Degree Programme Structure

Programme Structure

Master of Science:

  • Compulsory Study Package
  • Specialised Study Package
  • Elective Courses (30 ECTS)
  • Thesis (30 ECTS)

The first year consists of two Compulsory Study Packages and two Specialised Study Packages.

The Compulsory Study Package is mandatory for all students. You have to choose minimum two of the Specialised Study Package.

As the 30 ECTS of elective courses you can choose between Specialsed Study Packages and individual courses offered by the education (minor variations from year to year).

Compulsory Study Package

Compulsory Courses:

Autumn 

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

Spring

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

Specialised Study Packages

Choose minimum two of the specialised study packages:

AUTUMN

Structural Mechanics

This package introduces theoretical concepts as well as analytical and numerical techniques in mechanics of solids and structures.

At the end of the studies students will understand and be able to apply the techniques to analyse and solve problems involving mechanical structures with complex geometries, a variety of material properties and loading conditions. This package, providing a vast range of hands-on activities and problem solving, will prepare students to carry on academic and industrial research.

Prerequisites: Calculus, Vector Calculus, Linear Algebra, Physics and Solid Mechanics.

  • Beams and Plates - 5 ECTS
  • Finite Element Method - 5 ECTS
  • Non-linear Mechanics - 5 ECTS

Robotics

Robotics has wide applications in industrial production and manufacturing, medical surgery, biological manipulation, health and housing care, undersea exploration, aerospace operation, nuclear waste disposal, military action etc. To meet the increasing interest and demand for innovative robot technology and product in Denmark and Europe, the Robotic Specialization package addresses the need of the theories and technologies for designing, manufacturing and controlling advanced robot systems. It will provide our students with skills and capabilities of modelling, design, control, construction, operation, and application of robotic systems. The package will prepare our students for their potential careers in the research and development of robotic systems through the well-designed course package, hands-on lab exercises, and industrial application-oriented projects in close collaboration with Danish local industrial partners.

Prerequisites: Basic Mechanics, Fundamental Programming Knowledge, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra

  • Robotics - 5 ECTS
  • Control and Sensor Technology - 10 ECTS

Energy Conversion Technology 

The package aims to build a solid theoretical basis for understanding and analysis of different energy conversion technologies. The students will learn about analytical solutions and working principles of wind farms, turbomachines and thermal systems. The package covers industrial applications such as heat exchangers, pumps, wind and gas turbines.

  • Heat Transfer - 5 ECTS
  • Turbo Machinery - 5 ECTS
  • Wind Energy - 5 ECTS

Renewable Energy

This package provides the students with the global picture of challenges associated with decarbonizing our society and knowledge from engineering, physics, economics, and informatics required to analyze this problem. Students will learn the technological characteristics and operating principles of energy technologies including generation, storage and grids, and will use state-of-the-art open-source software to model a complete sector-coupled energy system. The package will prepare students to conduct further research on energy systems, as well as to get a job in energy-related industries.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this package. Some programming knowledge would be desirable.

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

 



SPRING

 

Fracture and Composits

The package addresses the knowledge of analysing fracture mechanics, fatigue stiffness and strength of advanced composites and other materials such as steel structures. The package contains the theoretical basics and numerical implementation and solution. When designing lightweight structures with modern materials, the fracture mechanics validations of the design and estimating the lifetime of a component becomes more and more important. The package will provide the students insight into current research topics.

Prerequisites: Basics skills in Continuum Mechanics and Finite Element Theory for continua.
Recommended: Basic skills in Beam theory and Composite Manufacturing.

  • Fracture Mechanics - 10 ECTS
  • Mechanics of Composite Materials - 5 ECTS

Dynamics

The package addresses the need of important knowledge in analytical and numerical solutions of structural dynamics problems. It will provide the students with important skills to simulate and verify dynamics of structures with multiple degrees of freedoms. Simulation will use advanced formulation as discrete element and reduction methods. The Package will give the students insight into current research topics and industrial applications such as wind turbines and vehicles.

​Prerequisites: Basic Dynamics and programming Knowledge

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

Fluid Dynamics

The package addresses the need to deepen students’ knowledge in the analytical and numerical aspects of Fluid Dynamics. It will provide the students with key skills to describe, analyze and simulate fluid flows, ranging from ideal laminar to turbulent regimes. The Package will give the students insight into the state-of-the-art research topics with industrial applications such as aerodynamics design. Wind turbines, pumps, heat exchanges, and bio-fluids.

Prerequisites: Classical Mechanics, Calculus and Linear Algebra, Basic Fluid Mechanics.

  • 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

As the 30 ECTS of elective courses you can choose:

1.  Specialised Study Packages

All the courses in a package or part of the courses.


2. Individual elective courses offered by the education (minor variations from year to year):

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

3. Study Group Course

You can choose study group courses (up to 10 ECTS in total)


4. Courses from AU Course catalogue

You can choose courses from other departments at Aarhus University (up to 10 ECTS in total)


You may maximum attend 10 ECTS of bachelor level-courses during your master education. A bachelor level-course is typically to be used for entirely new topics, i.e. topics outside your bachelor education, to ensure a sufficient level for attending master level-courses subsequently.

R&D Project

The R&D project is an independent, research-based work. The project can either be carried out in a research group at the university or in collaboration with an industrial partner. A project can be of 5, 10, 15 or 20 ECTS. In total, maximum 20 ECTS.

Thesis

The thesis is prescribed to 30 ECTS. Find guidelines here:

Read more about the Master Thesis

and the Course description

Course Overview

You can find the courses on your degree programme in the Study Structure:


Academic Regulations

In the academic regulations, you can find more information about the structure of the degree programme, and the requirements, – including the types of exams and the exam requirements.