BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING IN ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING

MARRYING THE AESTHETIC AND THE TECHNICAL

 

Architectural engineering combines engineering with architectural knowledge. With a Bachelor of Engineering degree in architectural engineering, you are qualified for a MSc in Engineering in either architectural engineering or technical geology at Aarhus University.

 

 

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.
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The Bachelor of Engineering degree programme in architectural engineering is engineering-based with approx. 15 per cent architectural material. You will work with all phases of the construction process with special focus on the initial design phase. You will learn to take the architect's demands for appearance and function into account and to combine these with construction elements.

Studying on the architectural engineering programme

The course programme at Architectural Engineering mostly takes place at Aarhus University School of Engineering. This is where you will have lectures, classroom teaching and laboratory and project work which require creativity and insight into design and design processes. You will also visit construction sites and participate in relevant academic excursions and field trips in Denmark and possibly abroad.

At Aarhus University you can study civil and structural engineering or architectural engineering  
both principal fields of study make you eligible for a MSc in Engineering in architectural engineering or technical geology.

Specialisation and paid internship

The first three semesters at architectural engineering focus on the correlation between structural systems, building design, energy and indoor climate. During the fourth, sixth and seventh semesters you can specialise in either Structural Systems or Energy and Indoor Climate. During the fifth semester you will take a paid internship in a company in Denmark or abroad, where you will get an insight into practical engineering.

Career opportunities and the MSc in Engineering

With a Bachelor's degree in architectural engineering, you can find employment in a consulting engineering company. Here you can complement civil and structural engineering with a comprehensive view of construction and a more detailed understanding of design. You can also find jobs at architectural firms, contracting firms or municipal facility management departments. In addition, you will be eligible to take a MSc in Engineering at Aarhus University. You are e.g. eligible for the:

Admission requirements

Admission area number:

22830 Summer start

22835 Winter start

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination or an admission course for the engineering degree programmes and the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Mathematics A
  • Physics B or Geoscience A
  • Chemistry C or Biotechnology A

Applicants with a foreign qualifying examination must also provide evidence of proficiency in Danish, such as the study examination in Danish as a second language or similar documentation.

If you are applying for admission on the basis of admission courses for the engineering degree programmes you can only apply for admission via quota 2. You must remember to apply no later than 15 March.

If there are some subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as as supplementary courses. Read more about supplementary courses.

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July of the year of application.

However, conditional admission may be offered if documentation that specific admission requirements have been met is available no later than 5 September.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.  The following requirements must also be fulfilled:

Quota 2 applicants are admitted on the basis of an overall assessment of a number of objective criteria. All objective criteria must be documented in order to be included in the assessment.

However, only activities (including work experience) from a total period of 12 months may be included. Marks and levels from your qualifying exams or supplementary subjects are not included in the 12 months.

Motivated application

From 2017 applicants applying in quota 2 must submit a motivation letter, which has previously been optional. Please note that without a motivation letter, your application will not be assessed in quota 2.

Criteria which are included in the overall assessment:

  • All or parts of a relevant vocational education and training programme
  • A maximum of 12 months of relevant work experience or military service.
  • A maximum of 12 months of documented work abroad or study abroad (For periods spent abroad, there are no requirements regarding specific areas of the world.)
  • Marks in relevant natural science subjects:
    • Mathematics A
    • Physics B or Geoscience A
    • Chemistry C or Biotechnology A
  • Motivation letter: Emphasis is placed on the applicant being able to explain that the choice of degree programme is the result of a particularly strong interest in precisely this degree programme and the subsequent profession, and that this strong interest is based on knowledge of the degree programme and profession in question.

Admission 2019

In 2019 a new entry requirement is introduced. To apply for admission in 2019 you must have a grade point average of 7.0 in your qualifying examination and at least 7.0 grade in average in Mathematics A.

Entrance examination

Applicants who do not meet or do not expect to meet the grade requirement of minimum 7.0 in Mathematics and an average of 7.0 in the qualifying examination, may apply for admission via an entrance examination. A passed entrance examination is equated with both grade requirements.

For applicants who wish to participate in an entrance examination, the application deadline is 15 March 12.00 (midday)

Quota 2 criteria

If there are more qualified applicants, that is more applicants who pass the entrance examination, than there are study places, the following criteria will be included in the assessment of applications:

  • Score from admission test
  • Average in Mathematics
  • Average in the qualifying examination.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor of Engineering programme in architectural engineering, you can read more about the content of the individual subjects, the structure of the degree programme and the demands that will be made of you as a student. You can also find information about types of exams and exam requirements. 

From skilled workman to engineer

If you are a skilled workman or have a vocational education and wish to further your education with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in architectural engineering engineering, you can do this over four-and-a-half years at Aarhus University School of Engineering.

Supplementary courses

If you have an upper secondary school education but not the right levels for admission to an engineering degree programme, a supplementary course may be what you need. The courses take place as turbo courses or as six month courses and they are held during the daytime.


 

Student life

Studying on the Bachelor of Engineering programme in architectural engineering

At Aarhus University School of Engineering, you will be part of an inspiring academic environment with many different engineering degree programmes. Teaching activities vary from week to week, though you will have around 20 hours of scheduled lessons a week. In addition, you should expect to spend at least the same amount of time on exercises, project work and independent study.

Specialisation during the fourth and sixth semesters

From your fourth semester you must begin to specialise and face a choice between two different specialisations. One option is Structural Systems (concrete and steel structures), while the other option is Energy and Indoor Climate (energy supply and installations).

Fifth semester internship and visit abroad

During the fifth semester you will take a paid internship in a company in Denmark or abroad, where you will get insight into practical engineering. There is also a tradition for an excursion to a major European city during the course of the study programme. If you are considering starting your own business, it is also possible to take an entrepreneurship course instead of an internship, where you work on developing your business idea.   

The architectural aspect

Around 15 per cent of the degree programme contains architectural material. This is where you learn how an engineer takes into account the demands made by the appearance and function of the building. In other words, you get an insight into the architectural profession and the design process, but the vast majority of your professional expertise is rooted in classical engineering.

Students: You need to use social skills more than you might expect

"I remember thinking in upper secondary school that I wanted to work with people and I believe that the job of an engineer actually includes aspects where your social skills need to be applied more than you would think. As an engineer you work in teams a lot and have to manage many different points of contact to the other parties in a construction project like architects, skilled workmen and contractors. I think one of the strongest aspects of my education is that it’s given me insight into both the aesthetic and functional aspects of construction work, or in other words: I feel well-equipped to design solutions that are both financially sustainable, structurally sound, functional for users and have an interesting design."
Sara Hjortskov Larsen, student, Architectural Engineering

Social and academic student associations

At Aarhus University you will be part of an extensive engineering environment with more than 3,000 engineering students. So you will have ample opportunities to get involved in both academic and social student associations with your fellow students. Maybe you would like to join the student section of the organisation Engineers Without Borders, which makes an active contribution to humanitarian projects abroad.

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Career

Study for two more years and earn a MSc in Engineering

With a Bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering, you will be qualified for an MSc in Engineering in architectural engineering, which takes an additional two years. This combines the traditional disciplines of civil and structural engineering with aesthetics, architecture and natural science disciplines, which prepare you for working in a multidisciplinary and holistic manner. During the degree programme you can specialise in either structural systems or integrated energy design. The majority of the degree programme will be common for the two specialisations.

Many job opportunities

Many architectural engineers are employed in engineering consulting firms. Their role is to complement the classically trained civil and structural engineer with a comprehensive view of construction and a more detailed understanding of design. As an architectural engineer, you can also find jobs in architectural firms, contracting firms or in municipal technical administration. Architectural engineers find work with municipalities and consulting engineers such as NIRAS, COWI, Ramboll and midtconsult a/S.