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During the Master’s programme in Materials Technology, you will work with advanced engineering materials. Among other things, you will work with steel, metal, polymers and composites.

You will be introduced to topics such as:

  • Metallic materials
  • Polymer composites
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Materials behavior
  • Metals and alloys
  • Fracture mechanics

The teaching combines lectures, laboratory work and project work.

In your first two semesters, you will spend half of your study time on courses and course work while the other half of your time will be spent doing 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.



During the first semester, you will study metals and alloys. When carrying out the semester project, you can for example analyse failure of mechanic components or metallurgic consequences of welding.


  • Metals and Alloys (5 ECTS)
  • Continuum Mechanics* (5 ECTS)
  • Solid Mechanics with Microstructure* (5 ECTS)
  • Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue (5 ECTS)

*Students with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing, Aalborg University follow the course Solid Mechanics with Microstructures, the rest follow the course Continuum Mechanics.


  • Metallic Materials (15 ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Ultrasonic welding in power electronics
  • Electropolishing of metal-injection-moulded stainless steel
  • Fatigue properties of 3D printed structures in Titanium


Throughout the second semester, you will work with polymers and composites. The courses will provide you with knowledge of polymer chemistry, modelling of materials behaviour, polymers and their composites. The contents of the courses will be integrated into the project work where you can work with for example the modification of nanoparticles in order to increase their adhesion of a given polymer or the modelling or examination of the influence of a composite material’s microstructure on its overall properties.


  • Fundamental Polymer Chemistry* (5 ECTS)
  • Simulation and Measuring of Materials Behaviour (5 ECTS)
  • Polymers and Composite Materials (5 ECTS)
  • Polymer Chemistry* (5 ECTS)

*Students with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Chemistry follow the course Polymer Chemistry, the rest follow Fundamental Polymer Chemistry.


  • Polymers and Polymer Composites (15 ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Time dependent properties of polymer foams
  • Fatigue of polymers subjected to aggressive environments
  • Intralaminar Fracture Toughness in Carbon Fibre Rein-forced Polyvinylidene Fluoride

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.

Find out more about studying abroad and internships here.

4th semester

In 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

  • Bio-oils as compatibilisers for nanoclays in linear low density polyethylene
  • Experimental investigation and mathematical modelling of the mechanical response of hydrogels

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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