Operations and Management Engineering, Master

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Studying the Master’s programme in Operations and Management Engineering, you work with topics such as:

  • Development and configuration of a company’s global value chains
  • Supply chain management
  • Use of digital technologies in a company’s supply chain including initiatives to implement Industry 4.0, additive manufacturing, blockchain etc
  • Technical management and innovation
  • The interplay between technology, value chains and organisation

The teaching combines lectures and project work and on the first two semesters, your study time will be divided equally between courses and project work. 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.



On the first semester, you work with development and configuration of a company’s value chains in relation to e.g. outsourcing and offshoring.


  • Supply Chain Configuration (5 ECTS)
  • Researching Business Systems (5 ECTS)
  • Operation, Innovation and Organisational Configuration (5 ECTS)


  • Operations Management and Supply Chain Configuration – an Integrative Approach (15 ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Supplier selection and supplier portfolio planning
  • Sourcing risk assessment
  • Network design for spare part warehouses
  • Technological innovation for a “Bottom-of-the-pyramid” market
  • Optimal split in purchase volume between suppliers to minimise sourcing risk
  • Development of digitisation strategy
  • Supply chain performance management
  • Supply chain cyber-security
  • Technological innovation for a “Bottom-of-the-pyramid” market


On the second semester, you work with methods and technologies to optimise and improve a company’s global supply and value chains.


  • Supply Chain Technologies (5 ECTS)
  • Operations, Innovation and Organisational Improvement: Implementation Models and Tools (5 ECTS)
  • Management Systems (5 ECTS)


  • Integrating Operations Management and Supply Chain Methods ( ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Improving production planning and execution
  • Process optimisation
  • Sales forecasting
  • Sales and Operations Planning
  • Using simulation for capacity planning, process planning
  • Product and service portfolio planning
  • Adoption of industry 4.0, block chain, artificial intelligence solutions and assessing their impact on operations and supply chain 
  • Supply chain process improvements (using Lean, six sigma and other process improvement methodologies)
  • Technology enabled service delivery models


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

  • You can do an academic internship in Denmark or abroad. Here you both take part in the day-to-day operations in the company, but you also need to find a project to work on as part of the internship. You will write an academic report about the project.
  • 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 do an ordinary project
  • You can write a long Master’ thesis during 3rd and 4th semester, if you can find a project big enough to justify two semesters of work. 

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

  • Impact of 3D Printing on supply chain
  • Designing a process and decision-support model for maintenance performance measurement for the offshore oil drilling industry
  • Leveraging Big data application in spare parts planning
  • Process simulation modelling of the transition from open to robotic surgery
  • Identifying portfolio of parts suited for 3D printing
  • Collaborative risk management
  • Technology applications for perishable products supply chain



More about the programme

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