Master's Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering: Digital Design

Engineering design is a fundamental operation in the industry and other entrepreneurship. Every quality part, product, and machine requires a successful design process and application of design methods. Digitalisation enables the application of more efficient design processes and methods. Digital design improves collaboration between different engineering disciples and integrates multiple design phases like structural design and manufacturing. The module concentrates on the digital design processes in the industry, the digital design methods, and future possibilities.

Today, Masters in engineering need theoretical and practical knowledge of design, regardless of whether they are designing small or large. Design is required in all areas of mechanical engineering, and contemporary digital tools make design an exciting experience. The design has the theoretical background, and digital tools bring design methods and processes to the edge of contemporary engineering work.

The Digital Design specialisation track educates professionals with theoretical understanding and practical skills in designing, analyzing and optimizing products, structures, and systems.

The students will learn measurement, modeling, analysis, optimization, and design methodology of structures, machines, and systems. In addition to theoretical knowledge and practical skills of design in mechanical engineering, the Digital Design specialisation track supports the students with the development of suitable personal and social competencies.

Digital Design is one of the three specialisation tracks of the Master's Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering. The other specialisation tracks are

Students of mechanical engineering

Entry requirements


General Requirement

You are an eligible applicant for Master’s-level studies if

  • you have a nationally recognized first cycle degree – normally a Bachelor’s degree – from an accredited institution of higher education,
  • your degree corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study,
  • your degree is in a relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to. Please check the section on track-specific admission requirements for detailed degree requirements.

Language Requirements

Applicants must have excellent English language skills and a certificate that proves those skills. You can indicate your language skills by taking one of the internationally recognized English language tests. 

Applicants must reach the minimum required test results to be considered eligible to the University of Turku. No exceptions will be made. Read more about the language requirements here.


Before you start preparing your application, always read the full admission requirements on the application portal

The applicant’s previous degree based on which s/he is seeking admission to the Master’s Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering must be in a relevant field of study. Relevant fields for the Digital Design specialisation track are

  • mechanical engineering
  • materials engineering
  • systems engineering
  • industrial engineering
  • industrial design
  • civil engineering

In addition to the education diploma and language certificate, you should include testimonials of any relevant work experience in your application.

You may apply only to one specialisation track within the Master’s Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering.


Annually 10 students are admitted to the Master's Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering.

The decision of admission will be based on

  • the relevance of the applicant’s awarded degree(s)
  • the amount, relevance, and grades of the courses in the degree(s)
  • the language test result (see Language requirements)
  • the motivation letter
  • possible answers to the optional questions included in the application
  • possible relevant work experience
  • possible interview

Please tell in the motivation letter why you are applying to the Master's Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Turku, and especially why you have chosen the particular track.

It is possible to have only one Bachelor’s or Master’s study right at the Faculty of Technology. Therefore, when accepting an offered study place, the student will lose any previous BSc. or MSc. study right at the same faculty.

Programme in brief


The Master’s Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering: Digital Design is a two-year programme of 120 ECTS credits including joint mechanical engineering studies, design studies, minor/thematic studies and a master’s thesis.

Curriculum is published in the study guide.

Examples of Mechanical Engineering: Digital Design courses in 2021:

  • Digital Factory
  • 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing
  • Axiomatic Design
  • Knowledge and Innovation Management
  • Finite Element Method and Analysis
  • Digital Design Methodology
  • Design Optimisation (Structure and Topology)
  • Reverse Engineering and Industrial Metrology

At at the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, we aim to establish a high-quality and attractive research environment for mechanical and materials engineering.

The focus of mechanical engineering research is on smart systems, laser based manufacturing processes and digital and system design.

Learn more about the research at the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.


Masters’ theses topics are immensely versatile since mechanical engineering is present in every industry. Typical topics include the design of new machines or components, finding new solutions for existing problems, or developing design processes.

Career prospects


Master's Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering: Digital Design gives students the necessary knowledge and tools for modern industrial engineering design. The common courses in the program give students skills in modern digitalised manufacturing, design, and management. The courses in digital design and optimisation deepen the students’ knowledge and skills in digital design tools, analysis and simulation tools, product optimisation, and industrial metrology.

The students get professional experience in an industrial environment in master’s thesis and project work. Students learn communications skills in writing reports, oral presentations of their results, and information retrieval. The free elective courses enable students to focus on the topics of their interest in relevant fields like robotics, data analysis, and numerical analysis.

After the module in digital design, the students will be able to simulate advanced thermomechanical problems with FEM, work with modern digital design tools like Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing software, optimise product designs using the structure and topology optimisation tools, analyse products with reverse engineering methodologies and industrial metrology tools.

The students can recognise opportunities in an industrial framework for applying the learned skills and tools and motivate their use. Students can read engineering reports, communicate their results in written reports and oral presentations and motivate and vision the benefits of implementing digital design methodologies in the industry.

The students will learn personal and social competencies during their studies. The program trains analytical and conceptual thinking as well as teamwork abilities and leadership.


Possible job titles are:

  • design engineer,
  • product development manager,
  • team leader,
  • structural specialist,
  • industrial metrology expert,
  • digital design specialist

After graduation the students will be eligible to the doctoral studies at the University of Turku in mechanical engineering.

Usama Nadeem
Design engineering is what alters the way we see existence. The programme aims to integrate various digital design stages and improve collaboration across various engineering disciplines.
Usama Nadeem
Mechanical Engineering: Digital Design

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