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Get a Bachelor's degree that combines engineering and product design

VIA Materials Science & Product Design

Bachelor of Engineering

Get expert knowledge of new and innovative materials and insight into modern processing technology in the fashion and furniture business.

About the programme

  • Facts

    Title: Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Science and Product Design

    Duration of the programme: 3 ½ years (210 ECTS). Full time course of study

    Programme start: September.

    Study location: Herning. Read more about Campus Herning.

    Language: The programme is taught in English.

    Curriculum: See the current curriculum (pdf)

    See the executive order (only in Danish)

    See the Study activity model

    See average grades and statistics of VIAs programmes (only in Danish)

  • Structure and content

    The course structure is based on common subjects and a range of subjects based on your speciality, whether textiles or furniture.

    If you choose the 3½-year full bachelor of engineering (BEng) programme in Materials Science and Product Design, you have taken the first steps towards becoming a key employee in the textile and furniture business.

    The programme gives you broad knowledge of materials and processes. You’ll get expert knowledge of new and innovative materials, such as those that can make textiles last longer and adjust to body temperatures.

    You’ll also get insight into modern processing technology so you can be part of optimizing techniques, product design, product development processes, financial considerations, and production in manufacturing companies.

    Range of subjects based on your speciality

    The programme stretches over seven semesters. The course structure is based on common subjects and a range of subjects based on your speciality, whether textiles or furniture.

    You’ll also get to test your skills in an internship during the fifth semester.

    Subject areas that runs across the semesters

    Science of engineering

    You are taught mathematics, statistics, physics and chemistry.

    Materials science and qualities

    You learn about materials for textile and furniture, smart materials, nanomaterials, and organic biodegradable materials.

    You’ll also learn about mechanical properties such as tensile strength, elasticity, abrasion resistance. You’ll study the effects of light, chemicals and aging resistance, as well as colour fastness to washing.


    You will gain knowledge of product design and industrial methods of processing as well as a profound insight into the relevant areas that qualify you to solve process related problems.


    You learn about: Quality control and environmental control, including companies’ social responsibilities (CSR) and sustainability; statistical methods and theories of measurement; and project management including staff management and project methods.


    You learn about cultural understanding and cross-cultural communication.


    You will be taught how to write academic papers.

    More information

  • Enrolment

    You must have Mathematics corresponding to a Danish A-level (advanced level).

    In order to apply for this programme, there are several specific requirements as well as requirements for your English skills.

    Formal requirements

    • Upper Secondary School Examination
    • The International and the European Baccalaureates
    • A vocational education within business
    • Other equivalent certificates or professional qualifications

    The above certificates must provide evidence of:

    • Mathematics corresponding to a Danish A-level (advanced level)
    • Physics corresponding to a Danish B-level (intermediate level) or Earth Sciences at Danish A-level
    • Chemistry corresponding to a Danish C level (pre-intermediate level) or Biotechnology corresponding to a Danish A-level (advanced level)
    • English language proficiency corresponding to a Danish B-level (intermediate level).

    Verification form

    In order to provide documentation that applicants with a non-Danish entry qualification fulfil the admission requirements, a verification form should be submitted in addition to your diploma and other documents.

    The verification form is used to verify the hours of instruction (1 hour = 60 minutes) of every needed subject during the final three years of upper secondary school. This helps us convert your qualifications to Danish levels.

    Please note that the form is valid only when stamped and signed by your school. The form must be submitted with your application at

    Language requirements

    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 (According to Common European Frame of Reference).

    As documentation we accept the following internationally recognized language tests and minimum test score:

    IELTS An average band score of 6.5
    TOEFL Internet-based 83
    TOEFL Paper-based (valid until June 2019) 585
    TOEFL Paper-delivered 

    Reading – high (22-30)
    Listening – high (22-30)
    Writing – good (24-30)

    Cambridge ESOL tests CAE, 176 overall on the Cambridge English scale
    FCE, 180 overall on the Cambridge English scale
    IB (International Baccalaureate)
    Group 1: All grades
    Group 2: English B HL, all grades
    English B SL, minimum grade 5

    Please be aware that your test scores are only valid for 2 years after the test date.

    If you are an international student who does not meet the required language skills, you may also choose to sit for VIA University College's English Language Assessment Test (VIAT/e):

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

    Applicants with a baccalaureate exam do not need to be tested in English for the English speaking study programmes.

    Applicants from Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland do not need to be tested in English. 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.

    NB: We reserve the right not to create classes in the event of too few applicants.

  • How to apply

    How to apply depends on whether you are a Danish or a non-Danish applicant.

    You can apply for our international programmes online from 1 February.

    You apply for admission online at

    Please find more information here


  • Fees and tuition

    Information about tuition fees and scholarships. Tuition is free if you are EU citizen.

    There is no tuition fee for the following students:

    • Citizens of the European Union (EU)
    • Citizens of EEA countries (Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland)
    • Citizens of Switzerland
    • Students who are granted permanent residency or a time-limited permit with the possibility of permanent residence in Denmark
    • Students who exchange with Danish students as part of a bilateral agreement with an educational institution abroad.
    • Students who are granted a residence permit under §9c, paragraph 1 of the Aliens Act as the accompanying child of a non-Dane with a residency permit issued under section 9a of the Aliens Act.

    All other students (primarily students from outside the EU) must pay tuition fees.

    Application fee 

    Application is free if you are from a country that is member of the EU. Applicants from all other countries are required to pay an application fee of 100 euro. The application fee must be paid in full when applying for the programme.

    Learn more about the application fee and how to pay 


    During the four semesters you will have expenses of approximately DKK 20,000-25,000 for:

    • Books and teaching materials
    • Supplementary materials
    • Study trips

    VIA has international partners

    VIA University College has partners throughout the world referring students with interest in international experiences to us.

    If tuition fee is required from an applicant, please notice that he/she 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 UC partner, please let us know.


    Each year the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education gives a limited number of scholarships to highly qualified students from countries outside the EU and the EEA.

    Find further information as well as the application form.


    Contact us for further information:

  • Internship

    You will do six-month internship at a company on the fifth semester.

    Learning to apply theory in practice is important to your future career. During the fifth semester all students at Materials Science and Product Design do a six-month internship.

    The purpose of the internship is to provide you with insight into the working methods and processes applied by engineers.

    That means the internship gives you the opportunity to attain practical experience in some of the areas that you have worked with during your studies.

    VIA helps you arranging the internship

    You can do your internship in Denmark or abroad, and we can help you to arrange it.

    The internship ends with a report in which you relate your practical experience to the theoretical knowledge gained during your studies.

    Below you will find examples of companies that have received interns:

  • Career guidance

    After successfully completing your studies, you will be able to work as an textile engineer, furniture engineer, product developer, quality controller and purchaser.

    As a Material Engineer, you will have the skills to enter a wide range of careers.

    For instance, you can work with product development, financial management, development and research on new materials, purchasing of new materials and products and consultancy on materials and processes.

    You job title could be a textile engineer, furniture engineer, product developer, quality controller, purchaser of materials, process consultant or something else entirely.

    Further education

    With a full bachelor of engineering (BEng) programme in Materials Science and Product Design, you’ll have the chance to take up further studies at other colleges, either in Denmark or abroad.

    Our student counsellors will be very happy to guide you on this.

    For instance, you may choose to continue your studies with an MSc in Engineering (Technology Based Business Development) programme at Aarhus University.

  • International opportunities

    You can take your sixth semester as an exchange student.

    During your time of study, you will have the opportunity to go abroad as an exchange student. This takes place during your 6th semester.

    The duration of a study period outside Denmark is normally one semester – corresponding to about five months.

    You can also choose to go abroad during your internship period.

    Any questions?

    If you have any questions about international opportunities you are welcome to contact:

    International Coordinator
    Solveig Hagel Pedersen

  • Student counselling

    Do you need further information regarding the programme?

    For more information about the programme please contact:

    Anne-Louise Degn Hansen

  • Contact

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

    VIA University College
    Birk Centerpark 5
    DK- 7400 Herning
    T: +45 87 55 05 00