Finding Your Master Thesis


As a part of your graduation requirement (master’s degree = 120 credits), you need to submit, present & defend your thesis.

The master thesis can last either half a year (30 credits) or a full year (60 credits). They are typically 30-credits.

Thesis can be your gateway to a full-time position. (Need inspirations for topics? Follow Angelina’s guru guideline!)


Here is a brief timeline I followed to find a master’s thesis:

Feb-March (year 1 of studies)

You will have a lot of guest lecturers. Chat up the ones you like/find interesting. Get their contact info and ask if there are summer internship possibilities.

It is probably too early to decide what you will do your thesis on. Nevertheless, start looking and be proactive!


I contacted a guest lecturer. I tried to set something up for the summer. However, her work got too busy and then summer vacation rolled in.

September (year 2/ final year)

We re-established contact and chatted about thesis opportunities. Sadly it didn’t work out.


Chalmers hosted a Master’s thesis night. There is ample of thesis opportunities. (See 2016 Applied Mechanics list by googling “Chalmers Applied Mechanics Thesis” at the end of the blog.)


Så… I applied to multiple interesting theses… Had a few phone interviews.

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Figure above: Screenshot from ÅF degree projects webpage.

Some applications are done online (like this ÅF one)…some are done through emailing (cover letter, resume… definitely no grades, for me at least)


Got an “OK” from one of the thesis supervisors! The response was pretty fast. All the other application’s responses were very slow. Since we didn’t want to risk it, accepted the offer!

Let the paperwork begin


Formalizing things with the school, formalizing things with the company, formalizing things between company and school (legal stuff)


Still finalizing paperwork…

General tips:

  • Be proactive! Start your search early.
  • Try to do the thesis with a partner (someone you trust). In case you screw up, you can blame your partner. (joking). I think it is more fun/less lonely.
  • Don’t be discouraged if you don’t find anything. Majority of the people find their thesis through the Thesis Night in October.


  • It is just a Master’s thesis. It is probably not going to win any Nobel prizes. Having the right attitude is important.
  • Don’t devote all your life into a thesis, and make sure you spare some time and energy to look for job after graduation too.
  • You might disagree with my last point and the next one, but I am pragmatic.
  • I prioritize thesis with possibility of working fulltime afterwards; interest level in thesis topic comes second place.
  • Act fast!
  • Don’t take all month to decide which topic to apply for. Apply as quick as you can!
  • Applications from all the students will be pilling in, and you don’t want yours to be read last.
  • Also, paperwork takes a long time.

Will keep you posted with further updates!




Listed Topics From 2016 Applied Mechanics at Chalmers:

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Internal research related Master Thesis Projects
  • MPEC, Parameter estimation method for heterogeneous catalytic reactors
  • Integration, control, and fast-start for repeatable spray imaging
  • Micro-thermal bubble generation for characterization of cavitation effects in fluid breakup
  • Higher order equations for circular plates
  • Determining of ice characteristics using acoustic wave technology
  • Dynamic Stress Concentrations around Bentonite Filled Tunnels in Rock
Fluid Dynamics:
  • Master thesis for an international workshop in hydro power
  • Streamline curvature effects in turbulence modeling of hydropower applications
Material and Computational Mechanics:
  • Modelling the interaction between matrix cracks and delamination cracks under in plane transverse compression of composite laminates
  • Computational multiscale modeling of heterogeneous and composite beams via variationally consistent numerical homogenization
  • A cohesive zone element based on Phase Field Modeling for simulation of delamination
  • Development of a multilayered solid shell element for accurate prediction of stresses in laminated composites
  • Phase field modeling of fracture using proper generalized decomposition
  • Thermo mechanical modeling of aluminothermic welding of rails
  • Thermo mechanical modeling of frictional welding
  • Using automatic differentiation in the Finite Element Method
Vehicle Safety:
  • Positioning and Personalization of Finite Element Human Body Models
  • Modelling muscle recruitment in emergency steering events
  • Do muscle element paths effect head and neck responses in pre-crash emergency events?
External Master Thesis Projects
  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems utilizing real-time Driving Route Information (AVL)
  • Accurate prediction of the flow around a passenger car (AVL)
  • Accurate prediction of the flow around a truck (AVL)
  • Prediction of the thermal hotspots in the underhood flow of a passenger car (AVL)
  • Automatic Transmission Shift Quality (AVL)
  • Out-of-plane bending moment evaluation on slip-critical screw joints (Alten)
  • Simulation of failure of crash protective steel-composite automotive parts (Case5, Gestamp HardTech)
  • Accelerated Engine Suspension Load Prediction (CEVT)
  • Accelerated Road Load Simulation (CEVT)
  • Artificial Sound on Electrical Vehicle (CEVT)
  • Cell configuration in HV battery (CEVT)
  • Complete vehicle NVH model in Beta software (CEVT)
  • Evaluating different material models to predict material failure in LSDYNA (CEVT)
  • Hybrid System Optizimation (CEVT)
Simulation model development of Vehicle Dynamics – Brakes (CEVT)
  • Simulation model development of Vehicle Dynamics – Propulsion (CEVT)
  • Simulation model development of Vehicle Dynamics – Steering (CEVT)
  • Simulation models of a heat exchanger (CEVT)
  • Spotweld modelling for crash simulation (CEVT)
  • Statistical Road Load Data Assessment (CEVT)
  • Topology optimization of internal fluid flows (CEVT)
  • Wireless Charging (CEVT)
  • Finite Element Modelling of Wind Turbine Blade (DIAB)
  • Model based simulation of marine industrial washing machine (Elektrolux)
  • Cooled vane heat transfer (GKN)
  • Coupled CFD FEA Thermal Analysis (GKN)
  • Evaluation of uncertainty of crack propagation models (GKN)
  • Improved data regression methods for material characterization (GKN)
  • Karaktärisering av planvågsrör för instationär kalibrering av tryckgivare (GKN)
  • Statistical Data Evaluation for Materials Efficieny and Tracebility (GKN)
  • Matlab modeling of Laser Metal Deposition process trials (GKN)
  • Unsteady 3D CFD analysis of film-cooled 1½-stage turbine (GKN)
  • Validation of aeroacoustic prediction methods (GKN)
  • Validation of GPU-based CFD solver for turbine rear frame analysis (GKN)
  • Diesel exhaust gas measurement uncertainties (Matthey)
  • Ammonia Dosing Strategy (Matthey)
  • Diesel exhaust gas measurement uncertainties (Matthey)
  • Creating a Water Separation Module (Minedo)
  • Master Theses in Mechanical and Vehicle Dynamics (Modelon)
  • Requirements for steering in coming Saabs (NEVS)
SAAB Aeronautics:
  • Master Theses (SAAB Aeronautics)
  • Thesis Projects at Scania
  • Crash behaviour of composite structures – Simulation of composites crash tests for validation of material models using LS-Dyna (Semcon)
  • Aeroacoustic modelling (Semcon)
  • Crash simulations of fibre reinforced composite automotive components (Semcon)
  • Effects of robust design on flow simulation results (Semcon)
  • Fluid structural interaction of fan in an air handling unit (Semcon)
  • Structural deformation of heterogeneous soft materials studied by confocal laser scanning microscopy (SP)
  • Finite element model of human head (Uniso)
  • Metodikutveckling, optimering vid dimensionering av flänsförband inom kärnkraftsindustrin (Uniso)
  • Automatic Transmission Power Flow Optimizer (Vicura)
  • CFD Study of Open Clutches (Vicura)
  • Dynamic Measurement System Setup (Vicura)
  • Transmission Dynamics Modelling (Vicura)
  • Assessment method for interaction between passenger airbag and instrument panel (Volvo)
  • Method development: Piston secondary motion (Volvo)
  • Hydraulic valves control of steering axles for converter dolly (Volvo)
  • Numerical modelling of flow generated noise in Volvo Aerodynamical Wind Tunnel (Volvo)
  • Modeling diesel particulate filter (DPF) regeneration – soot oxidation (Volvo Group Trucks Technology)
  • Time alignment engine emission measurements (Volvo Car Corporation)
  • SICOdiesel (Volvo Cars)
  • Pinch Analysis heat exchanger net (Volvo Cars)
  • Drive your own vehicle dynamics model (VTI)
  • Adding road vibrations to Sim IV (Volvo, VTI)
WPT Technologies:
  • Conceptual design, static and dynamic FEM analysis of a 140 m Wind Power tower structure in Cross Laminated Timber (WPT)
  • Automated testing (ÅF)
  • Chassis component made of composite material (ÅF)
  • Structural design support tool based on data mining (ÅF)
  • Vehicle Dynamics and Energy Consumption optimization with MATLAB-Simulink vehicle model (ÅF)
  • Factory optimization using DES (ÅF)
  • Investigation of future Railport using DES (ÅF)


Chinese-Canadian Automotive Engineering graduate from TU Chalmers. Contact me if you have questions or just want to grab a beer at gimmygoteborg (at) gmail!
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