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Linköping University MSc in Mechanical Engineering
Linköping University

MSc in Mechanical Engineering

Linköping, Sweden

4 Semesters


Full time

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Aug 2024

SEK 280,600 / per year *


* only to students from outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland


Mechanical engineers are expected to be creative, have broad knowledge, and work as members of multidisciplinary teams. With this program, you will become a problem-solver with a holistic perspective, ready to take part in today’s product development to create tomorrow’s sustainable society.

Five specializations

The first semester consists of mandatory courses in mechanical engineering, such as fluid power systems, computational mechanics, and deformation and fracture of engineering materials. They are combined with courses in product development and project management.

In the second semester, you may choose among five specializations:

  • Applied Mechanics – classical and modern applied mechanics with a strong focus on the modeling and simulation of solid mechanics, fluid dynamics, and thermodynamics.
  • Engineering Design and Product Development – modern and advanced approaches in CAD, design optimization, and product development.
  • Engineering Materials – deep knowledge about the behavior of classical metallic engineering materials, but also about plastics and new emerging materials.
  • Manufacturing Engineering – covers aspects from the supply chain level down to automation and manufacturing processes. You will also learn about the factories of the future.
  • Mechatronics – how to design and analyze controlled mechanical systems such as hydraulic systems.

Industry-related problems

Each specialization has a major project course in the third semester, where you work with industry-related problems and apply knowledge obtained from the specialization courses. This course prepares you for the master thesis project in the final semester. The thesis is usually written together with a fellow student in close collaboration with a company, either a small local business or a global industrial corporation like Siemens or Scania. The thesis project can also be performed as part of a research project here at Linköping University.



A Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Linköping University works with all aspects of the realization of complex products and industrial processes.

A graduate from this program will be able to take part in multidisciplinary design processes where technical as well as economical, environmental and sustainability requirements are satisfied.

The program is aimed at students with a Bachelor's degree who would like to extend their knowledge in mechanical engineering and engineering science. Graduates are suitable for employment in industry, business, academic institutions, and major research/development laboratories.


Disciplinary knowledge and reasoning

The graduated student from the Master's Programme in Mechanical Engineering

  • should have solid foundations in mathematics and engineering science
  • should be able to use a computer effectively to model and analyze engineering problems as well as to visualize results
  • should have specialized knowledge in one area of mechanical engineering

Personal and professional skills

The graduated student from the Master's Programme in Mechanical Engineering

  • should have the ability to take a leading role in modern research and engineering
  • should be able to gain competency in new fields of engineering, rapidly and independently
  • should be able to participate effectively in multidisciplinary design teams, either as a team leader or in a specialist role

Interpersonal skills: Teamwork and communication

The graduated student from the Master's Programme in Mechanical Engineering

  • should be capable of teamwork and collaborate actively within the group by sharing in the tasks and responsibilities
  • should be able to initialize, plan, carry out, and evaluate scientific and engineering projects
  • should be able to communicate and to give presentations in English, orally and in writing

Planning, execution, and presentation of research or development projects with respect to scientific and societal needs and requirements

The graduated student from Master's Programme in Mechanical Engineering has knowledge about suitable development processes for different kinds of research or development projects and is able to participate and actively contribute to all phases of research or development projects, including identification of needs, structuring, planning, execution and presentation of projects, taking into account the importance of technology in society, including economic, social, and sustainable development.


Additive manufacturing

3D printing will have a huge impact on the manufacturing industry in the years to come, and a better understanding of the material properties of AM manufactured parts is vital to fully utilize the potential of this fairly new technology.


What is the optimal pole technique in cross-country skiing? Why does blood pressure increase with age? These questions and many more can be answered by applying fundamental principles from mechanics and thermodynamics. It´s done in biomechanics.

Flexible Manufacturing Equipment

We at LiU have historically worked hard to be able to use industrial robots in applications where they previously could not be used.

High-Temperature Mechanics

High-Temperature Mechanics focus on load-carrying components in designs working at high, or very high, temperatures, primarily toward gas turbine applications.

Mechanical properties of structural materials

We work with a series of advanced mechanical tests methods to determine the mechanical properties of a material. By combining these methods with microstructural investigations we can study the active deformation and damage mechanisms.

Product Development

Important research areas are model-based design automation in which computers solve repetitive and non-creative tasks, product development for sustainability, resource efficiency and manufacturability, and product development for 3D printing.

Structural and topology optimization

In the research field of structural optimization, computational tools are developed to make it possible to find optimal load-carrying structures automatically.

Structural Integrity of Air Vehicles

Through evaluation and verification in strength, rigidity, durability, and damage tolerance, the aeronautical research aims to provide novel knowledge in the structural integrity of air vehicles.

Surface engineering for performance and durability

What can be done to protect metallic components operating at high temperatures? how can we increase the fatigue resistance of structural components? Surface modification for better performance and durability is the main focus of our research.



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