MSc in Mechanical Engineering


Program Description

How do you design the blades of a wind turbine? How do you calculate the lifetime of a computer chip or a fuel cell? How do you analyse the dynamics of a racing car? These are just some of the questions the MSc in Mechanical Engineering programme explores.

The programme provides students with the opportunity to apply theory to practical issues, with scope for interdisciplinary collaboration. You will gain a sound understanding of advanced calculation methodologies, such as the finite element method (FEM) and multidisciplinary simulation tools. You will study topics such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD), structural dynamics and modal analysis, and fracture mechanics and fatigue. The basis for these competencies includes continuum mechanics, elasticity theory and plasticity theory. 

Choice in electives and specialisation

The first and the second semester include a number of compulsory courses and elective course packages within the specialisations of Structural Mechanics, Fluid Dynamics, Dynamics, Fracture and Composites and Termo Machinery.

The third semester includes elective courses and the possibility to do a project, which can be completed in collaboration with a company and/or a research group.

As a student in the degree programme, you will be offered half-yearly student development interviews. This is an opportunity to discuss topics such as requests and plans regarding choice of courses, as well as choosing subjects from other departments at Aarhus University.

Student life

The Department of Engineering 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.


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. Many graduates of MSc Mechanical Engineering have gone on to work within research and development departments at industrial enterprises, whilst others choose to do a PhD in Denmark or abroad.

For students from the United States

Study at a world-leading institution in Denmark. We offer more than 50 programs taught in English. Join us in Scandinavia in one of the happiest countries on Earth.

Funding and scholarships

Aarhus University offers a limited number of scholarships to the most talented applicants from outside Europe.

Tuition fees for our Master’s programs are between €8,000-14,500 per year.

Loan programme

Aarhus University also participates in the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program.

Connect with our students!

Are you considering applying to a program at Aarhus University but still have tons of questions? Then why not talk to one of our current American students to get their view on student life in Denmark.

Living costs

Denmark is often considered expensive to international students, but student housing is often very affordable compared to other countries and services such as medical treatment is free of charge. See an example budget for one month in Aarhus. Please note that expenses often vary from person to person.

Estimated Student Budget For One Month in Aarhus
Rent: $500*
Food and utilities: $330
Phone and internet: $50
Local transport: $30
Books and study supplies: $30
Other expenses - like a gym membership, streaming etc: $110
Total: $1050

*Rent in student housing varies between $360-600 per month. Some have internet included.

For me, Denmark hasn’t turned out to be more expensive than what I was used to. Most things here cost about the same as they would in a city in the US. Some things, like rents, are actually cheaper. Things that seem expensive at first, like restaurant meals or haircuts, end up costing the same because you don’t have to tip here. And a lot of my classmates like to cook, so we often get together for potluck meals, or we all bring wine and snacks and have a cosy night in. I strongly recommend anyone on a budget to make a point of asking their Danish classmates what they do to keep their spending down. I got lots of great tips that way, like which grocery stores are cheaper or which stores and restaurants give student discounts.

Elisabeth Lauer
, Student, MA in Intercultural Studies programme, from the United States

Student life

Being a student at Aarhus University might differ from the U.S. First of all many non-academic activities such as sports and music are not organized by the university. Still, there is a ton of activities for students in Aarhus, so you will be sure to have an amazing time here.

A place to start is Studenterhus Aarhus which offers activities for all students in Aarhus. These include a weekly International Night, trips around Denmark and much more. It is also possible to get involved as a volunteer and thereby grow your network in Denmark.

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Last updated Aug 2020

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