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Master's degree programme in Applied Mechanics - Introduction

I have chosen to continue my studies because I would like to add a more analytical angle to my education. During my training as a mechanical engineer at the Engineering College and in my student job at Tetra Pak Hover I have worked a lot with practical tasks and I would therefore like to gain some more theoretical knowledge before I enter the job market. I could actually easily get a job now but my appetite is still wetted and I feel like continuing studying. With a Master’s degree of Engineering I have the possibility of making analyses for various projects and I think that this could be very interesting. It does not matter whether it is cars, ice machines or bridges that I will be working with. The most important thing to me is to get the right job.
Søren Steffensen, Student at Applied Mechanics


Applied mechanics is all around us. You can be working with a variety of subjects from calculations on circumstances that make the bridge across Storebælt oscillate to examining which mechanisms that underlie osteoporosis.

Within solid state and fluid mechanics, which together constitute applied mechanics, you will find the answers to a range of questions like

  • How should the wings of a windmill be dimensioned?
  • How can the longevity of a computer chip or a fuel cell be calculated?
  • Which surface coatings are suitable for tools and which are suitable for hip implants?
  • How can the dynamical state of a racing car be analysed?
  • How can the designing of a sail be optimised?

These examples demonstrate that the field of applied mechanics offers great opportunities for interdisciplinary work. It is possible to cooperate with the traditional mechanical industry but cooperation is also possible within the industry of composites and materials, the industry of electronics, the construction industry, and within the fields of biomechanics and biomaterials. Moreover, applied mechanics is a basic research discipline of scientific engineering which is internationally very attractive and which is represented at most universities worldwide. A career within research is therefore also possible.

The Master’s degree programme in Applied Mechanics is oriented towards students with a bachelor degree in Mechanics or equivalent and has interest in working on theoretical aspects in mechanical engineering. The degree programme will enable students to understand and apply advanced computational methods and tools. In the Applied Mechanics degree programme it is emphasised that students both get an opportunity to apply theories to problems of practical relevance, and that they acquire competences to continue on a PhD programme. The content includes elements such as stochastic/dynamic loads, structural dynamics/modal analysis, fatigue/fracture mechanics. The foundations for these specific subjects are for instance continuum mechanics and theory of plasticity.

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