The Master of Science in Engineering: Mechanical Engineering is a general training programme integrating all disciplines of basic sciences, engineering and technology. An essential element of the mechanical engineering curriculum at KU Leuven is the direct training of each student in a real-life industrial or research setting. Following up on the design assignment in the Bachelor's programme, the Master's programme brings the student in close contact with the industrial reality.
The Master's programme in Mechanical Engineering has three versions:
The programme consists of five modules.
Three generic options
Two application oriented options
The third and fourth components in the programme structure concern a set of elective courses, to be chosen from a list of technical coursesand from a list of general interest courses.
The final component is the Master's thesis, which represents 20% of the credits of the entire curriculum.
The Erasmus+ programme gives students the opportunity to complete one or two semesters of their degree at a participating European university. Student exchange agreements are also in place with Japanese and American universities.
Students are also encouraged to learn more about industrial and research internships abroad by contacting our Internship Coordinator. Internships are scheduled in between two course phases of the Master’s programme (in the summer period after the second semester and before the third semester).
These studying abroad opportunities and internships are complemented by the short summer courses offered via the Board of European Students of Technology (BEST) network. This student organisation allows students to follow short courses in the summer period between the second and the third semester. The Faculty of Engineering Science is also member of the international networks CESAER, CLUSTER and T.I.M.E.
You can find more information on this topic on the website of the Faculty.
The field of mechanical engineering is very wide. Mechanical engineers find employment in many industrial sectors thanks to our broad training programme. Demand for this engineering degree on the labour market is very strong and constant. A study by the Royal Flemish Engineers Association, identifies the specific sectors in which graduated mechanical engineers are employed.
On this course you gain the knowledge the skills you need to work as an engineer, building on your existing degree in science or technology.
A rewarding career
Engineers apply scientific and technological principles to solve problems in a creative way. It’s a well-paid and rewarding career that is constantly changing with new developments in technology. And with a shortage of electrical and electronic engineers in the UK, your skills will be in demand.
Electrical engineers are at the forefront of many innovations in the way we live and work today. They design, produce and install systems which power and control a range of products and digital communications.
What you study
You can follow your interests to create the right programme of study for you. Initially, you take two modules in engineering principles. Then, with guidance from your course leader, you select from a range of technical modules covering topics including electrical and control engineering and electronic systems.
In addition to your technical modules, you also take an engineering management subject and participate in a multidisciplinary product development project with MSc students from a range of engineering specialisms. You develop an understanding of how engineering projects work and how they relate to the commercial world, as well as becoming part of our engineering community and learning to think like an engineer.
One third of your study will be an individual project and dissertation. You specialise in a technical area of your interest and carry out your own in-depth investigation into a particular problem. Where possible, this will be an industry-related problem.
Many of our academic staff are actively involved in research. Examples of recent projects include • developing equipment to monitor the bone mineral density of young children for Sheffield Children's Hospital • developing palm-sized robots to enable firefighters to safely enter and negotiate hazards in burning buildings.
Plus one of either
Your remaining four modules are themed in the following subjects.
You can choose to specialise in one theme or a mix of both:
Electrical and Control Engineering
• electrical energy systems • efficient machines and electromagnetic applications • control of linear systems • industrial automation
• digital electronic systems design • mixed signal design • digital signal processing • microprocessor engineering
Assessments will be a mix of coursework and exam, depending on the specific module studied.
You can work in areas such as • global telecommunications • consumer electronics • computer electronics • aerospace • automotive • railway • robotics • general manufacturing • water, gas and electricity supply.
You can specialise in the design of • computers • mobile phones • media streamers • satellite dishes • instrumentation and control systems • aeroplanes • military equipment • cars • electrical energy systems.
Our graduates have developed careers with companies including • BBC • Tata Steel • Emhart Glass • Sony Mobile Communications • Honeywell Control Systems • Motorola • Rolls-Royce • First ScotRail • Siemens • Vodafone.