Pursuant to consolidation Act 172 of February 27, 2018 on Universities (the University Act) with subsequent changes, the following curriculum is established. The programme also follows the Joint Programme Regulations and the Examination Policies and Procedures for The Faculty.
The Master’s programme is organised in accordance with the Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s Order no. 1328 of November 15, 2016 on Bachelor’s and Master’s Programmes at Universities (the Ministerial Order of the Study Programmes) with subsequent changes and Ministerial Order no. 1062 of June 30, 2016 on University Examinations (the Examination Order) with subsequent changes. Further reference is made to Ministerial Order no. 106 of February 12, 2018 (the Admission Order) and Ministerial Order no. 114 of February 3, 2015 (the Grading Scale Order).
The programme is offered in Copenhagen.
The Master’s programme falls under Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Aalborg University.
The Master’s programme falls under Studyboard for Techno-Anthropology and Sustainable Design
The Master’s programme is associated with the external examiners corps on Nationwide engineering examiners/Design
Applicants with a legal right of admission (retskrav)
Applicants without legal right of admission:
The Master’s programme entitles the graduate to the Danish designation Civilingeniør, cand.polyt. i bæredygtigt design. The English designation is: Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Sustainable Design).
The Master’s programme is a 2-year, research-based, full-time study programme. The programme is set to 120 ECTS credits.
The Study Board can approve successfully completed (passed) programme elements from other Master’s programmes in lieu of programme elements in this programme (credit transfer). The Study Board can also approve successfully completed (passed) programme elements from another Danish programme or a programme outside of Denmark at the same level in lieu of programme elements within this curriculum. Decisions on credit transfer are made by the Study Board based on an academic assessment. See the Joint Programme Regulations for the rules on credit transfer.
In exceptional circumstances, the Study Board study can grant exemption from those parts of the curriculum that are not stipulated by law or ministerial order. Exemption regarding an examination applies to the immediate examination.
The rules for examinations are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures - published at this website: https://www.studieservice.aau.dk/Studielegalitet/
In the assessment of all written work, regardless of the language it is written in, weight is also given to the student's formulation and spelling ability, in addition to the academic content. Orthographic and grammatical correctness as well as stylistic proficiency are taken as a basis for the evaluation of language performance. Language performance must always be included as an independent dimension of the total evaluation. However, no examination can be assessed as ‘Pass’ on the basis of good language performance alone; similarly, an examination normally cannot be assessed as ‘Fail’ on the basis of poor language performance alone.
The Study Board can grant exemption from this in special cases (e.g., dyslexia or a native language other than Danish).
The Master’s Thesis must include an English summary (or another foreign language: French, Spanish or German upon approval by the Study Board). If the project is written in English, the summary must be in Danish (The Study Board can grant exemption from this). The summary must be at least 1 page and not more than 2 pages (this is not included in any fixed minimum and maximum number of pages per student). The summary is included in the evaluation of the project as a whole.
It is assumed that the student can read academic texts in his or her native language as well as in English and use reference works etc. in other European languages.
The following competence profile will appear on the diploma:
A Candidatus graduate has the following competency profile:
A Candidatus graduate has competencies that have been acquired via a course of study that has taken place in a research environment.
A Candidatus graduate is qualified for employment on the labour market based on his or her academic discipline as well as for further research (PhD programmes). A Candidatus graduate has, compared to a Bachelor, developed his or her academic knowledge and independence so as to be able to apply scientific theory and method on an independent basis within both an academic and a professional context.
The graduate of the Master’s programme will aquire the following competencies:
The programme is structured in modules and organised as a problem-based study. A module is a program element or a group of program elements, which aims to give students a set of professional skills within a fixed time frame specified in ECTS credits, and concluding with one or more examinations within specific exam periods. Examinations are defined in the curriculum.
Teaching methods and exams
The programme is based on a combination of academic, problem-oriented and interdisciplinary approaches and organised based on the following work and evaluation methods that combine skills and reflection:
All modules are assessed through individual grading according to the 7-point scale or Pass/Fail. All modules are assessed by external examination (external grading) or internal examination (internal grading).
The Master’s program is an engineering education with special emphasis on design and development and innovation of sustainable solutions. The program includes interdisciplinary components to satisfy the need for combining methods from social science and technology studies with technical subjects and design practices.
The education will provide the student with 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 involving relevant actors.
The programs’ focus on sustainability is reflecting the challenges that development, production, consumption and dismantling of technologies poses for resource utilization and climate. It builds on the broad notion of sustainability that includes the environment, the social and the economy. The realization of these societal goals implies a focus on sustainable transitions in a design perspective as the core to the program’s activities.
The tabel below shows all project and course modules on the master program, the amount of ECTS’s and the assessment for each.
Offered as: 1-professional
|Module name||Course type||ECTS||Applied grading scale||Evaluation method||Assessment method|
|Conceptualisation of Sustainable Value Chains||Project||15||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written and oral exam|
|Design in Organisations||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Market Creation||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
Electives 1. sem.
Choose 1 course
|Design Strategies as Responses to Wicked Problems||Project||20||7-point grading scale||External examination||Written and oral exam|
|Sustainable Transition||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Staging Participatory Design||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Design Research Project||Project||30||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Oral exam based on a project|
|Project Oriented Study in an External Organisation||Project||30||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Oral exam based on a project|
|International Design Project||Project||30||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Oral exam based on a project|
|Master’s Thesis||Project||30||7-point grading scale||External examination||Oral exam based on a project|
Electives 1. sem.
Choose 1 course
|Module name||Course type||ECTS||Applied grading scale||Evaluation Method||Assessment method|
|Distributed Technological Design||Course||5||Passed/Not Passed||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Design for Sustainability||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
The master program is based on a progression in which the complexity of the themes is progressively increasing:
1st semester:Conceptualisation of Sustainable Value Chains
On this semester the focus is on conceptualising sustainable value chains related to organisation, economics and market. The organisational context that design and innovation processes are happening in is introduced through the course module Design in organisations and the economic dimension of design is introduced through the course module Market creation. The students are to choose between two elective modules: Distributed technological design and Design for sustainability. In the project module Conceptualisation of sustainable value chains, the students use knowledge gained from the two course modules and the selected elective module and explore how sustainable value chains can be realised in organisations and on the market, with point of departure in a realistic problem definition.
2nd semester: Design Strategies as Responses to Wicked Problems
On this semester the focus is on design strategies as responses to wicked problems and how it is possible to tackle these wicked problems through a design approach. In the course module Staging participatory design, the students will learn strategies for how to stage design processes, and the course module Sustainable transition focuses on how to stage larger transition processes.
3rd semester: Holistic Design
On this semester the students are given the opportunity to take a semester at another university, carry out a design project in an international context, carry out a design research project or do a Project-oriented study in an external organisation.
4th semester: Master Thesis
At the last semester the students are to carry out their master thesis. It is free for the students to choose topic and collaboration partner themselves, as long as it is related to sustainable design challenges.
PBL introductory course
All students who have not participated in Aalborg University’s PBL introductory course during their Bachelor’s degree must attend the introductory course “Problem-based Learning and Project Management”. The introductory course must be approved before the student can participate in the project exam. For further information, please see the Department of Planning’s website.
The curriculum is approved by the dean and enters into force as of September 1, 2019.
The Study Board does not offer teaching after the previous curriculum from 2017 after the summer examination period 2020.