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Design of Mechanical Systems, Specialisation of Mechanical Engineering

Master (2 years) of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering with specialisation in Design of Mechanical Systems), 120 ECTS
Engineering Mathematics, natural- and computer science

Institution Aalborg University (AAU)
Campus Aalborg
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 6897 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


Do you enjoy working with mechanics, and do you dream about working with mechanical systems of all shapes and sizes in relation to industrial production? The increase in global competition creates a demand for better efficiency and functionality as well as engineers who can develop advanced mechanical systems, production equipment, machines and other products. As a mechanical engineer you can be a part of the industrial future. If this sounds interesting to you, then the specialisation in Design of Mechanical Systems may be just right for you.This specialisation combines theory and practice in relation to design and development of industrial products, which teaches you to combine you technical and creative skills to achieve an expansive knowledge about the design and development process.During the programme, you are introduced to a wide range of design tools essential for a mechanical engineer. The classical engineering disciplines such as mechanics of materials, continuum mechanics, and variational methods are combined with courses on the latest computer based simulation tools like finite element methods, optimisation methods and multi body system analysis methods. The use of composite materials for advanced structural applications is one of the key areas of the programme, and you will learn how to use these for engineering design purposes.

The programme offers courses and projects within the following fields:
  • Stress and deformation analyses of load carrying structural elements
  • Continuum mechanics (theory of elasticity, plasticity, and micro mechanics)
  • Finite element methods
  • Fracture mechanics and fatigue
  • Energy and variational methods with applications
  • Multi body system analysis
  • Engineering design optimization
  • Mechanics of composite materials and structures
  • Engineering design of mechanical systems

Career Opportunities  

As a graduate from the Design of Mechanical Systems programme, you will typically be employed in a company where you can take part in the technological development and research and where you understand technical management of developmental projects.  

Examples of companies, where you can be employed, are:
• Consultancies
• Industrial companies 
• A part of a company’s research and development department
• In the academic world as a PhD student


Admission to the Master’s programme in Mechanical Engineering with specialisation in Design of Mechanical Systems requires a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing, Innovation and Product Design or the like.

In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level.
Read more about the language requirements of Aalborg University

Apply directly at Aalborg University with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact Aalborg University directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside EU/EAA/Switzerland.

Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.  

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Autumn | EU/EAA applicants

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01

Autumn | Non-EU/EAA applicants

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01


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