BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

INNOVATION AND DESIGN

With a Bachelor of Engineering degree in mechanical engineering, you will be qualified for an MSc in Engineering in mechanical engineering at Aarhus University.

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.
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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
  • Energy Systems & Process Engineering
  • Manufacturing & Materials Technologies
  • Robot Applications & Automation Design

Career opportunities and the MSc in Engineering

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 will also be qualified to continue your studies with a MSc in Engineering in mechanical engineering or biomedical engineering.

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:

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 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:

  • A full 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.

As a rule it is only possible to start a higher education on a similar or lower level 6 years after you have passed your latest completed higher education. This means that if you have completed a Danish professional bachelor's degree or a fulltime bachelor’s degree you will have to wait 6 years (counting from your last passed Danish professional bachelor's degree or a fulltime bachelor’s degree) before you can apply for a new Bachelor’s degree. This is applicable for applicants in both quota 1 and quota 2.

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 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. 

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 Mechanical Engineering, you can do this over four-and-a-half years at Aarhus University School of Engineering.


 

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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Career

Job options 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 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.