MSc in Mechanical Engineering

2 years full time, 120 ECTS, degree

Language of instruction, English

Overview

Mechanical engineering is concerned with the transfer of mass and energy.  As such it is a broad field of study with applications ranging from the design and manufacture of microscale electromechanical devices to the building and operation of powerplants capable of delivering gigawatt output.  Mechanical engineering skills are essential in the fields of robotics, automation and control.  Mechanical engineers design gas turbine engines and generators based on their knowledge of thermodynamics, fluid flow and advanced materials.  Mechanical engineering offers an excellent opportunity to explore scientific questions such as the nature of turbulent flow; to work on advanced devices such as autonomous vehicles; to develop novel manufacturing and fabrication methods and to design industrial processes and energy delivery systems.  A degree in mechanical engineering is a springboard for intellectual stimulation and professional development.  There are two main fields of study offered by the school:  Mechanical design and mechatronics; and thermal science and fluids.

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After successful completion of the programme the student is awarded the degree Master of Science in Mechanical engineering. The programme is designed to meet the curriculum requirements for the  professional title of chartered engineer  (Icelandic: verkfræðingur), as defined by the Ministry of industry and the Association of chartered engineers in Iceland.  

Mechanical design and Mechatronics:

Students that focus on mechanical design and mechatronics will acquire knowledge and skills in modern mechanical design, with an emphasis on the integration of mechanical functionality with electronics and automation.  The hallmarks of this program are a sound theoretical knowledge, good engineering practice and practical design and experimentation.  Dynamics, design and signal processing are the core constituents of this focus field, but students have the option to further add courses ranging from mathematics, computer science and electronics to the mechanics of materials and thermal sciences.

Thermal science and fluids:

Students in this focus field study the transfer of mass and energy.  Core courses include partial differential equations, advanced fluid mechanics, heat transfer and computational methods.  The emphasis here is on good theoretical knowledge, analysis and practical applications of thermodynamics and fluid dynamics.  Students may also elect a number of courses pertaining to harnessing energy and industrial processes.

Structure

The Mechanical Engineering MSc is a 2 year full-time graduate degree. The degree is taken over four  semesters, two semester in a year. Students take 30 ECTS each semester.  All students are required to complete a 32 ECTS Integrated Project Course, composed of a 18 ECTS design project, one 6 ECTS and two 4 ECTS supporting courses.

Students can either take 90 ECTS in specialized courses and a 30 ECTS MSc thesis, or 60 ECTS in courses and a 60 ECTS MSc. thesis with a stronger research focus.

Course catalogue (pdf)

Mechanical Design and Mechatronics
  1. year2. year 
 Fall
  • Measurements and stochastic variables
  • Precision machine design
  • Linear dynamical systems 
  • Research methods I
  • Elective
 
  • Research methods II
  • Thesis 
 Spring
  • Integrated project
  • Autonomous robots 
  • Elective
  • Thesis 

Electives - Fall

  • Partial differential equations
  • Biomedical signal & image processing
  • Simulation
  • Advanced circuit design
  • Theory of computation
  • Data mining and machine learning
  • Microwave engineering I
  • Energy transmission and storage

Electives- Spring

  • Engineering optimization
  • Optimization applications
  • Stochastic processes
  • Mechatronics II
  • Computational electro-magnetics with FDTD
  • Finite element method in engineering analysis
  • Integrated product development and entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable energy systems
  • Geothermal subsurface exploration
  • Geothermal powerplant design


Thermal Science and Fluids
  1. year 2. year 
  Fall
  • Partial differential equations
  • Advanced fluid dynamics
  • Research methods I
  • Research methods II
  • Thesis
  Spring
  • Integrated project
  • Numerical fluid flow and heat transfer
  • Heat transfer 
 
  • Thesis 

Electives - Fall

  • Data mining and machine learning
  • Energy transmission and storage
  • Precision machine design
  • Measurements and stochastic variables
  • Linear dynamical systems
  • Energy in industrial processes

Electives- Spring

  • Engineering optimization
  • Optimization applications
  • Mechatronics II
  • Finite element method in engineering analysis
  • Integrated product development and entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable energy systems
  • Geothermal subsurface exploration
  • Geothermal powerplant design
  • Autonomous robots

Admission

Admission requirements are a BSc degree in engineering. Minimum requirements in applied sciences (i.e. mathematics, physics) and in basic subjects fundamental to Mechanical Engineering (i.e. mechanics, design, thermal fluids) have to be fulfilled.

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Contact us 

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Office of the School of Science and Engineering tvd(at)ru.is

 Armann_GylfasonÁrmann Gylfason
Head of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
(+354) 599 6307
armann(at)ru.is

For international enquiries please contact:

Verity Louise Sharp International admissions officerVerity Louise Sharp
International Admissions Officer
(+354) 599 6200
admissions(at)ru.is



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