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Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSc in Engineering)

Master of science IN
COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Allows you to specialiser in various fields

Introduction

Specialisation

As a student of MSc Computer Engineering, you are able to specialise in relevant fields of study connected with system and instrument development involving software, hardware and communication technology. Depending on your chosen specialisation, upon completion of the degree you are awarded the title of either Master of Science in Engineering (Computer Engineering) or Master of Science and Technology (Computer Engineering).

You are taught by academics from the Department of Engineering and Department of Computer Science, as well as lecturers and development engineers at the Aarhus University School of Engineering. The degree programme thus benefits from research and development projects carried out in all three environments.  

Choice of study packages

The first year of the MSc consists of two basic study packages and two specialised study packages. All students take the basic study packages, but you can choose your own specialised study packages from the options listed below. Each study package amounts to 15 ECTS. The second year consists of an optional programme and a thesis.

MSc Computer Engineering offers specialised study packages in the following fields:

  • software engineering
  • embedded real-time systems
  • distributed systems
  • digital signal processing
  • communication technology
  • electronics

Teaching

At Aarhus University, you are in close contact with the lecturers and researchers in a way that is rarely experienced at other universities. Academic staff is readily available if you need clarification of the study material. Part of the teaching is in the form of lectures that introduce new angles on the course material, and theoretical and practical exercises take place in small groups, where you study relevant issues in depth.

Career prospects

Computer Engineering graduates find work in a wide range of fields and institutions. There is considerable demand for IT graduates in areas such as instrument development engineering. Many graduates work successfully as software architects, developers of large instruments and systems, or become a software developer or project manager for large IT systems.

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Admission requirements

The following Bachelor's degrees qualify students for admission to the Master of Science in Engineering degree programme in Computer Engineering:

  • A Bachelor of Technical Science degree in IT or Computer Science from a Danish university if mathematical competences equal to the courses Applied Linear Algebra (5 ECTS) and Stochastic Modelling and Processing (5 ECTS) can be documented.
  • A Bachelor of Engineering degree in the E- or IKT-field of study from a Danish university or engineering college if mathematical competences equal to the courses Applied Linear Algebra (5 ECTS) and Stochastic Modelling and Processing (5 ECTS) can be documented.
  • Bachelor's degree programmes with at least 60 ECTS in the field of Computer Engineering can provide admission, provided that the academic requirements for the Master of Science in Engineering degree programme are met.
  • Other qualifications can provide admission to the Master's degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.

In connection with possible admission, further requirements can be stipulated regarding the composition of the degree programme.

The following Bachelor's degrees qualify students for admission to the Master’s degree programme in Computer Engineering (Master of Science in Technology):

  • A Bachelor of Computer Science from a Danish university if mathematical competences equal to the courses Applied Linear Algebra (5 ECTS) and Stochastic Modelling and Processing (5 ECTS) can be documented.
  • Other qualifications can provide admission to the Master's degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.

In connection with possible admission, further requirements can be stipulated regarding the composition of the degree programme.degree programme.

Language requirements

To qualify for admission to English language programmes you must document English language qualifications comparable to an "English B level" in the Danish upper secondary school. See the general English language requirements.

Programme structure

The study structure in Computer Engineering consists of a joint basic package of six subjects taken during the first year of studies. In addition, you must choose two of the following specialised study packages plus an optional package that can be more freely chosen as single-subject courses. The programme thus includes a field of specialisation that is composed individually under supervision and amounts to 60 ECTS credits. In the final term, you conclude your studies with a thesis amounting to 30 ECTS credits.


For further information on the structure of the programme please see the academic regulations for master's degree programmes


A year divided into four terms

The teaching is divided into terms with four terms per year. Each term consists of a block of seven weeks followed by an examination period of 2-4 weeks. An example of the teaching calendar is given here.

When applying for the program you specify which subject of study you wish to follow. For each of the three subjects of study a diagram of the first six terms is established. During each term you are supposed to attend to 3 courses. On the 5th term it is possible for you to attend to a preparation course prior to your Master project which starts on the 6th term and ends on the 8th term. 

PhD programme

If you have the necessary skills and interest, you have the option of applying for admission to the PhD programme. In the PhD programme, you start working on a research project and are gradually trained through courses and personal guidance to become a researcher. 


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Student life

The Department of Engineering has many social spaces where you can meet other students outside lessons and this is an excellent basis for social activities. There is an engineering club for staff and students through which students can network with like-minded people. Like all departments, there is a popular Friday bar, and the Tågekammeret association organises celebrations and social events for all students.

Campus – a unique place

Aarhus University campus is unique, with buildings closely grouped together and surrounded by nature. The campus is conveniently situated close to the city centre, and student accommodation is readily available as long as you apply on time. There are a range of activities, ranging from running to regatta on the lake, as well as guest lectures, film screenings, and university events taking place throughout the year. To ensure student well-being, counselling services are available for students, to offer support and guidance during their time at Aarhus.

Aarhus as a city

As the second-largest city in Denmark, Aarhus is a young and dynamic place with plenty of opportunities. The 40,000 students at the university make up 17.5% of the city’s population, which leaves its mark on city life. An attractive feature of Aarhus is that there are beaches and woods a short bike-ride away, as well as cultural events taking place throughout the year, including the Aarhus Festival in September. The theatres in the city and the ARoS international art museum offer many events that enable you to experience the Danish culture.

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Career

Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2013/2014 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question.

Competence profile

Companies demand graduates with considerable theoretical depth and analytical working methods. You learn to combine the theoretically strong knowledge of a computer scientist with the more practically oriented and innovative approach of an engineer, so that you are well equipped to meet the needs of the job market.

With a Masters degree in Computer Engineering, you have the following competences:  

  • You have a comprehensive command of Computer Engineering and have detailed knowledge of key disciplines, methodologies, theories and technologies within Computer Engineering.
  • You can independently plan, manage and implement projects and apply the results in scientifically relevant decision processes.
  • You can assess the applicability and appropriateness of theoretical, experimental and practical methodologies for the analysis and solution of scientific questions and issues.
  • You can structure your own competence development independently and critically.
  • You can systematically and critically familiarise yourself with new subject areas.
  • You can relay and communicate academic questions and issues to both a scientific and an industrial forum.
  • You can collaborate constructively on a scientific and technological basis to solve subject-related issues.

Job opportunities

Aarhus University educates graduate Computer Technology engineers for the regional, national and international job markets. Graduates can find work in a wide range of fields and institutions. 

  • You can get a job in areas such as an instrument development engineer, involving signal processing of sound and images, for example. Such equipment is typically produced using dedicated signal processors and can include a wireless instrument for measuring a patients heart signals.
  • You could also become a software architect or software developer of large instruments and systems. These are typically worked out on dedicated microprocessor platforms using real-time operative systems and often including wired or wireless communication. An example of such a system is a mobile phone and its accompanying infrastructure.
  • Another option is to be a software architect, software developer or project manager for larger IT systems that are normally worked out on standard platforms aided by standard operative systems. This would typically involve IT systems incorporated in a technical context. This could be a system for electronic medical records, for example, which automatically gathers measurement data from patients. It could also be a system for monitoring wind turbines, which automatically collects measurement data from the turbines and can be used for purposes such as maintaining and regulating wind turbine farms.

Applying knowledge of Computer Engineering intrudes more and more into everyday life. You are therefore educated and trained to develop user-friendly systems that are also reliable. Thorough knowledge of this technology is crucial, but being able to apply your knowledge is just as important when you develop instruments and systems that not only have the right functions, but are also easy and straightforward for many different user groups to operate. At the same time, system development requires close interaction between many development engineers with different backgrounds, and you therefore learn to collaborate with others.


Brian Gottorp Jeppesen

The education in Computer Engineering/Information Technology provides the ballast which is important when you are heading at the business community because the knowledge that you acquire is specialised but still covers so broadly that you can easily acquaint yourself to new technologies. The education has been right for me because of the project oriented teaching where you have your theoretical knowledge tested in practice. All in all the education reflects the everyday life in the business community very well which makes the transition from time at the university to work life much easier. 


Brian Roslev Jeppesen,
cand.polyt. in Information Technology (Computer engineering)
CEO, Mjølner Informatics A/S

 

 

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