Design of Mechanical Systems, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
The Master in Design of Mechanical Systems al Aalborg University teaches you how to develop mechanical equipment and machines, from kitchen blenders to wind turbines, following market demands of increased efficiency and functionality. The Master’s programme includes courses on solid mechanics and design of mechanical systems.


The design and manufacturing of most of the products we use in our everyday life have in some way involved work of a mechanical engineer. The mechanical engineer has either been directly involved in the design and development process of the product and/or in the design and development process of the manufacturing equipment. Furthermore, the global competition has increased the demands for efficiency and functionality in industrial products. Therefore, the world needs engineers who can develop advanced and competitive mechanical systems, machines and products. The graduate programme Design of Mechanical Systems prepares you for meeting such challenges.

The Design of Mechanical Systems programme at Aalborg University, Denmark, focuses on design and development of industrial products through the use of both theory and practice. Thereby, you learn how to combine technical and creative skills and obtain in-depth knowledge about the entire design and development process.

The programme gives you insight into a wide range of design tools essential for a mechanical engineer. The classical engineering disciplines such as mechanics of materials, continuum mechanics, and variational methods are combined with courses on the latest computer based simulation tools like finite element methods, optimization methods and multi body system analysis methods. The use of composite materials for advanced structural applications is one of the key areas of the programme, and you will learn how to use these for engineering design purposes.

The programme offers courses and projects within the following fields:

  • Stress and deformation analyses of load carrying structural elements
  • Continuum mechanics (theory of elasticity, plasticity, and micro mechanics)
  • Finite element methods
  • Fracture mechanics and fatigue
  • Energy and variational methods with applications
  • Multi body system analysis
  • Engineering design optimization
  • Mechanics of composite materials and structures
  • Engineering design of mechanical systems

Project work and internships

Students from the Design of Mechanical Systems programme have done projects in cooperation with or internships at a number of Danish and international companies. This includes wind turbine manufactures such as Vestas and Siemens WindPower where students have been involved in several projects related to the design and development of wind turbines. Other examples include crash simulation in cooperation with Ford in Germany, simulation model of a dumper in cooperation with Hydrema, bio mechanical analysis of ligament injuries together with biomedical scientists and a variety of other industrial relevant projects.

Job and career

As a graduate from the Design of Mechanical Systems programme, Aalborg University, you will typically be employed in a company as a part of their research and development department or you will be employed in the academic world as a PhD student.

Programme Structure

1st semester
  • Stress and Deformation Analyses of Load Carrying Structural Element
  • Solid Mechanics with Microstructure
  • Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue
  • Finite Element Methods
2nd semester
  • Engineering Design of Mechanical Systems
  • Engineering Optimisation – Concepts, Methods and Applications
  • Mechanics of Composite Materials and Structures
  • Energy and Variational Methods with Applications
3rd semester

The project on the third semester takes its point of departure in a concrete problem with industrial relevance, which you will solve through systematic developmental work. With a thorough knowledge of materials under load, you will carry out industrial developmental work (30 ECTS).

During the third semester, you also have the option of doing an internship in Denmark or abroad, or spending a semester abroad, which will provide you with 30 ECTS. Aalborg University has exchange agreements with several universities around the world exactly for this purpose.

4th semester
  • During the fourth semester, you will write your Master’s thesis (30 ECTS).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

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    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Admission to the Master’s program in Design of Mechanical Systems requires a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing, Innovation and Product Design or the like.

Students with another Bachelor's degree, upon application to the Board of Studies, will be admitted after a specific academic assessment if the applicant is deemed to have comparable educational prerequisites. The University can stipulate requirements concerning conducting additional exams prior to the start of study.

Please make sure you send your application form and further documentation via post to the International Office by the required deadline.

Furthermore please note the official language requirements for international students applying to Aalborg University are:

  • IELTS (academic test): 6.5
  • TOEFL (paper-based): 560
  • TOEFL (internet-based): 88
  • Cambridge First Certificate with the grade B

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12402 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12402 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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92,200 DKK

Living costs for Aalborg

  • 5790 - 8150 DKK/month
    Living Costs

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