SUSTAINABLE DESIGN, MSC IN ENGINEERING
Do you want to transform products and systems in order to achieve greater sustainability? Sustainable Design is a two-year Master’s programme (120 ECTS credits) focusing particularly on design and development of sustainable solutions.
Focus on The Sustainable Development Goals
The Master’s programme in Sustainable Design combines sustainable product design with tools from innovation theory and user-oriented design. Visualisation and experimentation are important strategies to develop new innovative solutions, which can overcome system dependencies and achieve sustainable system transformation in various societal sectors.
You engage in challenging design-oriented problem solving in collaboration with NGO´s, companies, public institutions and professional groups. Perhaps you design and develop future relief tents, robot vacuum cleaners or bike airbags. You can also work with rehabilitation of older, energy-efficient mobility or waste systems in cities.
The programme includes interdisciplinary components to satisfy the need for combining methods from social science and technology studies with technical subjects and design practices. You will gain the ability to understand, stage and carry out innovative processes leading to design and the implementation of sustainable products, services and socio-material system solutions through involvement of relevant actors.
“SINCE DAY ONE, WE WERE INVOLVED WITH SEVERAL COMPANIES THROUGH OUR SEMESTER PROJECTS.”
AGUSTÍN GRANADOS MATEOS, GRADUATE FROM SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
When doing project work, you work closely in groups with other students. This gives you the opportunity to cooperate, share knowledge and to explore larger and more complex academic problems than what you would have been able to do on your own. Furthermore, the groups serve a social purpose and make it easier for you to get to know your fellow students and feel more at home at the university.
COLLABORATION WITH THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY
Aalborg University works closely with the business community. This means that as a student you will work with real issues from companies and organisations. Thus, while you are studying, you already have the opportunity to enhance your academic competences with a business-oriented and practical angle.
YOUR TEACHER IS A RESEARCHER
At Aalborg University teaching is research based. This means that your lecturers are doing research within the same academic field as he or she is teaching. You thus have access to the latest knowledge and dedicated teachers who are passionate about what they teach. The teaching material not only includes books but may also consist of, for example, current academic articles from journals.
STUDYING IN COPENHAGEN
AAU Copenhagen is a part of Aalborg University and is located at Sydhavnen (South Harbour) near the city centre. Therefore, students at AAU CPH have access to the city’s wide range of cultural and leisure activities. AAU CPH is a relatively new campus with an international focus, an innovative learning environment and close collaborations with businesses, of which many are located on the campus area. Overall there are close to 3,700 students enrolled in AAU CPH’s exciting bachelor’s and master’s programmes.
“THE MASTER’S PROGRAMME GAVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK IN TEAMS AND CREATE NEW INTERNATIONAL AND MEANINGFUL FRIENDSHIPS.”
APPLICATION AND REQUIREMENTS
You can apply for enrolment in the Master in Sustainable Design at Aalborg University Copenhagen if you have completed one of the Bachelor programmes mentioned below:
- Design and Innovation (Technical University of Denmark)
- Integrated Design (University of Southern Denmark)
- Architecture and Design (Aalborg University)
- Sustainable Design (Aalborg University)
You can also apply for enrolment if you have completed a similar Bachelor education at a Danish or foreign university. In this case your educational course will be evaluated individually. We emphasise that you have achieved qualifications within the following fields:
- scientific, technical and engineerical qualifications
- qualifications within design and visualisation
- qualifications within the socio-technical field
The Master in Sustainable Design has restricted admission. This means that not all applicants applying before deadline and meeting the requirements will be enrolled. The programme expects to enroll 40 students. The screening for the student intake takes place based on the following criteria (in prioritised order):
1) Achieved qualifications within the following fields:
– scientific, technical and engineerical qualifications
– qualifications within design and visualisation
– qualifications within the socio-technical field
The qualifications can be documented e.g. through courses or work experience in a technical development department, working with graphic design/web design or working with project development for green NGOs.
2) Knowledge of the education and motivation for studying Sustainable Design at Aalborg University. (Motivational Letter)
3) Grade point average in a qualifying Bachelor education (alternatively with emphasis on the grades achieved at the application deadline if the qualifying exam has not been completed).
DEADLINES FOR APPLICATION
For this Master’s programme we only offer September intake. Deadline for applying for admission to a whole Master´s Programme and for admission to the autumn semester as guest students is March 1.
APPLICANTS FROM AAU
If you are already enrolled at AAU, you can find information about admission to a master programme on the homepage of your faculty.
You can apply online to Aalborg University either as a:
Guest/Exchange/Erasmus student: an international student wishing to study at Aalborg University for 1 or 2 semesters as an integral part of a study programme at an institution or higher education in another country. (NB we only have a limited number of guest students each semester)
Degree student: an international student wishing to pursue a degree from Aalborg University. Students must have a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Design or a relevant engineering or science degree. There is limited admission to the master’s programme in Sustainable Design.
For further information regarding deadlines and requirements please see the website How to apply to Aalborg University
This programme is entry restricted. Please see the specific admission criteria before applying.
OFFICIAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
Applicants applying for Master’s programmes at Aalborg University must submit results of an IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge test with the below mentioned minimum scores:
Danish B level in English compares to:
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