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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: 2020/2021
Associated to: TKMAS
The Study programme syllabus is adopted 2018-02-19 by Dean of Education and is valid for students starting the programme the academic year 2020/2021

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:

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



Mathematics (at least 37.5 cr. including Linear algebra, Multivariable analysis, Numerical analysis and Mathematical statistics or Probability theory), Mechanics (including Statics and Dynamics), Strength of Materials or Solid Mechanics (including Stress – Strain Relations, Torsion, Bending and Shear, Structural Mechanics, Trusses, Beams,  Circular Cylinders and Discs, Buckling and Instability, Theory of Elasticity in 3D, Yield Criteria and Stress Concentrations), Fluid Mechanics, Finite Element Method (FEM), Programming, Thermodynamics and Engineering Materials.
Preferable course experience: Automatic Control or Control Theory and Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics

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 work independently in advanced mechanical engineering with computations, simulations and experiments
  • to formulate foundations and limitations  in mathematical modelling and
    computational techniques applied to material, solid, structural and
    fluid mechanics
  • to use advanced topics regarding mathematical
    modelling as well as computational and experimental techniques relevant
    for the specialised tracks
to demonstrate knowledge on current
    research and development within the chosen specialisation

Skills and abilities

  • to formulate mechanical engineering problems as mathematical models
  • to analyze and solve advanced mechanical engineering problems using the most appropriate methods at hand
  • to choose proper methods of analysis depending on their strengths and weaknesses
  • to estimate the accuracy of the chosen model and its solution as compared to reality
  • to critically and systematically identify model, simulate, and evaluate
    mechanical problems within given time frames also with limited or
    incomplete information and so contribute to the formation of knowledge
  • to demonstrate
    the ability in speech and writing both nationally and internationally
    to report clearly and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge
    and arguments on which they are based in dialogue with different
  • to demonstrate the skills required for participation
    in research and development work in the chosen specialisation within
    applied mechanics or autonomous employment in some other qualified

Judgements and attitudes
  • to show insight and ability to work in teams and collaborate in groups with different compositions
  • to demonstrate
    the ability to make assessments  in applied mechanics by relevant
    disciplinary, social and ethical issues and also to demonstrate
    awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work related to
    applied mechanics
  • to demonstrate insight into the
    possibilities and limitations of applied mechanics research, its role in
    society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used
  • to demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for
    further knowledge and take responsibility for his or her ongoing

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 area 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 the work on a thesis.

There is a possibility to carry out an extended master's thesis project (60 credits) with a clear research orientation. 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 see the course syllabus or contact the director of the master's programme.

More information about rules for master's thesis work can be found at the Chalmers website.


Courses valid the academic year 2020/2021:

See study programme


Accredited to the following programmes the accademic year 2020/2021:

Degree of Master of Science in Engineering



In the fully elective part, students can also select courses from other master's programmes. Examples of such programmes are: Automotive Engineering, Engineering Mathematics, Materials Engineering, Naval Archtecture & Ocean Engineering, Product Development, Production Engineering, Sound & Vibration, Structural Engineering & Building Technology and Systems, Control & Mechatronics.

Examples of courses that can be recommended are: Engineering Design and Optimisation (PPU191), Advanced Computer Aided engineering (PPU080) and Combustion Modeling (MMS030).

 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 Local Qualifications Framework - first and second cycle qualifications

Title of degree:

Master of Science (120 credits). The name of the Master's programme and the major subject Mechanical Engineering are stated in the degree certificate. Specializations and tracks are not stated.


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 specialisations (profile tracks): Computational solid mechanics, Structural dynamics and Fluid dynamics. Besides the mandatory courses the students shall choose five courses (37.5 credits) among the elective Applied Mechanics courses.

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, Python) 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 mathematical models and what they predict for various industrial applications.

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