Aalborg University

Introduction

Aalborg University (AAU) is a fairly young and very modern university established in 1974. Situated in Denmark, the University’s main campus is placed in Aalborg, but it also has a campus in Esbjerg and one in the Danish capital Copenhagen.

The University offers high quality education with more than 60 programmes taught in English within the fields of natural sciences, engineering, health sciences. social sciences and humanities.

The University has a strong focus on innovation and creativity, which is especially visible in Aalborg University’s well-reputed study method problem based learning or the Aalborg Model, which has been shown to be close to optimal for the learning process in an evaluation by the OECD.

Problem based learning entails working project-oriented with real life, field relevant problems in a group of your fellow students. It even gives you with the opportunity to cooperate with a company and provides you with experiences and competencies that are highly valuable for your professional life.

AAU offers you the opportunity to experience Denmark and Scandinavia whilst studying in a highly international environment. Approximately 10 per cent of AAU’s student body of nearly 18,000 are international students. At the same time, you will find that the Danes’ English proficiency level is very high, just as some Danes speak e.g. German, French and Spanish.

Studying in Aalborg, you will be living in a city that holds lots of options for shopping, restaurant and café visits as well as night life. At the same time, living in Aalborg, you are never far from incredibly beautiful nature experiences. Aalborg is surrounded by green fields, deep forests and beaches with shimmering white dunes and high waves.

Esbjerg is a lovely university town close by the harbour and the Danish Wadden Sea, while Copenhagen combines the modern and urban city life with historic sites and buildings from the European Renaissance and Baroque period.


Facts about Aalborg University:

- 17,700 students

- 3000 staff

- Established in 1974

- Located in Aalborg, Esbjerg and Copenhagen

- UNESCO Chair in Problem Based Learning

This school offers programs in:
  • English

View MSc » View master programs »

Programs

This school also offers:

Master

Master in Arctic Studies

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Denmark Aalborg

Aalborg University offers a new specialization under the CCG with a focus on Arctic communities and globalization. [+]

Aalborg University offers a new specialization under the CCG with a focus on Arctic communities and globalization. The region of interest in “Arctic Studies” (AS) is the Circumpolar North, including Greenland, the northern parts of Scandinavia, Canada, Alaska and Russia, the North Atlantic and the Polar Sea. In an age of political, cultural and economic globalization, when climate changes promise the opening of new shipping routes and access to hitherto inaccessible natural resources in the Arctic, the region is the object of increased global scientific, political and commercial attention. Not only Arctic states but also the EU, the US and Asian powers see themselves as stakeholders and are vying for access to and influence on the development of the region. The impacts of such engagement are likely to be great, both on the relationships between global actors and on Arctic communities, which are often small and characterized by unique cultural identities, economic and/or political dependency and structures only partly geared towards local capacity and competence-building at the scale demanded by such massive pressures. Political, cultural, economic, social and environmental sustainable development thus becomes essential. This specialization gives particular attention to studies in the human sciences within the areas of social and cultural encounters and exchange, inter-cultural communication, nation-building, geo-politics and globalization, governance and sustainable development. In lectures, relevant theories of identity-building, inter-cultural communication, international relations and sustainable development will be applied to case studies from across the Arctic. [-]

Master in Culture, Communication and Globalisation

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Denmark Aalborg

An international two-year Master Degree Programme in English, focusing on communicative and cultural as well as social and political aspects of global processes in areas such as market communication, consumption, organizational dynamics, international relations, migration and ethnic relations. [+]

An international two-year Master Degree Programme in English, focusing on communicative and cultural as well as social and political aspects of global processes in areas such as market communication, consumption, organizational dynamics, international relations, migration and ethnic relations. If you are looking for a Master’s programme that does not only provide you with high-quality education with a strong international profile in the subjects central to the demands of today’s world but also trains you in solving the problems posed by these rapidly changing demands, consider the ‘Culture, Communication and Globalization’ programme. If you are interested in having an active role in designing your personal academic profile and not only acquiring but also producing knowledge in the areas highly relevant to many contemporary professional settings, then you will appreciate interdisciplinary, problem-based learning which is a trademark of Aalborg University. The ‘Culture, Communication and Globalization’ programme will provide you with an opportunity to gain MA academic credentials at a well-esteemed Scandinavian university in the egalitarian study tradition and multicultural student environment that will guarantee you enriching educational and social experiences. Scandinavian teaching tradition and problem based learning A trademark of the ‘Culture, Communication and Globalization’ programme (and Aalborg University) is its unique pedagogic model of teaching: the problem-based, project-organized model. During the semester this method is supported by courses, group work and project work that revolve around complex real-life problems which students investigate and try to find answers to in scientific manners. In close dialogue with an academic supervisor you will select an area of interest, identify and formulate a problem that you will tackle in your project. Further on you will develop a theoretical and methodological framework for dealing with the issues in focus and carry out an independent exploration presented in a written report. This report will serve as the basis for an oral exam at the end of a semester. Through this work you will not only study in depth a particular area relevant to your educational profile but will also acquire teamwork skills and the ability to work creatively which are in high-demand in professional situations and will give you a head start on the job market. Tailor your own study programme The MA in Culture, Communication and Globalization provides rich opportunity for creating a degree with a strong personal profile. The programme offers four streams of study: Consumption and Market Communication Organization and Leadership International relations and the global order International migration and ethnic relations. You may choose to specialize in one of the study streams mentioned above by following the courses offered within the streams. You may also select and follow the courses across the streams designing a broader academic profile in the field of Culture, Communication and Globalization. Internship and mobility stay opportunity On your third semester of the programme, you can tailor your degree further by choosing an internship in Denmark or in another country. This would give you an opportunity to apply the knowledge that you gained through your courses in the hands-on experience of working in an international professional environment. Alternatively, you may choose to build upon already acquired knowledge by following for one semester another programme, at Aalborg University or at another university, specializing in your area of study. Students are free to choose their area(s) of emphasis in tailoring their study programme to their own needs and desires. All classes are taught in English. Teaching period The programme begins 1 September. [-]

Master in Global System Design

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Denmark Aalborg

The Master’s programme in Global Systems Design enables you to handle modern day business and organisational complexity. You learn how to analyse and model specific business processes and systems. [+]

Competition is intensifying on global markets. In order to survive, private companies as well as public organisations must innovate manufacturing and business processes as well as products and services to be able to provide customers and stakeholders with solutions of high quality in a costefficient and sustainable manner. At the same time, they must ensure a profitable and competitive business. The Master’s programme in Global Systems Design enables you to handle modern day business and organisational complexity. You learn how to analyse and model specific business processes and systems. You will be trained to develop innovative product-, service-, and process design solutions and simulate their operational performance and make cost-benefit studies of their business impact. Engineering and business approach The Master’s programme in Global Systems Design is based on the premise that fields such as planning of work processes, customer focus, quality assurance, production management and utilisation of resources all can be addressed from a modern production approach regardless of sectors; the approach is applicable to work within a wide range of fields, e.g. production, transportation and service - on both a national and an international level. The programme is characterised by a combination of engineering and business approaches; you will be working with application of innovative information technology for modelling, simulation and cost-benefit studies of manufacturing systems, business processes and related product and services. Such modern tools play an important role in business improvement and enhanced resource utilisation in today’s competitive environment. The programme challenges the sector-specific knowledge you have gained during your Bachelor's programme. During the Master’s programme in Global Systems Design, you will develop and expand your knowledge within product design, efficiency improvement, and innovation of work processes and -systems. Thus, the programme enables you to analyse, plan and evaluate international business- and production related challenges from more than one perspective. Also, the programme gives you formal qualifications matching the competencies known in the industry as “Green Belt” and “Black Belt” within Lean, Six Sigma and Process Improvement. RATED FOR EXCELLENCE 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 ranks as number 79 in the world in the QS-system. Likewise, in the Shanghai Ranking system, Aalborg University's engineering and technology programmes are ranked among the top 100 in the world. 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 succesful 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. [-]

Master in Human Centered Informatics

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Denmark Copenhagen Aalborg + 1 more

The Master’s program in Human-Centered Informatics at Aalborg University focuses on the design, development, and evaluation of IT systems with a particular emphasis on the relations and interactions between people and IT systems. [+]

Human-Centered Informatics is concerned with the design, development, and evaluation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in any context where people are involved. ICT systems play an increasingly important role in modern society across all technology-driven sectors, such as business, health, entertainment, learning, government, and beyond. Within the wider umbrella of Information Science, the master’s programme in Human Centered Informatics at Aalborg University focuses on the intersection of people and technology. This means that students will work directly with the complexity of understanding how people use and interact with digital systems and build an understanding of how to facilitate this process. Researching, designing and developing ICT systems is one of the big challenges of the 21st century, where information is increasingly digitized. Access to information therefore requires digital systems, and these are incredibly challenging to design, test and implement due to the massive variety in how humans operate. There is a strong need across all IT sectors for experts capable of handling the complex situations that occur when people need to interact with ICT systems. Courses within the Human-Centered Informatics degree include modules on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), user research, work practices, information systems, online data capture and behavioral analytics, organizational analysis, user testing, design, development, information behavior, learning, and ICT implementation. [-]

Master in Information Architecture

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Denmark Aalborg

The master's programme in Information Architecture at Aalborg University, Denmark, focuses on communication and interaction through websites, social networks, portals and e-learning systems. [+]

The master's programme in Information Architecture at Aalborg University, Denmark, focuses on communication and interaction through websites, social networks, portals and e-learning systems. You will learn to design, developed and analyse information systems, while understanding the user, the context and the technological limitations. This enables you to take part as a design or a project-manager in the design process. Making information assessable online is a crucial part of modern life. Students in the master's programme in Information Architecture, will also focus on making information available, assessable and interactive to vide array of users and in many contexts. You will be working on creating coherence between content, form, presentation and organisation of content both online and in other it-systems, ensuring ease of use for the users of these systems, while meeting the requirement set in the context, organisation, etc. The master's programme in Information Architecture is concerned with computer mediated communications; usability and user-centred-development are keywords in our field of study. This enables you to develop, plan and execute studies that combine technology, design and human factors, providing knowledge into the field of user driven innovation. This will also enable you to design readily understandable and effective information architecture that considers the human use of your designs, in terms of e.g. human reason, searching and navigation. As such, you will learn methods of creating user cantered design and development, that supports human communication, interaction and understanding. Please note, that this master’s programme is offered to international students, and thus, teachings is in English. [-]

Master in Materials Technology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Denmark Aalborg

During the Master's programme in Materials Technology, you will obtain an understanding of the problems that industrial production companies, consulting engineering companies, certification companies, and research institutions meet in connection with the production and use of materials. [+]

In our high-tech society there is a great need for advanced knowledge about materials, as the materials to a high degree are crucial to a product’s capacity. Do you want to participate in the development of the materials of the future? During the Master's programme in Materials Technology, you will obtain an understanding of the problems that industrial production companies, consulting engineering companies, certification companies, and research institutions meet in connection with the production and use of materials. And you will be able to transform this knowledge to practice. A cross-disciplinary engineering programme During the progamme, you will gain a profound knowledge of different engineering materials such as plastic, composite materials, alloys, and steel, while you also gain a solid competence profile in the fields of solid mechanics. The programme is cross-disciplinary and contains elements from physics, chemistry, nanotechnology, and traditional mechanical engineering. The teaching combines lectures, laboratory work and project work. RATED FOR EXCELLENCE 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 ranks as number 79 in the world in the QS-system. Likewise, in the Shanghai Ranking system, Aalborg University's engineering and technology programmes are ranked among the top 100 in the world. 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 succesful 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. [-]

Master in Sports Technology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Denmark Aalborg

The master programme in Sports Technology at Aalborg University, Denmark, focuses on development of technological equipment and the interplay between equipment and human performance. [+]

Technology has become an inherent part of sports and the development of sports and leisure activities has opened possibility for the integration of technology, not only for participants in elite sports but also for the population in general. At the same time, the acceptance of sports activities as an important factor for the general health has been fully recognized. This has made sports a significant field of interest for the industry. The master programme in Sports Technology at Aalborg University, Denmark, focuses on development of technological equipment and the interplay between equipment and human performance. In the projects, you may work with development and testing of advanced sports and health related products as for instance sports equipment, shoes, rackets, flooring and apparel. The master programme includes a scientific communication course and it is possible to organize a semester abroad at 3rd semester, before the final thesis. [-]

Master in Tourism

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Denmark Copenhagen Aalborg + 1 more

The Tourism Programme at Aalborg University, Denmark, is a two-year Master's degree which is offered in English at the university's campuses in Aalborg and Copenhagen. [+]

The Tourism Programme at Aalborg University, Denmark, is a two-year Master's degree which is offered in English at the university's campuses in Aalborg and Copenhagen. Aalborg University - in both locations – is the ideal place for your academic studies if you appreciate the informal and egalitarian tradition of Scandinavia combining practical and theoretical perspectives through project-oriented learning. Why study Tourism? New demands from increasingly sophisticated consumers imply that tourism marketers need to renew their experience offers, promotion and organisational practices continually. Furthermore, public actors must think of new ways to optimise conditions for businesses while simultaneously taking care of natural resources and cultural heritage so that local populations can thrive alongside tourists. The Tourism Programme at Aalborg University addresses the complexity and dynamics of such challenges from a broad social scientific perspective. Problem-based and project-oriented studies A trademark of the Tourism programme (and Aalborg University) is its unique pedagogical model of teaching: the problem-based, project-oriented model. With this method, a great part of the semester teaching and student work revolves around complex real-life problems that students investigate and try to find answers to in scientific manners while working together in groups. Through this work process and supported by courses, literature and the cooperation with companies and organisations, the students arrive at a deeper understanding of the subject investigated than they would have from just reading and being lectured to. Apart from the strictly academic outcomes of this work method, it also brings the students other specific and important qualifications like good cooperation skills, and the ability to work creatively and independently. Specialisations Global Tourism Development Students enrolled in the Tourism programme at Aalborg University, Copenhagen have an option of specialising in Global Tourism Development. The specialisation comprises courses in Global Tourism and Transnational Mobility and Sustainable Development and Tourism. Arctic Studies The region of interest in “Arctic Studies” (AS) is the Circumpolar North, including Greenland, the northern parts of Scandinavia, Canada, Alaska and Russia, the North Atlantic and the Polar Sea. In an age of political, cultural and economic globalization, when climate changes promise the opening of new shipping routes and access to hitherto inaccessible natural resources in the Arctic, the region is the object of increased global scientific, political and commercial attention. Not only Arctic states but also the EU, the US and Asian powers see themselves as stakeholders and are vying for access to and influence on the development of the region. The impacts of such engagement are likely to be great, both on the relationships between global actors and on Arctic communities, which are often small and characterized by unique cultural identities, economic and/or political dependency and structures only partly geared towards local capacity and competence-building at the scale demanded by such massive pressures. Political, cultural, economic, social and environmental sustainable development thus becomes essential. [-]

MSc

MSc in Environmental Engineering

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Denmark Aalborg

The Environmental Engineering programme at Aalborg University offers you the opportunity to participate in the development of new processes and technology, which can form the base for sustainable energy production and resource management. [+]

Is it your dream to work towards an environment where health is a key issue? Are you interested in solving the environmental challenges that we are already facing? And do you think it is fun to work with different issues in an interdisciplinary manner? The Environmental Engineering programme at Aalborg University offers you the opportunity to participate in the development of new processes and technology, which can form the base for sustainable energy production and resource management. If you hold another qualifiying education than a BSc in Engineering, for instance a Bachelor in Biology, you can enroll in the Master of Science in Technology programme in Environmental Engineering. The programme can also be studied as a Master of Science in Engineering. Applicants who hold a BSc in Engineering can apply for this programme. About the programme The programme is cross disciplinary, and you use your knowledge within chemistry, physics, biology, and microbiology to investigate and solve environmental challenges in cities, industry, agriculture and nature. Within Environmental Engineering, you can for instance work with energy from biomass and waste, biological air cleaning in industry and animal farming, methods for rapid detection of bacteria in drinking water, biological methods for assessment of water quality in rivers and lakes or improvement of indoor climate in buildings at contaminated soil sites. You will learn both to prevent and to solve a wide range of environmental problems. RATED FOR EXCELLENCE 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 ranks as number 79 in the world in the QS-system. Likewise, in the Shanghai Ranking system, Aalborg University's engineering and technology programmes are ranked among the top 100 in the world. 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 succesful 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. [-]

MSc in Networks Distributed Systems

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Denmark Aalborg

Do you find satellites, collaborating robots, safety-critical networks between cars and fighting cyber terrorism interesting? Do you want to master advanced technology and obtain a strong technical competence profile, while also learning about team work? And would you like to combine theory with practice? Then you should consider the Networks and Distributed Systems (NDS) programme at Aalborg University. [+]

Do you find satellites, collaborating robots, safety-critical networks between cars and fighting cyber terrorism interesting? Do you want to master advanced technology and obtain a strong technical competence profile, while also learning about team work? And would you like to combine theory with practice? Then you should consider the Networks and Distributed Systems (NDS) programme at Aalborg University. WHY Because our unique NDS MSc attracts highly qualified students from all around the world Because the programme gives you a chance to work with many aspects of communication networks and distributed systems Because you will get familiar with project-based learning, and, in addition to the technical content, you will gain experience with project management and planning Because Aalborg university is one of the renowned universities in active and collaborative learning. WHAT The courses and projects in NDS prepare graduates for success by providing comprehensive knowledge of the discipline while maintaining the essential qualities of personal and professional success. The courses give you a broad foundation, within subjects such as: Wired and wireless networks Traffic theory and modelling Graph theory Security and management. HOW By combining theoretical knowledge gained from the courses with practical hands-on experience Semester projects centred on a general theme Semester courses (mandatory as well as elective) 1-2 weeks mini projects for particular subjects Well-equipped laboratories with all the necessary tools to build your project Helpful and open-minded teachers, willing to help you with your questions and ideas and to guide you through complex concepts By developing and applying advanced computational methods to a diverse range of applications. In the projects, you will work in-depth with problems of your own choice, often in close cooperation with researchers and/or industrial partners. You will get familiar with problem based learning, and in addition to the technical content, you will also learn about project management and planning. Moreover, we focus on systems design, where you will design a distributed system to solve a real existing problem. Part of the system will also be implemented and tested. [-]

MSc in Signal Processing and Computing

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Denmark Aalborg

The master's programme in Signal Processing and Computing at Aalborg University focuses on theories, methods and algorithms for advanced signal processing applied to a variety of application domains, such as wireless communication, speech recognition, hearing aids, positioning, gaming, audio and video, and health care. [+]

The master's programme in Signal Processing and Computing at Aalborg University focuses on theories, methods and algorithms for advanced signal processing applied to a variety of application domains, such as wireless communication, speech recognition, hearing aids, positioning, gaming, audio and video, and health care. WHY Because you want to become a well-trained engineer and be capable of designing advanced signal processing systems Because the way of teaching is friendly, intuitive, easily understandable, yet without losing the scientific accuracy. WHAT The courses taught during the programme all provide you with the tools and knowledge necessary for designing and implementing up-to-date signal processing applications and platforms. You will learn to Design, simulate, test, evaluate and document signal processing systems Optimise the performance of algorithms and implementation platforms Use sensor models in system simulations Integrate DSP algorithms into real-time hardware/software architectures. HOW By combining theoretical knowledge gained from the courses with practical hands-on experience Semester projects centred on a general themes Semester courses (mandatory as well as elective) 1-2 weeks mini projects for particular subjects Well-equipped laboratories, with all the necessary tools to build your project Helpful and open-minded teachers, willing to help you with your questions and ideas and to guide you through complex concepts. [-]

MSc in Wireless Communication Systems

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Denmark Aalborg

The master's programme in Wireless Communication Systems at Aalborg University aims to educate engineers with competences within wireless communication systems and associated connectivity concepts. [+]

The master's programme in Wireless Communication Systems at Aalborg University aims to educate engineers with competences within wireless communication systems and associated connectivity concepts. Particular focus is given to small terminal behaviour and system radio resource control under dynamic radio channel and traffic conditions. The supporting topics include radio wave propagation and antenna systems processing, wireless communication signals and access techniques, application adaptation and user device interaction and wireless communication systems and deployment. The programme is supported by two of the strongest research groups at Department of Electronic Systems, with world class laboratory and tools. Consequently, you will have amble possibility to work with the newest and most challenging theoretical and practical wireless communication topics. [-]