Department profile

Faculty of Engineering

University of Southern Denmark
2016/17 edition

About Faculty of Engineering

The Faculty

The Faculty of Engineering is rooted in Southern Denmark with activities in Odense and Sønderborg. The Faculty is actively committed to the development of the Region of Southern Denmark. We attract both Danish and international students and engage in research and development partnerships with both Danish and international parties. The research of the Faculty of Engineering is rooted in interactions between basic research and applied research in a network which consists in part of other research units at the University of Southern Denmark and in part of outside research institutions, and which has a strong tradition of cooperation with the industry – nationally as well as internationally.

Based on the application-oriented research focus and close contact to the surrounding world, innovation and entrepreneurship are elements of central importance to the Faculty.

The Faculty’s academic competencies are applicable on the global level. Engineers from the Faculty of Engineering have the whole world as their workplace, and the research collaboration is global. In this context, it is natural to use English as the language of teaching in the different programmes and for the Faculty to admit high numbers of international students.

The Departments

The Faculty comprises the following four academic departments:

Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology

The department is involved in research in and development of environmentally efficient technologies and sustainable bio-production systems where the raw material is biological and where the product is, for example, energy, feed, food, medicinal products and ingredients. The department’s research areas are:

  • Chemical process engineering
  • Functional materials and fuel cells
  • Biomass technology
  • Processing of vegetable raw materials for food, feed and natural medicine
  • System analysis and environmentally efficient technology
  • Biosystems technology

Department of Technology and Innovation

The Department offers practice-oriented, state-of-the-art research in close cooperation with industry and society in our wish to address the challenges and great opportunities of the world today. The department’s research activities include:

  • Nano Optics
  • Sustainable Operations Management
  • Maritime Technology
  • Concrete engineering
  • Wind Loads
  • Structural and Fluid Dynamics
  • Innovation and Design

The Mads Clausen Institute

The Mads Clausen Institute’s overall focus is on mechatronics, with strong backgrounds within nanotechnology, innovation & business, and user-oriented design.

  • Mechatronics: understanding the interplay between mechanical and electrical systems, and developing smart devices with embedded control for energy efficiency applications, covering a broad area from autonomous motion to power electronics
  • Nano- and microtechnology: understanding electric and photonic/plasmonic interfaces for new energy generating and energy efficient devices
  • Design and innovation: understanding design and innovation practices for the development of sustainable products, production and businesses, in particular those involving multiple stakeholders within and outside the organisation.

Research activities are carried out in close relationship with companies and their cluster organisations in Southern Denmark. These activities cover the entire value chain from fundamental research via applied research and product development to different industry-oriented collaborations.

The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute

The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute is a highly technological, internationally recognized centre of excellence that performs intensive research in the fields of robotics and software engineering with the aim of developing robots that can optimise industrial as well as medical and other scientific disciplines and domains.

Current research and innovation activities include:

  • Industrial Robotics
  • Cognitive and Applied Robotics
  • Embodied Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Neurobotics
  • Drone Technology
  • Biologically-inspired Robotics
  • Healthcare Technology
  • Power Electronics
  • Energy Informatics
  • Agricultural Robotics
  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • Statistical Signal Processing
  • Learning and Experience Technology
  • Acoustics

The Teaching

The Faculty’s Engineering Education Model of the University of Southern Denmark, known by its Danish abbreviation, DSMI, constitutes the cornerstone of the programmes and is based on a learning approach which focuses on problem-solving, organised in groups. Graduates from TEK should be characterised by a profound insight into their respective professional areas, and by special competencies within interdisciplinary thinking and entrepreneurship.

Extensive contact to private companies at an early stage in the programmes is emphasised. The aim is to improve the students’ relations to external parties, for instance in connection with technical projects, internships and collaborative setups with the potential to establish new research and development partnerships and future careers.


Engineering students, researchers and staff at SDU's Faculty of Engineering have moved into a unique new building that links high technology facilities, community, light and space. The move also marks the physical merger of the Faculty of Engineering with the University's main campus in Odense.

The Courses

The Faculty of Engineering offers the following English taught Masters programmes.

Master of Science in Engineering programmes - 2 years

Master of Science programme - 2 years

Future Career Prospects

The Faculty has strong links to industry and many students get the opportunity to work directly with companies in the Southern Danish region on projects. Moreover, International students at the University of Southern Denmark have the possibility to be part of a special talent program, called International Brainstormers focusing on preparing you for the Danish labour market.

How to apply

If you are interested in undertaking a postgraduate degree at the faculty, please follow our guidelines in How to apply

Visit the Faculty

It is possible to visit the Faculty of Engineering before deciding whether or not to study here. We can accommodate private visits throughout the year. You can chat to current students and staff about our programmes, tour our facilities and find out about research at the Faculty. Contact the Faculty on

The academic standard is really high. We students were allowed to use all the very expensive equipment in the labs as much as we wanted – the importance of hands-on work is emphasised by the professors – it was very impressive.

I spent a big part of my studies in labs and on practical work experience in a Danish company. This is exactly what employers are looking for…

Frank Müller MSc graduate

Funding opportunities

University of Southern Denmark does not charge tuition from full degree students from the Nordic countries or from the EU/EEA countries and Switzerland. The tuition fee rates for degree programmes at the Faculty of Engineering can be found here:

There are a few scholarship schemes at the University of Southern Denmark. The largest one is the Danish Government Scholarship – supported by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education.

Contact details

Campusvej 55
Odense M
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