M.Sc. in Mechanical System Design & Engineering
The Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University has initiated a 2-year full-time masters
program in mechanical engineering, titled M.Sc. Engineering in Mechanical Systems Design and
Engineering (MS-MSDE), from April/May2017. Engineers completing four years course in
Bachelor in Mechanical/Industrial/Automobile/Aeronautical Engineering, or equivalent to
Mechanical Engineering, will be eligible to apply for this program. This program will be run
under Department of Mechanical Engineering, Pulchowk Campus, Lalitpur, Nepal.
The students in this program will develop high levels of analytical and critical skills and learn
about the core mechanical methods, tools and techniques, understand their applications and
limitations, and indulge in research in the fields of mechanical design, advanced
numerical/computational techniques, energy engineering, mechanics and materials, air
conditioning and refrigeration, automobile and heavy-equipment engineering, aerospace and
aviation, project planning, industrial methods, and management, through highly progressive and
innovative learning methods.
Program entry requirements
In order to be eligible for admission for M.Sc. Mechanical Systems Design and Engineering (MS-
MSDE), a candidate must have:
i. Bachelors' degree from a 4-year engineering program in Mechanical, Industrial,
Aeronautical, and Automobile Engineering, or equivalent, from Tribhuvan University and
other recognized universities as well as degree equivalent to any of the aforementioned
branches of engineering.
ii. Secure at least a minimum score as prescribed by the faculty board in the admission test
conducted by the Institute of Engineering.
The nature of entrance examination will be decided by the Entrance Examination Board of the
Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University.
Candidate fulfilling the program entry requirements will be selected for admission on the basis of
merit based on entrance examination.
Category of Students
The following category of students will be enrolled in the MS-MSDE programs to fulfill its quota
of 20 students.
1. Regular students who have been selected through the IOE post-graduate entrance
examination for the MS-MSDE program, complying with the rules and regulations of
Pulchowk Campus to qualify as regular students.
2. Full-fee or self-sponsored students who have been selected through the IOE post-
graduate entrance examination for the MS-MSDE program, and falling in the full-fee
criteria under the rules and regulations of the Pulchowk Campus.
3. Sponsored students from government organizations, industries, INGO/NGO or other
entities, selected through the IOE post-graduate entrance examination for the MS-MSDE
program, and complying with the rules and regulations of Pulchowk Campus for
sponsorship through an external organization or entity.
Category of Students
S.N. Category No. of Students
1. Regular 6
2. Full-Fee 8
3. Sponsored 6
Duration of study and barrier
The normal duration of the course for fulfillment of the degree is two academic years. The
maximum period within which a student a student is allowed to complete the course is fourth
academic year. Each student must take a minimum of 60 credits. Students may take more than 60
credits but the excess will not be counted for.
Only the students who secure minimum 50% of the total credit of any semester will be allowed to
admit for the next semester. Unsuccessful students have to repeat the courses in which they failed
and should pay course registration fee for those courses.
The course structure is based on the Semester system. The detailed course structure, examination
scheme, marks, etc. are listed in detailed course structure sheet.
Each year is divided into first and second semesters. There are altogether six core courses and
four elective courses needed to be taken by each student. In first year first semester, four core
courses are offered and two core courses in the second semester. The second year, first semester
includes one group project.
Four different elective subjects are offered in second semester and students can opt for two of
them. There are four fundamental streams/concentrations of elective courses offered, namely,
Engineering Mechanics and Materials (7 courses), Mechanical Design and Manufacturing (6
courses), Thermo-Fluids (5 courses) and Industrial Practices (9 courses), respectively. The first
two elective concentrations are offered in the second semester, and students can choose two
courses from each stream to study under two groups of two different courses for each elective.
Similarly, the third and fourth elective concentrations are offered in the third semester and can be
selected as described for first two electives. The second year second semester is entirely allocated
for dissertation work. The dissertation shall be individual's work and be extensive and normally
design, simulation, performance characteristics and/or manufacturing based. Students shall be
encouraged to publish research papers in national and international journals as an outcome of
their dissertation work.
The course curriculum is organized in the overall framework of credit system. Each course has a
certain number of credits which indicated the weightage. The number of credits depends on the
contact hours for the course and its work load. Course with one credit weightage will have 15
lecture hours in a semester. The tutorials consulting and assessment hours will vary depending on
the nature of the course. The total credit for the master's program is 60 credits.
The course outlines of the core courses are provided below. The course outlines of elective
courses are subject to development and changes from respective teaching faculties.
1. Advanced Research Methods
Types of Research, Defining Research Problem, Research Design, Sampling, Measurement and
Scaling Technique, Methods of Data Collection, Processing and Analysis, Testing of Hypothesis,
Analysis of Variance, Multivariate Analysis Technique, Proposal Writing, Thesis Writing,
Preparation of Research Paper.
2. Advanced Fluid Mechanics and Machines
Derivation of Finite Volume Continuity, Momentum and Energy Equations, Boundary
Conditions, Surface and Volume Integrals, Incompressible Flows, Circulation, Lifting Line
Theory, Compressible Flows and Aerothermodynamics, Viscous Flow Theory, Chemically
Reacting Viscous Flows, Examples in Applications of Fluid Mechanics, Design of Fluid
3. Computational Fluid Dynamics
Finite Volume Treatment for Continuity, Momentum and Energy Equations, Incompressible and
Compressible Flow Solutions, Viscous Flow Solutions, Application of CFD, Conditioning and
Solution Formulation of Full Set of Navier-Stokes Equations, Treatments for Incompressible and
Compressible Flows, Solution Formulation of unsteady, convection, viscous stress and diffusion,
and source terms, Solving basic flows with simple computational schemes, Mesh Generation,
Examples in FLUENT, Introduction to OpenFOAM.
4. Finite Element Methods and Application
Introduction, Matrix Algebra, Trusses, Axial Members, Beams, and Frames, One-dimensional
Elements, Analysis of One-Dimensional Problem, Two-Dimensional Elements, ANSYS,
Analysis of Two-Dimensional Heat Transfer Problems, Analysis of Two-dimensional Solid
Mechanics Problems, Dynamic Problems, Analysis of Fluid Mechanics Problems, Three-
Dimensional Elements, Design and Material Selection, Design Optimization.
5. Advanced Thermodynamics and Heat Engines
Basic Concepts and Definitions, Reviews of the First, Second and Third Laws of
Thermodynamics, Reversible Work, Irreversibility and Second-Law Efficiency for a Closed
System, Steady-State Control Volume, Analysis of Simple Cycles, Ideal and Non-Ideal Mixtures
and their Thermodynamic Properties, Variation of Specific Heats, Chemical Reactions,
Combustion and Fuel Cells, Chemical and Multiphase Equilibria, Discussion on Compression
and Absorption Cycles and Working Fluids.
6. Solid Mechanics
Vector Algebra, Forces Resultants and Moments, Equilibrium of Rigid Bodies, Free Body
Diagrams, Center of Gravity, Centroids and Moments of Inertia, Tension, Compression and
Shear, Axially Loaded Members, Torsion, Advanced Shear Force, Combined Loading, Bending
Moments, Stresses in Beams, Stress Transformation, Deflection of Beams, Analysis of Stress and
Strain, Failure Criteria, Pressure Vessels, Column Analysis.