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


The Master of Science in Engineering - Technology-Based Business Development in Herning aims at providing graduates with a strong insight in engineering practices, the relationship between theory and practice and a relentless desire for generating new knowledge and technology-based business opportunities for companies.

The core courses take a technological view on engineering management processes including organisation, research methodologies, business creation and optimisation. The degree programme offers students the possibility of choosing individual technological specialisations in close collaboration with companies in a spirit of problem-based learning.
The programme is carried out with a strong emphasis on practice, as it has a long tradition of ensuring a strong link between the theory that the students acquire on the programme and the practical challenges faced by  companies.

The Master’s degree programme in technology-based business development is now offered as a Master's degree programme for working professionals. The Master's degree programme for working professionals is a part-time programme aimed at people who work alongside their studies.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Engineering from a university or school of applied sciences.
  • A Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a specialisation in mechanical, chemical, electrical, electronic, construction, bioprocess, health technology or neuroscience engineering.
  • A Bachelor of Engineering with a specialisation in mechanics, production or exports, including a Bachelor of Business Development, BDE (enrolment from 1 Sept. 2019) and Global Management and Manufacturing (GMM) study programme at the Department of Business Development and Technology.
  • The first three years of the Business Development Engineer (BDE) study programme at the Department of Business Development and Technology, enrolled before 1 Sept. 2019 (corresponding to 180 ECTS, including completed Bachelor’s project).
  • A Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Geography, Bioscience, Nuclear, Biology and similar.
  • A Bachelor of Engineering in Global Business Engineering or a Professional Bachelor of Value Chain Management from VIA University College in Horsens, Denmark.
  • A Bachelor in Materials Science and Product Design from VIA University College, TEKO Design + Business in Herning, Denmark.
  • Other similar programmes, provided that the Board of Studies assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.

The Bachelor’s programme must contain an element of innovation and business development corresponding to at least 15 ECTS credits. These ECTS credits are typically obtained by means of a final project containing significant elements of innovation and business development or by means of minor subjects.

In addition, English language qualifications comparable to an English B level (Danish upper secondary school level with a minimum GPA of 3.0) in the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium') is required. 

Please note that applicants with a Danish professional Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (e.g. a top-up professional Bachelor’s degree) without a qualifying examination must supplement with a full entry examination, e.g. Adgangskursus (i.e. Admission Course for engineering programmes), containing as a minimum the following upper secondary subject levels: English B, Mathematics B, Physics B and Chemistry C. Examples are Bachelor’s degrees from the Danish academies of professional higher education, the Bachelor’s degree in Product Development and Technical Integration from VIA University College, the Bachelor’s degree in Technology Management and Marine Engineering and Technical Officers with a completed degree before 2014, to which applicants may have been admitted without an entry examination. However, an assessment of the academic content of the Bachelor’s degree with a view to admission to the MSc in Engineering (Technology Based Business Development) is always required, and therefore, applicants are recommended to apply for an academic pre-assessment of their Bachelor’s degree before commencing a full entry examination.


The Master’s degree programme for working professionals in technology-based business development (MSc in Engineering degree programme)

To be admitted to the Master’s degree programme for working professionals in technology-based business development, you must:

  • Meet the academic admission requirements (the same requirements that apply to the two-year Master’s degree programme)
  • Have either a documented contract of employment with a public or private employer stating that you are employed in a relevant job alongside your studies for no less than 25 hours a week on average, or be an entrepreneur. To be an entrepreneur, you must document that you are either operating an independent business with revenue and income-generating activities or that you are part of a public or private entrepreneurial environment.

Relevant employment may be:

  • employment in technology-oriented companies
  • employment in technological fields such as product development, testing, systems analysis, production planning, production management, production maturity, project management (and support), product-life-cycle management, product-data-management, master data management, software development, quality management, and management of technological business functions

Programme Structure

The programme stresses the importance of the students’ interaction with practice and supports the fact that project assignments are carried out in collaboration with companies. Thus, students are invited to identify companies and assignments that could be relevant in the student’s technology specialisations and Master's thesis. The technology specialisations normally include field-work outside of campus, e.g. in companies.

Most teaching activities take place at the campus in Herning, and the language of instruction is English. The programme is closely linked to current trends and is thus continuously developed.

Structure of the Degree Programme

If you want to read more about the courses, please take a look in our course catalogue.


1. semester

  • Management of Technology (10 ECTS)
  • Organisational Design and Human Resource Analytics (5 ETCS)
  • Research Design in Engineering (5 ECTS)
  • Technology Specialisation 1 (10 ECTS)


  • Technological Business Model Innovation (10 ECTS)
  • Optimisation of Engineering Processes using Numerical Approaches (10 ECTS)
  • Technology Specialisation 2 (10 ECTS)

3. semester

  • Electives (30 ECTS)

4. semester

  •   Master's Thesis (30 ETCS).

For an overview of the structure for students enrolled in February, please go to the academic regulations


On the third semester, students must choose a number of electives. Below is a list of electives that have been offered in recent years:

  • Energy Engineering and Innovation
  • Advanced Product Development
  • Engineering Project Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Engineering Modelling
  • Enterprise Architecture Practices
  • Digital Capabilities
  • Six Sigma Design and Innovation
  • Introduction to Persuasive Technology
  • Further project-based activities in company or technology


Academic regulations

Student Life

Campus Herning is situated on the outskirts of Herning in Birk Centerpark where you will find education, art and business life merged into one. With its central position in Central and Western Jutland, we offer degree programmes within business economics, international business communication and engineering. At campus Herning, there is a close interaction between the different degree programmes that all cover the needs and requirements of the business community. As a student at campus Herning, you will experience the advantages of this interdisciplinary environment and get to work with students from different educational backgrounds in solving real-life business challenges.

Study Environment

"You should feel at home." It is as simple as that! Although your education is probably the most important factor when you decide where to study, the surrounding environment is decisive for a successful time at university. Earning a degree is hard work, but you should also make room for a fun social life. In Herning, we offer an outstanding academic environment, but you will also have time for friendships, events, get-togethers, love and all the other things that are being a student entail.

Campus Herning is a rather small institution with close interaction between the students and the teaching staff. Approximately 2,000 full-time and part-time students attend the different degree programmes. Campus Herning has about 125 full-time and 100 part-time lecturers.

Furthermore, we prioritise personal contact and counselling highly, and you can always contact the staff if you need help.

The campus building from 1995 is rather unique. Not only does it contain and offer many facilities to students, but the light and comfortable arrangement of the rooms also creates a perfect and inspirational study environment.

Many Possibilities and Great Facilities

At campus Herning, you can join a number of different committees and thus take part in developing campus Herning as an educational institution. You can participate in the weekly Friday bar, meet students from other educational institutions at the student house or use the facilities in the fitness room right above the student house – both are located within a few minutes' walk from campus.

Student life in Herning


Herning is known for hosting major concerts and sporting events, but the city offers so much more. Almost one in every five people in Herning is an upper secondary or post-secondary student. This means that the city is full of young people and offers everything that young people need. In Herning, nature is right outside the door, and a selection of lovely beaches have been established by the lakes, which are just a bike ride away from the university. What’s more, when you start life as a student in Herning, you don’t need to worry about finding a roof over your head. The Municipality of Herning har a lot of student flats. This allows you to stay in ultra-modern one or two bedroom flats/student housing at a low rent, and if you are moving more 30 km to study in Herning, you will be first in line for the next available flat. Herning offers more than 20 bars, cafés and places to go out - as well as a number of cultural events throughout the year. These include everything from large concerts with international artists in Boxen to smaller concerts at the local music venue Fermaten.


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Job Functions for Graduates

  • Project management
  • Product and production management
  • Product development/Innovation
  • Management and organisation
  • Analysis and evaluation
  • Other

Job Opportunities

Graduates will be able to generate innovative product concepts, business concepts and business areas. Graduates with an MSc in Engineering (Technology Based Business Development) are typically employed as innovation managers, technical sales managers, product managers, business developers or research and development project managers.

Read more about what a number of our alumni work with in their first job after graduation.

The Master’s degree programme for working professionals in technology-based business development (MSc in Engineering degree programme)

The Master’s degree in technology-based business development (MSc in Engineering degree programme) is now offered as a Master's degree programme for working professionals. The Master's degree programme for working professionals is a part-time degree programme that takes place over four years. The programme is aimed at people who work alongside their studies. Students do not have to pay a tuition fee. Students on the Master's degree programme for working professionals are not entitled to a student grant under the Education Grant and Loan Scheme in Denmark.

The content of the Master's degree programme for working professionals is the same as on the two-year full-time degree programme. This means that students will be taking courses with other full-time students. The Master's degree programme for working professionals comprises compulsory courses corresponding to 60 ECTS credits, elective courses corresponding to 30 ECTS credits and a Master's thesis corresponding to 30 ECTS credits. The academic regulations contain a model that shows how the workload is equally distributed over four years. However, students are allowed to register for or withdraw from courses provided they keep in mind whether courses should be taken in a recommended order; when the courses are offered; and whether he or she still meets the specific rules pertaining to active enrolment and the maximum degree completion time. 

To enrol on the Master's degree programme for working professionals in technology-based business development, you must:

  • Meet the formal admission requirements. These are the same requirements that apply to the two-year Master’s degree programme.
  • Be employed in a company for at least 25 hours per week on average solely on the basis of your Bachelor’s degree, or be an entrepreneur undertaking relevant work tasks alongside your studies.

Each semester, you must be able to document that you are still employed alongside your studies for at least 25 hours a week on average. If your employment is terminated or reduced to less than the required number of hours, you will be transferred to the two-year full-time degree programme - if possible from the start of the next semester. Please note that other rules apply to the full-time degree programme. These include a requirement of active enrolment, which means that you must complete 45 ECTS credits per year, and a maximum degree completion time, which is calculated on the basis of how far along you are in your studies.

You can read more about the framework for the Master's degree programme for working professionals and the documentation requirements here: http://kandidat.au.dk/en/admission/masters-degree-programme-for-working-professionals/

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss applicants are not eligible to apply

At present, non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens without a permanent residence permit in Denmark are not eligible to apply for admission to the Master’s programme in Technology Based Business Development for Working Professionals. This is due to the fact that it is not possible to obtain a study residence permit in Denmark on the basis of part-time studies. If at some point the regulations regarding Master’s programmes for working professionals are accommodated to meet the needs of non-EU/EEA students for a study residence permit, this page will be updated to reflect the adjusted regulations.    

Programme structure

The degree programme is a part-time programme that takes place over four years with courses equivalent to 15 ECTS credits per semester. However, it is possible to complete the Master's thesis in six months rather than a year and thus complete the programme in 3.5 years. It is also possible to take courses equivalent to more than 15 ECTS credits in one semester, as long as you take into account when the courses are offered and whether courses should be taken in a recommended order.

To be actively enrolled, you are required to pass a minimum of 20 ECTS credits per year.

The maximum degree completion time is 4.5 years from the time you commence your studies.

Please find descriptions of the individual courses under ‘Degree programme structure’

The degree programme content and course titles may be subject to changes as new academic regulations are currently being developed.


If you have any questions about the Master's degree programme for working professionals, please contact our student counsellors: