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Manufacturing and Operations Engineering

Manufacturing and Operations Engineering

Manufacturing and Operations Engineering

Tablets, 3D movies, music services, and online stores are all results of good ideas. But a good idea is not enough; you must also be able to produce it. Therefore, behind every new product lies an innovative and creative process of development and production where engineers, designers, and product developers cooperate closely in order to put together a product and service. They make sure that the functionality is first class, that everything works and looks like it is supposed to, and that the price is right. During the Bachelor’s programme in Manufacturing and Operations Engineering you will gain the great overview of how to produce a product or a service, and you will get solid insight into the relevant technology and management tools.

Realise and produce your great idea

To realise and produce a good idea with modern technologies is a highly interdisciplinary task. Classic educations like mechanical engineering or computer science will not at all be able to cover even half of the relevant topics.

As a manufacturing and operations engineer, you have to have deep insight into aspects such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, management and business administration, and even aspects like product design and innovation are important. During the Bachelor's programme, you will gain knowledge about the most relevant aspects, such as materials and processes, robotics, cloud computing, service-oriented architectures, data-mining, programming in general, project management, process management, supply chain management, and virtualization.

You will be working with programming as a way of learning to optimise processes because programming is one of the most important skills within manufacturing and operations engineering. Your work with programming will include PLC, automation and robot technology.

You will be able to work on a managing level as well as on a technological level. You will learn to communicate with product designers, and you will be able to translate their wishes into technological solutions as well as guiding the product designers towards design solutions that can be produced efficiently. Due to the close collaboration with companies, the programme will provide you with real-life and hands-on experiences.

Examples of subjects that you can immerse in involve

  • new materials and processes
  • intelligent manufacturing
  • operations planning and control
  • global supply chain management

This is a full-time study programme, which is characterised by problem based project work in groups. You will be working closely with other students most of the time, and you are required to be present at the university on a daily basis and spend a vast majority of your day there.

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Is your level in mathematics sufficient?

Mathematics is an essential tool in the Manufacturing and Operations Engineering programme. We strongly advice that you have an above average grade in mathematics when applying for this programme. If you have doubts regarding your qualifications, please contact our student guidance counsellors.

as a student at aau you encounter …

PROBLEM based learning (PBL)

Aalborg University is famous for its problem based learning where you work in a team on a large written assignment often collaborating with an industrial partner. This study method is also called “The Aalborg Model for Problem Based Learning”. The method is highly recognised internationally, and the university is host to a successful UNESCO chair in Problem Based Learning in Engineering Education and a Centre for PBL and Sustainability approved by UNESCO.

The problem based project work at Aalborg University gives you a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competences at a high academic level in an independent manner. You get to apply theory to practice when you work to solve real-life problems, and you will be well prepared for your future career. Learn more about PBL.


When doing project work, you work closely in groups with other students. This gives you the opportunity to cooperate, share knowledge and to explore larger and more complex academic problems than what you would have been able to do on your own. Furthermore, the groups serve a social purpose and make it easier for you to get to know your fellow students and feel more at home at the university. Learn more about teamwork at AAU.


Aalborg University works closely with the business community. This means that as a student you will work with real issues from companies and organisations. Thus, while you are studying, you already have the opportunity to enhance your academic competences with a business-oriented and practical angle.


At Aalborg University teaching is research based. This means that your lecturers are doing research within the same academic field as he or she is teaching. You thus have access to the latest knowledge and dedicated teachers who are passionate about what they teach. The teaching material not only includes books but may also consist of, for example, current academic articles from journals.


The laboratories at Aalborg University are of the highest standard, and they play an important role in teaching. You will work under the best laboratory conditions with access to the latest technology, which is vital for your benefiting from the teaching.

Studying in Copenhagen

AAU Copenhagen is a part of Aalborg University and is located at Sydhavnen (South Harbour) near the city centre. Therefore, students at AAU CPH have access to the city’s wide range of cultural and leisure activities. AAU CPH is a relatively new campus with an international focus, an innovative learning environment and close collaborations with businesses, of which many are located on the campus area. Overall there are close to 3,700 students enrolled in AAU CPH’s exciting bachelor’s and master’s programmes. Learn more about student life in Copenhagen.


Aalborg University is rated for excellence in the QS-ranking system. Aalborg University has received five stars certifying the world-class position of the university based on cutting-edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty.
Within Engineering and Technology, Aalborg University ranked as number 76 in 2015/2016.

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Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.

learn more about Pbl at aau