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Master of Science in Engineering

About the programme
Language: English  (See language requirements)  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September and January / February


How do you design the blades of a wind turbine? How do you calculate the lifetime of a computer chip or a fuel cell? How do you analyse the dynamics of a racing car? These are just some of the questions the MSc in Mechanical Engineering programme explores.

The programme provides students with the opportunity to apply theory to practical issues, with scope for interdisciplinary collaboration. You will gain a sound understanding of advanced calculation methodologies, such as the finite element method (FEM) and multidisciplinary simulation tools. You will study topics such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD), structural dynamics and modal analysis, and fracture mechanics and fatigue. The basis for these competencies includes continuum mechanics, elasticity theory and plasticity theory. 

Read more about the study packages under "Programme Structure"

Choice in electives and specialisation

The first and the second semester include a number of compulsory courses and elective course packages within the specialisations of Structural Mechanics, Fluid Dynamics, Dynamics, Fracture and Composits and Termo Machinery.

The third semester includes elective courses and the possibility to do a project, which can be completed in collaboration with a company and/or a research group.

As a student on the degree programme, you will be offered half-yearly student development interviews. This is an opportunity to discuss topics such as requests and plans regarding choice of courses, as well as choosing subjects from other departments at Aarhus University

Admission requirements

The following Bachelor's degrees qualify students for admission to the Master of science in Engineering degree programme in Mechanical Engineering if mathematical competencies in extent and content equal to at least 20 ECTS on Bachelor level in Calculus, Ordinary Differential Equations, Systems of Ordinary Differential Equations, Partial Differential Equations, Vector Differential- and Vector Integral Equations can be documented.

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering or Mechanics from a Danish university.
  • A Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from a Danish University or University School of Engineering.
  • A Bachelor Degree with at least 60 ECTS in the field of mechanical engineering can provide admission, provided that the academic requirements for the graduate engineer degree programme are met.
  • Other qualifications can provide admission to the graduate engineer 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.

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 (Danish upper secondary school level with a minimum GPA of 3.0). See the general English language requirements.

Programme structure

The study structure in Mechanical Engineering consists of a joint basic package of 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.

Compulsory Courses:



Continuum Mechanics for Solids - 5 ECTS
Fluid Dynhamics - 5 ECTS
Optimization Algorithms and Programming - 5 ECTS


Thermodynamics - 5 ECTS
Applied Innovation in Engineering 5 ECTS
Mechanical Vibrations - 5 ECT

Specialised study packages


Structural Mechanics
Finite Element Method - 5 ECTS
Beams and Plates - 5 ECTS
Nonlinear Mechanics - 5 ECTS

Robotics - 5 ECTS
Control and Sensor Technology - 10 ECTS

Energy Conversion Technology
Heat Transfer - 5 ECTS
Turbo Machinery - 5 ECTS
Wind Energy - 5 ECTS

Renewable Energy
Renewable Energy Technology - 5 ECTS
Renewable Energy Systems - 5 ECTS
Solar Energy - 5 ECTS



Fracture and Composites
Fracture Mechanics - 10 ECTS
Mechanics of Composite Materials - 5 ECTS

Computational Dynamics - 5 ECTS
Dynamic Systems with Applications - 10 ECTS

Fluid Dynamics
Computational Fluid Dynamics - 10 ECTS
Turbulence - 5 ECTS

A full, or part of a, specialisaton package can be cancelled one year if < 5 students enrolls, but only if the Head of Degree Programme evaluates that suitable alternatives can be offered to the students.

Elective courses:


  • Complex Renewable Networks
  • Mathematical Modeling for Applications to Science and Engineering
  • Plasticity: Theory and Modeling
  • Sustainable Design and Production
  • Topology Optimization
  • Vehicle Dynamics


Academic regulations

For further information on the structure of the programme please see the academic regulations:

Study program diagram:

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. 

Student life

Aarhus University 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 "De Studerendes Råd - RIA") 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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Graduates find work in a wide range of fields, from basic engineering or science research in joint projects involving research institutes and the industrial sector, to research and development projects in the industry. Many graduates of MSc Mechanical Engineering have gone on to working within research and development departments at industrial enterprises, whilst others choose to do a PhD in Denmark or abroad.


We want to help our students find successful careers. Students can always contact our Career Services for advice and assistance with getting onto the Danish labour market. Check out our careers page to see the range of services we offer.

Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2016 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.