Curriculum

Programme provision

To obtain the MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering, the student must fulfill the following requirements:
  • Have passed General Competence Courses adding up to at least 30 ECTS points
  • Have passed Technological Specialization Courses adding up to at least 30 ECTS points
  • Have performed a Master Thesis of at least 30 ECTS points within the field of Mechanical Engineering
  • Have passed a sufficient number of Elective Courses to bring the total number of ECTS points of the entire study up to 120

Curriculum

General Competence Courses

For the MSc in Mechanical Engineering programme, the General Competence Courses are divided into general competences (15 ECTS points) and normative competences (minimum 15 ECTS point).

The students achieve the general competences (15 ECTS points) by completing 5 ECTS among the mandatory courses (cannot be substituted by any other course from DTU or elsewhere)

42501 Innovation in Engineering 5 point June
or
42504 Innovation in Engineering 5 point August
or
42500 Innovation in Engineering 5 point January

Note: Students with prior experience in innovation could as an alternative to 42500/42501/42504 complete 5 ECTS among (cannot be substituted by any other course from DTU or elsewhere):

42503 Facilitating Innovation in Multidisciplinary teams 5 point June
or
42505 Facilitating Innovation in Multidisciplinary teams 5 point August
or
42502 Facilitating Innovation in Multidisciplinary teams 5 point January

Next to the innovation courses above, students have to complete 5 ECTS among (cannot be substituted by any other course from DTU or elsewhere):

38101 Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship 5 point Autumn E2A (Mon 13-17)
38107 Business Design for Sustainability 5 point Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12)
41636 Design for Circular Economy: from theory to practice 5 point January

To complete the 15 ECTS of general competences students should have one of (cannot be substituted by any other course from DTU or elsewhere)

02411 Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments 5 point Autumn E2A (Mon 13-17), Spring F1A (Mon 8-12)
02431 Risk Management 5 point January

Note: 02431 and 38107 have a limited number of sites available. If these courses are to be followed, please apply early in your study, so you can reorganize your study plan in the case you are rejected from these courses.

The students achieve the normative competences (15 ECTS) by completing a minimum of 15 ECTS points among the following courses:

41317 Computational Fluid Dynamics 5 point Spring F3B (Fri 13-17)
41320 Advanced fluid mechanics 5 point Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12)
41514 Dynamics of machinery 5 point Spring F4B (Fri 8-12)
41525 Finite Element Methods 10 point Autumn E5 (Wed 8-17)
41628 Conceptualisation 10 point Autumn E5 (Wed 8-17)
41808 Experimental solid mechanics 5 point January
41822 Experimental fluid mechanics 5 point January

Note: 41628, 41808 and 41822 have a limited number of sites available. If these courses are to be followed, please apply early in your study, so you can reorganize your study plan in the case you are rejected from these courses.

If the normative competences is passed by more than the required 15 ECTS points from the above list of courses, the surplus ECTS points in normative competences may be used in fulfilling the requirements for Technological Specialization Courses.

Technological Specialization Courses

The complete list of 155 ECTS Technological Specialization courses is shown below. A minimum of 30 ECTS points should be obtained from this list. If the normative competences within the General Competence Courses (see above) is fulfilled by passing more than the required 15 ECTS points, the surplus ECTS points in normative competences may be used in fulfilling the requirements for Technological Specialization Courses. A minimum sum of 45 ECTS within normative and Technological Specialization with minimum 15 ECTS in normative competences is required.

28244 Combustion and High Temperature Processes 5 point Autumn E4B (Fri 8-12)
34753 Robotics 5 point Autumn E4A (Tues 13-17)
41083 Technology platforms and architectures 5 point Spring F2B (Thurs 8-12)
41107 Marine and ocean engineering 5 point Spring F1B (Thurs 13-17)
41129 Turbulent flows 5 point Autumn E4B (Fri 8-12)
41216 Structural assessment of ships 5 point Autumn E3A (Tues 8-12)
41222 Wave loads on ships and offshore structures 5 point Autumn E4A (Tues 13-17)
41226 Advanced Wave Hydrodynamics 5 point Spring F5B (Wed 13-17)
41275 Ship operations 5 point Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12)
41316 Advanced CFD 5 point Autumn E3B (Fri 13-17)
41321 Complex flows 5 point Spring F2A (Mon 13-17)
41343 Fuels and emissions from current and future transportation 5 point June
41346 Internal combustion engines - experimental methods and data processing 5 point Spring F4A (Tues 13-17)
41416 Energy systems - analysis, design and optimization 10 point Spring F5 (Wed 8-17)
41417 Digitalization of Thermal Energy Technologies – Modelling and Simulation Methods 5 point Autumn E1B (Thurs 13-17)
41418 Green fuels and power-to-x 5 point Spring F3A (Tues 8-12)
41420 Refrigeration and Heat Pump Technology 10 point Autumn E5 (Wed 8-17)
41512 Power transmitting machine elements - design and optimization 5 point Spring F3A (Tues 8-12)
41515 Computational multibody dynamics 5 point Autumn E1A (Mon 8-12)
41516 Anisotropy and fibre composites 5 point Autumn E4A (Tues 13-17)
41517 Stiffened plates and sandwich constructions 5 point Spring F2B (Thurs 8-12)
41522 Advanced dynamics and vibrations 5 point Spring F2A (Mon 13-17)
41524 Tribology of machine elements 5 point Autumn E1B (Thurs 13-17)
41526 Fracture mechanics 5 point Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12)
41528 Advanced mechanics of materials 5 point Spring F4A (Tues 13-17)
41563 Fluid Power & Motion Control 5 point Spring F1A (Mon 8-12)
41635 Robust design of products and mechanisms 5 point Spring F1B (Thurs 13-17)
41813 Finite Element Methods for sound and vibrations 5 point June
46110 Fundamentals of Aerodynamics 5 point Spring F4A (Tues 13-17)

Note: Project courses or projects cannot substitute courses in Technological Specialization.

30 ECTS of Elective Courses

Any course classified as MSc course in DTU's course base may be taken for credit as an elective course. This includes general competence and technological specialization courses in excess of the minimal requirements. Master students may choose as much as 10 credit points among the bachelor courses at DTU and courses at an equivalent level from other higher institutions.

The possibilities within the MSc programme to influence on the desired academic profile should be utilised. The elective courses can thus be used to obtain desired extra competences, e.g. by selecting courses in order to cover knowledge in more than one discipline within Mechanical Engineering, by choosing advanced courses from other MSc programmes, by gaining more knowledge within e.g. economics and management, or by choosing other advanced courses, including e.g. advanced courses in applied mathematics. In addition, advanced special courses may be accepted as part of the elective courses. 

30 ECTS of Master Thesis

All students have to performed a Master Thesis of at least 30 ECTS points with a clear focus on the field of Mechanical Engineering. Projects can be done in groups of fours students and/or in collaboration with a company.

The sum of credits within elective courses and master theses cannot exceed 60 ECTS. The master thesis can be up to 35 ECTS if maximum 25 ECTS of electives have be obtained.

Head of studies

Brian Nyvang Legarth

Brian Nyvang Legarth Associate Professor, Dr. techn. Phone: +45 45254257