Mechanical Engineering

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

Type

Bachelor's degree

Duration

3 ½ years (210 ECTS)

Campus city

Horsens

Study start

September

Internship

20 weeks

About the Mechanical Engineering study programme

  • 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 the introduction of new courses in mathematics, dynamics, machine element design 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 and electrical engineering. 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, thermodynamics, Finite Element Methods and innovative processes 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: Elective courses and specialisation

    The 6th semester focuses on your chosen elective courses and your personal skills plus intercultural communication.
    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 3-4 students in co-operation with a company.

    See the VIA Mechanical Engineering course catalogue.

    Information about computer requirements

    We recommend that you acquire a PC with the the appropriate specifications before starting at VIA.

    Read about computer requirements before your programme start (pdf)

     

  • Admission requirements

    • Upper secondary school leaving certificate/high school exam or
      Danish Admission course for Engineering programmes or
    • The International and the European Baccalaureates

    Specific admission requirements

    In addition to the admission requirements, all applicants must also meet the following specific admission requirements:
    • Mathematics equivalent to a Danish A-level (min. 375 hours*) and
    • Physics equivalent to a Danish B-level (min. 190 hours*) or Geoscience equivalent to a Danish A-level (min. 375 hours*) and
    • Chemistry equivalent to a Danish C-level (min. 75 hours*) or Biotechnology equivalent to a Danish A-level (min. 375 hours*)

    *1 hour = 60 minutes. Study hours during the final three years in upper secondary school.   

    Applicants must have passed the above-mentioned subjects with a minimum average weighted grade of 02. If you are applying with a foreign exam, your grades will be converted into Danish grades.

    Non-Danish applicants must include a copy of the original exam certificate and a transcript of records plus a state-authorised translation of their transcript of records in either Danish or English.

    Admission with special permission

    If you do not fulfil the entry requirements, you can apply for admission with special permission. Read more here.

    Verification form

    Applicants who hold a non-Danish entry qualification must fill in the verification form in order to verify the hours of instruction of every needed subject during the final three years of upper secondary school as well as last received grade. This helps us convert your qualifications to Danish levels. The verification form must be stamped and signed by your previous school in order to be accepted. The form must be submitted with your application at optagelse.dk.

    Download Verification form (pdf)

    English proficiency certificates 

    All applicants will have to document English equivalent to a Danish B-level with a minimum average weighted grade score of 3.0 (min. 210 hours, 1 hour = 60 minutes during the final three years in upper secondary school). Use the verification form for this. The grades from the applicant’s High School Diploma will be converted into Danish grades.

    Please note: In cases where applicants cannot meet the Danish B-level requirement or grade conversion is not possible, the applicant may provide other documentation. Please find an overview of accepted language test certificates and test scores here. 

    Maths syllabus

    Applicants with non-Danish entry qualifications must also fill in the mathematics form by ticking off the topics included/not included in your previous studies.
    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. Please find more information in the Course description (pdf)

    Download Mathematics form (pdf)

    You can visit the website of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science to find help or to have your qualification evaluated by the Ministry before applying. 

    Conditional acceptance

    Conditional acceptance means that you can apply for admission to the programme even though you do not fulfil the admission requirements at the time of application. Contact the student counsellor for more information.  

    Credit transfer 

    Students who have completed relevant study activities at an institution of higher education may be allowed to transfer their credits to VIA, which may exempt the student from exams/courses of a study programme. 

    Read more about credit transfer at VIA University College.

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

     

  • Apply online through optagelse.dk. The application portal opens on 1 February every year.

     

    Step-by-step guides on how to apply

    EU applicants

    Non-EU applicants

    Danish applicants

     

    The area code for the programme is:

    Horsens 49425

     

    Application deadlines

    The application portal opens on 1 February every year.

    Deadline for international applicants is 15 March at 12 noon. Find deadlines for Danish applicants here.

     

    Available study places

    Any available study places will be published on 28 July here.

  • Whether you need to pay tuition fee or not depends on several criteria. For further information, go to the Tuition Fees page.

    Payment schedule and Terms of Payment for Mechanical Engineering (pdf)

    Terms and agreements

    Terms and agreement between partners and VIA University College can be seen in the different contracts under:

  • 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. 

    Benefits 

    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 employers 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. 

    Duration 

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

  • 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. 

    Career counselling and events 

    Career Service Centre at VIA offers a range of services to students. You can make an appointment at Carrer Service Centre for advice on writing a good CV and Cover Letter, updating your LinkedIn profile and searching for jobs and internships.

    The career centre also organises events where you can meet company representatives face-to-face in order to find a job, internship, project work or a full-time job related to your field of study.

    Read more about the Career Service Centre here.

    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. 

  • 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.

  • 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 Monday - Thursday 09:00-13:00 and Friday 10:00-12:00 at:
    T: +45 87 55 43 20
    E: stud.info@via.dk

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

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

    T: +45 87 55 00 20 
    E: horsens@via.dk

    Opening hours

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

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