How do you design the blades of a wind turbine? How do you calculate the lifetime of a welded construction? How do you optimise the use of a robot? How to build a rocket engine? How do you improve the use renewable energy? How do you design the future energy systems? How do you take part in the rapid development of 3D printed materials? How do you analyse the dynamic performance of a racing car or off-road vehicle? How to use a digital twin in the manufacturing processes? These are just some of the questions you may be exploring on the MSc programme in Mechanical Engineering.
The teaching in the programme draws on the lecturers' own research, and students have the opportunity to apply high-level theory and advanced simulations to practical issues, with scope for interdisciplinary collaboration. You will acquire a solid background in mechanical engineering fields such as continuum mechanics, composites, elasticity, plasticity, failure mechanisms, structural dynamics, fluid dynamics, energy storage, energy conversions, thermodynamics, and robotics.
You will also gain a deep understanding of the fundamentals of computational methods in mechanical engineering. Multibody dynamics, modal analysis, and computational fluid dynamics will form a core part of your study, using own-developed and commercial software such as the Finite Element Method.
SPECIALISE AS YOU CHOOSE
The first and second semester include a number of compulsory courses and elective course packages within the specialisations of structural mechanics, dynamics, materials engineering, thermo-fluid engineering, and robot systems. The third semester includes elective courses and a project that can be undertaken in collaboration with a company and/or a research group.
At Aarhus University you will be part of an extensive engineering environment with more than 3,000 engineering students. So you will have ample opportunity to get involved in both academic and social student associations with your fellow students.
The Department of Engineering has a number of social spaces for meeting other students outside class, and these are an excellent basis for social activities. As in all departments, there is a popular Friday bar, and the RIA student association organises celebrations and social events for all students at AU Engineering.
Graduates from the Mechanical Engineering programme are currently working in a wide range of fields - from basic engineering or science research in joint projects with research institutes and the industrial sector, to R&D projects in industry. Many have moved into careers within R&D departments in industrial enterprises, while some have undertaken PhDs in Denmark or abroad.