Students at Mechanical Engineering

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VIA Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering

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 curriculum

    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.

    Admission requirements

    • Upper secondary school leaving certificate/high school exam or
    • The International and the European Baccalaureates

    The above certificates must provide evidence of:

    • Mathematics equivalent to a Danish A-level (min. 375 hours*) and
    • Physics equivalent to a Danish B-level (min. 200 hours*) and
    • Chemistry equivalent to a Danish C-level (min. 75 hours*)

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

    Applicants with a Danish high school exam must have passed the above-mentioned subjects as well as English B-level with a minimum grade of 02.

    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.

    Verification form

    If study hours are not included in the transcript of records, we will require a verification form. The form is used to verify the hours of instruction of each criterion subject during the final three years of upper secondary school. 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.
    Download Verification form (pdf)

    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. 

    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
    • General motivation

    English proficiency certificates 

    If English is not your first language, you will need to provide documentation of your English language level. Please find an overview of accepted language tests and test scores on the page VIA Language Assessment Centre.

    Those exempt from tests are: 

    • Applicants who are native speakers or have proof of secondary school education from the UK, Australia, the USA, Canada and New Zealand
    • Applicants from Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland (their high school diploma will be converted into Danish grade levels and they will then be assessed and admitted according to the requirements for Danish applicants)

    You may also choose to sit VIA University College's English Language Assessment Test (VIAT/e), but you need to be present on Campus. Read more about the VIALAC test.

    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.

     

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

    Fill in the application form and upload any relevant documentation to optagelse.dk. 

    Please note that applicants applying without a Danish Civil registration number must send a signature page from optagelse.dk by email to studieplads@via.dk before 15 March at 12:00 noon.

    The area code for the programme is 49425. 

    Application deadlines

    15 March, 12:00 noon

    • All international applicants
    • International and Danish applicants applying on the basis of a vocational education
    • Danish applicants applying on the basis of an international or foreign entry qualification
    • Danish quota 2 applicants and applicants applying for any kind of exemption

    5 July, 12:00 noon

    • Only Danish quota 1 applicants

    Fee for Non-EU applicants

    Applicants from outside of the EU/EAA who do not hold a valid Danish residence permit, are required to pay a 100 euro application fee before their applications can be processed. The fee is to be paid at the time of application.

    Please visit the Admission site for further information about how to apply, the application fee, residence and work permits and how to follow your application. 

  • 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

    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. 

    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 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. 

    Duration 

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

  • 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 
    E: horsens@via.dk

    Opening hours

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