BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

SOFTWARE THAT CHANGES THE WORLD

 

Information Technology deals with the development and design of software, as well as teaching you about the correlation between software and hardware. With a Bachelor’s degree in information technology, you will be qualified for various Master of Science in Engineering degree programmes at Aarhus University.

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.
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On the Bachelor’s degree programme in information technology, you learn to design software for electronic devices. These could be e.g. measuring equipment, industrial equipment, robots, vehicles, aircraft, mobile phones, televisions or speakers. You learn to identify user needs and to develop, test and implement the software.

Studying on the information technology

The course programme at Information Technology is based on project work, laboratory work and collaboration with your fellow students. During the first four semesters you have some basic courses so you can learn about analogue and digital electronics, system design, signal analysis, data communication, microprocessors and various programming languages.

Paid internship and specialisation

During the fifth semester you must take a paid internship in a consulting engineering company, where you will gain insight into practical engineering, and work as a software engineer on specific issues. Aarhus University has internship agreements with a wide range of companies to help you find an internship. After the internship you choose sixth and seventh semester subjects that let you specialise and go in the direction you wish to.

Career opportunities and the MSc in Engineering

With a Bachelor’s degree in information technology, you will be qualified for a MSc in Engineering. You can also choose to enter the labour market and work on e.g. the development and design of software, the design of IT infrastructure, programming and data communication.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

Admission area number:

22850 Summer Start

22855 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 or senior machinist or ship's officer's programme 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

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 assupplementary 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

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's degree in information technology, you can do this over four-and-a-half years at Aarhus University School of Engineering.


 

Student life

Studying on the information technology programme

Teaching takes place in large class with exercises and project work in smaller class. You have about 20-25 hours of scheduled lessons a week and you should expect to spend some time on independent study, laboratory work and project work. During each semester, the theory from the courses is utilised in a semester project focusing on a realistic issue, which you will solve in smaller groups. You should expect to spend a total of around forty hours per week studying.

Specialise according to your interests

The sixth and seventh semester are where you specialise. You can choose between different courses that builds on the knowledge you have gained during the first semesters, as well as from your fifth semester engineering internship. You can e.g specialise within areas such as technical and embedded software or signal processing software.

Students: You must be able to understand users

"I’ve always liked mathematics, but I’m surprised how much I’ve come to like programming. I get totally involved when we work with case-based problem solving. It really motivates me because you’re actually doing something that is making progress. I have always considered myself a theorist, but I have to say that I learn much better when I understand what something is going to be used for. How do you come up with the smartest software solution? Or the fastest? Or the most precise? That is the recurring design challenge faced by the engineer. It is a question of finding the optimal compromise - and you can only do that if you really understand the user situation which you are developing for."

Caja Neil Svendsen, student, Information Technology

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 take part in the university’s student section of the organisation Engineers Without Borders, which makes an active contribution to humanitarian projects abroad.

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Career

Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of a corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2013/14 AU employment survey.

Study for two more years and become a MSc in Engineering

With a Bachelor of Engineering degree in information technology, you will be qualified for a MSc in Engineering. You have the opportunity to choose a MSC in Engineering in Technical IT, which entitles you to the title Master of Science in Engineering.The degree programme is offered by Aarhus University in collaboration with Aarhus University School of Engineering and makes it possible to specialise in either distributed real time systems, multimedia technology or software engineering. As a MSc in Engineering in technical IT, you are equipped to develop high-tech equipment and systems for the electronics and IT industries. You can also chose to take a MSc in Engineering in optics and electronics or biomedical engineering.

Lots of job opportunities

As a graduate engineer in information technology you will typically work with developing and designing software. The knowledge you gain during your studies can be translated into value creating solutions for many different industries. Some information technology engineers work with optimising industrial production, others work on designing infrastructure for information, programming and data communication, and some find jobs in the consulting industry. In recent years, there is also a tendency that more become IT entrepreneurs.

Research

Aarhus University School of Engineering works closely with the Department of Engineering, unifying all research and development activities. This helps to ensure that students in the engineering programmes always have access to the latest knowledge in their field.