The programme

The engineering PhD programme covers four research areas:

The main focus of the PhD programme is on applied research and the department enjoys strong collaboration with the industry on core issues such as next generation building environment, energy systems, materials, embedded ICT-based systems, production technologies and novel products with improved functionality.

PhD students and project descriptions
The engineering PhD programme includes approx. 55 PhD students.

You can find a list of current and completed PhD projects by following the link below.

Research facilities and labs

Within all four engineering fields, advanced laboratory facilities are available. Graduate students are expected to take part in the development of novel equipment.

Collaboration with the industry also ensures access to state-of-the-art industrial R&D facilities.

Affiliated centers/departments

The engineering graduate programme is hosted by the Department of Engineering. The department is collaborating closely with Aarhus School of Engineering and is involved in a number of cross-disciplinary activities with other departments at the university.

Geographic location

The department’s localisation strategy aims at ensuring that the educations and research activities are placed in the scientific environment to which they are most closely related. So the graduate engineering students are located at different engineering sites:

  • Biological and chemical engineering are located very close to the Aarhus University Campus and Katrinebjerg.
  • Computer engineering, electronics, ICT and healthcare technologies are located at IT-Katrinebjerg.
  • Civil and architectural engineering as well as mechanical and materials engineering are located at Navitas at the harbour in Aarhus.

Aside from these locations, the department has research activities at Research Center Foulum (biosystems engineering) located one hour north-west of Aarhus.

These academic environments help strengthen the growing cluster of technology centres in Aarhus and ensure continued positive commercial development in the region.

National and international cooperation

At national level, the engineering PhD programme is carried out in close collaboration with companies and institutions such as:

  • The Technical University of Denmark (including Risø)
  • Copenhagen University
  • Novozymes
  • Danisco
  • Bang & Olufsen
  • Terma
  • The Technological Institute
  • Vestas
  • Rambøll

At international level, the engineering PhD programme enjoys an active collaboration with leading centres and companies. Among the current collaborative universities are: Newcastle University, University of York, University of Twente, Imperial College London, Georgia Institute of Technology, St Thomas' Hospital, University of Oslo, Purdue University, SF State University, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Beijing Jiaotong University, University of Sydney, MEC (Gent Branch), Technical University of Valencia, KTH, TU Hamburg-Harburg, Toyota Technological University.

Employment after graduation

Most engineering graduates take up a career in the industry or in consultancy; both are areas where project leadership is important, and this often becomes a stepping stone towards leadership.

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Revised 05.11.2018