Sustainable Design, Msc in engineering

Sustainable Design, MSc in Engineering

Sustainable Design, MSc in Engineering

Do you want to transform products and systems in order to achieve greater sustainability? Sustainable Design is a two-year Master’s programme (120 ECTS credits) focusing particularly on design and development of sustainable solutions.

free e-course: Is the Master in Sustainable Design the right choice for you?

Find out with this free introductory e-course, that lead you through some of the key theoretical and methodological topics
of the study programme. The course is organised in an introduction and 6 modules. The objective of this E-course is to offer the students that come from outside of AAU and Denmark a fast course on the basic knowledge and tools needed in order to start this Master’s programme at the same level as students coming from the Bachelor in Sustainable Design.

This means that the E-course is not only an introduction to the Master’s programme; it is also a course explaining the very basics that you need in order to start this programme. The E-course in Sustainable Design aims at helping you formulate a motivation letter to apply and enrol in the programme.

To enrol in the E-course, please send an e-mail to with the subject Enrol me. Next, you will receive a link to the course and further instructions.

If you have questions regarding the e-course, please contact 

Focus on The Sustainable Development Goals

The Master’s programme in Sustainable Design combines sustainable product design with tools from innovation theory and user-oriented design. Visualisation and experimentation are important strategies to develop new innovative solutions, which can overcome system dependencies and achieve sustainable system transformation in various societal sectors.

You engage in challenging design-oriented problem solving in collaboration with NGO´s, companies, public institutions and professional groups. Perhaps you design and develop future relief tents, robot vacuum cleaners or bike airbags. You can also work with rehabilitation of older, energy-efficient mobility or waste systems in cities. 

The programme includes interdisciplinary components to satisfy the need for combining methods from social science and technology studies with technical subjects and design practices. You will gain the ability to understand, stage and carry out innovative processes leading to design and the implementation of sustainable products, services and socio-material system solutions through involvement of relevant actors.

"Since day one, we were involved with several companies through our semester projects."

AGUSTÍN GRANADOS MATEOS, graduate from sustainable design

Learn about the approach of sustainable design


learn about visual knowledge sharing practices - a developing PBL project


As a student at AAu you encounter...


When doing project work, you work closely in groups with other students. This gives you the opportunity to cooperate, share knowledge and to explore larger and more complex academic problems than what you would have been able to do on your own. Furthermore, the groups serve a social purpose and make it easier for you to get to know your fellow students and feel more at home at the university. Learn more about teamwork at AAU.


Aalborg University works closely with the business community. This means that as a student you will work with real issues from companies and organisations. Thus, while you are studying, you already have the opportunity to enhance your academic competences with a business-oriented and practical angle.


At Aalborg University teaching is research based. This means that your lecturers are doing research within the same academic field as he or she is teaching. You thus have access to the latest knowledge and dedicated teachers who are passionate about what they teach. The teaching material not only includes books but may also consist of, for example, current academic articles from journals.


AAU Copenhagen is a part of Aalborg University and is located at Sydhavnen (South Harbour) near the city centre. Therefore, students at AAU CPH have access to the city’s wide range of cultural and leisure activities. AAU CPH is a relatively new campus with an international focus, an innovative learning environment and close collaborations with businesses, of which many are located on the campus area. Overall there are close to 3,700 students enrolled in AAU CPH’s exciting bachelor’s and master’s programmes. Learn more about student life in Copenhagen.

"The Master's programme gave me the opportunity to work in teams and create new international and meaningful friendships."

GIULIA CAPPELLETTI, graduate from sustainable design

Facts About the Programme




Admission Requirements

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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