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Master of Science in Engineering

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


The Master of Science in Engineering - Technology-Based Business Development in Herning aims at providing graduates with a strong insight in engineering practices, the relationship between theory and practice and a relentless desire for generating new knowledge and technology-based business opportunities for companies.

The core courses take a technological view on engineering management processes including organisation, research methodologies, business creation and optimisation. The degree programme offers students the possibility of choosing individual technological specialisations in close collaboration with companies in a spirit of problem-based learning. The programme is carried out with a strong emphasis on practice, as it has a long tradition of ensuring a strong link between the theory that the students acquire on the programme and the practical challenges faced by  companies.

The Master’s degree programme in technology-based business development is now offered as a Master's degree programme for working professionals. The Master's degree programme for working professionals is a part-time programme aimed at people who work alongside their studies.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Engineering or Diploma of Engineer (B.Sc.) from a university or school of applied sciences (University College).
  • A Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Geography, Bioscience, Nuclear, Biology and similar.
  • A Bachelor in Technology Management and Marine Engineering (Maskinmester)
  • A Bachelor in Value Chain Management
  • Other similar programmes, if the Board of Studies assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.

Four alternative requirements must be met for minimum credits of the qualifying Bachelor’s degree:

  • 80 ECTS in production engineering (1) or
  • 80 ECTS in software engineering (2) or
  • 80 ECTS in electro-mechanical engineering (3) or
  • 80 ECTS in technical design and sustainability (4)

Dissertation projects and internships cannot be a part of the ECTS.


  1. Production Engineering. Operations management, production planning, supply chain management, quality management, problem-based problem-solving in manufacturing, and technologies of manufacturing and products. Related safety and security management.
  2. Software Engineering. Requirements specification, software languages, software architectures, database technology, networks and technical communication, programming, problem-based problem-solving in software engineering. Related safety and security management.
  3. Electro-mechanical engineering. Electrical and electronic systems, mechanical systems, actuation, sensoring/internet-of-things, regulation/controls, thermodynamics and its applied fields, statics/dynamics. Related safety and security management.
  4. Technical design and sustainability. Materials science, chemical engineering, life-cycle assessment models, computer representations/calculation/modelling, sampling field studies, technical laboratory methods, sustainability fundamentals, design-for-X. Related safety and security management.

In addition, English language qualifications comparable to an English B level (Danish upper secondary school level) in the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium') is required.

The Master’s degree programme for working professionals in technology-based business development (MSc in Engineering degree programme)

To be admitted to the Master’s degree programme for working professionals in technology-based business development, you must:

  • Meet the academic admission requirements (the same requirements that apply to the two-year Master’s degree programme)
  • Have either a documented contract of employment with a public or private employer stating that you are employed in a relevant job alongside your studies for no less than 25 hours a week on average, or be an entrepreneur. To be an entrepreneur, you must document that you are either operating an independent business with revenue and income-generating activities or that you are part of a public or private entrepreneurial environment.

Relevant employment may be:

  • employment in technology-oriented companies
  • employment in technological fields such as product development, testing, systems analysis, production planning, production management, production maturity, project management (and support), product-life-cycle management, product-data-management, master data management, software development, quality management, and management of technological business functions

Programme Structure

The programme stresses the importance of the students’ interaction with practice and supports the fact that project assignments are carried out in collaboration with companies. Thus, students are invited to identify companies and assignments that could be relevant in the student’s technology specialisations and Master's thesis. The technology specialisations normally include field-work outside of campus, e.g. in companies.

Most teaching activities take place at the campus in Herning, and the language of instruction is English. The programme is closely linked to current trends and is thus continuously developed.

Please note: If you are applying for admission with a winter start in 2023, you must familiarise yourself with the academic regulations from 2019. If you apply for admission with study start from the summer of 2023, the new academic regulations from 2023 will apply to you.

Academic regulations

Student Life

A typical week on Technology Based Business Development

At the programme in Technology Based Business Development teaching is mostly conducted Mondays and Tuesdays on the first two semesters. You could expect teaching from 8.15 until 15.00 og 16.00.

The remaining time is allocated for different study activities such as company activites, exercises, preparation for classes and group activities. 

Group-work is an important and mandatory part of the programme and could be conducted Wednesday-Friday.

Social Life

Aarhus University’s Herning Campus is characterised by a rich social life and with many opportunities for mingling with students from both your own and other degree programmes. For example, you can participate in the: 

Student Activity Association (SAA)

SAA is an association for all students on Herning Campus. The association organises different events for students, for example Cultural Nights, where you can learn about other cultures.

Friday Bar

The degree programmes in Herning have a joint Friday Bar, providing a genuine chance to relax with your fellow students after an intense week of studying.

Student life in Herning

Herning is known for hosting major concerts and sporting events, but the city offers so much more. Almost one in every five people in Herning is an upper secondary or post-secondary student. This means that the city is full of young people and offers everything that young people need. In Herning, nature is right outside the door, and a selection of lovely beaches have been established by the lakes, which are just a bike ride away from the university.

What’s more, when you start life as a student in Herning, you don’t need to worry about finding a roof over your head. The Municipality of Herning has a lot of student flats. This allows you to stay in ultra-modern one or two bedroom flats/student housing at a low rent, and if you are moving more than 30 km to study in Herning, you will be first in line for the next available flat. Herning offers more than 20 bars, cafés and places to go out - as well as a number of cultural events throughout the year. These include everything from large concerts with international artists in Boxen to smaller concerts at the local music venue Fermaten.


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Job Functions for Graduates

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.

  • Project management
  • Product and production management
  • Product development/Innovation
  • Management and organisation
  • Analysis and evaluation
  • Other

Job Opportunities

Graduates will be able to generate innovative product concepts, business concepts and business areas. Graduates with an MSc in Engineering (Technology Based Business Development) are typically employed as innovation managers, technical sales managers, product managers, business developers or research and development project managers.

International students in this MSc programme can apply to become a part of the project Talent Fellowship, which is aimed at boosting international talents’ employability in Danish companies.

We want to help our students find successful careers. Students can always contact our Career Services for advice and assistance with getting onto the Danish labour market. Check out our careers page to see the range of services we offer.

The Master’s degree programme for working professionals in technology-based business development (MSc in Engineering degree programme)

The Master’s degree in technology-based business development (MSc in Engineering degree programme) is now offered as a Master's degree programme for working professionals. The Master's degree programme for working professionals is a part-time degree programme that takes place over four years. The programme is aimed at people who work alongside their studies. Students do not have to pay a tuition fee. Students on the Master's degree programme for working professionals are not entitled to a student grant under the Education Grant and Loan Scheme in Denmark.

The content of the Master's degree programme for working professionals is the same as on the two-year full-time degree programme. This means that students will be taking courses with other full-time students. The Master's degree programme for working professionals comprises compulsory courses corresponding to 60 ECTS credits, elective courses corresponding to 30 ECTS credits and a Master's thesis corresponding to 30 ECTS credits. The academic regulations contain a model that shows how the workload is equally distributed over four years. However, students are allowed to register for or withdraw from courses provided they keep in mind whether courses should be taken in a recommended order; when the courses are offered; and whether he or she still meets the specific rules pertaining to active enrolment and the maximum degree completion time. 

To enrol on the Master's degree programme for working professionals in technology-based business development, you must:

  • Meet the formal admission requirements. These are the same requirements that apply to the two-year Master’s degree programme.
  • Be employed in a company for at least 25 hours per week on average solely on the basis of your Bachelor’s degree, or be an entrepreneur undertaking relevant work tasks alongside your studies.

Each semester, you must be able to document that you are still employed alongside your studies for at least 25 hours a week on average. If your employment is terminated or reduced to less than the required number of hours, you will be transferred to the two-year full-time degree programme - if possible from the start of the next semester. 

You can read more about the framework for the Master's degree programme for working professionals and the documentation requirements here: https://masters.au.dk/masters-degree-programme-for-working-professionals

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss applicants are not eligible to apply

At present, non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens without a permanent residence permit in Denmark are not eligible to apply for admission to the Master’s programme in Technology Based Business Development for Working Professionals. This is due to the fact that it is not possible to obtain a study residence permit in Denmark on the basis of part-time studies. If at some point the regulations regarding Master’s programmes for working professionals are accommodated to meet the needs of non-EU/EEA students for a study residence permit, this page will be updated to reflect the adjusted regulations.    

Programme structure

The degree programme is a part-time programme that takes place over four years with courses equivalent to 15 ECTS credits per semester. However, it is possible to complete the Master's thesis in six months rather than a year and thus complete the programme in 3.5 years. It is also possible to take courses equivalent to more than 15 ECTS credits in one semester, as long as you take into account when the courses are offered and whether courses should be taken in a recommended order.

To be actively enrolled, you are required to pass a minimum of 20 ECTS credits per year.

The maximum degree completion time is 4.5 years from the time you commence your studies.

Please find descriptions of the individual courses under ‘Degree programme structure’

The degree programme content and course titles may be subject to changes as new academic regulations are currently being developed.