• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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. The Master of Mechanical Engineering integrates all disciplines of basic sciences, engineering and technology.


The Master of Science in Engineering: Mechanical Engineering is a general training programme, which offers you the choice between application-oriented and 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.

Programme outline

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: which represents 20% of the credits of the entire curriculum.


  • 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.

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 consistent.

 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
Questions about student life in Belgium, life at KU Leuven or more information about a specific course? Chat with our students: www.kuleuven/be/chatwithourstudents.

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

Elective courses (6 Modules)

  • Manufacturing & Management
  •  Mechatronics & Robotics
  • Thermotechnical Sciences
  • Aero and Space Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • General Courses in Mechanical Engineering

General Broadening Courses

General Interest Courses

Master's Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • Bachelor of Engineering: Mechanical Engineering
  • Non-native English students are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS certificate.
  • All applications are evaluated by both KU Leuven admissions office and the relevant Master programme director. Admission is ultimately at the discretion of the faculty. GRE scores assist application processing and are strongly recommended.
For more information on the admission requirements, please visit the homepage of the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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