Engineers with competencies in construction and mechanical engineering are involved in the development of new and better solutions for products, mechanical components, production equipment, and industrial installations. The focus of the solutions may range from microstructures—such as parts for hearing aids or mobile phones—to engines, turbines, wind turbines, ships, and offshore structures.
Study programme focus
The MSc programme in Mechanical Engineering and the related disciplines cover systematic engineering design methods within engineering design and product development as well as analysis, numerical simulation, and optimization with focus on the strength of structures, fluid flows, and energy conversion.
The study programme allows you to apply systematic engineering design methods and advanced mathematical models. Applied mechanics is used in many contexts requiring extensive knowledge of physical principles, strength of structures, fluid flows, and energy conversion.
The teaching includes lectures, individual work, and class exercises in group meeting rooms, databars, and laboratories. The final MSc thesis is related to the programme disciplines and is written in collaboration with an active research group or carried out as a project in collaboration with one of our business partners.
The Mechanical Engineering programme covers five delimited focus areas or disciplines, allowing you to design your own study plan with main focus on one of these disciplines.
- Engineering Design and Product Development
- Strength and Dynamics of Structures
- Industrial Fluid Mechanics
- Energy Engineering
- Maritime Engineering
Find examples of study programmes with main focus on one of the five disciplines.
Read more about the structure of the MSc programmes at DTU.
Most Mechanical Engineering graduates are employed in development and research departments of industrial companies manufacturing high-tech products, in firms of consulting engineers, or in research institutions.
Read more about your future career under the ‘Career’ tab.
Academic requirements for this programme
Expectations to applicants
Applicants are expected to fulfill all academic prerequisites before enrollment (see below). A clear and realistic study plan should be established before entering the programme in order to complete the 120 ECTS within no more than 2 years. Students at the MSc proogramme Engineering Design and Applied Mechanics should be able to work independently as well as in groups, keeping deadlines, and be able to deliver well written technical reports (individually or in groups) in English.
Bachelors of Science in Engineering (Produktion og Konstruktion) from DTU
Applicants holding a bachelor from DTU in Mechanical Engineering (Produktion og Konstruktion) are entitled to study the MSc proogramme Engineering Design and Applied Mechanics.
In order to obtain full benefit from the MSc study the right prerequisites are to be ensured from the BSc education. Students from the BSc programme in Mechanical Engineering are therefore encourage during their BSc studies, in addition to their mandatory courses, to complete a minimum of 15 ECTS points among the following courses:
|41271||Ship design||10||point||Spring F5 (Wed 8-17)|
|41401||Fundamentals of engineering thermodynamics||5||point||Spring F2B (Thurs 8-12)|
|41502||Strength of materials 2||5||point||Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12)|
|41560||Mechanical vibrations||5||point||Autumn E2A (Mon 13-17)|
|41612||Product design and documentation||10||point||Autumn E4 (Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12)|
|41617||Advanced CAD||5||point||Autumn E2A (Mon 13-17)|
|41812||FEM-Light (applied finite element modelling)||10||point||Autumn E1B (Thurs 13-17) and January|
|41814||Heat transfer||5||point||Autumn E4A (Tues 13-17)|
It is emphasised that the above list of courses does not ensure all necessary prerequisites for the courses of the MSc programme. Depending on the focus area of interest different courses from the list are recommended and choices should then be done in order to secure the necessary prerequisites for master courses of interest.
Bachelors of Engineering (diplomingeniører, maskinteknik) from DTU
Applicants are encouraged to have two years of industrial experience as a professional engineer before applying. Applicants should provide a one page motivation letter emphasized the focus area of interest as well as highlighting courses of interest among the normative and technological specialization courses given (at least 20 ECTS in total).
Applicants may be admitted after an individual evaluation of their academic qualifications, provided they fulfill the requirements corresponding to the ones mentioned above. Specifically, applicants must have followed one of the following specializations (30 ECTS):
In addition, the BEng study should also include at least 10 ECTS among the following courses in mathematics:
|01034||Advanced Engineering Mathematics 2||5||point||Autumn E1A (Mon 8-12)|
|01035||Advanced Engineering Mathematics 2||5||point||Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12), Spring F2B (Thurs 8-12)|
|01037||Advanced Engineering Mathematics 2 (Summer University)||5||point||August|
|01237||Differential geometry and parametric design||5||point||Autumn E4B (Fri 8-12)|
|02405||Probability theory||5||point||Autumn E4B (Fri 8-12)|
|02413||Statistical Quality Control||5||point||Autumn E1B (Thurs 13-17)|
|02601||Introduction to Numerical Algorithms||5||point||Spring F1B (Thurs 13-17), Autumn E4B (Fri 8-12)|
|42101||Introduction to Operations Research||5||point||Autumn E2A (Mon 13-17), Spring F2A (Mon 13-17)|
The above courses cannot be substituted by any other courses.
The head of studies recommends the courses: “Advanced Engineering Mathematics 2”, and “Introduction to Numerical Algorithms”. Applicants that do not have passed 10 ECTS (as a minimum) from the list above, will not be accepted.
Other Bachelors of Science in Engineering from DTU and Bachelors of Science in Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering from other national or international universities
May be admitted after an individual evaluation of their academic qualifications, provided they fulfill the requirements. Details on the academic requirements are given below.
A very strong, working knowledge of mathematics and mechanics is a prerequisite. A year’s full time study at DTU amounts to 60 ECTS points. The MSc programme builds on a bachelor of science curriculum with at least the following content of mathematics and engineering sciences:
- Mathematics: 25-30 ECTS
- Physics: 10-15 ECTS
- Statics, strength of materials incl. continuum mechanics: 10-15 ECTS
- Fluid mechanics, engineering thermodynamics, and heat transfer: 10-15 ECTS
- Materials science, and production technology: 10-15 ECTS
- Engineering design methodology: 5-15 ECTS
- Computer programming (MatLab, Python, C or similar to the DTU-course 02631): 5 ECTS
A very strong working knowledge at bachelor level of the following subjects is prerequisite for the central courses of the MSc programme:
- Engineering design methodology
- Statics, strength of materials incl. continuum mechanics and mechanical vibrations
- Fluid mechanics (Euler equations and Navier-Stokes equations)
- Engineering thermodynamics and heat transfer
- Applied mathematics, numerical methods, CAD, and computer programming (MatLab, Python, C or similar)
Applicants are assumed to have the necessary prerequisites for the MSc programme courses when entering the programme. The description of the DTU-courses may be used to assess the required level of knowledge and skills. At the MSc programme, students should be willing to aqcuire any prerequisites that they may be missing by themselves.
All steps in the admission procedure are handled through DTU’s Office for Study Programmes and Student Affairs, whereto inquiries about formalities should be directed. Questions about programme content should be directed to the head of studies. No prescreening of applications or transcripts are offered.
General admission requirements
Only applicants holding either a relevant Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Bachelor in Engineering or a Bachelor of Natural Science degree can be admitted to a Master of Science in Engineering programme. The bachelor degree must be less than 10 years old.
The individual MSc Eng programme states in detail which bachelor programmes qualify and whether applicants have to complete supplementary educational activities.
Requirements for supplementary educational activities can equate to up to 30 ECTS credits and are specified in the form of a list of courses under the individual MSc Eng programmes.
The specific requirements must be met before graduating from the bachelor programme or in connection with conditional admission to a particular MSc Eng programme. The courses must be passed prior to the commencement of studies within one year from the conditional admission.
Supplementary educational activities in connection with conditional admission to an MSc Eng programme do not form part of the MSc Eng programme, and partial tuition fees are charged. If the supplementary courses have not been passed within the deadlines specified, the conditional admission to the programme is withdrawn.
The Master of Science in Engineering programmes are offered in English. Therefore applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English (B-level, IELTS, TOEFL- or Pearson test).
DTU offers Honours Programme as part of all MSc Eng. programmes. The admission requirements are described at http://www.dtu.dk/english/education/msc/honours-programmes
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