Mechanical Engineering - Design and Industrial Innovation
A 3½-year Bachelor Programme in Mechanical Engineering - Design and Industrial Innovation
Please note: The study programme to some extend differs from the below described structure. An updated version is soon to be found here.
If you are interested in the interaction between people, production,
the environment and economy, then the Mechanical Engineering - Design
and Industrial Innovation bachelor degree programme is for you. The
programme starts in September.
Focus of the programme
With a degree in Mechanical Engineering - Design and Industrial Innovation, you can take part in solving the technical and general problems of the future in the field of mechanical engineering. This is a discipline which also has to consider and respect the environment, society and economy
Mechanical Engineers work in many different industries and have many different functions. Examples of mechanical engineering disciplines are:
1. Product and product design and development
The combination of technical competences in construction , design, thermodynamics, mechanics, and a broad knowledge of electrical theory, economics and management provide good opportunities for both specialist and managerial positions.
The Mechanical Engineering degree program is one that
combines the theoretical knowledge of many different disciplines. You
will be qualified both nationally and internationally to engage in
practical problem-solving and development.
The programme is a 3½-year engineering diploma with six month integrated engineering training at a Danish or a foreign company.
In the Mechanical Engineering degree program you will learn about material properties, energy production and product development. You will be working with functionality, environment and aesthetics. The interaction between products and the people who use them are the main focus of the program.
You will obtain extensive technical knowledge of mechanics and thermodynamics and learn to use advanced 3D, IT-based computational tools to design and produce industrial products and plants.
Project work during the course will
provide insights into, for example, dimensioning and designing
gearboxes and energy systems, at the same time as providing experience
with reciprocating engines, pumps, cranes, steering and many other
Introduction of the first semester
During the first semesters of the program you work through projects and courses in a variety of basic scientific and technological subjects.
Besides the courses you will participate in projects. The projects are based on problems taken from industrial businesses, so you get to work with problems in a practical dimension.
Speicalization in the 4th semester
In the fourth semester, the programme splits into three specializations
- Design with a focus on design and construction
- Thermal Energy Engineering design, analysis and dimensioning of energy systems such as motors, refrigerators, or pumping systems
- Mechatronics analysis and modelling of mechatronics systems or products. Mechatronics refers to a system or product as a symbiosis of both mechanical and electronic design coupled with information technology.
You choose which specialization you wish to pursue after three semesters.
The engineering internship takes place in the 5th semester and is an important element of the programme. This allows you to combine your theoretical skills with practical engineering work in a Danish or foreign company.
You find / choose the internship site, but to ensure that the practical work is relevant to the study, the University College must approve the internship site and subject content. The engineering internship gives you valuable experience in the practical work of engineers.
After the engineering internship, you start your final academic year.
In the 6th semester, the academic qualifications that you have from the courses and the experience that you have gained in the engineering internship are used in your 6th semester project. This project will provide the basis for the bachelor degree.
The Bachelor project is at 20 ECTS. The project must be a corporate issue that you choose from your sphere of interest. The bachelor project is carried out under the guidance of a contact from the company and a teacher from the University College.
In the Bachelor project, you must focus on
solving an engineering problem. You must review the project document so
that you have a command of your field of study and master the theories
and scientific methods that enable you to work as an engineer.
The pedagogy of the programme, as in all other programmes offered by the College, is based on project-oriented teaching as well as problem-based learning, in such a way that the individual courses are linked together to form a holistic approach to learning. All the courses have common ingredients: They should emphasize sound engineering principles, innovative elements, the design process, and the ability to communicate.
This programme has been created to meet the needs of industry for graduates with a keen sense of style and design and the technological knowledge to support that design, giving them the ability to make a valuable contribution to culture and society.
Design and innovation are increasingly important in today’s world and key to future business success and national prosperity. Opportunities for new markets and innovation are currently opening up, creating challenges that can best be addressed through the systematic application of design.
The prospective graduates will gain an in-depth understanding of new technological developments and socio-cultural requirement in product development. This unique combination will place them in a favourable position in comparison with current engineering and design graduates.
Graduates from this degree would be a professional engineer with a solid engineering design background. They will have the opportunity to go on to work in a variety of design-related industries internationally, for example in leading design consultancies, research and development and new design practices.
Some graduates will set up their own businesses as consultants or in manufacturing their own ideas. Design is so broadly based, and the nature of its application is so wide that it provides opportunities for graduates to follow many interesting and rewarding careers. It offers career prospects in a wide area covering products and equipment for industrial, scientific, medical, sports, transportation and aerospace industries, as well as consumer products.
Overall employment prospects for design engineers are extremely good, with more than 90 per cent employed six months after graduation.
Sophisticated software is increasingly used to solve design problems and our students have access to industry standard packages. These are supported by more than 50 personal computers with work areas dedicated to the use of engineering software including industry standard computer aided design (CAD) package, capable of 3-D modelling and analysis.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering has a modern design studio as well as a fully equipped machine shop, supported by highly trained technicians with extensive machining knowledge and model-making skills. The workshops include the standard machine tools one would expect in light industry.
The workshop facilities have wood, metal, plastics and textile material processing capabilities. These include a machining workshop and fabrication facilities. The College also possesses an electronics workshop for prototyping circuits. The computer-aided design and prototyping facilities include a three-axis router, milling machine and lathe, together with a state-of-the-art rapid prototyping facility and CNC.
The College campus includes the Technical Library of Copenhagen: a very well equipped library, with access to books, slides, audio and video collections. The library subscribes to on-line databases, material libraries and other on-line learning materials. Multiple copies of key texts are held in the library.
In addition, the library provides multiple copies of the recommended textbooks for the programme.
Applicants for this programme should have an interest in design and engineering, but also wish to work creatively in design. Students should have an imaginative and fundamental sense of how design can make a direct contribution to quality of life.
A secondary school leaving certificate, including Mathematics at A-level, is normally required. In addition, a good working knowledge of English is expected.
Other qualifications and mature students with industrial experience will also be considered.
If you wish to apply for the Bachelor Programme in Mechanical Engineering you will have to fill in the special KOT application form.
For students with EU/EEA Citizenship:
The application deadlines for students applying for full degree bachelor programmes in English have been extended from 15 March to 1 July. However, we advise students to send in their application as early as possible and preferably before 1 June.
For non EU/EEA students:
The application deadline for full degree bachelor programmes in English is 15 March for all full degree students from non-EU/EEA countries, whether they wish to start 1 September or 1 February.