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Master’s Program in Mechanical Engineering - Structural Engineering (120 Credits)

BTH / Blekinge Institute of Technology

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Master’s Program in Mechanical Engineering - Structural Engineering (120 Credits)

Simulate, develop and optimize in advanced product development

This program gives you the ability to, among other things, control virtual and physical modeling, simulation, experimental investigation, and optimization. A degree leads to future roles in advanced product development or research in mechanical engineering.

Advanced product development with several dimensions

The program prepares for work with advanced product development or to conduct research in mechanical engineering. On completion of the program, you should master a coordinated method of working with analysis from several parallel subprocesses to support decisions in the product development process.

Diversity of tasks – a diverse competence

You work with a multitude of tasks – virtual and physical modeling, simulation, experimental investigation, and optimization. You acquire a solid basis for working with performance prediction and ensuring that new products achieve their intended function, using your specialized knowledge in mathematics, numerical calculation methods, measurement technology, analysis of vibrations, acoustics, and fracture mechanics.

The program consists of 120 credits and leads to a two-year Master’s degree.

Admission requirements

A Degree of Bachelor or a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering,
preferably with emphasis on structural mechanics. The degree is to include mathematics comprising matrix algebra, multivariable analysis and transform theory, basic mechanics and programming. English 6.

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Program content

Courses Autumn Semester 2022

  • Dynamics of Mechanical Systems
  • Foundations for Strategic Sustainable Development
  • Signal Processing
  • Differential Equations with Lie Group Analysis

Courses Spring Semester 2023

  • Structural Analysis
  • Sound and Vibration Analysis
  • Digital Twins
  • Computational Engineering 1

Courses Autumn Semester 2023

  • Computational Engineering 2:1
  • Simulation-driven Design
  • Research Methodology with emphasis on Engineering Science
  • Experimental and numerical modal analysis

Courses Spring Semester 2024

  • Master´s Thesis in Mechanical Engineering with emphasis on Structural Engineering


Tuition fee: SEK 60,000 per semester

EU/EEA citizens are not required to pay fees.


Degree of Master of Science (120 credits)

Learning Outcome

After completion of the education, the student should

  • be able to formulate and validate numerical and analytical models of mechanical systems by means of both advanced software and by means of strong simplified relations for important characteristics
  • be able to specify, carry out and interpret measurements and analysis of vibrations for rotating machines and other mechanical structures
  • be able to specify, carry out and interpret experimental modal analysis on mechanical structures
  • be able to carry out simulation of mechanical systems with parameters received from numerical models and/or experiment, for example regarding effect from the imposed load and/or simple structural changes
  • be able to carry out the optimization of mechanical systems based on results of numerical models, simulations, and measurements to meet the market needs and draw use of technological progress
  • be able to coordinate activities and report received results in an understandable way under the observing of general rules and practice for scientific writing
  • understand the effects on society and the environment of the student’s own activities.

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BTH / Blekinge Institute of Technology

Blekinge Institute of Technology, BTH, has a distinctive focus on the digitalization of society and sustainability. Our task is to contribute to more sustainable societal development through higher education, research, and innovation. We conduct education and research at a high...

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Why study at BTH / Blekinge Institute of Technology

Studies Tied to Real Life Demands

BTH offers student-centered and research-based education with clear links to wider society emphasizing creativity, independence, initiative, and entrepreneurship.

Our goal is that our courses and programs will give students opportunities to build a career within their chosen field. Our focus is not only on what happens during the studies, but also what happens after. Therefore, many of our courses and programs include projects tied to real-life demands and are conducted together with industry. This way, the students will gain insight into their future profession and contacts with potential future employers already during their studies.

Students at BTH are part of an international environment that provides them with the opportunity to build global networks for the future.

BTH makes the most of being a small university. Our students quickly get to know one another, and the study groups are small. Students can easily get in contact with teaching staff and other employees. This creates a rewarding, interesting, and safe study environment.

Research for Societal Challenges

BTH’s research is of great relevance and impact, and our findings provide significant contributions in the form of knowledge and innovations to solve the challenges
facing society.

The research at BTH is conducted at two faculties within the fields of engineering, IT, spatial planning, industrial economics, design, and health sciences.

Despite its relatively small size, BTH has a great deal of research. Today, research and research studies account for more than one-third of our activities and we intend to increase that share even further. We conduct research in a large number of fields all connected by applied IT, which researchers approach from different perspectives.

Research is conducted in collaboration with both business and industry as well as society, and always with a clear focus – that the results will contribute to solving the challenges facing society.

Strong Research Environments in Urgent Fields

At BTH there are three research environments with funding from the Knowledge Foundation (KKS).

  • One focuses on creating resource-efficient systems for the analysis of large amounts of data. The research is conducted in cooperation with a number of companies including Ericsson, Telenor, and Sony Mobile Communications.
  • The other research environment focuses on the production of digital methods and tools to develop the next generation of sustainable products in the manufacturing industry. The research is carried out in collaboration with a number of companies e.g. Volvo, Tetra Pak, and GKN Aerospace.
  • The third focuses on developing new working methods and methods so that Swedish companies can develop future software-intensive products and services in a competitive way. The research is carried out in collaboration with Ericsson, Sony, Telia Company, Handelsbanken, Swedbank, MaxKompetens, Time People Group, Tolpagorni Product Management, QTEMA, and Fortnox.

In addition, BTH runs a major project, funded by the Knowledge Foundation, aimed at developing visual and interactive systems focusing on the human being. The project is conducted in collaboration with WIP, Ericsson, Axis Communications, and Tobii Pro.

The unique health research clinic

BTH Research and Education Clinic is a unique clinic serving as a meeting place for research, education, and health technology product development.

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BTH / Blekinge Institute of Technology

Campus Gräsvik: Valhallavägen 1
371 35 Karlskrona Blekinge County

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