Mechanical Engineering, Master

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Studying the specialisation Manufacturing Technology, you learn how to design, develop and realise new products and production systems, which may be important elements in strengthening the competitiveness of a company. In order to do this, you are introduced to theory, methods and tools within this field of study.

You will work with topics such as:

  • Robotics
  • Automation
  • Materials technology
  • Process technology
  • Product development and modelling
  • Production technology
  • Technology and operations management
  • Manufacturing systems

Manufacturing Technology is a two-year Master's programme that combines lectures, laboratory work and project work.

In the study programme’s 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. You are encouraged to carry out one or more semester projects in collaboration with external companies and organisations. This gives you an exceptional opportunity to combine theory and practice.

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.



On the first semester, you work with manufacturing processes or manufacturing systems. You explore issues in relation to equipment, tolerance, flexibility, work environment and organisation.


  • Non-linear Finite Element - Applied on Materials Processing* (5 ECTS)
  • Technology and Operations Management (5 ECTS)
  • Design for Manufacturing (5 ECTS)
  • Machine Learning* (5 ECTS)

* Students with a bachelor within Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing or similar, follow the course Non-linear Finite Element – Applied on Materials processing. Students with a bachelor in Robotics or similar follow the course Machine Learning.


  • Manufacturing Technology (15 ECTS)


On the second semester, you focus on product design and development as well as the relationship between product design and manufacturing (design for manufacturing). This includes for example the use of modelling and simulation tools in relation to planning and implementing new manufacturing systems.


  • Robot Vision* (5 ECTS)
  • Engineering Optimisation – Concepts, Methods and Applications (5 ECTS)
  • Product Development and Modelling (5 ECTS)
  • Digital Manufacturing* (5 ECTS)

* Students with a bachelor within Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing or similar, follow the course Robot Vision. Students with a bachelor in Robotics or similar follow the course Digital Manufacturing.


  • Development of Manufacturing Systems (15 ECTS)


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

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.


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

  • Barrier properties of polyester nanocomposites - in cooperation with Danfoss
  • Development of a methodology for incremental production capacity expansion - in cooperation with Grundfos
  • Roller hemming of magnesium automobile door panels - in cooperation with Daimler Chrysler
  • Pool Playing Robot - in cooperation with Colorado School of Mines
  • High quality laser cutting in aluminium
  • Concept of a turning system for bed lying patients in the human care sector
  • Intuitive programming of AIMM (Autonomous Industrial Mobile Manipulator) robot
  • Integration of a robot in a mobile manipulator
  • Supervised learning for safe human-robot collaboration
  • Process stabilisation of cartridge case ironing
  • Framework for the laser forming process: For forming of double curved geometries


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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