MSc Mechanical Engineering

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.


A student handles a mechanical birdCredits

120 ECTS.


Language of instruction is English.

Length of study

Two years, full time.


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. There are two main fields of study offered by the school: Mechanical design and mechatronics; and thermal science and fluids.

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.


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.

   1. year 2. year 
  • T-865-MADE Precision machine design
  • T-801-RESM Research methods
  • Restricted elective
  • Elective
  • T-807-QUAL Quality management (3w)**
  • T-869-COMP Computer vision applications (3w)**
Various possibilities:
  • Restricted elective
  • Elective
  • Internship (14 ECTS)
  • Exchange studies
  • Thesis (60 ECTS)
  • T-606-HEAT Heat transfer*
  • T-800-INT1 Integrated project (12 w)
  • Restricted elective
  • Elective
  • T-800-INT2 Integrated project (3w)
  • Thesis (30 ECTS / 60 ECTS)

* If this course was part of the student's BSc degree then another restricted elective must be chosen.
** Students must finish one of these, at least. 

Electives - Autumn

  • 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


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.


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)


María Sigríður Guðjónsdóttir

Head of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

Verity Louise Sharp International admissions officer

Verity Louise Sharp

International Admissions Officer


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