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Global Systems Design

Global Systems Design

Global Systems Design

Competition is intensifying on global markets. In order to survive, private companies as well as public organisations must innovate manufacturing and business processes as well as products and services to be able to provide customers and stakeholders with solutions of high quality in a costefficient and sustainable manner. At the same time, they must ensure a profitable and competitive business. The Master’s programme in Global Systems Design enables you to handle modern day business and organisational complexity. You learn how to analyse and model specific business processes and systems. You will be trained to develop innovative product-, service-, and process design solutions and simulate their operational performance and make cost-benefit studies of their business impact.

Engineering and business approach

The Master’s programme in Global Systems Design is based on the premise that fields such as planning of work processes, customer focus, quality assurance, production management and utilisation of resources all can be addressed from a modern production approach regardless of sectors; the approach is applicable to work within a wide range of fields, e.g. production, transportation and service - on both a national and an international level.

The programme is characterised by a combination of engineering and business approaches; you will be working with application of innovative information technology for modelling, simulation and cost-benefit studies of manufacturing systems, business processes and related product and services. Such modern tools play an important role in business improvement and enhanced resource utilisation in today’s competitive environment.

The programme challenges the sector-specific knowledge you have gained during your Bachelor's programme. During the Master’s programme in Global Systems Design, you will develop and expand your knowledge within product design, efficiency improvement, and innovation of work processes and -systems. Thus, the programme enables you to analyse, plan and evaluate international business- and production related challenges from more than one perspective. Also, the programme gives you formal qualifications matching the competencies known in the industry as “Green Belt” and “Black Belt” within Lean, Six Sigma and Process Improvement. 

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.

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