Industrial Design, MSc in Engineering

Academic content

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The master’s programme in Industrial Design at Aalborg University, Denmark is divided into four semesters running from September to January respectively and from February to June (January and June partly reserved for exams). Thus, students will typically complete the programme in 2 years.

Each semester in Industrial Design is sub divided into three or four course modules and one project module. All courses are conducted in English. Below you will get a quick overview of the Industrial Design programme:

1st semester -Design Engineering

The Theme of 1st semester is the Product Development for a Client; the process from defining “what to design” to the detailed construction of critical components, while understanding and integrating the companies brand, business, users, market, production and manufacturing capability into the proposed solution.

  • Project - Corporate Product Development (10 ECTS)
  • Course - Production and Economy (5 ECTS)
  • Course - Advanced Integrated Design: Prephase (5 ECTS) (5 ECTS)
  • Course - Component Construction (5 ECTS)

2nd semester - Advanced integrated Design

The Theme of 2.nd semester is Product Development for a Sector where the process starts with identifiyng ill-defined, through market definition and design brief into a business concept proposal including a well designed product/service for a self-chosen organisation (company or start-up) in a specified sector.

  • Project - Sector Product Development (15 ECTS)
  • Course - Process Technology and Material Characteristics 2: Flexible Automation (5 ECTS)
  • Course - Technology and Form (5 ECTS)
  • Course - Advanced Integrated Design: Business Development (5 ECTS)

3rd semester- Professional development

The 3rd semester theme is a dive into a self-schosen aspect of the Engineering Design field, through research oriented simulations and investigations into a particular aspect, method or approach within an open interpretation of “Process management”, “Technology interaction” and “Ergonomic design and simulation.” which also represents the elective course that goes with the project.

1) Project - Engineering in the Design Field: Value, Method and Approach (20 ECTS)

  • Course - Project, Design and Construction Management (5 ECTS)
  • Course - Advanced Simulation Methods 1: Process Management
  • Course - Advanced Simulation Methods 2: Technology Interaction (5 ECTS)
  • Course - Advanced Simulation Methods 3: Ergonomic Design and Simulation Interaction (5 ECTS)

(choose two of the courses) 

2) Project -Internship (25 ECTS)

  • Course - Project, Design and Construction Management (5 ECTS)


3) Study at another University (30 ECTS)


4) Long Master’s Thesis (+30 ECTS)

4th semester - Master's Thesis

  • Master's Thesis (30 ECTS)

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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