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Global Systems Design

Global Systems Design

Global Systems Design

Technologies are continuously digitalising and automating our world, which is changing the nature of many industries. To stand out in fierce competition, companies and organisations have to improve their efficiency and adaptability on a global scale, specifically by re-designing or upgrading their systems to make good use of data in decision making, and to automate and optimise complex operations. In other words, systems need to become more intelligent and require less human involvement, moving upwards at autonomy levels. Fortunately, the latest advances in artificial intelligence, sensing, optimisation, information technologies, and systems engineering can help systems move in this direction.

create the industry of the future

Imagine fleets of smart robots that collaborate in manufacturing facilities, advanced warehouse logistics solutions such as the Amazon warehouses, crew-less cargo ships, smart grids, or interconnected smart home appliances. Those are just a few examples of what we call autonomous systems.

Autonomous systems need to exhibit intelligent behavior, robustness and adaptability to constant changes of their environments, while requiring minimal human involvement. At the same time, reliability and safety lie at the heart of the success of such systems. What is needed for the development of autonomous systems solutions and their deployment in real life applications is a combination of technological and engineering skills.

The Master’s programme in Global Systems Design enables you to handle modern day production complexity by using latest technological tools and concepts. You learn how to analyse, model and develop intelligent autonomous solutions. You will be trained to deploy autonomous systems and assess their operational performance within relevant industry and business environments.

autonomous systems

The Master’s programme in Global Systems Design aims at providing graduates with competences to solve complex problems related to the design and deployment of autonomous systems and has been developed to build both theoretical understanding and practical experience of students enrolled in the programme. The programme focuses on topics as: Systems Engineering & Validation, Modelling and Control of Mechatronic Systems, Optimisation Scheduling and routing, Sensing and Perception, Machine Learning and Big Data, and Networks of Autonomous Systems. Those topics can be applied across industrial sectors in order to
provide flexible autonomous solutions to problems ranging from classical manufacturing to service production.

The programme gives the graduate the opportunity to specialise within specific areas of autonomous systems; ranging from e.g. autonomous solutions in Automation and Robotics to autonomous operation of Logistics systems.

The programme is based on a combination of academic, problemoriented and interdisciplinary approaches and is structured in modules and organised as a problem-based study. A module is a programme element or a group of programme elements which aim to give students a set of professional skills within a fixed time frame specified in ECTS credits, and concluding with one or more examinations within specific exam periods defined in the curriculum.


The Master’s programme in Global Systems Design is offered internationally, and all teaching is therefore conducted in English. During the third semester, you have the opportunity to define your own semester. You may acquire industrial experience via a traineeship in an international company, study at a foreign university or specialise within a specific area through your project work.

Brochure for Global Systems Design (pdf)


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.

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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