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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.

COMPULSORY COURSES:

AUTUMN:

  • Optimization and Data Analytics 10 ECTS
    Description: The course give insight into selected efficient mathematical methods for modeling, analyzing and simulating ICT and physical system to obtain optimal system performance. It will address selected mathematical and statistical techniques to analyze, syntheses and predict useful rigor information for reporting and decision making.
    Prerequisites: Bachelor degree in EE, CE or equivalent.
    Exam: Written exam 3 hours , 7-scale,  External
  • Electronic Hardware System Design 5 ECTS
    Description: The course teaches design principles of modern and complex electronic hardware systems at board and platform level. Several design issues are important to address when designing (high-speed) digital systems and/or mixed-signal systems. Design challenges relate to: interconnections and their impact to performance and signal integrity, power supply networks and distribution, timing and noise budgets.
    Prerequisites: Bachelor degree in EE or equivalent.
    Exam: Oral,  7-scale, External,.

SPRING:

  • Systems Engineering 5 ECTS
    Description: Featuring a strong practical component, the course will introduce the important aspects of systems engineering following the customary phases of the system life-cycle: Concept; Development; Production; Utilisation and Support; Retirement.
    Prerequisites: Bachelor degree in EE, CE or equivalent.
    Exam: Embedded exam (Exercises & Interview)

  • Fundamentals of Photonics 5 ECTS
    Description: The main objective of the course is to acquaint the student with the fundamentals of optics and quantum mechanics and to show how these relate to the field of photonics and its applications. This will be achieved by revisiting and/or introducing the fundamentals of classical optics and quantum mechanics. Principles that are of key importance for the field of photonics will then be discussed  and application examples will be given. After this course the student should be familiar with the essential role photonics plays and will play in the world and in the field of electrical engineering in particular.
    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Bachelor degree in EE or equivalent.
    Exam: Oral exam 20 min./stud., 7-scale, External.

  • Innovation and entrepreneurship 5 ECTS
    Description: The aim of the course will be to teach students, with an engineering and scientific background, key elements in the innovation process of existing companies and key elements in the creation of new start-up companies.
    Prerequisites: Bachelor degree in Engineering.
    Exam: Oral, 7-scale, Internal.


 

SPECIALISED STUDY PACKAGES

Choose two of the specialised study packages:

AUTUMN

Photonics

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
    Description: Provides an introduction to optical communication. The course covers optical fibers in modern communications and practical problems relevant for the telecom industry. In addition it includes an overview of applications for fiber-optic sensors.
    Prerequisites: Bachelor degree in EE or equivalent.
    Exam: Oral exam 30 min./stud., 7-scale, Internal
  • Photonic Devices 10 ECTS
    Description: The course will first introduce the basics of light-matter interaction in semiconductors, focusing on effects like optical gain and absorption and light emission. The main electro-optic components, such as LEDs, laser diodes and detector arrays will be discussed. Finally it will be shown how these components can be combined into a photonic integrated circuit. The main integration platforms, including fabrication technology, and their applications will be discussed.
    Prerequisites: Bachelor degree in EE or equivalent.
    Exam: Oral /Written exam based on curriculum questions (50%) and design report (50 %) 20 min./stud., 7-scale, External censorship on oral part, internal censorship on report part.

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
    Description: Modern RF/microwave analysis and design techniques for wireless communication and sensor applications. System-level RF/microwave analysis and design, RF/microwave circuit interface challenges and state-of-the-art simulation techniques.
    Prerequisites: Bachelor degree in EE or equivalent including fundamentals in antenna theory.
    Exam: Oral exam 20 min./stud., 7-scale, External
  • Wearable Electronics 10 ECTS
    Description: System-level analysis of wearable electronic devices. RF system design and integration. High Precision, low frequency sensor instrumentation. Sensor signal processing. Energy harvesting and power management of miniaturized electronic devices.
    Prerequisites: Bachelor degree in EE or equivalent including fundamentals in electronics and digital signal processing.
    Exam: Oral exam 20 min./stud., 7-scale, External

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
    Description: The course provides an in-depth knowledge into modern advanced digital wireless communication systems.
    Prerequisites: Bachelor degree in EE or CE or equivalent including basic digital signal processing and wireless communication fundamentals.
    Exam: Oral exam 20 min./stud., 7-scale, external censorship.
  • Internet of Things Technology 10 ECTS
    Description: The course covers advanced topics in wireless sensor networks, Internet of things, and 5G including time synchronization, localization, topology control, compressive sensing, network architecture, routing protocols, and network security. The course analyses its applicability in various use case specific settings from the healthcare to the smart grid domain.
    Prerequisites: Wireless sensor networks, TCP/IP networking, as well as basic understanding of software and hardware designs.
    Exam:  Oral /Written exam based on curriculum questions (50%) and report (50 %) 20 min./stud., 7-scale, External censorship on oral part, internal censorship on report part.

SPRING:

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
    Description: The course is to give participants insight into methods for processing and analyzing of real world signals with a stochastic or noisy nature. Participants will gain experience with methods for interpolation, analysis and prediction of stochastic signals based on advanced filtering techniques. Participants will also gain familiarity with different models used for spectral analysis of stochastic signals.
    Prerequisites: Bachelor degree in EE or CE or equivalent including digital signal processing fundamentals.
    Exam:  Written exam 3 hours,  7-scale, External.
  • Computer Vision and Machine Learning 10 ECTS
    Description: In the computer vision part of the course focus is on using computers and cameras to measure and infer properties of real world objects based on images; properties such as shape, color, position and motion. In the machine learning part of the course participants will gain experience with nonlinear models of real world signals, where techniques from estimation­/detection theory and machine learning will be used analysis and decision making based on the signals.
    Prerequisites: Bachelor degree in EE or CE or equivalent including digital signal processing fundamentals.
    Exam:  Oral /Written exam based on curriculum questions (50%) and report (50 %) 30 min./stud., 7-scale, External censorship on oral part, internal censorship on report part.

Wireless Transceivers

The Wireless Transceivers 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.

  • Analog and Digital Integrated Circuits 10 ECTS
    Description: Analogue, Mixed-Signal and Digital Integrated Circuit Design.
    Prerequisites: Fundamentals of electronic circuit theory and signal processing.
    Exam: Oral/Written/Report - Internal/external
  • Radio-frequency Transceivers 5 ECTS
    Description: Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuit Design.
    Prerequisites: Fundamentals of integrated electronic devices, circuits and systems.
    Exam: Oral/Written/Report – 7-scale/Pass or Not pass - Internal/external

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.

Structure

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. 

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.

Link to Aarhus University Job and Projekt bank

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 mit.au.dk 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 mit.au.dk:

Preapproved course (credit module)

Provider
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 Degree Programme Coordinator, you must send an application via The Self-service Facility at mit.au.dk (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 Helene Bøgelund Christiansen (hbch@au.dk) 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 mit.au.dk as soon as possible/before the beginning of the semester.

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