Structural Design and Analysis, Master

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1st semester
Courses and projects

On the first semester, you will work with load-bearing structures and you will analyse a construction part in order to determine its capacities, strengths and rigidity. Your analysis will include different methods such as experiments in the laboratories, calculations, computer simulations and modelling. This will make it possible for you to consider the strengths and weaknesses of the different methods.


  • Structural Mechanics and Dynamics (5 ECTS)
  • Modelling and Analysis of Offshore Structures (5 ECTS)
  • Fluid and Water Wave Dynamics (5 ECTS)


  • Introduction to Problem Based Learning within Structural and Offshore Engineering (5 ECTS)
  • Structural Analysis of Load-Bearing Structures (10 ECTS)

2nd semester
Courses and project

During the second semester, you work with coastal, offshore and port engineering, and experiments in the laboratories will be a significant part of you and your groups project work. You explore the natural strains such as waves, wind, currents and ice and you analyse and consider how the constructions can be modified and improved to strengthen their resistance.


  • Environmental Loads, Installation and Anchoring of Offshore Structures (5 ECTS)
  • Risk and Reliability in Engineering (5 ECTS)
  • Advanced Structural Analysis of Offshore Structures (5 ECTS)


  • The Excitation and Anchoring of Offshore Structures (15 ECTS)

3rd semester
Study abroad or in Denmark

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

  • You can do a project-oriented study in an external organisation in Denmark or abroad, where you take part in the day-to-day operations in the business. During the study, 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

Aalborg University has collaboration agreements with universities around the world, and the programme’s research environment has a wide range of contacts.

4th semester
Master’s Thesis

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.

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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