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Offshore Energy Systems

Offshore Energy Systems

Offshore Energy Systems

Offshore Energy Systems (OES) is a specialisation in the Master’s programme in Sustainable Energy Engineering.

When you study Sustainable Energy Engineering, you can choose the specialisation in Offshore Energy Systems (OES).

In this study programme, you learn about design, analysis and modelling of offshore energy systems and the system component interaction. You get to work with fluid and water wave mechanics, offshore energy system including electrical and mechanical systems, together with control, optimisation and diagnosis of offshore energy systems.

Teaching takes place in an innovative and dynamic environment. You will experience courses, problem based project work and a high degree of interaction with industrial partners and energy supply companies. Companies play an active part in the project work, and they provide guest lecturers and arrange company visits for students. All of this provides you with an excellent opportunity to build a network in the industrial world before graduation.

During the MSc specialisation in Offshore Energy Systems (OES), you will study technologies related to all different kinds of energy systems such as offshore wind turbines, offshore oil and gas production, wave energy, etc.

The specialisation gives you insight into various technologies for energy transfer, harvesting and control of offshore energy systems. Also, you gain knowledge of how to design, analyse and model mechanical systems, fluid power systems and electrical systems with complex dynamics and elements with non-linear behaviour.

You will work with topics such as:

  • Design, modelling and optimisation of energy systems used in various offshore energy applications
  • Operation, functionality and interaction between the various components of offshore energy systems
  • Systems integration with respect to both systems efficiency and control engineering aspects of offshore energy systems
  • Developing, constructing and operating offshore energy systems in the laboratory and in real applications
  • Practical realisation and implementation of offshore energy systems concerning both innovative aspects, business planning and economical considerations

In your semester projects, you and your project group will work with relevant issues in relation to offshore energy systems that challenge you to use all of your combined knowledge to come up with possible solutions. You are encouraged to occasionally collaborate with external organisations and businesses in your projects to get an idea of the work processes and current issues in the industry. You are then better prepared for your own work life after you graduate.

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.

Sustainable Energy engineers with the specialisation in Offshore Energy Systems have a wide range of job opportunities. You will be able to work in project engineering, research, development and management in Danish and international industries or public institutions. Your future employer may be Vattenfall, Ørsted (previously DONG Energy), Mærsk Olie og Gas, Offshore Center Danmark, Vestas Wind Systems, Siemens Wind Power, KK Wind Solutions or consultancies.



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 Esbjerg

Formerly known primarily for its fishing industry, Esbjerg has developed into a city with to universities and more than 60 higher study programmes. Furthermore, Esbjerg has a lot to offer in terms of culture and leisure activities. It is not difficult to find affordable accommodation near campus and Esbjerg is cheaper to live in than most of the other university cities in Denmark. Learn more about student life in Esbjerg.


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