Applied mechanics, MSc

120 credits (2 years)

Learn how to solve problems and optimize the design of products within a broad spectrum of different engineering applications.​ The master’s programme Applied mechanics at Chalmers University of Techno​logy will give you an internationally competitive education in modelling, computational and experimental techniques.

Applied mechanics master's programme at Chalmers

The importance of the programme is manifested by the role that simulation tools play in engineering practice as of today. The development of computers and algorithms will continue to increase the possibilities and accuracy of simulations as part of designing competitive, reliable and sustainable products.

The master’s programme in Applied mechanics at Chalmers will train you to solve solid, structural and fluid mechanics problems in a broad spectrum of different application areas. You will gain core competences for becoming a key player for both large and small enterprises working with the mechanical design of sustainable and competitive products, while considering aspects like reliability, robustness, weight as well as energy efficiency.

The teaching in the programme mainly consists of lectures, tutorial classes, computer classes and physical experiments. But the interconnection and collaboration with industry is significant which is manifested by guest lectures, study visits as well as tasks in the project course. Most students carry out their master thesis project in the industry, but it can also be carried out at research groups at Chalmers or internationally.

According to the programme goals you will be able to utilize the professional skills gained to:

  • critically evaluate results from simulations and experiments
  • analyze and isolate errors and risks in complex engineering problems
  • use simplified assumptions to validate results from complex models

Topics covered

The fundamental subjects of the programme are solid mechanics, fluid dynamics and structural dynamics. The courses handle topics such as: mathematical modelling in mechanics: simulation techniques such as the finite element method (FEM) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD); and experimental techniques in mechanics.

A main idea of the programme is to integrate modelling (formulation of mathematical models based on fundamental laws and experimental knowledge), algorithmic formulations, implementations (in e.g. Matlab and/or Python), analyses of simulation results (from own code and/or commercial software) and experimental results. The numerical simulation tools are then often used in the courses to increase the understanding of the model itself and what it predicts for various industrial applications.

Master's programme structure

The master's programme runs for a duration of two years, leading to a Master of Science (MSc) degree​. During each year, students can earn 60 credits (ECTS) and complete the programme by accumulating a total of 120 credits. Credits are earned by completing courses where each course is usually 7.5 credits. The programme consists of compulsory courses and elective courses.​

Compulsory courses year 1

Applied mechanics starts with two compulsory courses: Mechanics of fluids and Mechanics of solids. The purpose of these courses is to provide a common foundation of mathematical modelling and simulations in solid and fluid mechanics. The third compulsory course is Project in applied mechanics where you can select among topics and work together in a team. In this course you will gain skills in project work, including communication, teamwork and project management. The Chalmers Formula student project is an alternative option to the course Project in applied mechanics.

  • Mechanics of fluids
  • Mechanics of solids
  • Project in applied mechanics
  • Chalmers Formula student (If this course is selected then “Project in applied mechanics” is not compulsory)

Compulsory courses year 2

In the second year you must complete a master's thesis in order to graduate. The thesis may be worth 30 credits or 60 credits depending on your choice.​

  • Master’s thesis

Elective courses

Besides the compulsory courses you will need to select at least five out of the elective courses within the programme. These courses are organized in the profiles: Computational solid mechanics, Structural dynamics and Fluid dynamics. You will also have the possibility to select courses outside of your programme plan and design your own profile depending on the combination of courses you select.​

Profile track: Computational solid mechanics
The courses in this profile will train you to understand and analyse the mechanical behaviour and failure in structures and materials. An important tool in the courses of this profile is the Finite element method (FEM) and you will get a thorough understanding of its possibilities and limitations.

  • FEM-structures
  • Composite mechanics
  • Material mechanics
  • Fatigue and fracture
  • FEM-solids

Profile track:​ Structural dynamics

The courses in this profile will train you to understand and analyse the dynamic behaviour of rigid bodies and deformable structures. Both simulations and experimental techniques are exploited, developed and used in the predictions and analysis.

  • Structural dynamics
  • Rigid body dynamics
  • Structural dynamics model validation
  • Structural dynamics control

Profile track:Fluid dynamics

The courses in this profile will train you to understand and analyse fluid flow and heat transfer arising in applications such as cars, trains, water turbines and jet engines. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and experimental fluid mechanics are used and developed for various problem areas and applications.
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Compressible flow
  • Turbulence modeling
  • Turbo machinery
  • Multiphase flow
  • Gas turbine technology
Programme plan, syllabus, course description and learning outcomes


Professionals with a modern education in applied mechanics play an important role in many industrial and engineering activities. Although the focus often can revolve around solving mechanical engineering problems, the programme's width will provide you a solid background within other engineering disciplines as well.

The most common first job for graduates is as design engineers (using simulations and/or experiments). Later in the career they can for example become managers or technical advisors in the private or public sector, or teachers in science and engineering at different levels.

Graduates from this master's programme are found in both large and small enterprises working with the solid and/or fluid mechanics problems in the design of sustainable and competitive products. Typically, job opportunities can be found, in Sweden and internationally, in research and development within industrial companies and research institutes or with consulting firms. Examples of companies where you can find Applied mechanics graduates are: AFRY, Alten, ANSYS, AVL, Bombardier Transportation, CEVT, Fraunhofer, FS Dynamics, GKN, Nevs, Saab, Sandvik, Scania, Siemens, SKF, Trafikverket, RISE Research Institute, Semcon, Vattenfall, Vetec, Volkswagen, Volvo Cars and Volvo Group.

It is also possible to envision a career outside the traditional engineering field, where the acquired skills to systematically understand and solve problems are highly appreciated. The programme will also give you a great start for continued studies towards a PhD in applied mechanics and other related areas.

Research within Applied mechanics

The research at the department of Applied mechanics is in many cases supported by industrial partners, which generates a number of industrial master thesis projects every year. Moreover, the teachers in the programme are conducting research in Chalmers’ areas of advance: Energy, Health engineering, Materials science, Production and transport.

The courses in the programme are given by three divisions at Chalmers: Dynamics, Fluid dynamics and Material & computational mechanics​. In these divisions there is a long tradition of teaching and research in the applied mechanics field. The research conducted at the divisions is both of general character as well as directed towards a wide range of industrial partners and their applications. This affects the contents of the programme and ensures that you will gain relevant and state-of-the-art engineering knowledge.

PhD students in these divisions follow the graduate schools Solid and Structural mechanics or Thermo and Fluid Dynamics which can be viewed as continuations of the Applied Mechanics master's programme.

Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences
Department of Industrial and Materials Science


Sustainable development

​The programme is highly interlinked with the achievem​ent of the UN Sustainable development goals (SDGs). The table below provides an overview of the sustainable development goals and the associated targets within the programme.

Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
Engineers with an education in Applied mechanics are often involved in designing optimal products with respect to reliability, robustness, weight and energy efficiency. Engineers from Applied mechanics work with e.g. structural integrity, weight minimisation and energy efficiency of wind turbines, gas turbines, nuclear power plants and any type of vehicle.

Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

By learning and teaching state-of-the-art design tools in Applied mechanics, students will become engineers playing an important role in industries’ innovation processes towards a more sustainable society. The well-established research collaboration among the involved research divisions with industrial partners enables future industrial implementation of innovations.

Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities

As part of safe and sustainable design in the civil engineering field, mathematical modelling and simulations tools are important cornerstones. With good knowledge in fluid dynamics, heat flow, vibrations and strength analysis engineers can contribute to safer, resilient and sustainable buildings and structures.​​​

Student interview

“The teachers have made me feel valuable”​
Sena, Turkey, Applied mechanics

Why did you choose this programme?
– Studying aerospace engineering was always my childhood dream. That’s why I got my bachelor’s degree in that field. I chose Applied Mechanics at Chalmers because it contains many interdisciplinary courses and I would get to work with word leading-companies with projects based on real industrial problems.

What have you been working on?
– The most exciting experience for me so far has been the group project we had in the course Additive Manufacturing. We were four students from different master’s programmes at Chalmers. Our task was to design a heat exhchanger by using an additive manufacturing method. Chalmers even has it’s own 3D-printers in the laboratories. We also got special software licenses from the university to be able to complete the project.

What do you like the most about your programme?
– Due to Covid restrictions, the courses started online at first. This kind of education style was new for me. But our teachers are always open for feedback and try to solve any problems that we might have. They also keep in touch with us one by one. I really appreciate that and it has made me feel like I am valuable to them. Another thing that has surprised me is the amount of thesis project proposals from companies that want to work with students from Chalmers. Every year, there are many companies that are looking for Chalmers students to collaborate with.

What do you want to do in the future?
– I want to complete a PhD in aerospace related topics. Later on, I am planning to go back to Turkey in order to improve the Aerospace and structural area with my experiences from Chalmers and Sweden.

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