Sustainable Design, Msc in engineering

Application and requirements

Application and requirements

Applicants with a legal right of admission (retskrav)

  • Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Design (AAU)

Applicants without legal right of admission:

  • Bachelor of Science in Design and Innovation (DTU)
  • Bachelor of Science in Integrated Design (SDU)
  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Design, specialisation in Industrial Design (AAU)

All applicants without a legal claim must prove that their English language qualifications is equivalent to level B (Danish level) in English

You can also apply for enrolment if you have completed a similar Bachelor education at a Danish or foreign university. In this case your educational course will be evaluated individually. We emphasise that you have achieved qualifications within the following fields:

  • scientific, technical and engineerical qualifications
  • qualifications within design and visualisation
  • qualifications within the socio-technical field


restricted Admission

The Master in Sustainable Design has restricted admission. This means that not all applicants applying before deadline and meeting the requirements will be enrolled. The programme expects to enroll 40 students. The screening for the student intake takes place based on the following criteria (in prioritised order):

1) Achieved qualifications within the following fields:
- scientific, technical and engineerical qualifications
- qualifications within design and visualisation
- qualifications within the socio-technical field

The qualifications can be documented e.g. through courses or work experience in a technical development department, working with graphic design/web design or working with project development for green NGOs.

2) Knowledge of the education and motivation for studying Sustainable Design at Aalborg University. (Motivational Letter)

3) Grade point average in a qualifying Bachelor education (alternatively with emphasis on the grades achieved at the application deadline if the qualifying exam has not been completed).

4) Completion of the free e-course ’Introduction to Sustainable Design Engineering’

Application guide for Sustainable Design

Deadlines for application

For this Master's programme we only offer September intake. Deadline for applying for admission to a whole Master´s Programme and for admission to the autumn semester as guest students is March 1. 

Applicants from AAU

If you are already enrolled at AAU, you can find information about admission to a master programme on the homepage of your faculty.

You can apply online to Aalborg University either as a:

Guest/Exchange/Erasmus student: an international student wishing to study at Aalborg University for 1 or 2 semesters as an integral part of a study programme at an institution or higher education in another country.
(NB we only have a limited number of guest students each semester)

Degree student: an international student wishing to pursue a degree from Aalborg University. Students must have a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Design or a relevant engineering or science degree. There is limited admission to the master's programme in Sustainable Design. 

For further information regarding deadlines and requirements please see the website How to apply to Aalborg University


Information regarding student housing, culture and sports, student activities and more can be found here

Information regarding the state educational grant (SU) can be found here


Entry restrictions

This programme is entry restricted. Please see the specific admission criteria before applying.

Official English language requirements

Applicants applying for Master's programmes at Aalborg University must submit results of an IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge test with the below mentioned minimum scores:

Danish B level in English compares to:

IELTS (academic test). 6.5 overall band score
TOEFL (internet-based): Minimum score: 85
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (CPE): 180 / level C1
Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 180 / grade C
ECPE: Passed test including certificate

Read more about language requirements

Application Deadline

This programme only offers September intake. Deadline for applying is 1st March

You must apply digitally via the online application portal. Please read the application procedures before applying.


Application procedures

How to apply

When you apply for a Master's programme at Aalborg University, you have to use the Application Portal which is a national Danish digital application system in which the entire application process is handled.

Please note that some of the programmes offered may be subject to restricted admission. That means that the individual programmes may have a limited number of student places. Information on the programmes affected and the exact number of places offered will be available shortly when finally clarified.

Learn more about how to apply