Towards a technology-based healthcare sector.


About the programme
Quota 1 2018: 9.4 (Standby: 8.9)   |   Quota 2 2018: -  
: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September


This programme is only offered in Danish.
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As an engineer in healthcare technology you combine electronics and IT with healthcare knowledge and understanding. You work with the development of new and intelligent healthcare technologies, and you learn to use technology to improve the framework for both patients and professionals in the healthcare sector.

Studying healthcare technology engineering programme

The first four semesters contain a number of compulsory subjects such as mathematics, electronics, physiology and pathology, programming and communication. Teaching is based on lectures and classroom teaching, though you will also spend a lot of time on independent study, exercises and project work.

Internship and specialisation

Your fifth semester will be spent in an internship in a company or on a regional or municipal workplace. This will give you some practical insight into working as an engineer in healthcare technology. After the internship you choose sixth and seventh semester subjects that let you specialise and go in the direction you wish to. You can either choose to go into detail with the technical subjects, or you can place more emphasis on the healthcare subjects.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor of Engineering degree in healthcare technology engineering, you have job opportunities within health sector IT companies, the hospital IT sector or in medical technical departments. You can also work as a municipal consultant or project manager.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22880

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 (level A)
  • Physics (level B) or Geoscience (level A)
  • Chemistry (level C) or Biotechnology (level 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)

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.

NB! The new grade requirement is not required for admission with winter start 2019.

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 degree programme in healthcare technology engineering, you 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 healthcare technology engineering, you can do this over four-and-a-half years at Aarhus University School of Engineering.


Student life

Studying healthcare technology engineering programme

At healthcare technology engineering you have teaching in classes with your fellow students from healthcare technology and with students from other Bachelor of Engineering programmes. You should expect to have approximately 20 hours of scheduled lessons and course lessons a week, and you must additionally spend time on independent study and project work, which you are responsible for planning. All in all you should expect your studies to require approximately 40 hours per week. Each semester includes a semester project in which you work in groups on an issue that brings together the academic and theoretical content from all the courses in the semester.

There are slightly more scheduled lessons during the first and second semesters than there are later in the study programme. A timetable for the first year of the degree programme could look like this:


08:15–10:00: Introduction to Electrical Circuit Theory

10:15–13:00: Programming

13:15–16:00: Introduction to Electrical Circuit Theory


08:15–12:00: Health Science


10:15–13:00: Programming


08:15–10:00: Introduction to Electrical Circuit Theory

13:15–16:00: Introduction to Electrical Circuit Theory


08:15–12:00: Health Science

Fifth semester internship

The degree programme includes a compulsory 20-week paid internship. The internship is placed during the fifth semester and most healthcare technology students find an internship in companies within IT, medical technology or hospitals and municipal departments within welfare technology. During the internship you gain insight into how a healthcare technology engineer works in practice. If you are thinking of starting your own business, then it is also possible to take an entrepreneurship course instead of an internship, where you work on developing your business idea.

Students: Empathy is important for becoming a good engineer

"Probably the most surprising thing about the study programme for me is all the things it requires of me as a person. If you want to be a good engineer, it really is necessary to have a very well-developed sense of empathy. You can first find really good solutions when you base them on human needs, rather than what is technologically possible. Today, the technology can often do far more than needed. The trick is to combine your theoretical knowledge with your empathy to create the solutions that the world has not yet seen."
Ida Nørgaard, student, Healthcare Technology 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. You can enjoy a beer in the Friday bar with the other students, or you can participate in social and academic events arranged by the Engineering Society IDA. You can also take part in the university’s student section of the organisation Engineers Without Borders, which makes an active contribution to humanitarian projects abroad. You can also join the Danish Youth Association of Science - UNF , which organises lectures, study visits and summer camps with scientific and technical content.

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Study for two more years and earn a MSc in Engineering

With a Bachelor of Engineering degree in healthcare technology engineering, you are qualified to continue in the two-year MSc in Engineering in biomedical engineering. The study programme builds bridges between the technical world and the healthcare sector. During the Master of Science in Engineering degree programme, focus will be on the many opportunities in biomedical engineering, and you will be equipped to work in both medical industry and hospital sector. 

Job opportunities for healthcare technology engineers

With a Bachelor of Engineering degree in healthcare technology engineering you will work with the development, implementation or operation of new healthcare technologies in industry or the public sector. You can e.g. work in companies within IT and telecommunications or biomedical technology, where you will usually work on the development, design and clinical evaluation of new healthcare technologies in collaboration with users, healthcare providers and institutions in the health care sector. You can also work in IT departments at hospitals or in  municipal welfare technological departments. Municipal departments for health and care also employ engineering graduates to perform tasks connected with the implementation, operation and maintenance of healthcare technologies which can support care, treatment and monitoring of citizens, thereby strengthening their daily quality of life.