportunities 

Master’s programme in Mechanical Engineering is considered a great foundation for doctoral studies and post-doc positions.


The study environment in the Master's Programme in Mechanical Engineering is strongly international and studies are conducted in multicultural groups. Students are actively encouraged to spend a semester abroad, studying at one of the top-tier international partner universities of Aalto University.

Furthermore, a student of Aalto University has many other opportunities to make their studies more international, such as:

  • by studying on a summer course or a school abroad
  • by completing an internship abroad
  • by studying new languages and intercultural communication
  • by acting as a international tutor (kv-ISO) for exchange students at Aalto University and by taking part in the AYY Student Guilds' international activities
  • by doing their thesis at a university abroad
  • by completing courses from the Unite! -alliance universities via virtual exchange (Unite! - Opinnot - Into (


Research focus

Our Mechanical Engineering M.Sc. programme brings together teaching mainly from five research groups in the Department of Mechanical Engineering: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Marine Technology, Mechatronics, Product Development, and Solid Mechanics. Broadly, we all work on the design, production, and operation of sustainable systems, mostly involving one or more of the 4 M’s of Mechanics, Materials, Marine, and Manufacturing. We typically make use of digitalization for innovation, optimization, and control; for example at Aalto Industrial Internet Campus for Mechatronics or ADDlab for additive manufacturing. Design Factory and Aalto Ice Tank are world-class facilities for research in product development and in ice mechanics or marine technology, respectively. More information can be found on our website at


Co-operation with other parties

In teaching as well as in research, we often collaborate with industry and other research institutes for our projects. The majority of master’s theses in our programme are carried out in industry, and annual events to showcase the outcomes of student projects, such as the Mechatronics Circus, the Product Development Gala, and the Marine Technology Gala are well attended by people from industry and academia alike. Within our programme, students collaborate in project courses and case studies, and often choose to develop a multidisciplinary professional profile by taking minors or elective studies in other fields.

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Admission requirements

Aalto University's student selection process is competitive and paper-based. Applications that pass the eligibility check (administrative evaluation) conducted by Aalto University Admissions Services proceed to the school's programme-specific academic evaluation.

The following are used as criteria for academic evaluation 2022:

Academic performance
What is evaluated: Grades of the previous degree
Admission requirements: Grades need be to mainly good or excellent
Evaluated documents: Transcript(s) of records
Criticality: Critical

Relevance of previous studies
What is evaluated: Content and quantity in relation to the applied study-option-specific requirements
What we look for in an applicant: Previous studies should prepare for very good or excellent study performance in the study option. This requires a thorough understanding of statics and dynamics, basics of solid mechanics, and materials, complemented for example with some combination of continuum mechanics, fluid dynamics, machine design and production engineering.
Evaluated documents: Transcript(s) of records, degree certificate(s)
Criticality: Critical

Recognition and quality of institution
What is evaluated: Recognition and quality of the applicant's previous institution
Admission requirements: Recognized for high quality of education and research
Method of demonstrating competence: International and national rankings of higher education institutions
Criticality: Not critical

What is evaluated:Applicant’s fit to the study option, motivation, and commitment for studies
What we look for in an applicant: Motivaton should be clearly in connection with the study option
Evaluated documents: Motivation letter
Criticality: Critical

Other areas of competence
What is evaluated?  Practical experience and other acquired knowledge/achievements: e.g., publications, formal and non-formal education, competitions
What we look for in an applicant: Context situating the motivation in connection with the study option
Evaluated documents:  Curriculum vitae and (if applicable) supporting documents
Criticality: Not critical

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

Study-option-specific documents requested

The documents requested from all applicants are listed here ( In addition, applicants to the Mechanical engineering programme are requested to provide the following study-option-specific documents:

  • A motivation letter, with reflections on what you hope to learn from the topics you can study in this programme and on the connection between your interests, relevant prior experience, career goals, and intended studies
  • A curriculum vitae and (if applicable) supporting documents clearly showing the timing of post-secondary education and any prior experience relevant to the motivation for applying to this programme. Supporting documents for such prior experience are also required, if applicable.

The lack of these application document will adversely affect the evaluation of your application. Study-option-specific documents must be uploaded for each study option separately. If you use for example the same CV, you  have to upload it twice.

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Contact information

For enquiries regarding the application process: [email protected] 

For enquiries regarding the content of the programme and studies: Katri Koistinen

Programme director: Sven Bossuyt 

Professori (Associate professor) 

[email protected] 



Sven Bossuyt

Professori (Associate professor)

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