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Advanced Power Electronics, Msc in Engineering

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Advanced Power Electronics

When you study Energy Engineering, you can choose the study programme in Advanced Power Electronics (APEL) at Aalborg University Esbjerg.

When you study Energy Engineering, you can choose the study programme in Advanced Power Electronics (APEL) at Aalborg University Esbjerg.

In this programme, you will study advanced power electronics, electrical machines with strong focus on control engineering, optimisation and reliability, and integrating renewable energy systems for application sectors. You will study these topics analytically, numerically and experimentally in an innovative research environment.

This study programme combines contemporary technologies with adaptation from classic technologies such as electronics, power electronics, electrical machines, control engineering with artificial intelligence, reliability and maintenance issues. This gives you an understanding of the technologies, scientific background involved in the advanced power electronic areas, and its application in systems level studies in a real time environment.

Studying the APEL programme, you learn how to model numerically using advanced software, analyse, synthesise and develop advanced power electronic systems level studies with theoretical background. Further, you will gain the knowledge how power electronics and drives interact with externally connected components or systems.

You will work with and explore topics such as:

  • Off-shore wind turbine converters and control dynamics
  • Power electronic control of underwater robotics used in particular for inspection and maintenance operations
  • Diagnostic of power electronic and electrical machine installations
  • Optimum control dynamics of drives
  • Control of renewable energy systems
  • Electric propulsion systems for electric ships and vehicles – (More Electric Vehicles technologies)
  • Design of intelligent drone systems for inspection and maintenance
  • Design of intelligent control for robotic manipulator systems
  • Condition monitoring and maintenance of power electronic and electrical machine systems
  • Reliability analysis of power electronics and power systems

You are to create a functional block diagram of the system you have selected to work on and you may also test your system with a systematic approach for validation and verification.

Experimental work

Experimental work plays a key role in the study programme. A large, well-equipped laboratory is available with software and hardware setups. It  offers you unique and excellent opportunities to explore methods and possibilities for constructing and  testing prototype models of advanced power electronic systems and electric machines with advanced digital control techniques, studying diagnostics issues and reliability of the systems.

In your semester projects, you and your project group will work with relevant issues within the programme’s field of study, that challenge you to use all of your knowledge and adapt skills to come up with possible solutions. You are encouraged to collaborate  with external organisations, and Aalborg University industrial business partners to explore your skills with industrial real life problems, and creating platform for job opportunities.

See the brochure about the Energy Master’s programmes (pdf):
Brochure about the Energy Master’s programmes


The program is a full-time study programme taught in English, where courses serve as background for 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 most of your day there for analytical and experimental activities.

The Master’s programme entitles the full-time graduate to  the title Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Advanced Power Electronics).

With a Master’s degree within the field of Advanced Power Electronics (APEL) you have a wide range of career possibilities including in R&D departments in major companies working with control of power electronic converters and electrical machines. You can work in research and development, departments or top management positions in energy supply companies, such as wind power, machine manufacturing, or process industries as well as electro-technical and consultancy companies, etc. Aalborg University has established extensive collaboration with business partners and your possible employers in your future career may be Vestas, Danfoss, Grundfos, ABB, Siemens, KK-electronics or Ørsted, Vattenfall, Rambøll.

Group work

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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.

Centre for PBL and Sustainability approved by UNESCO


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 Aalborg University.


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.


Formerly known primarily for its fishing industry, Esbjerg has developed into a city with two 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.


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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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