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Sustainable Energy Engineering, Msc in engineering

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Process Engineering and Combustion Technology

When you study Sustainable Energy Engineering, you can choose the specialisation in Process Engineering and Combustion Technology (PECT)

The specialisation primarily focuses on advanced competences in combustion technology, thermal energy systems, fluid mechanics and systems in Heat, Ventilation, Aircondition and Control (HVAC), including CFD and multiphase flows. The specialisation provides opportunities to focus on both bioenergy to offshore oil and gas systems.

You will explore questions such as:

  • Design, modelling and optimisation of thermal energy systems used in various energy production applications
  • Operation, functionality and interaction between the various components of key combustion and process technologies
  • Systems integration with respect to both systems efficiency and engineering aspects of thermal energy systems
  • Development, construction and operation of combustion technologies and process systems in laboratory and in real applications
  • Practical realisation and implementation of thermal energy technologies and systems concerning both innovative aspects, business planning and economic considerations

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The teaching combines lectures, laboratory work and project work in an innovative and dynamic environment. In each semester (except for the last) you will spend half of your study time on courses and course work while the other half of your time will be spent doing a semester project. 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 in the field of process engineering and combustion technology.

The study programmes at AAU are based on problem based learning and project work, which gives you a unique opportunity to interact with industrial partners and engineering companies. Your semester projects provide you with an excellent opportunity to build a network with industry as companies play an active part in the project work with input to real-life problems which the students attempt to solve – often in close cooperation with a company. You get to apply theory to practice in your semester projects, which will better prepare you for your future career.


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.

Sustainable Energy engineers with the specialisation in Process Engineering and Combustion Technology have a wide range of job opportunities. You will be able to work in project engineering, research, development and management in Danish and international industries or public institutions. Your future employer may be Vattenfall, Ørsted (previously DONG Energy), Vestfrost, B&W Vølund, Grundfos, Danfoss, Rambøll Oil & Gas, or consultancies.

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


studying energy engineering


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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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