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Graduate courses

Departments' graduate courses for PhD-students.

  Study programme, year:  1 2

Study programme syllabus for
MPAME - APPLIED MECHANICS, MSC PROGR Academic year: 2014/2015
The Study programme syllabus is adopted 2014-02-19 by Dean of Education

Entry requirements:

General entry requirements:

Basic eligibility for advanced level


Specific entry requirements:


English proficiency:

An applicant to a programme or course with English as language of instruction must prove a sufficient level of English language proficiency. The requirement is the Swedish upper secondary school English course 6 or B, or equivalent. For information on other ways of fulfilling the English language requirement please visit Chalmers web site.


Undergraduate profile:

Major in: Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Engineering Mathematics or Chemical Engineering with Engineering Physics.



Mechanics, Strength of materials/Solid mechanics, Fluid mechanics, Finite element method/Numerical solution of partial differential equations, Mathematics (including Multivariable analysis, Linear algebra, Numerical analysis/Numerical methods and Mathematical statistics/Probability theory), Programming, Thermodynamics and Engineering materials.
Preferable course experience:
Automatic control/Control theory

General organization:


The main goal of the programme is to prepare students for a professional career in any area of engineering and development that requires an advanced knowledge of modelling, computational and experimental issues in applied mechanics. Although the focus is on mechanical engineering problems, the programme is sufficiently general to give a good platform also for jobs within other engineering disciplines. Indeed, professionals with a modern education in applied mechanics play an important role in many industrial and engineering activities. To prepare for this, the students will learn how to analyse and solve engineering problems using the most appropriate methods at hand within a wide range of applications, but also to understand and value the pros and cons of different methods of analysis.


Learning outcome:

By the end of this programme the students should have acquired:
Knowledge and understanding
  • to formulate foundations and limitations  in mathematical and computational modelling and experimental techniques applied to solid mechanics, structural dynamics and fluid dynamics
  • to use advanced topics regarding mathematical modelling as well as computational and experimental techniques  relevant for the specialized profile tracks (see Specific learning outcomes)
  • to be able to assimilate future developments in the field of Applied Mechanics
Skills and abilities
  • to systematically formulate applied mechanics problems as mathematical models and to assess the accuracy and reliability of such models via model validation
  • to analyse and solve advanced mechanical engineering problems using the most appropriate methods at hand considering their strengths and weaknesses and assess the accuracy and reliability by model verification
  • to be able to contribute to new knowledge in the chosen field of Applied Mechanics on the basis of acquired skills and tools

Judgements and attitudes
  • to show insight and ability to work in teams and collaborate in groups with different compositions
  • to be able to give written and oral presentations of their conclusions and knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • to have, as an engineer, an approach to work towards a sustainable society
Specific detailed learning outcomes for each profile track also exist


Extent: 120.0 c



The master's thesis work (30 credits) should deal with a clearly defined topic within a restricted areas of what has been previously studied at courses within the Master programme. It can be carried out at Chalmers, in industry, in research institute or at other universities. Although, the examiner has always to be a teacher from Chalmers. To start the thesis work the student must have passed 45 credits of courses from the programme. Students pursuing the five-year Master of Science in Engineering training must have passed at least 225 credits before beginning work on a thesis.

There is a possibility to carry out an extended master's thesis project (60 credits) with a clear research orientation. There will only be a limited number of such theses available (applied for in competition with your fellow students), and the requirements of the students are higher than for a normal thesis. A goal of a 60 credit thesis is to produce research results good enough to be presented at international conferences or journals. For further information please refer to the course syllabus or contact the master program coordinator.

More information about rules for master's thesis workcan be found at the Chalmers website


Courses valid the academic year 2014/2015:

See study programme



In the fully elective part, the courses Engineering Design and Optimisation (PPU190) and Advanced Computer Aided engineering (PPU080) can be recommended

 Degree requirements:
  Degree of master of science (120 credits):
Passed courses comprising 120 credits
Passed advanced level courses (including degree project) comprising at least 90 credits
Degree project 30 credits
Advanced level courses passed at Chalmers comprising at least 45 credits
Courses (including degree project) within a major main subject 60 credits
Fulfilled course requirements according to the study programme
The prior award of a Bachelors degree, Bachelors degree in fine arts, professional or vocational qualification of at least 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad.

See also the system of qualifications

Title of degree:

The degree designation is Master of Science (120 credits) (Teknologie masterexamen). The name of the Master's programme and the major subject are stated in the degree diploma. Specializations and tracks are not stated in the degree diploma.


Major subject:

Mechanical Engineering

Other information:

Three core courses (22.5 credits) are mandatory for all students in the programme. The aim of these courses is to give the foundations in modelling and computations that bridge the traditional "gap" between solid and fluid mechanics oriented specializations. Then, the students have the possibility to choose between a wide range of courses that will bring them closer to specific engineering applications or closer to the scientific forefront within the three profile tracks: Computational solid mechanics, Structural dynamics and Fluid dynamics. For the second and third quarters of year 1, the students shall choose at least three courses out of six offered (22.5 credits) in the first group of elective Applied Mechanics courses. For the fourth quarter of year 1 and the first semester of year 2, the students shall choose two courses  (15 credits) from a second group of elective Applied Mechanics course.

A main idea of the programme is to integrate modelling (formulation of mathematical model based on fundamental laws and experimental knowledge), algorithmic formulation, numerical implementation (own implementations in e.g. Matlab) and analyses of simulation results (obtained from own code and/or commercial software). Additionally, numerical simulation tools are often used in the courses to increase the understanding of the model itself and what it predicts for various industrial applications.

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