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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

Aarhus University’s (AU) Master of Science in Electrical Engineering centres on the research-based development of electrical and electronic systems, which plays a vital role in society. This two-year programme equips students with specialised theory, state-of-the-art research, and application of electrical technology. Moreover, students can choose to specialise in a wide array of fields, ranging from photonics to healthcare, robotics, and space technology.

There are vast career options within both industry and academia with an MSc in Electrical Engineering.

Flexible study programme

The first year of the MSc consists of 1/3 mandatory courses and 2/3 free-to-choose academic specialisation study lines. The second year consists of a range of elective courses and thesis work. You can tailor the electives to your specific needs. The teaching is divided into lectures, theoretical and practical exercises, and laboratory work in small classes and small groups.

Flat structure

At AU, you are in close and informal contact with lecturers and researchers. The social structure is uniquely flat, questions are always welcome, interaction and discussions are highly encouraged, and you can always catch up for a chat with anyone from our academic staff.

Working with researchers

As a student, you will be able to collaborate closely with leading scientists on pioneering research within electrical engineering. AU is a comprehensive university with many disciplines, and you can collaborate with students and researchers from other faculties and departments. You will also be able to contribute to scientific publications and new breakthroughs. AU is a top-ranking university on world rankings and is among the top 25 universities in the European Union (EU).


Electrical technology affects all parts of our society, from healthcare to energy systems, as artificial intelligence, robotics, and smart systems are becoming increasingly crucial for all sectors. Electrical Engineering graduates find work in a wide range of areas and there are great options for an academic career. The unemployment rate for Electrical Engineering graduates in Denmark is very low. You can also choose to start your own company. 

Admission requirements

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

  • A technical-scientific Bachelor’s degree programme in Electrical Engineering 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 Bachelor’s degree programme in Electrical Engineering from a Danish university.

The university's assessment of any other technical or scientific Bachelor’s degree programme places emphasis on sufficient qualifications in mathematics, physics and electrical engineering. In addition, basic qualifications is assessed in communication systems, regulation techniques and digital signal processing along with fundamental skills in programming and practical experimental electrical engineering laboratory work. 

The university will assess:

  • Mathematics competences at Bachelor’s degree level with a scope of at least 20 ECTS, within the topics: calculus, vector calculus, linear algebra and probability theory and statistics.
  • Physics competences at Bachelor's degree level with a scope of at least 5 ECTS, within the topics: classical physics, electrostatics and dynamics.
  • Electrical engineering competences at Bachelor’s degree level with a scope of at least 30 ECTS, within the topics: digital and analogue electronics.
  • Competences at Bachelor's degree level with a scope of at least 10 ECTS, within one or more of the topics: communication systems, control technology or digital signal processing.

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.

Limited intake from summer admission 2025

From the summer admission 2025 the following will take effect. The Master’s programme only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.

Allocation of student places is based on an overall assessment. Allocation of student places is based on an overall assessment. In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assess applicants on the basis of the following criteria:

Academic background

  • Relevant courses* (measured in credit units) included in your Bachelor’s degree
  • Grades achieved on relevant courses*
  • Overall grade level – Bachelor’s degree

* Relevant courses include core courses within the subject areas of Mathematics, Programming, Circuit Theory, Analog and Digital Electronics, Communication Systems, Signal Processing and Machine Learning.

Please note that grades obtained after the time of application cannot be included in the assessment of grade level.

The admissions committee assess each applicant on the basis of the information provided in diplomas, transcripts, and course descriptions.

Programme Structure

The teaching on electrical engineering is organised with two semesters per academic year.

The education consist of 20 ECTS mandatory courses, 40 ECTS study line courses, 30 ECTS elective courses and 30 ECTS master thesis.

Study Lines

  • Wearable Devices
  • Photonics
  • Digital Electronics
  • Analog Electronics
  • RF Electronics
  • Energy System Integration
  • Time Series Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision
  • Robotics
  • Wireless Networks (EE)

Study line courses can be found here

At the 40 ECTS study line courses, you must combine study line courses at level I (fundamental) and level II (advanced) of which minimum 15 ECTS must be at level II.

The course programme is put together individually with academic guidance by your Head of Degree Programm.

Study diagram:

Academic regulations

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

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

Student life

Student life is hard work, attending lectures and carrying out assignments. However, it also involves contact with other students, relaxing together and social events. Much of your work is in project groups, and you often build up a close relationship with your fellow students, both academically and socially.

In addition, a number of student organisations arrange academic activities, excursions, celebrations and social functions. The different student associations at the university and the college consist of students who meet to discuss issues relating to the degree programme. These organisations influence the academic content of the degree programmes, from department and centre level to the top management levels at the university and the college. The student council – commonly called RIA (Rådet for Ingeniørstuderende i Aarhus) – is the local point for social events and activities for students at the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. RIA has different sub-committees, including the fitness club, music club and mountain bike club.

Katrines Cellar (Katrines Kælder) is a club for staff and students at Finlandsgade. This club provides a break at the end of a busy week, where you can knock off with a beer, play electronic darts and backgammon, listen to live music, take part in weeks with a different theme, etc.

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

The chart shows the five most common types of work for graduates 1-2 years after finishing their degree. The data is derived from a survey made by Epinion for the Ministry of Higher Education and Science and Aarhus University in 2020.


MSc Electrical Engineering aims to train development engineers with the potential to innovate in advanced-technology companies both in Denmark and abroad. Graduates find work in a wide range of fields, from basic engineering or science research in joint projects involving research institutes and the industrial sector, to research and development projects in the industry.

Check out our Career Services page to see what we offer our students here at AU. We plan CV workshops, networking events and much more, to help students get ahead in their career here in Denmark.