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Master of Mechanical Engineering (Leuven)

KU Leuven
Program overview
2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
English
Start dates
Leuven
September 2022

Leuven
September 2023

Leuven
September 2024

About this program

Today’s modern devices and products are the results of an ongoing synergy between different basic technical disciplines. Mechanical engineering is the preferred branch of knowledge for realising the incorporation of these and integrating almost all disciplines of contemporary technology. KU Leuven's Master of Mechanical Engineering is a general training programme integrating all disciplines of basic sciences, engineering and technology.

What is the Master of Mechanical Engineering all about?

The programme offers you the choice between an application-oriented and a generic methodological approach, with many of the courses enjoying close links to the top-level industrial research of the programme’s lecturers. This ongoing link with the world of industry offers you an advanced, up-to-date content, leading to cutting edge research and development that has resulted in spin-off companies and innovation-driven entrepreneurship.

structure 

The first major component is the core module in mechanical engineering. The second major component is one of five options, which have been put together in a complementary way.

Three generic options:

  • Manufacturing and Management: modern techniques for the design and production of discrete components, CAD and computer integration in production, management techniques, maintenance and logistics of a production company.
  • Mechatronics and Robotics: mechatronics is the discipline in which the synergy of construction, sensing, actuation and control of machinery are concurrently defined and tuned for optimum integration
  • Thermotechnical Sciences: physical principles and analysis, design, construction and operation of combustion engines and thermal and flow machines, cooling machines, power plants, etc.

Two application oriented options:

  • Aero and Space technology: physical principles, analysis, design, construction, exploitation and operation of aircraft and space systems;
  • Automotive Engineering: physical principles, design, analysis and production of cars and ground vehicles and of systems for ground transportation.

The third and fourth components in the programme structure concern a set of elective courses, to be chosen from a list of technical courses and from a list of general interest courses.

Master's thesis: represents 20% of the credits of the entire curriculum.

strengths 

  • The department has a large experimental research laboratory with advanced equipment, to which you will have access. FabLab (a "Fabrication Laboratory") is also directly accessible.
  • The department has built up an extensive network of companies which have already recruited a large number of our alumni over many years and from whom we receive invaluable, informal feedback on the programme.
  • In addition to their academic teaching and research assignments, several members of the teaching staff also have other responsibilities in advisory boards, in external companies, science & technology committees, etc. and they share that expertise with students.
  • Students are also encouraged to participate in an industrial and research internship abroad.

KU Leuven Online Open Day

We are organising an online open day on Wednesday 1 December 2021 to inform students about our English-language programmes. Discover Europe’s most innovative university and learn more about our international programmes, admissions, housing and much more. For more information, google “KU Leuven Online Open Day”.

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Career paths

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 in the labour market is strong and consistent.

A study by the Royal Flemish Engineers Association identifies the key sectors in which graduated mechanical engineers are employed:

  • mechanical engineering
  • off-shore and maritime engineering
  • automation industry
  • electrical industry
  • chemical industry
  • environmental engineering
  • the energy sector
  • the financial, banking and insurance sector
  • the communications sector
  • the transportation sector

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KU Leuven. Inspiring the Outstanding

KU Leuven is Europe’s most innovative university. Located in Belgium, it is dedicated to research, education, and service to society. KU Leuven is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and has a strong European and...


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A Highly Ranked University

According to international rankings, KU Leuven is among the best 100 universities in the world. Moreover, KU Leuven was ranked as most innovative university of Europe by Reuters four years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). All of KU Leuven’s disciplines proudly belong to the top 100 of their field. Scholars and researchers, teachers and visionaries, thinkers and makers all have their place in KU Leuven’s fertile intellectual habitat.

Most Innovative University in Europe

KU Leuven has been identified as Europe’s most innovative university for four years in a row by Reuters. By developing the most important drug against HIV, a new type of solar panel that converts oxygen into hydrogen and uncovering the secrets of Sagalassos, KU Leuven researchers have a profound impact on our everyday lives in nearly all fields of research. That innovative character is deeply embedded in the way we teach our students, by integrating relevant guest lectures, taking an Interdisciplinary approach and opening the most advanced research and education facilities.

A Comprehensive University

As a comprehensive university, KU Leuven offers a wide range of disciplines organized by 15 faculties. Each of these disciplines is ranked in the top 100 of its field according to the THE World University Rankings by subject. Half of the university’s faculties are even in the top 50 within their fields of study.

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KU Leuven

Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium

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