Control and Automation, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
With a master's degree in Control and Automation from Aalborg University, your skills within Electrical Engineering are focused on system-level design with solid competences in estimation and control. Companies working with complex electronic and electro-mechanical systems will value your skills in handling complex design and development.


On the master’s programme in Control and Automation from Aalborg University, you will work with e.g. wind turbines, power plants, robots, heating- and cooling control for industry, development of micro satellites, etc. You will learn about robust and optimal control, fault-tolerant systems, mathematical modeling of mechanical and thermal systems, control of complex processes, etc.

In Denmark, many companies use control and automation in their products, and at the master’s programme in Control and Automation, we cooperate with several of them, including Danfoss, Grundfoss, B&O and Vestas. Hence, the programme gives you excellent career opportunities both in Denmark and internationally.

The master’s programme in Control and Automation at Aalborg University is comprised by four semesters where you work with gradually more complex subjects. The 1st and 2nd semester focus on modelling and control of linearized systems, multivariable and optimal control, analysis of stability and controlled systems as well as control in networks. On the 3rd semester, you are introduced to more advanced methods for control and automation, and we focus on how systems may be made independent of human operators. On the 4th and last semester, you carry out your master’s thesis in a subject of your own choosing in cooperation with your supervisor.

Job and Career

Companies working with complex electronic and electromechanical systems will value your skills in handling complex design and development of autonomated systems. Thus, many professional fields are open to you. You may obtain employment in design, development, construction and/or test of control systems and autonomous systems.

Programme Structure

  • Stochastic processes
  • Distributed real-time systems
  • Multivariable control
  • Modelling of mechanical and thermal systems
  • Optimality and robustness
  • Robot vision (elective)
  • Fault detection, isolation and modelling (elective)
  • Systems of systems/complex systems
  • Machine learning (elective)
  • Non-linear control systems (elective)

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                  English Language Requirements

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                  Academic Requirements

                  The following programmes directly qualify for the master's in Control and Automation:

                  Full bachelors
                  • Electronics and Computer Engineering
                  • Robotics
                  Guest/exchange programmes
                  • Electronics and IT (5th-6th semester are offered in English)
                  • Internet Technologies and Computer Systems (5th-6th semester are offered in English)

                  Applicants with other backgrounds will receive individual assessment by the Study Board of Electronics and IT.

                  Tuition Fee

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                    12400 EUR/year
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                    Based on the original amount of 12400 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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                  92,200 DKK

                  Living costs for Aalborg

                  • 5936 - 8300 DKK/month
                    Living Costs

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