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The Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering of Universidad Nacional Colombia, Bogotá Headquarters, presents the Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering.

The curriculum is supported mainly by teachers from the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering. In addition, other teachers from the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Medicine, among others, participate during the process.

Universidad Nacional de Colombia as an autonomous body of the national order and the main institution of higher education in our country, aims to transmit knowledge through the teaching-learning process to increase knowledge through research, promoting innovation and technological development and interacting with new national realities.


  • Educational level: Master's Degree
  • Type of Curriculum: Research - In-depth study
  • Academic program: Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Title granted: Msc. of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
  • SNIES code: 101
  • Creation year: 1987
  • Opening year: 1987
  • Campus: Bogotá
  • Faculty: Engineering
  • Estimated duration: 4 semesters
  • Total credits: 52
  • Semester tuition described by points:

    Academic fee

    Administrative fee

    Welfare fee

    Insurance fee




    26,000 COP

  • Point equivalence Currently daily minimum wage for 2020 - ( Circular 1 of 2020 - General Secretariat ) = $29,260 COP
  • Approximate tuition for the semester: $5,731,700 COP


Candidate Profile

The Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering is aimed at professionals from different branches of engineering.

Graduate Profile

The graduate of the Master in Mechanical Engineering will be able to:

  • To face methodologically the solution of engineering problems specific to their field of study.
  • To lead industrial research and development projects.
  • To manage properly the necessary theoretical foundations in the solution of problems that arise in their professional performance.
  • To enhance production processes, innovate and develop new technologies in line with the principles of sustainable development.
  • To continue a further doctoral level.


The specific learning outcomes of the curriculum are:

  • To enrich knowledge in the areas of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, applicable to current needs, making presence at national and international level through research activities and application of knowledge.
  • To promote interaction among Universidad Nacional de Colombia, different academic institutions and the public and private sectors, for the development of studies and research to solve problems and generate relevant knowledge.
  • To generate a positive impact in the areas of mechanical engineering and mechatronics through the training of professionals with the capacity to carry out research according to the needs of the country at a doctoral level.
  • To promote the consolidation in the country of a scientific community in the areas of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics through the formation of specific competencies for the proper performance of research tasks.
  • To educate professionals with specific competencies in their fields of action that contribute to process improvement, automation and control, productivity increase and innovation in the industrial sector, through the application of knowledge in the areas of mechanical engineering and mechatronics.



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  • Courses offered vary every semester. **For the full list of courses offered please refer to

  • The timetable for postgraduate courses is usually in the 7:00 to 9:00 and 18:00 to 20:00 bands.


Research Lines

  • Design Engineering and Biomechanics
  • Thermal and Fluid Engineering
  • Materials Engineering and Manufacturing Processes
  • Automation, Control and Mechatronics


Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering

Call for proposals 2020-02 Research - In-depth study

Non-mass Admission Process


  • If you have completed undergraduate studies at the National University of Colombia, you still have credits and are interested in obtaining the benefit to pursue postgraduate studies at the university, access this link for more information

If you are a foreign student, click on the link for more information Aspirantes Extranjeros. We clarified that the certificates of admission / acceptance letters (if required) are issued only to applicants selected by the National University in the admissions process established.


Clarification on the Examination:

Dear Applicant,

In order to prepare for the entrance exam to the Mechanical Engineering Master's degree in 2021-1, we recommend studying the following subjects: (1) Design, (2) Manufacturing Processes, (3) Heat Transfer, (4) Thermodynamics, (5) Materials and (6) Translation of a scientific text or article in English related to one of the programme's lines of research. The examination will include at least two (2) of these topics and may be open-ended and/or multiple choice. For this purpose, it is recommended to review the following bibliography:

  • Resistance of materials. Singer F.L. . Pytel A. Ed. Harla, Haper and Row Latin America, preferably latest edition.
  • Design in Mechanical Engineering, Shigley, Mac Graw Gill, preferably last edition.
  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics, Van Wylen, G. C., R. E. Sonntag, Ed. Limusa, preferably latest edition.
  • Heat Transfer Processes, Donald Kern, CECSA Ed
  • Heat and Mass Transfer, Yanus Cengel, Mac Graw Gill, preferably latest edition.
  • Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology, Manufacturing Processes, Serope Kalpakjian, Steven R. Schmid, Volume 1 and 2, Person, last edition preferred.
  • Materials Science and Engineering, William D. Callister, David G. Rethwisch, Reverte, latest edition preferred.
  • Materials Science and Engineering, Donal R. Askeland, Wendelin J. Wright, Cengagle Learning, latest edition preferred.

Available places: 15


Documents marked with (*) are optional. However, these supports give points within the rating of the resume, it is recommended to attach them in case of having them.


  • Identification document..
  • Professional card*
  • Support for university studies:
    • Degree Certificate
    • Diploma.
    • Transcript of grades.
    • Document legalized by apostille or diplomatic delegation (in the case of certificates obtained abroad)
    • Certificate of completion of studies issued by the institution where he/she studied (for students who do not yet have an undergraduate degree)
    • Academic History Report (for undergraduate students of the National University of Colombia with choice of graduate degree)
  • Academic Honors*:
    • Name of the distinction, institution that grants, date on which it was granted (please attach the supporting documentation).
  • Professional Experience*:
    • Name of the institution or company, type of relationship, start and end date (or in progress), position, main function and attach support of it.
  • Experience as a Professor*:
    • Name of the institution, dedication of the company, start and end date (or in progress), areas of work, information of subjects taught and intention of hours per week and attach support.
  • Research Experience*:
    • Name of the research project, institution, project area, funding entity, main functions, start date of linkage and completion (or ongoing), country and attach support.
  • Intellectual Production*:
    • Type of production (article in indexed journal, book, book chapter, patent, software, pilot plant, industrial design, other production), production data and attach support.
  • Certifications of Language Proficiency*:
    • English is not required as a requirement in the admission process, however, attach support if you have it.
  • Academic or professional references*:
    • The website will ask you for the basic contact details of two people who will register 2 academic or professional references according to the profile to which you aspire (academic references apply to the research profile, whereas academic or professional references apply to the deepening profile). The information provided by the persons you indicate is confidential and will be known only to the program directives during the admission evaluation process.


  • Document 1 - Letter of motivation from the applicant. One-page document where the applicant:
    • Explains his/her professional and personal reasons for pursuing graduate studies at the master's level.
    • It informs about their capabilities, achievements and merits, both academic and professional.
    • It comments on their work or research experience in the possible area of work.
    • It clarifies what your potential sources of funding will be.
    • It informs about your time availability for your postgraduate studies.

NOTE: Those people who enter by early admission or automatic admission (National University of Colombia) must apply for the sending of documents in order to register their resume in the program.


The reception of documents will be carried out by filling out a web application, in which the supports and documents mentioned in the previous section will be loaded. Each applicant will receive an email from the Academic Vice-Deanship of the Faculty with the corresponding web and instructional link.

The Faculty of Engineering of the National University of Colombia, is not responsible in case the applicant cannot enter his data and documents satisfactorily through the web application, due to the demand of simultaneous users exceeding the capacity of the system. it is recommended to advance the process before the closing date


  • Advance the document loading process prior to the closing date.
  • Verify that you have all required documents, each in PDF format (only) and that it does not exceed the size of 10MB.
  • Allow sufficient time to load the documents. Loading of documents can be done in parts, closing each time you finish loading each part of the requested documentation.
  • The documents related to a (*) are optional, the others are mandatory. However, these supports give points within the qualification of the resume, it is recommended to attach them in case of having them.
  • To make changes to documents you have previously loaded, you must load the new document and save the changes. The new document will replace the previously loaded one.
  • The application using a set of choices indicates the number of records loaded in each section and points in red to the section in which there are no loaded supports.
  • Previously contact the people you will relate to as references, and make sure that you enter the recommendations within the set deadline.
  • After loading the entire documentation, it will be enough to log out to save it. This information will be stored and sent automatically to the evaluators after application closure.

CV Assessment criteria

The following items in the CV assessment will be taken into account:

  • Affinity of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
  • Professional experience (including experience as professor).
  • Experience as a Professor
  • Experience in research.
  • Academic performance in previous formal studies
  • Academic distinctions.
  • Intellectual production.

Exams Assessment Criteria

The test consists of a series of questions of reading comprehension and critical analysis of texts in the area of mechanical engineering and mechatronics. The evaluation will be carried out considering the number of successful responses. The minimum approval rating is 2.0/5.0.

Interview Assessment Criteria

The final mark of the interview shall consider the following aspects:

  • Commitment to the program and reasons to advance postgraduate studies in master’s degree.
  • Availability of time to attend to the different academic program commitments.
  • Communication skills (Argumentation).
  • General knowledge of the work lines of the program.

Minimum admission mark

The minimum admission mark after weighting all the components of the entrance examination shall be 3.0 out of 5.0.

Regulation associated with the process

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Type of Applicant

Available places

Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering






In-depth study

Early admission for UNAL undergraduate students



Early admission for UNAL undergraduate students


In-depth study


Program Coordinator: Henry Octavio Cortés Ramos

E-mail: –

Telephone: (+57) (1) 3165000 Ext. 11208

Address: Av. NQS (Carrera 30), 45-03, Campus Ciudad Universitaria, Building 407, Posgrados de mecánica

Curricular area: Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

Director: Aldo Germán Benavides Morán

Telephone: (+57) (1) 3165000 Ext. 13646



Current status: In process of self-assessment

Self-assessment starting Date: 2010-02