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Autonomus Systems, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #194 (WUR) ,
The Master’s programme in Global Systems Design enables you to handle modern day business and organisational complexity. You will learn at Aalborg University to analyse and model specific business processes as well as complete product-, service- and production systems. You will be trained to develop, simulate and cost-benefit-evaluate solutions and business simplification proposals as well as become skilled in standardisation and automation of work procedures and –processes.


Competition is intensifying on global markets. In order to survive, private companies as well as public organisations must innovate manufacturing and businesss processes as well as products and services to be able to provide customers and stakeholders with solutions of high quality in a costefficient and sustainable manner. At the same time, they must ensure a profitable and competitive business.

The Master’s programme in Global Systems Design enables you to handle modern day business and organisational complexity. You learn how to analyse and model specific business processes and systems. You will be trained to develop innovative product-, service- and process design solutions and simulate their operational performance and make cost-benefit studies of their business impact.

Engineering and business approach

The Aalborg University Master’s programme in Global Systems Design is based on the premise that fields such as planning of work processes, customer focus, quality assurance, production management and utilisation of resources all can be addressed from a modern production approach regardless of sectors; the approach is applicable to work within a wide range of fields e.g. production, transportation and service - on both a national and an international level.

The programme is characterised by a combination of engineering and business approaches; you will be working with application of innovative information technology for modelling, simulation and cost-benefit studies of manufacturing systems, business processes and related product and services.

Such modern tools play an important role in business improvement and ehanced resource utilisation in today’s competitive environment.

The programme challenges the sector-specific knowledge you have gained during your Bachelor education. During the Master’s programme in Global Systems Design, you will develop and expand your knowledge within product design, efficiency improvement, and innovation of work processes and -systems.

Thus, the programme enables you to analyse, plan and evaluate international business- and production related challenges from more than one perspective. Also, the programme gives you formal qualifications matching the competencies known in the industry as “Green Belt” and “Black Belt” within Lean, Six Sigma and Process Improvement.

Job and Career

Graduates are qualified to work in a number of industries; manufacturing, transportation or service industries in both private and public organisations.

Examples of potential future job titles for a graduate with a Master’s degree in Global Systems Design are production manager, Lean Six Sigma advisor, IT consultant, logistics coordinator and quality manager - to mention but a few.

As a graduate, you will be able to analyse, model, optimise, design, and implement simple product-, business- or service systems that can function in a complex world.

Potential work tasks for you as a graduate in Global Systems Design are:

  • quality control and proces improvement in the banking sector
  • optimisation of production fl ow in the metal-working industry
  • stock control at a central distribution centre in retail
  • reduction of development time in the pharmaceutical industry

You will be able to handle and deal with the following complex improvement tasks:

  • Optimisation of production flow in the metal-working industry
  • Efficiency improvement of packing systems by means of robots and vision technology
  • Reduction of lead time and waiting time for operations in hospitals
  • Quality control and process improvement in the bank sector
  • Inventory control at a warehouse at a central distribution facility in retailing
  • Optimisation of services schedules, port stay duration and on-time delivery of a contanier shipping line
  • Improvement of customer response and reduction of complaints in an insurance company’s call center
  • Reduction of products’ time to market in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Reduction of lead time of case handling times within a ministry

Programme Structure

Global Systems Design is a two-year Master of Science in Technology programme divided into four semesters worth 30 ECTS, bringing the total to 120 ECTS.

The programme is research-based and forms the basis for jobs within all kinds of production companies as well as in the service industry; e.g. healthcare, the financial sector and in the pharmaceutical industry. The programme brings together the notions of analysis, modelling, optimisation, design and implementation in a scientific, theoretical perspective and integrates elements from the technical approach with both management and organisation.

During the programme, you will work with practical, real-life problems in close collaboration with international companies across various sectors; typically with either headquarters or subsidiaries located in Denmark - and particularly the Copenhagen area. Examples of case companies for project work are MAN Diesel & Turbo, Coloplast, Novo Nordisk, Leo Pharma Lundbeck, Thermo-Fisher, Coloplast, Toms, Arla, Velux, Maersk, Grundfos, Vestas and SAS.

1st semester

1st semester addresses the following themes:

  • Introduction to problem-based learning and scientific methods
  • Development and design of products and services (customer focus, economics, logistics and sustainability)
  • Statistics and analysis including modelling and simulation of stochastic as well as behavorial processes
  • Design of production- and business systems including control systems for materials, capacity and resources
  • Automation technologies, robotics and IT applications
2nd semester

During 2nd semester, you will address the following issues:

  • Databases, data analysis (business intelligence) and advanced optimisation of products, services and processes
  • Simulation and optimisation of processes
  • Formulation and implementation of product-, service-, businessand production strategies
  • Process Excellence, Lean Six Sigma philosophies and –tools, project management and organisational change
  • Investment theory, pay back analysis and budgeting processes
3rd semester

On your third semester, you have the opportunity to define your own semester. You may e.g. acquire industrial experience via a traineeship in an international company, study at a foreign university or specialise within a specific area through project work.

4th semester

This semester is dedicated to the Master’s thesis. You will work independently on solving a business-, production- or logistics-related problem. The study groups at this semester are small, and the work situation resembles work situations in the industry. The Master’s thesis may include innovation work, enhancement or research. The Master’s thesis may be a continuation of the project you did on your 3rd semester, or it can deal with a new theme.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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Academic Requirements

In order to apply, you are required to have a Bachelor’s degree in

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing)
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and Industry
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering (Global Business Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Export Technology
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Production Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering (Nanotechnology)
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering (Electronic Engineering and IT)
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering and IT
  • Bachelor of Technology Management and Marine Engineering

Students with Bachelor's degrees in similar areas are also accepted. Students with another Bachelor’s degree may upon application to the Board of Studies be admitted following a specific academic assessment if the applicant is considered as having comparable educational prerequisites.

Please make sure you send your application form and further documentation via post to the International Office by the required deadline.

Furthermore please note the official language requirements for international students applying to Aalborg University are:

  • IELTS (academic test): 6.5
  • TOEFL (paper-based): 560
  • TOEFL (internet-based): 88
  • Cambridge First Certificate with the grade B

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12402 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12402 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

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92,200 DKK

Living costs for Aalborg

  • 5936 - 8300 DKK/month
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