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Санкт-Петербургский политехнический университет Петра Великого

Институт прикладной математики и механики

Кафедра "Механика и процессы управления"

Continuum Mechanics

Looking for more opportunities to get profound knowledge in Continuum Mechanics? Join our course!

Continue admission to new international master degree program «Continuum Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications» that was open at the department «Mechanics and Control Process» from the 1st of September, 2015.

The aim of the program is to prepare masters capable of formulating and solving a wide range of problems arising in various fields of continuum mechanics, both in mechanics of solids and fluids, with focus on interdisciplinarity, in strong connection with engineering applications in hi-tech and advanced manufacturing technologies – in the spirit of the STEM Education concept aimed at obtaining 21st century’s skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Being enrolled in MSc Program “Continuum mechanics: fundamentals and applications” means practically oriented learning, mentoring and scientific guidance from prominent professors of the Institute of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics of St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (Departments of Mechanics and Processes Control, Hydroaerodynamics , Applied Mathematics, Continuum Mechanics), recognized scientists from the Institute for Problems in Mechanical Engineering of Russian Academy of Science that is one of the leading research institutions in the field of mechanics of materials, and invited professors from top world universities: TU Berlin, TU Delft, École Polytechnique, University of Illinois at Chicago.



Program profile. Major areas of expertise:

  • Fundamental Mechanics: Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Continua, Elasticity, Plasticity, Fracture Mechanics and Micromechanics of Heterogeneous Media, Мicromechanics of Strength and Plasticity, Dynamics of thin-walled structures, Waves in Continua, Fluid Mechanics, Multiphase Flows, Turbulence Modeling, Research and Developments of Mechatronic Systems, Micromechanics of heterogeneous media - 42 ECTS
  • Computational Solid and Fluid Mechanics8 ECTS
  • Mathematical foundations: Tensor Calculus; Elements of Functional Analysis; Numerical methods for PDE’s and Fundamentals of Finite Elements; Mathematical Methods in Solid Mechanics; Reliable Modeling and Error Control (A Posteriory Error Analysis), and Advanced Topics in Probability, Stochastic Processes and Statistics – 16 ECTS
  • Research and Modeling Seminar: all students are given a problem-project to solve either individually or in minigroups, and the results are then discussed altogether - 16 ECTS;
  • Mechanics and Applied Mathematics in Sciences and Technologies:  blocks of lectures given by leading scientists from European and USA universities on various topics in mechanics and applied mathematics - 8 ECTS;


Rational Electrodynamics of Materials (Prof. W. H. Müller)

Nonlinear deformation of solids in particular rubber (Prof. W. H. Müller)

Perturbation Methods for Nonlinear Continuous Dynamical Systems (Prof. W. T. van Horssen)

Fatigue and shakedown (Prof. Eric Charkaluk)
Experimental and Theoretical Fracture Mechanics (Prof. Alexander Chudnovsky)


Entry Requirements

Bachelor's, Specialist's or Master's degree in a relevant area is required

English language proficiency - B+ (CEFR B2)

Entry Tests

Multiple Choice Test in a relevant field of studies

Interview in English with a program coordinator (Skype option)

Start Date

September, 1

Apply Before

June, 30


2 years

Degree Awarded

Master of Science (MSc)


120 credits

Tuition fee Russian / Foreign

220 000 / 260 000 Rub

Admission procedure

You are kindly required to fill in an on-line application.

International applicants may find additional information concerning admission at SPbSPU web-site. 

Key Points

  • practically oriented learning;
  • mentoring and scientific guidance from prominent professors of the Institute of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics of St. Petersburg Polytechnic University
  • lectures delivered by recognized scientists from the Institute for Problems in Mechanical Engineering of Russian Academy of Science that is one of the leading research institutions in the field of mechanics of materials, and invited professors from top world universities;
  • interdisciplinarity, which is a current trend in mechanics, and the program topics include phase transformations, mechanochemistry, biological systems etc.;
  • deep learning of basic subjects of continuum mechanics supplemented by development of mathematical background;
  • the graduates will obtain the skills and develop critical thinking which are necessary to do both fundamental and applied research, using theoretical and computational mechanics of solids, gas and fluids in one pack, and, thus, beneficial for prospective international career;
  • extensive experience in research and teaching;
  • broad international contacts, which we are eager to share with our students for their future career;
  • cross-cultural studies and extracurricular activities at SPbPU;
  • scholarships to study abroad in English in one of the European partner universities (a semester or a summer school).


Teaching Methods

With the aim to turn students into highly-qualified experts in the field of Continuum Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications  a plenty of teaching methods are used ensuring comprehensive theoretical and empirical knowledge:

Lectures and discussions. Regular lectures are normally given on a relevant topic to be surveyed and mastered. Students are welcome to raise the pertinent questions in order to clarify new materials.  

Specific modular course. “Mechanics and Applied Mathematics in Sciences and Technologies” is a modular course during which leading scientists offer students challenging courses and highlight cutting-edge issues. After the end of each module the communication and possible collaboration with the invited lecturer may be continued on-line to provide support with research projects as well as theses.

Scientific research activities and publishing.  All the students are required to do a research work and write a scientific article under guidance of a professor. Practice classes are available in research labs. Students might get their research and scientific articles published on global citation websites.

Learning by doing and modular training. Some jobs or activities can be actually performed to show students what to do and how to do it. Students  obtain valuable empirical knowledge. 

Learn more about our programs here.


Contact details:

Program scientific supervisor:

Alexander B. Freidin, Dr. Sci., Professor 


tel. +7 921 349 78 49

Program coordinator:

Roman Filippov, PhD, Associated Professor 


tel. +7 911 210 66 60



St. Petersburg Polytechnic University

Polytechnicheskaya, 29, University building,

195251 St. Petersburg, Russia 



tel. +7(812) 534-25-31

fax: +7(812) 534-13-65