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Sustainable Energy Engineering, Msc in engineering

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Sustainable Energy Engineering

Are you interested in the design of complex offshore energy systems or bioenergy systems? Studying the Master's programme in Sustainable Energy Engineering, you learn about developing intelligent and effective methods to utilise energy resources.

Utilisation of energy resources

During the Master's programme in Sustainable Energy Engineering at AAU Esbjerg, you work with the latest technologies within areas such as analysis and design of systems for offshore wind turbines, modelling of complex offshore systems, combustion technology and bioenergy systems. In this way, you learn to design, develop and manage effective methods for utilsation of energy ressources.

The industry wants such candidates with cooperation skills which the project and group work provide and Sustainable Energy Engineers are in short supply – Denmark will lack 13,500 engineers in 2025. During the study programme you will have possibilities to work with high tech companies and will become part of an exciting international environment and have the possibility of exciting international stays.

Furthermore, Aalborg University has a flexible incubator environment that supports your creative dream and business idea.

You choose one of two specialisations:

This is a full-time study programme, which is characterised by problem based project work in groups. You will be working closely with other students most of the time, and you are required to be present at the university on a daily basis and spend a vast majority of your day there.

AAU collaborates with external companies, which means that you will have opportunity to do your semester projects in collaboration with these or other external companies and gain some real-life, hands-on experiences while you are studying.

The Master of Science programme entitles you to the designation of one of the following titles:  

  • Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Sustainable Energy Engineering with specialisation in Process Engineering and Combustion Technology)
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Sustainable Energy Engineering with specialisation in Offshore Energy Systems)

See the brochure about the Energy Master’s programmes (pdf):

Brochure about the Energy Master’s programmes




  • Problem based and project oriented work
  • Project time covers 50% of the total number of ECTS of the semester
  • Multi-disciplinary project work
  • Study groups of up to 7 students
  • Research based teaching provided by the Department of Energy Technology
  • Work with the latest technologies
  • Collaboration with researchers and companies

Meet randy from the programme


as a student at aau you encounter …

PROBLEM based learning (PBL)

Aalborg University is famous for its problem based learning where you work in a team on a large written assignment often collaborating with an industrial partner. This study method is also called “The Aalborg Model for Problem Based Learning”. The method is highly recognised internationally, and the university is host to a successful UNESCO chair in Problem Based Learning in Engineering Education and a Centre for PBL and Sustainability approved by UNESCO.

The problem based project work at Aalborg University 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 when you work to solve real-life problems, and you will be well prepared for your future career. Learn more about PBL.

Centre for PBL and Sustainability approved by UNESCO


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.


The laboratories at Aalborg University are of the highest standard, and they play an important role in teaching. You will work under the best laboratory conditions with access to the latest technology, which is vital for your benefiting from the teaching.

Studying in Esbjerg

Formerly known primarily for its fishing industry, Esbjerg has developed into a city with to universities and more than 60 higher study programmes. Furthermore, Esbjerg has a lot to offer in terms of culture and leisure activities. It is not difficult to find affordable accommodation near campus and Esbjerg is cheaper to live in than most of the other university cities in Denmark. Learn more about student life in Esbjerg.


Aalborg University is rated for excellence in the QS-ranking system. Aalborg University has received five stars certifying the world-class position of the university based on cutting-edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty.
Within Engineering and Technology, Aalborg University ranked as number 76 in 2015/2016.

Rated for excellence in the QS-ranking system

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Facts About the Programme




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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