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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 applied skills within areas based on your speciality, whether textiles or plastics. 

    The programme provides you with a broad knowledge of materials and processes. Progressing with the problem will lead you from basic material knowledge and understanding to expert knowledge of new and innovative materials, such as those that can make textiles last longer and adjust to body temperatures.

    Each semester has an overall theme that shows you different perspectives within the beautiful world of materials. You will also gain insight into modern processing technology so you can help optimise techniques, product design, innovation, business development, financial considerations and production and supply chain consideration in manufacturing companies.

    Each subject helps you develop a deeper understanding of the challenges of the particular theme. Each semester concludes with a semester project, enabling you to work with the theme in companies all over the world.

    1st semester: Innovation

    The first semester will give you the necessary basic skills regardless of your field of practice. Courses include basic subjects as chemistry, mathematics and statistics but Innovation is the key area. The theme of the semester is supported with cultural understanding and cross-cultural communication.

    2nd semester: Quality and Environmental Management including Sustainability

    This semester will build on the previous semester’s subjects, guiding you into the area of Quality and Environmental management as well as CSR and sustainability. 

    3rd semester: Future materials

    In the third semester, you will explore new potential areas within the world of materials supported by budgeting, investment and finances and further knowledge of materials, such as dying and processing. You will be challenged to integrate this knowledge into new ways of achieving goals or solving real life problems.

    4th semester: Innovation and Business Development

    You will study advanced courses within innovation and business development, logistics and project management as well as strategic management. The scope and complexity of the courses will enhance your unique value in the field of Materials Science by broadening your business understanding.

    5th semester: Internship

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

    6th semester: Elective and Specialisation

    You choose from different electives courses depending on your interests and line of specialisation. Courses will delve deeper into your specialisation area as you start preparing for your final project – the bachelor project – during the last open project.

    7th semester: Bachelor Project

    The bachelor project should reflect your skills within Materials Science and Product Design. Your project should also reflect your ability to combine the various disciplines, which you have learned during the programme.

    More information

  • 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:

    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. 

    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

    Credit transfer

    Students who have completed relevant study activities at a foreign 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.

    To apply for credit transfer you need to apply online at

    It is very important that you upload all relevant documentation.

    As attachment you can fill out the Credit Transfer Application Form (pdf) as well as the Credit Transfer Agreement (pdf)

    Your credit transfer application must include:

    A certified copy of an examination certificate (e.g. transcript of records) that documents:

    • That you have passed the study activity
    • How many ECTS points the study activity is worth 

    Read more about credit transfer at VIA University College

    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.

    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 cannot document 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 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.

  • 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 49205.

    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 15 May (summer intake) .

    For further information about the visa application rules for non-EU citizens, please visit:

    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 

    To see the payment deadlines please download:

    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. 

    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 

    Applying for a visa

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

  • Internship

    Mentor arrangement from the 4th semester.

    As something new and very exciting, you will become part of a mentor company from the 4th semester, giving you the golden opportunity to use your acquired knowledge of theory in practice. The mentor arrangement is an intense collaboration with the industry during the different projects and during the internship. 

    At least one day per week will be spent at your mentor company during the 4th and 6th semesters. During the 5th and 7th semesters, you will be placed more or less full time at the mentor company, while continuing your studies and simultaneously being an employee, learning and acquiring work experience during the study programme. 

    The mentor company will assign a mentor to you and, as a mentee, you will learn on the job and get a feel for being an engineer within the industry.

    You will do a six-month internship at a company during the 5th semester (full-time employment).

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

    As this is a professional Bachelors of Engineering programme, you are required to do an internship in the 5th semester. This will allow you to apply any theory learned to real-world business tasks while practicing a number of valuable skills as well as gaining insight into your coming working methods and processes as an engineer. 


    You will benefit from working in a real-life environment and gain professional experience relevant to your future career as a Material Science specialist, Quality Manager, Technical Purchasing Manager, etc.  

    The internship combined with the mentor arrangement also makes you more employable. When they are looking for graduates to fill vacancies, employers prefer candidates who are ready to work and “plug and play”. 

    The internship and the mentor arrangement have a dual purpose. You will become familiar with your professional future while you still preparing for it, and you will make good contacts with employers within your field of study. 

    VIA helps you to arrange your internship and mentor arrangement

    You can do your internship in Denmark or abroad, and we can help you to arrange it. If your mentor company is part of a global company, you might have very good opportunities to go abroad within the mentor company. 

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


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

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

  • Career guidance

    As a material engineer, you will have the skills to enter a wide range of careers.

    After successfully completing your studies, you will be able to work as a textile engineer, plastics engineer, within innovation and new product development, quality and environmental management, purchasing or something else entirely. 

    As a material engineer, you will have the skills to enter a wide range of careers.

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

    Further education

    With a full Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) programme in Materials Science and Product Design, you will have the chance to continue with further studies at other universities either in Denmark or abroad.

    Our student counsellors are 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 or Materials Technology at Aalborg University.

  • 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

    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