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About the programme
Quota 1 2019: All admitted   |   Quota 1 2019 (Winter): All admitted  
: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September and January / February


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.

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

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.

You can also continue your studies to MSc in Engineering (+ 2 years), if you have taken specific courses during your BEng.

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:

1. A qualifying examination 

2. Grade requirements: You will need both an average grade of at least 7.0 on your overall qualifying examination (incl. any bonus for extra A-level subjects) and an average grade of at least 7.0 in Mathematics A specifically (on the Danish 7-point grading scale).

3. The following specific admission requirements:

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

If there are one or more subjects which you have not completed, you can take them as supplementary courses at upper secondary school level or a summer supplementary courses (conditional admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July of the year of application, unless you are applying for conditional admission.

If you don’t meet the grade requirements

If you don’t meet, or don’t expect to meet, the grade requirements of an average grade of at least 7.0 io your qualifying examination and an average grade of at least 7.0 in Mathematics A, you can apply for admission through an entrance examination. Completing the entrance examination is equivalent to fulfilling the grade requirements, but does not guarantee admission.

Applicants who wish to take part in the entrance examination must apply before the deadline on 15 March at 12:00 (quota 2)

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. All quota 2 applicants will be invited to take an entrance examination.

Read more about quota 2 and the entrance examination

If there are more qualified applicants than quota 2 places, the applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  1. Your score from the entrance examination
  2. Your average grade in Mathematics A
  3. A concrete assessment of your academic qualifications for admission (for example average grade from your qualifying examination, special permission or similar relevant selection criteria)

Regarding admission 2020

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:

  1. Score from admission test
  2. A relevant vocational education or part of it
  3. Maximum one year of relevant work or military service
  4. Maximum one year of work or study abroad (there is no requirement of a particularly country)
  5. Average grades in the following subjects:
    • Mathematics A
    • Physics B or Geoscience A
    • Chemistry C or Biotechnology A

Regarding admission 2021

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

  1. Average of particularly relevant subjects (quota 2 subjects, see below)
  2. Other particularly relevant documented qualifications
  3. Score from the admission test

Quota 2 subjects:

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

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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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.

You can also continue your studies to MSc in Engineering (+ 2 years), if you have taken specific courses during your BEng.