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Design of Mechanical Systems

Design of Mechanical Systems

Design of Mechanical Systems

The design and manufacturing of most of the products we use in our everyday life have in some way involved the work of a mechanical engineer. The mechanical engineer has either been directly involved in the design and development process of the product and/or in the design and development process of the manufacturing equipment. Furthermore, the global competition has increased the demands for efficiency and functionality in industrial products. Therefore, the world needs engineers who can develop advanced and competitive mechanical systems, machines and products. The Master's programme in Design of Mechanical Systems prepares you for meeting such challenges.

Combine your technical and creative skills

The Master's programme in Design of Mechanical Systems at Aalborg University focuses on design and development of industrial products through the use of both theory and practice. Thereby, you learn how to combine technical and creative skills and obtain profound knowledge about the entire design and development process.
The programme gives you insight into 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

Close collaboration with industrial partners

Students from the Design of Mechanical Systems programme have done projects in collaboration with or internships at a number of Danish and international companies. This includes wind turbine manufacturers such as Vestas and Siemens Wind Power where students have been involved in several projects related to the design and development of wind turbines.
Other examples include crash simulation in cooperation with Ford Motor Company in Germany, simulation model of a dumper in cooperation with Hydrema, bio mechanical analysis of ligament injuries together with biomedical scientists and a variety of other industrial relevant projects.


Rated for exellence

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.


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 succesful 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.



Most students work in relation to their projects together in groups. Through collaboration and shared work load it gives the possibility to explore greater and more complex problems than possible by your own. Furthermore, through teamwork you will socially be integrated at the University and quickly get to know other students.
Sometimes it will acquire more effort to work in a group, i.e. when you have to convince your co-students about your ideas and findings or when you have to negotiate and settle on a compromise. You will thus acquire important experience related to teamwork which is a discipline that both you and your future place of employment will benefit from.


Aalborg University practices research based teaching meaning that your lecturers does research within the same subject areas as they teach. You will thus get access to latest knowledge and meet dedicated lecturers that are enthusiastic about the subject they teach. Teaching material is therefore not only based educational books but may also be based on current scientific journal papers.

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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.

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