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About Electrical Engineering

Programme Structure

The study structure in Electrical 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.



  • Optimization and Data Analytics 10 ECTS
  • Electronic Hardware System Design 5 ECTS


  • Systems Engineering 5 ECTS 
  • Fundamentals of Photonics 5 ECTS
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship 5 ECTS



Choose two of the specialised study packages:



The package addresses the core photonic engineering technologies laser diodes, optical fibers, and photonic integrated circuits, and their applications in communications, sensing and metrology. The package is of interest to engineers who want to become active in the field of photonics, as well as to electrical engineers who want broaden their scope and anticipate on the exponentially increasing convergence of electronics and photonics.
​Prerequisites: Bachelor in Electrical Engineering or similar (e.g. physics course on electromagnetism).

  • Fiber Optic 5 ECTS
  • Photonic Devices 10 ECTS

Wearable Devices

The package addresses: system-level analysis and design principles for wearable electronic devices; analysis and design techniques for wireless communication and sensor applications; high precision, low frequency sensor instrumentation; principles for sensor signal processing; and energy harvesting and power management.
​Prerequisites:Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering or eqivalent including fundamentals of electronics and signal processing.

  • RF System Design 5 ECTS
  • Wearable Electronics 10 ECTS

Wireless Communication

The package addresses the industry needs of knowledge in communication and networking technologies. It is an exciting study package that offers an advanced understanding in wireless communication and networking from low (physical) to medium architecture layers (networks/transport) and as well as from  system aspect with insights into current research topics, trends, and applications.
​Prerequisites: Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering (EE), Computer Engineering (CE) or equivalent including basics in digital signal processing, statistics/probability theory, wireless sensor networks, TCP/IP networking, and programming.

  • Advanced Wireless Communication 5 ECTS
  • Internet of Things Technology 10 ECTS


Signal Processing

The package will give participants insight into methods in modern signal processing, machine learning and computer vision. The basic challenge in this field is to extract meaningful information from signals and data with the aid of mathematical modelling. Signal and data can be real world signal such as sound images or video.
Prerequisites: Bachelor degree in EE or CE or equivalent including digital signal processing fundamentals.

  • Advanced signal processing 5 ECTS
  • Computer Vision and Machine Learning 10 ECTS

Integrated Circuits

The Integrated Circuits package allows the student to learn and practice the state-of-the-art design techniques of analogue, radio-frequency, mixed-signal and digital integrated circuits for modern communication systems. The courses within the package are tailored to address fundamental and advanced challenges in integrated circuit design with emphasis on, but not limited to,  low-power system-on-chip wireless transceivers.
​Prerequisites:Bachelor degree in electrical engineering or equivalent including fundamentals of electronic devices, circuits, signals and systems.

  • Digital Integrated Circuits 5 ECT
  • Analog and Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits 10 ECTS

Each study package amounts to 15 ECTS credits. By combining these study packages and concluding your studies with a thesis, you can become a specialist in relevant fields of study.

The individual student:

  • must have all compulsory courses
  • must select 2 full specialisation packages
  • can maximum have 10 ECTS point in Engineering Research and Development Projects
  • can maximum have 10 ECTS point study group courses

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


The Master's degree programme in Electrical Engineering counts as 120 ECTS and mainly consists of subjects within the engineering and scientific fields of study. You specialise by participating in course activities and projects and by writing a thesis.

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


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. 

Elective courses (credit module)

Course registration regarding compulsory courses and courses that are a part of specialised study packages must take place via the self-service facility at during the registration periods.

Registration for elective courses at Science and Technology:

  1. Please make sure that the courses in question are included in your study contract.
  2. The following elective courses are preapproved by the Study Board – course registration must be directly via the self-service facility at

Preapproved course (credit module)

Digital Signal Processing Diplom (BSc)
ETDIP1-01 Digital Image Processing 1 Diplomingeniøruddannelsen i Elektronik (BSc)

All other elective courses from e.g. Computer Science, Bioscience, Chemistry, Geoscience, Sport Science, BSS, Summer school and ASE diploma courses requires prior approval and credit module enrollment. Please apply for prior approval in enrollment periods prior to the semester where you want to take courses.

  1. The course in question must be evident from your Study Contract.
  2. When your study contract has been approved by your  Head of Degree Programme, you must send an application via The Self-service Facility at (Please choose the form “Prior approval for courses within AU.") 

Please notice that the deadline regarding application for a prior approval is the same as the course registration period. You find the course registration deadlines here.

Please notice that course registration is binding after the registration period. And please notice that the courses may chance with respect to content, course name etc. Check the courses at the AU Course Catalogue.

Unusual circumstances - when you need to change your course registration:

A. Cancellation of a course or when courses are coinciding: please contact your Degree Programme Coordinator as soon as possible/before the beginning of the semester.

B. Other instances: send a reasoned application for an exemption to the Study Board via as soon as possible/before the beginning of the semester.

Competence- and job profile

Competence profile

With a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, you have the following competences: 

  • You have general knowledge of optics and electronics and detailed knowledge of key disciplines, methodologies, theories and concepts within engineering applications of optics and electronics.
  • 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 are able to systematically and critically familiarise yourself with new subject areas.
  • You can communicate academic questions and issues to both a scientific and a general audience.
  • You can collaborate constructively on an engineering basis to solve subject-related issues.

Job profile

The University of Aarhus educates engineers for the regional, national and international job markets.  Most jobs, however, are within research, administration and consultancy, as well as teaching and communication in the private or public sectors.

Electrical engineers find work in a wide range of fields from basic engineering or science research in joint projects involving research institutes, ATS (approved technological service) institutes and the industrial sector to research and development projects in the industry, as well as jobs as production engineers. Many electrical  engineers also work as consultants at ATS institutes or patent agencies.

If you have a burning desire to communicate about electrical engineering, you can teach at training colleges and different forms of adult education. The degree does not directly target jobs at upper secondary school, but if you wish to become an upper secondary school teacher, you can obtain the necessary teaching competences by choosing the right optional subjects.

Finally, some electrical engineers work with communication of knowledge within the media and publishing worlds and in the banking and finance sectors. An optics and electronics degree is the key to many different types of jobs throughout society.

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