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Advanced Power Electronics, Msc in Engineering

Advanced Power Electronics

Advanced Power Electronics

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

In this programme at AAU Esbjerg, you will study advanced power electronics, electrical machines with strong focus on control engineering, optimization and reliability. You will study these topics analytically, numerically and experimentally in an innovative research environment.

This study programme combines contemporary technologies with 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 and scientific disciplines involved in the advanced power electronic area and its application in apparatus and systems.

Studying the APEL programme, you learn how to model, analyse, synthesize and develop advanced power electronic apparatus and systems, and you will learn how power electronics and drives interact with externally connected components or systems.

You will work with topics such as:

  • Off-shore wind turbine converters and control
  • Power electronics application for subsea robotics and drones
  • Diagnostic of power electronic and electrical machine installations
  • Optimal control of drives
  • Predictive maintenance of industrial electronic systems
  • Control of renewable energy systems
  • Electric propulsion systems for modern ship and vehicle
  • Condition monitoring and maintenance of power electronic systems
  • Reliability analysis of power electronics systems

Experimental work plays a key role in the study programme. A large, well-equipped laboratory is available, offering you excellent opportunities for constructing and testing prototypes of advanced power electronic systems and electric machines using advanced control possibilities, diagnostics and studying reliability.

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 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. This will better prepare you for your own work life after you graduate.

This is a full-time study programme taught in English and 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 most of your day there.

The Master’s programme entitles the graduate to the designation 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 jobs 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. Possible employers in your future may be Vestas, Danfoss, Grundfos, ABB, Siemens, KK-electronics or Ørsted, Vattenfall, and Rambøll.





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.


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.


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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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