Mechanical Engineering, Master

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Studying the specialisation in Electro-Mechanical Systems Design, you will be introduced to modern mechanical engineering, which includes mechanics, electromagnetism, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and control technology. You will work with theory as well as spend a lot of time in the laboratory, where you can experiment with and fine-tune your ideas in practice.

On semester one and two, 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.

During the first two semesters, each project group consists of 4-6 students. On the last two semesters, the project groups consist of 1-3 students.

The programme offers courses within the following fields:

  • Control of Fluid Power and Electrical Servomechanisms
  • Embedded Micro Processors
  • Finite Element Methods
  • Engineering Optimisation
  • Control Theory: Multivariable and Nonlinear Systems
  • AC Motor Drives: Converters and Control

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.



The overall theme of the first semester is ‘Electric and fluid power servomechanisms’. A servomechanism is a special kind of regulation loop where the goal is to get a mechanism to follow a reference varying in time as precisely as possible. You will focus on the steering and regulation theory, and on how you design and implement a regulation algorithm for a servomechanism.


  • Control of Fluid Power and Electrical Servomechanisms (5 ECTS)
  • Embedded Micro Processors: Applications and C Programming (5 ECTS)
  • Finite Element Methods (5 ECTS)


  • Electrical and Fluid Power Servomechanisms (15 ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Hydraulic servo robot
  • One Wheeled Skateboard
  • Integration of electric and combustion engine in a Mercedes S400 Hybrid car
  • Design and control of power take-off system for wave-energy power plant
  • Advanced regulation of robots


The focus of this semester is ‘Design and control of power transmission systems’. How does an electric motor work? And how can the rotation speed be regulated? You will work with a transmissions system with an AC-motor – for example a system to power electrical vehicles.


  • Engineering Optimisation – Concepts, Methods and Applications (5 ECTS)
  • Multi Variable Control (5 ECTS)
  • AC Motor Drives: Converters and Control (5 ECTS)


  • Design and Control of Power Transmission Systems (15 ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • AC-Motors and drives for a pick and place robot
  • Design and construction of a facility for testing friction in hydraulic cylinders
  • Sensorless control of a hub-mounted switched reluctance machine
  • Permanent magnet motor for ventilation system
  • Application of a magnetic lead screw and permanent magnet synchronous machine as an active suspension system for an electric vehicle


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

  • You can do a project oriented stay at a company in Denmark or abroad, where you take part in the day-to-day operations in the business. During the project oriented stay, 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


  • Electives (5 ECTS): System Identification and Diagnosis / Non-linear Control and Multibody Systems / Test and Validation


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 your own choice (30 ECTS)

examples of thesis topics

  • Design and implementation of ultrasound based lubrication film measurement in a fluid power motor
  • Design of a system for a robot to perform a placing operation
  • Enhanced core cooling for a transformer
  • Analysis and control of a magnetic lead screw
  • Design and control of log rolling robots


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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