Students at Mechanical Engineering

Create ideas, develop and design new products

This programme will get you up to speed with current technological developments and give you the knowledge and tools to influence the technology of the future.

About the programme

  • Facts

    Title: Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering 

    Duration of the programme: 3½ years (210 ECTS). Full time course of study. 

    Programme start: August. 

    Study location: Horsens. Read more about Campus Horsens

    Language: The programme is taught in English 

    Curriculum: See the current curriculum (pdf) 

    Executive order: See the executive order (only in Danish)

    See the study activity model

    See average grade and statistics of VIA's programmes (only in Danish)

  • Structure and content

    From the very first day, you will learn both theory and practice. 

    The mechanical engineer degree programme is professionally oriented and structured. In the course of the programme, you will work on project themes in close cooperation with industrial, automation, energy and environmental companies. 

    The group of compulsory courses from 1st to 4th semester is rather large, and the corresponding project work requires systematic problem solving that demands idea generation, design, calculation and management of a larger development project. You will also be required to perform investment analysis and cost calculation. 

    The first to the fourth semester are structured around 12 weeks class of instruction followed by three weeks of project work. You will learn both academic theories of engineering and how to set theories into a practical, concrete context. The project work takes place in teams of four to five students. 

    1st semester: Product Development and Design of Mechanical Equipment

    During the first 12 weeks, courses include basic engineering subjects such as mechanics, materials technology, machine elements, design, product development, CAD, oral and written communication. The technical courses are taught partly as traditional classroom courses and partly as project work. 

    2nd semester: Engineering with focus on Analytical Methods 

    During the 2nd semester, you will continue to learn about basic engineering. This includes an extension to 1st semester courses in mechanics, materials and machine elements and the introduction of new courses in mathematics, dynamics, electrical engineering and project planning. The focus is on integrating Applied Science - the application of mathematics, physics and mechanics - in order to analyze, describe and solve a self-chosen problem. 

    3rd semester: Machine System Design, Dynamics and Dimensioning 

    Your basic engineering courses during the 3rd semester include dynamics, mathematics, pneumatics, hydraulics, transmissions, thermodynamics and innovative processes. Once again, the semester integrates the necessary disciplines in order to solve a specific problem. You will be able to describe and solve real-life projects. 

    4th semester: Business-oriented Development 

    The 4th semester includes financial and budgeting courses. Other compulsory courses during the 4th Semester are operating techniques, quality management, the environment, statistics, laboratory measurements, and theory of science. 

    5th semester: Internship 

    During this semester, you will do a internship in a company in Denmark or abroad. The internship gives you the opportunity to acquire invaluable work experience as an engineer in a challenging environment and to put into practice the knowledge you have gained during your studies. 

    6th semester: Specialisation and Internationalisation 

    The 6th semester focuses on your personal skills and intercultural communication. The project uses knowledge and methods from the courses while you act as process consultants to a group of international students. 

    There are ample opportunities to select interesting specialisation courses. You can choose between elective courses during the 6th semester and you will begin to prepare your final project - the Bachelor project. 

    7th semester: Bachelor project and Specialisation

    Just like your 6th semester, the final semester offers you numerous opportunities depending on your interests. Each student must choose between elective courses. 

    The final project, which covers approximately 2/3 of the semester, will typically be performed in groups of 2-3 students in co-operation with a company.

    See the VIA Mechanical Engineering course catalogue.

  • Enrolment

    Get information about the requirements for Danish and international students.

    Requirements for Danish students

    Danish students need an Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (STX, HF, HHX, HTX, EUX) or an Access Course for Engineering Education (Adgangskursus til ingeniøruddannelserne) with Mathematics at high advanced level corresponding to a Danish A-level,  Physics B-level, Chemistry C-level and English B-level.

    You must have passed all subjects with a minimum mark of 02. It is extremely important that you are able to attend courses that are taught and examined in English.

    Quota 2

    The assessment of quota 2 applications is also based on the average grade from qualifying education, relevant vocational diploma and average grade, grades in English and mathematics/business economics, relevant supplementary education and work experience. Qualified applicants may be called for a personal interview, if possible.

     All applications will be evaluated individually. In addition to good exam results from your previous studies, we will also take in to account other qualifications, such as stays abroad, work experience and general motivation.

    Equivalent qualifications 

    Each semester contains a complete and partial learning sequence with its own exams. This means it is possible for students to complete parts of the study programme with documented equivalent qualifications from another Danish or foreign educational institution.

    Requirements for international students

    • Upper Secondary School Examination Certificates and diplomas. Send a copy of transcript of records translated to English.
    • The International and the European Baccalaureates. 

    The above certificates must provide evidence of Mathematics at high advanced level corresponding to a Danish A-level, Physics B-level and Chemistry C-level (intermediate level with minimum of 2 years at upper secondary level).

    Furthermore, you must fill in the form: Math requirements (pdf).

    If your secondary school mathematics syllabus does not include all topics listed, you may be required to participate in a two-week compulsory mathematics course at VIA University College before study start. 

    Documentation of your current English language level

    If English is not your first language, you will need to provide documentation of your English language level. VIA University College requires that you have an English level of B2 or higher (certificate is required). 

    As documentation we accept the following internationally recognized language tests: the TOEFL test, the TOEIC test, the IELTS test or the Cambridge ESOL test. 

    Required test scores:

    IELTS An average band score of 6.0
    TOEFL iBT 80
    TOEFL PBT 550
    Cambridge ESOL tests CAE, C grade
    TOEIC 700
    IB (International Baccalaureate)

    Group 1: All grades

    Group 2: English B HL, all grades English B SL, minimum grade 5 

    If you are an international student who cannot document the required language skills, you may also choose to sit for VIA University College's English Language Assessment Test (VIAT/e).
    Find further information about VIAT/e 

    Applicants who are native speakers or have proof of secondary school education from the UK, Australia, the USA, Canada and New Zealand are exempt from the English language admission requirements. 

    Applicants from Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland do not need to be tested in English for the English speaking study programmes. Their high school diploma will be converted to Danish grade levels and they will then be assessed and admitted according to the requirements for Danish applicants.

    Read about credit transfer at VIA University College in Horsens

  • How to apply

    How to apply depends on whether you are a Danish or an international student.

    The programme begins in August.

    Apply online through The application portal opens 1 February every year.

    Fill out the application form and upload relevant documentation at

    The area code for the programme is 49425.

    For Danish Students:

    Quota 1:
    If you have an Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (STX, HF, HHX, HTX, EUX, IB) which fulfils our requirements, the application deadline is 5 July at 12.00 noon.

    Quota 2:
    For applicants with an alternative basis for admission based on an individual assessment (or if you have higher education as a technician, laboratory technician, machinist or shipmaster) the application deadline is 15 March at 12.00 noon.

    For international Students:

    For all international applicants, the deadline is 15 March at 12.00 noon.

    The VIA School of Business, Technology & Creative Industries must receive your signature page and application before the deadline. Please apply before the deadline at

    Signature page

    When you have submitted your digital application(s), you must use the special print icon to print a signature page, which contains a unique Application ID number.

    You must sign and e-mail this signature page for each of the programmes you apply for.

    NB: We cannot see, download and consider your application until this signature page has been received.

    Send the signature page for the application from to If we do not receive this page, we cannot access the application in the system and your application will be lost.


    In order to apply, you must upload the following documents at

    Visa application

    A visa application may take up to three months to process. When you have paid the tuition fee, we will initiate the visa application process and you can continue with your visa application.

    Deadline for payment of tuition fee is 1 June (summer intake) .

    For further information about the visa application rules for non-EU citizens, please visit the website of the Danish Immigration Service.

    General rules of admissions

    Before you apply to one of VIA's programmes, you must carefully read the general rules of admissions. If there is a mistake in your application, it is your own responsibility, and it can mean that your application will not be accepted. 

    Read about:   

    • Apply using your NEMid 
    • How you apply for admission under quota 1 and quota 2
    • How you apply for credit transfer 
    • How you apply for individual skill evaluation 
    • How to apply with foreign exam results 
    • How you apply for stand-by 
    • Conditional acceptance to VIA’s programmes

    More about the general rules of admissions.

  • Fees and tuition

    Here you can get information about tuition fees and who is exempt from them.

    Tuition is free if you are: 

    • A citizen of Denmark 
    • A citizen of a country that is a full member of the EU
    • A citizen of Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein (EEA countries) 
    • A refugee/immigrant living in Denmark with a permanent residence permit issued in Denmark. 
    All other students are obliged to pay tuition fees. 

    The total fee for the entire programme is EUR 46,000 corresponding to: 

    Semesters 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 : EUR 7,500 per semester.
    Semester 5 (Internship): EUR 1,000. 

    Overview of fees and terms of payment 

    Please download the Payment schedule and Terms of Payment (pdf) to see the payment deadlines. 

    You must be current with payments in order to get access to the first semester of the programme. 

    The prices are fixed for the official duration of your study programme. If you exceed the official duration of the study programme, any following semester payments will correspond to the tuition fee at that time. 

    VIA University College reserves the right to change tuition fees every year in October or whenever conditions necessitate such changes. 

    If tuition fee is required, you will always be invoiced directly from VIA University College. No partners are entitled to charge fees on behalf of our institution. 

    If you are asked for additional payments by a VIA University Partner, please let us know. 

    When applying for a visa, remember to include a copy of your admission letter.

    Read more about fees and finances.

  • Internship

    Your internship teaches you things you can’t learn in a classroom.

    Doing an internship is a great way to get first-hand work experience and gain access to the best graduate jobs. 

    Since this is a professional bachelor's degree programme, you are required to do an internship in the 5th semester. This will allow you to apply theory to real-world business tasks and also to practice a number of valuable skills. 


    You will benefit from working in a real-life environment and gain professional experience relevant to your future career as a mechanical engineer. 

    The internship will also make you more employable, since work-readiness is a top priority to em-ployers when they look for graduates to fill vacancies. 

    The internship has a dual purpose. You will begin to understand what’s in your professional future while you are still preparing for it, and you will gain useful contacts with employers within your field of study. 

    Where will the internship take place? 

    That is up to you. You can do the internship in a company of your choice in Denmark or abroad. 


    The minimum period for a internship is 20 weeks of full-time work.

  • Career guidance

    As a graduate, you can look forward to excellent employment prospects worldwide.

    The hallmark of the education is the international focus and the inter-disciplinary capabilities that will make you attractive to a wide range of companies. 

    Help for your future career 

    The Career Service Centre at VIA Campus Horsens helps you transition from being a student to being a part of working world. The centre offers advice about your options. It can give you some good guidelines about salary and organises Company Dating, where students and companies meet each other in an informal way. 

    Further education 

    When you graduate as a Mechanical Engineer, you will have the opportunity to continue with a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering in Denmark or other countries. 

    Double-degree programmes 

    Our double-degree programme also offers the possibility of obtaining two degrees in almost the same amount of time it would take to do a single degree.

  • International opportunities

    A study abroad experience provides global insight and perspective.

    To enrich the study experience and nurture cultural diversity on campus, we encourage our students to study abroad and welcome foreign students from partner institutions. 

    VIA University College has an agreement with approximately 200 institutions in 33 countries in Europe as well as overseas. 

    This means that you have the opportunity to choose to study for a semester at one of our partner institutions in another country. 

    You may also choose to do your internship in an international company in another part of the world. Both possibilities give you the opportunity to experience the way of life in another culture. 

    Today's business world is a global marketplace, and so having a study abroad experience can be positive for your CV. 

    Contact our international coordinators.

  • Student counselling

    Need help before applying?

    The student counsellor can help you with questions about various VIA study programmes within technology and business, admissions requirements, selection criteria and admissions procedures. 

    Contact our student counsellors’ office on weekdays 08:00-14:00 at:
    T: +45 87 55 43 20

  • Contact

    You are always welcome to contact us if you have any questions.

    VIA Mechanical Engineering
    Chr. M. Østergaards Vej 4
    DK - 8700 Horsens 

    T: +45 87 55 40 00 

    Opening hours

    Monday - Thursday at 07:45 – 15:30
    Friday at 07:45 – 14:30 

Want to know more?

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Film about the programme

The short film tells you what it is like to be a student at the VIA Me-chanical Engineering Programme.

Sport integrates students

There are about 20 different sports to choose amongst with-in VIA Sports Club.

The VIA Band

VIA Band plays in China

The VIA Band will per-form small concerts dur-ing the Youth Music Festival in Cheng-du.