KU Leuven

Mechanical Engineering, M.Sc.

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Mechanical Engineering is a very broad field of study in the engineering sciences. It integrates almost all disciplines of technology. Any device or product that is used in modern, everyday life is the result of an ongoing synergy between different basic techniques. The programme is delivered by KU Leuven.


What's the Master of Mechanical Engineering all about? 

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.

Is this the right programme for me?

A car is a complex system which consists of very different kinds of materials equipped with an energy-efficient combustion engine and/or electric motor and a multitude of on-board intelligent systems. It must be quiet and safe for occupants and other road users, and must meet many other increasingly stringent requirements. An electric shaver, a hair dryer, kitchen robot, a refrigerator and a washing machine - these machines may seem somewhat less complex, but they, too, are being further refined thanks to the integration of state-of-the-art technology.

The same applies to surgical robots, advanced production machines and satellites for telecommunications and earth observation. In short, all products in modern society arose from the merger of different technical disciplines. Mechanical engineering is the preferred integrator specialised for realising this. Technological developments in mechanical engineering are often a catalyst for innovations in related domains. New production techniques make it possible to further miniaturise electromechanical systems. This requires a multidisciplinary training and a curriculum in which all these technologies get the place they deserve, no more but certainly no less.

Career perspectives

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.

  • mechanical engineering: e.g. production machinery, compressed air systems, agricultural machinery
  • metal and non-metal products: a very wide range of products e.g. pressure vessels, piping, suit cases,...
  • off-shore and maritime engineering
  • automation industry
  • vehicle components, such as exhaust systems, drivetrain components and windshield wipers,...
  • development and production of bicycles
  • aircraft components, such as high lift devices, aircraft engines and cockpit display systems
  • building, textile, plastic, paper sector
  • electrical industry
  • chemical industry
  • environmental engineering and waste management
  • energy sector
  • financial, banking and insurance sector
  • communications sector
  • transportation sector: infrastructure and exploitation and maintenance of rolling stock
  • software development and vendors
  • technical and management consulting: large companies and small offices
  • education and research
  • technical and management functions in the public sector

Programme Structure

Core Courses:

  • Numerical Modelling in Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Drive Systems
  • Theory of Elasticity and Plasticity
  • Integrated Project
  • Sensors and Measurements Systems
  • Control Theory
  • Systems and Control Theory

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor of Engineering: Mechanical Engineering
  • Non-native English students are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS certificate.

Tuition Fee

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    6000 EUR/year
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  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    906 EUR/year
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Living costs for Leuven

870 - 1300 EUR/month
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