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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. 

As an engineer of mechanical engineering you combine ideas, knowledge and a professional engineering overview to create everything from small technical solutions to the largest ground-breaking innovations.

Studying on the mechanical engineering programme

The course programme at Mechanical Engineering is based on lectures, classroom teaching and project work in groups. During the first four semesters you will be working with specific issues in subjects such as mathematics, statistics, theory of static and strength, materials, mechanical parts, thermodynamics, instrumentation and measuring techniques. During your studies you will learn to construct solutions that function in a balanced relationship between people, production, environment and financial considerations.

Applied theory

On the mechanical engineering degree programme you examine how things work and how they can be improved. The teaching is interdisciplinary and application-oriented and during the degree programme you will use theory in practice when you carry out semester projects together with your fellow students. You will complete the degree programme with a Bachelor's project, which you will carry out collaboration with a company.

Internship and specialisation

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. The degree programme in mechanical engineering has internship agreements with a wide range of companies to help you find an internship. The sixth and seventh semester you can specialise in one of the following directions:

    • Product Development & Engineering
    • Integrated Product & Manufacturing Development
    • Manufacturing & Materials Technology
    • Energy Systems & Process Engineering

      Career opportunities

      With a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering you can enter the labour market directly and work with product development, design, control and regulation of everything from wind turbines to hospital equipment. You can also work with project management, innovation management and personnel management.

      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:

      22860 Summer start

      22865 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 mechanical 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. 

      Student life

      Studying on the Bachelor of Engineering in mechanical engineering programme

      The course programme at the Bachelor of Engineering degree programme in Mechanical Engineering mostly takes place as classroom teaching. In addition, the mechanical engineering study programme requires a lot of independent study, calculation assignments and project work, which you are responsible for planning. You should expect to have around 20 hours of scheduled lessons a week. 

      Fifth semester internship

      The degree programme includes a compulsory five-month paid internship during your fifth semester. You will work as an assistant engineer in a private or public company in Denmark or abroad. During your internship you will gain insight into how an electrical power engineer works. 

      Project work and independent study

      In the daily teaching and during the internship you learn to work in a project-oriented manner together with others in order to develop the best products and technical solutions. You work on specific issues in the field of thermodynamics, statics, theory of static and strength and regulation technology. During each semester the theory from the courses is applied in the solving of a practical semester project in smaller groups. 

      Specialisation at the end of the degree programme

      The sixth and seventh semester are where you will specialise within a specific area. You can choose a specialisation within the areas of energy and system design, material and production technology, or mechanical design. You also have the option of supplementing your specialisation with more general courses on economics, language or business management. During the seventh semester you will complete the degree programme with a Bachelor's project, which will typically be carried out in collaboration with a company. 

      Students: You must be curious about how things work

      I absolutely love studying mechanical engineering. I love taking things apart and building them again, and I have a lot of wild ideas for inventions I could test in the real world. In the first semester, I already designed a walker that could go over high steps without ramps. This was done in collaboration with a hospital unit, and it was really great to see the theory transformed into a concrete solution that created value for other people. If you want to study mechanical engineering the most important thing is that you’re curious about how things work.
      Troels Andersen, student, Mechanical 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 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 mechanical engineering, you will be qualified to take an MSc in Engineering. You can choose between two different directions, both of which entitle you to the title Master of Science in Engineering. One direction trains you to become a MSc in Engineering in mechanical engineering. This focuses on working on difficult development tasks in the process industry, the wind turbine industry or in manufacturing companies with intensive development projects in the field of mechanical engineering. The other direction is an MSc in Engineering in biomedical engineering, where you build bridges between the technical world and the healthcare sector. The degree programme focuses on the many opportunities in biomedical engineering and prepares you for jobs in the medical industry and hospital sector. 

      Many different job functions

      Most mechanical engineers work on general product design. This can be anything from the development of new wind turbine technology to hospital equipment and surgical tools to artificial tissue to aircraft engines. During their career, many mechanical engineers will also work in management at various levels. This can be managing projects, innovation or people. Mechanical engineers are often good at taking a systemic approach to technological development and are trained to solve problems across disciplines, languages and cultures.