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Master of Science in Engineering

About the programme 
Language: English  (See language requirements)  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September and January / February


As a student of MSc Computer Engineering, you are able to specialise in relevant fields of study connected with system and instrument development involving software, hardware and communication technology. Depending on your chosen specialisation, upon completion of the degree you are awarded the title of either Master of Science in Engineering (Computer Engineering) or Master of Science and Technology (Computer Engineering).

Choice of study packages

The first year of the MSc consists of compulsory courses and two specialised study packages. All students take the compulsory courses, but you can choose your own specialised study packages from the options listed below. Each study package amounts to 15 ECTS. The second year consists of an optional programme and a thesis.

Read more about the study packages under "Programme Structure"


At Aarhus University, you are in close contact with the lecturers and researchers in a way that is rarely experienced at other universities. Academic staff is readily available if you need clarification of the study material. Part of the teaching is in the form of lectures that introduce new angles on the course material, and theoretical and practical exercises take place in small groups, where you study relevant issues in depth.

Career prospects

Computer Engineering graduates find work in a wide range of fields and institutions. There is considerable demand for computer engineering graduates in areas such as software development, ICT system and service development, as well as IT consulting,. Many graduates work successfully as software architects, developers of large instruments and systems, or become a software and algorithm developer, IT consultant or project manager for diverse ICT systems.

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Admission requirements

The following Bachelor’s degree programmes is qualified for admission to the Master’s degree programme in Computer Engineering:

  • A technical-scientific Bachelor’s degree programme in Computer Engineering, ICT, IT or Computer Science from a Danish university.
  • A technical or scientific Bachelor’s degree programme from a university or Danish University School of Engineering, who according to the university's assessment, in level, extent and content corresponds to a technical scientific Bachelor’s degree programme in Computer Engineering from a Danish university.

The university's assessment of any other technical or scientific Bachelor’s degree programme attaches importance to attracting qualifications in basic mathematics, programming, modelling and computer engineering. In addition, basic qualifications is assessed in computer networks, regulation techniques and digital signal processing along with fundamental skills in practical and experimental Computer Engineering laboratory work. 

Therefore, the university will assess:

  • Mathematics competences at Bachelor’s degree level with a scope of at least 25 ECTS, covering the topics: calculus, linear algebra, probability calculus and statistics, as well as discrete mathematics.
  • Physics competences at a Bachelor's degree level with a scope of 5 ECTS, which covers the topics in classical physics.
  • Computer technology competences at Bachelor’s degree level with a scope of at least 30 ECTS, covering the topics, e.g. programming and modelling, algorithms and data structures and computer architecture.
  • Competences at Bachelor's degree level with a scope of at least 10 ECTS credits, covering one or more of the topics: computer networks, regulation technology, digital signal processing, or machine learning.

In connection with possible admission, further requirements can be stipulated regarding the composition of the degree programme.

Download appendix for your application

If you apply for admission with an international Bachelor's degree, you must fill in this appendix and upload it in the application portal. The appendix serves to help the Admission Board assess your Bachelor’s degree in regard to the admission requirements.

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Language requirements

To qualify for admission to English language programmes you must document English language qualifications comparable to an "English B level" in the Danish upper secondary school (Danish upper secondary school level). See the general English language requirements.

Programme Structure

The study structure in Computer Engineering consists of five compulsory courses during the first year of studies. In addition, you must choose two of the following specialised study packages corresponding to 30 ETCS plus 30 ECTS elective courses. The programme thus includes a field of specialisation that is composed individually under supervision and amounts to 60 ECTS credits. In the final term, you conclude your studies with a thesis amounting to 30 ECTS credits.

The teaching is divided into two semesters per year.

Compulsory Courses


Optimization and Dataanalytics 10 ECTS
Software Engineering Principles 5 ECTS


Applied Innovation in Engineering 5 ECTS
System Engineering 5 ECTS
Wireless Sensor Networks 5 ECTS

Specialised study packages


Embedded Systems
Modelling of Chritical Systems - 5 ECTS
Embedded Real Time Systems - 10 ECTS

Wireless Networks
Network Security - 5 ECTS
Internet of Things Technology - 10 ECTS


Distributed Systems Decision
Support Systems 5 ECTS
Distributed and Percasive Systems 10 ECTS

Signal processing
Advanced signal processing 5 ECTS
Computer Vision and Machine Learning 10 ECTS

Software Engineering
Modelling and Verification 10 ECTS
Programming Language Paradigms 5 ECTS

Academic regulations

For further information on the structure of the programme please see the 

Study program diagram:

PhD programme

If you have the necessary skills and interest, you have the option of applying for admission to the PhD programme. In the PhD programme, you start working on a research project and are gradually trained through courses and personal guidance to become a researcher.

Student life

Aarhus University has many social spaces where you can meet other students outside lessons and this is an excellent basis for social activities. There is an engineering club for staff and students through which students can network with like-minded people. Like all departments, there is a popular Friday bar, and "De Studerendes Råd - RIA" organises celebrations and social events for all students.

Campus – a unique place

Aarhus University campus is unique, with buildings closely grouped together and surrounded by nature. The campus is conveniently situated close to the city centre, and student accommodation is readily available as long as you apply on time. There are a range of activities, ranging from running to regatta on the lake, as well as guest lectures, film screenings, and university events taking place throughout the year. To ensure student well-being, counselling services are available for students, to offer support and guidance during their time at Aarhus.

Aarhus as a city

As the second-largest city in Denmark, Aarhus is a young and dynamic place with plenty of opportunities. The 40,000 students at the university make up 17.5% of the city’s population, which leaves its mark on city life. An attractive feature of Aarhus is that there are beaches and woods a short bike-ride away, as well as cultural events taking place throughout the year, including the Aarhus Festival in September. The theatres in the city and the ARoS international art museum offer many events that enable you to experience the Danish culture.

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Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2016 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question.

Competence profile and job opportunities

Companies demand graduates with considerable theoretical depth and analytical working methods. You learn to combine the theoretically strong knowledge of a computer scientist with the more practically oriented and innovative approach of an engineer, so that you are well equipped to meet the needs of the job market.

Aarhus University educates graduate Computer Technology engineers for the regional, national and international job markets. Graduates can find work in a wide range of fields and institutions. 

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