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  Study programme, year:  1 2 3

Study programme syllabus for
TKMAS - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING Academic year: 2019/2020
The Study programme syllabus is adopted 2019-02-21 by Dean of Education and is valid for students starting the programme the academic year 2019/2020

Entry requirements:

General entry requirements:

Basic eligibility


Specific entry requirements:

gy11; Matematik 4, Fysik 2, Kemi 1
Slutbetyg; Fysik B, Kemi A, Matematik E

General organization:


The MSc programme in Mechanical Engineering aims to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to be able to lead and participate in the development and design of industrial products, processes and systems for sustainable development. Furthermore, the education prepares for work in other parts of society where analysis and management of complex problems are important. The students are given good opportunities for the development of personal qualities and attitudes that contribute to professional integrity and a successful professional life. The program's vision is to educate engineers who are well prepared to create and develop products and systems that improve the safety and quality of life of a globally growing population. This will be achieved through the use of minimal resources to ensure that the opportunities for future generations to continue to develop their quality of life and safety are not limited.

The education includes opportunities for the students to gain entrepreneurial experience by creating value* for an external stakeholder, gaining an understanding of an idea development process and through this training on managing uncertainty and reflecting on their own and others' abilities.

* Value can be economical but also ecologically, socially, mentally, psychologically etc.


Learning outcome:

1.Be able to put into practice (apply) mathematics and fundamental science within applied mechanics and have an insight into basic principles of classical physics with focus on
1.1. being able to solve linear and nonlinear systems of algebraic equations by numerical methods,
1.2. being able to solve ordinary differential equations of the following types; separable, inhomogeneous with constant coefficients and Euler's,
1.3. being able to solve by numerical methods linear and nonlinear ordinary differential equations inclusive reformulating to a first order system,
1.4. being able to solve the eigenvalue problem for continuous and discretized systems,
1.5. being able to use the Finite element method to solve partial differential equations,
1.6. showing deep insight in the fundamentals of probability theory and statistics and being able to plan experiments with respect to statistical variations,
1.7. explaining and applying thermodynamic principles when it comes to transformations between different forms of energy within a system,
1.8. being able to estimate the life length of products and structures due to stochastic excitations.
1.9. being able to apply Newton's laws in order to determine the forces and motions in material systems,
1.10. having basic knowledge of the structure of solid materials and be able to explain how this affects the material's properties and
1.11. based on given models and mathematical formulas, being able to program solutions, including graphic presentations of engineering problems in Matlab or/and Python.
2. Understand and be able to apply the fundamental mechanical engineering subject areas of materials science and technology, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, machine elements, mechatronics and automatic control engineering in order to be able to solve technically relevant problems, etc. This includes
2.1. being able to determine the loads and stresses on entire designs or parts of designs,
2.2. being able to determine dimensions for fractures, plasticity, stability, endurance/fatigue and vibrations when applied to ordinary load-carrying elements and joints such as rods, axles, beams, plates, joints, bolted joints, shrinkage fit assemblies, welding, straight-glued joints, and layers and
2.3. being able to analyse, simulate, specify and choose ordinary assemblies, joints, transmissions, brakes and layers in mechanical designs.
2.4. being able to explain and simulate the movement and forces of fluids through pipes, heat-exchangers and gas turbines as well as its movement around geometrically simple bodies.
2.5. Being able to explain the most common versions of actuators and sensors and apply them in the constriction of mechanical products, both physically and virtually.
2.6. Being able to observe, analyse, simulate and control linear dynamic systems.
2.7. Being able to model, simulate and dimension automatically controlled systems in mechanical products, both physically and virtually.
3. Be able to lead and participate in the development of new products, processes and systems using a holistic approach for the entire process: from stating requirements and formulating the concept, to design, manufacturing, operations and phase-out/shut-down. This is done by following a systematic development process that is adapted for the current situation. This requires for instance:
3.1. an understanding of and ability to apply the fundamental mechanical engineering subjects for product development, industrial engineering and machining practice,
3.2. being able to generate suggestions for new products and production systems,
3.3. being able  to create CAD models (solid models and assemblies) and generate documentation and drawings (blue-prints) for manufacturing,
3.4. being able to describe and illustrate methods and tools for computer-aided product development,
3.5. familiarity with and an ability to use the most common economic concepts and models in order to be able to analyze a company's financial situation and be able to assess the financial consequences of various decisions,
3.6. being able to select materials with an understanding of how such choices will affect the manufacturing process, product behaviour and environmental impact during the life of the product,
3.7. being able to compare and evaluate different product suggestions based on function, environmental impact, production and finances,
3.8. being able to analyse, design and select production systems and machining processes with consideration to efficiency, work motivation, safety and work environment,
3.9. being able to describe the various intellectual properties and
3.1.0 being able to describe critical times and measures to ensure the relevant intellectual property rights  protection. 
4. Be able to independently and creatively identify and formulate problems in the mechanical engineering field including  to plan and carry out advanced tasks within given time frames and thereby contribute to the development of knowledge and to evaluate this work. This requires
4.1.  Be able to formulate theoretical models and set up equations to describe the models. Solve equations in order to simulate reality and assess the reasonableness of the choice of model along and the solution's level of accuracy.
4.2. Be able to analyse, solve and simulate advanced mechanical engineering problems by up-to date industrial computer-based tools and from these, selecting the most appropriate ones.
4.3. Be able to plan and conduct experiments in applied mechanics, materials science and technology, automatic control engineering, energy technology and environmental technology.   Be able to evaluate results, make conclusions and compare these to observations and simulations.
4.4. Be able to benefit from information available in technical and scientific literature and follow/make use of new developments in knowledge within the area of mechanical engineering.
5. Be able to communicate in English and Swedish (written and spoken)  in dialogue with different groups and clearly present and discuss conclusions and the knowledge and arguments behind  the conclusions and to  present results with graphs, images and simulations.
6. Be able to work in and lead a multidisciplinary project group, where it is necessary to formulate and solve open problems.
7. Be able to use industrial project management methods to independently and in groups conduct industrial product development projects.
8. Be able to describe the most common professional roles of Mechanical engineers with an understanding of the multifaceted roles that  engineers in mechanical engineering holds.
9. Be able to explain the requirements for knowledge, skills and attitudes of a general nature (eg teamwork, communication, labor standards, and  organizational and management structures) placed on the newly graduated engineer in profession.. Be able to interact with professional engineers and other professionals in the mechanical engineering industry to implement industrial development projects.
11. Be able to make judgements with regard to relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects within the field of mechanical engineering, and demonstrate an awareness of ethical aspects of research and development. This includes
11.1. take responsibility for your results, documenting well and make sure that the results are based on physical and mathematical laws and / or guiding principles and proven experience.
11.2. identify  and handle ethical problems and dilemmas in mechanical engineering context.
11.3. Be able to describe and estimate the economic, societal and environmental consequences of product development.
11.4. Be able to understand and estimate how human behaviour affects on earth's climate and ecosystem.
11.5.  Be able to identify the available energy resources (renewable and non-renewable) and explain how these can be transformed to other energy forms, along with their limitations and environmental impact.
11.6. Be able to describe what knowledge is and the different views on knowledge and
11.7 . Be able to apply scientific methodology and reflect on your own knowledge production in  engineering, development or research projects.


Extent: 300.0 c



A degree project with a scope of 30 or 60 credits is completed as a conclusion to the Master's program and the Master's program. The degree project is carried out within the chosen Master's program. The degree project must be presented at an open seminar and it is included to oppose another work. For more information, see the program website (the link is found at the bottom of the page).


Courses valid the academic year 2019/2020:

See study programme


Accredited master programmes:

The accreditations are decided each academic year and are published as part of the Admission regulations. The list below shows the accreditations for students who begin their master programme the academic year 2019/2020

Degree of Master of Science in Engineering




 Degree requirements:
  Degree of bachelor of science:
Passed courses comprising 180 credits
Degree project 15 credits
Courses (including degree project) within a major main subject 90 credits
Passed courses at Chalmers comprising at least 60 credits
Fulfilled course requirements according to the study programme

See also the Local Qualifications Framework - first and second cycle qualifications

Degree of master of science in engineering, concentration Mechanical engineering:
Passed courses comprising 300 credits
Passed advanced level courses (including degree project) comprising at least 90 credits
Degree project 30 credits
Courses in mathematics, at least 30 credits
Advanced level courses passed at Chalmers comprising at least 45 credits
Courses in theme Environment 7,5 credits
Courses in theme MTS 7,5 credits
Passed courses at Chalmers comprising at least 90 credits
Fulfilled course requirements according to the study programme
Fulfilled course requirements according to the study programme of an ackredited master programme

Degree specific requirements (course specific degree requirements where the courses are not necessarily part of a program plan, but may need to be choosen additionally)
TME041: Integrated design and manufacturing or PPU175: Integrated design and manufacturing

ERE033: Automatic control

MTF052: Fluid mechanics

TME031: Mechanics - dynamics

See also the Local Qualifications Framework - first and second cycle qualifications

Title of degree:

Master of Science in Engineering. The name of the Master's programme and the main field of study, Mechanical Engineering, are stated in the degree certificate. After the first cycle/undergraduate level, you may apply for the degree Bachelor of Science 180 credits, major subject Mechanical Engineering.

Other information:

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