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For students in 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:

  • Systems Engineering (5 ECTS)
  • Wireless Sensor Networks and Electronics (5 ECTS)
  • Optimization in Physical and ICT Systems (5 ECTS)
  • Science and Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship (5 ECTS)
  • Electronic Hardware System Design (5 ECTS)
  • Photonic Engineering Principles (5 ECTS)

The degree programme offers specialised study packages in the following fields:


  • Optics and Quantum Electronics (5 ECTS)
  • Photonic Integrated Circuits (5 ECTS)
  • Fiber Optics and Communications (5 ECTS)

Electronic Wearable Devices

  • Wearable Electronic Devices (5 ECTS)
  • RF System Design and Integration (5 ECTS)
  • Sensor Interfacing and Signal Processing (5 ECTS)

Integrated Electronics

  • CMOS Analog Integrated Circuit Design (5 ECTS)
  • Advanced Analog Integrated Circuit Design (5 ECTS)
  • Low Power Integrated Circuit Design (5 ECTS)

Signal Processing

  • Advanced signal processing and analysis (5 ECTS)
  • Nonlinear Signal Processing and Pattern Recognition (5 ECTS)
  • Computer Vision (5 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. 

Study Structure

The teaching calendar

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.

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. 

Master thesis

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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