M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR49381 Year (Non-EEA)
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Reykjavik University | Reykjavik, Iceland
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.

Description of Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical engineering at Reykjavik University 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.

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.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • EUR 49381 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 25855 Year (EEA)
Start date  2016 fall
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

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.

  • Measurements and stochastic variables
  • Precision machine design
  • Linear dynamical systems
  • Partial differential equations
  • Biomedical signal & image processing
  • Simulation
  • Advanced circuit design
  • Theory of computation
  • Data mining and machine learning

Requirements for Mechanical Engineering

  • 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.

Work Experience for Mechanical Engineering

No work experience is required.

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Reykjavik University, Iceland

Iceland Reykjavik University (RU) is a private university-level educational institution dedicated to higher education, research, and related projects. RU is the second largest university in Iceland and the largest private institution of higher education. The university consists of four academic schools: the School of Law, the School of Business, the School of Computer Science, and the School of Science and Engineering; the ‘Open University’ is RU’s executive and continuing education unit. Reykjavik University is a community of 2,800 students and over 400 full time and part time employees.

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