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During the Indoor Environmental and Energy Engineering programme, you will work with energy flow in builidings, and you will examine how to create the optimal indoor climate with minimum ressource consumption.

The teaching combines lectures, laboratory work and project work and on the first two semesters, you will spend half of your study time on courses and the other half on a semester project. Each semester has an overall theme and within this theme, you conduct a semester project with your project group, where you investigate and attempt to solve a relevant issue within your field of study.

The study programmes at AAU are based on problem based learning and project work, which 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 in your semester projects, which will prepare you better for your future career.

Students not familiar with problem based learning at AAU must attend the course “Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Student Responsibility”.

See programme's curriculum

1st Semester

The keywords of the first semester are ventilation, indoor climate, airflow and health. You investigate these topics on the basis of both theory and experiments.


  • Numerical Methods (5 ECTS)
  • Fluid Mechanics and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) (5 ECTS)
  • Building Related Fluid Mechanics (5 ECTS)


  • Ventilation, Airflow and Contaminant Transport in Buildings (15 ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Ventilation in an operating room
  • Simulation of smoke flow in a fire
  • Thermal comfort and airflow in a theatre

2nd semester

In the second semester, you will work with the integrated design process and integrated building concepts in relation to energy efficient buildings. You will explore the natural possibilities for passive solar energy, passive cooling, daylight and natural ventilation in combination with advanced technical climate installations and continuous energy systems.


  • Stochastic Modelling and Design Optimisation (5 ECTS)
  • Integrated Building Energy Design (5 ECTS)
  • Environmental Assessment Methods and Life Cycle Cost Analysis (5 ECTS)


  • Integrated Design of Buildings and Building Services (15 ECTS)

example of pROJEcT topic

  • Optimising an architectural drawing of an office building

3rd semester

During the third semester, you have different options to earn the required 30 ECTS:

  • You can do an internship in Denmark or abroad, where you take part in the day-to-day operations in the business. During the internship, you will write a project about one or more of your tasks during the process
  • You can study a semester at another educational institution abroad or in Denmark
  • You can do a regular semester at AAU with courses and project work
  • You can begin your Master’s thesis, so your work is spread out over both your 3rd and 4th semester

Aalborg University has collaboration agreements with universities around the world, and the programme’s research environment has a wide range of internship contacts.

If you choose a semester at AAU, you follow the courses and project topics below.


  • Control and Analysis of Building Energy Systems (5 ECTS)
  • Fault Detection in Buildings (5 ECTS)


Choose one topic:

  • Building Commissioning and Operation (20 ECTS)
  • Advanced Modelling of Energy Transport in Buildings and HVAC Systems (20 ECTS)

4th semester

On the fourth semester, you write your Master’s thesis, where you draw on all the knowledge, experience and skills you have acquired during your studies. Depending on your topic choice, the thesis will be in the nature of developmental work, further development, or actual research.

master’s thesis

  • Topic of own choice (30 ECTS)

examples of thesis topics

  • Prognosis of heat consumption of smart grid buildings on basis of the weather forecast
  • Risk of contamination in hospitals
  • Ventilation window with solar shading/night blind
  • Air currents in large rooms with many people
  • Optimisation of personal ventilation in aircrafts
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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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