Engineering

The main focus of the Engineering PhD programme is on applied research, and we enjoy strong collaboration with the industry on core issues such as next generation building environment, energy systems, materials, embedded ICT-based systems, production technologies and novel products with improved functionality.

The engineering PhD programme covers four research areas that you can read more about by clicking on the links in the boxes below.

Research facilities

Within all four engineering fields, advanced laboratory facilities are available. Graduate students are expected to take part in developing novel equipment.

Collaboration with the industry also ensures access to state-of-the-art industrial R&D facilities.

Geographic location

The department’s localisation strategy aims at ensuring that the educations and research activities are placed in the scientific environment to which they are most closely related. So the graduate engineering students are located at different engineering sites:

  • Biological and chemical engineering are located at Aarhus University Campus.
  • Computer engineering, electronics, ICT and healthcare technologies are located at IT-Katrinebjerg in the northern part of Aarhus.
  • Civil and architectural engineering as well as mechanical and materials engineering are located at Navitas at the port of Aarhus.

Aside from these locations, the department has research activities at Research Center Foulum (biosystems engineering) located one hour north-west of Aarhus.

These academic environments help strengthen the growing cluster of technology centres in Aarhus and ensure continued positive commercial development in the region.

Affiliated centres

The engineering graduate programme is hosted by the Department of Engineering. The department is collaborating closely with Aarhus University School of Engineering and is involved in a number of cross-disciplinary activities with other departments at the university.

Partners - national and international

National cooperation:
At national level, the engineering PhD programme collaborates with companies/institutions such as:

  • The Technical University of Denmark (including Risø)
  • Copenhagen University
  • Novozymes
  • Danisco
  • Bang & Olufsen
  • Terma
  • The Technological Institute
  • Vestas
  • Rambøll


International cooperation:
The engineering doctoral programme enjoys an active collaboration with leading centres internationally. Among the current collaborative universities are:

  • Newcastle University
  • University of York
  • University of Twente
  • Imperial College London
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • St Thomas' Hospital
  • University of Oslo
  • Purdue University
  • SF State University
  • University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
  • Beijing Jiaotong University
  • University of Sydney
  • MEC (Gent Branch)
  • Technical University of Valencia
  • KTH
  • TU Hamburg-Harburg
  • Toyota Technological University

Employment after graduation

Most engineering graduates take up a career in the industry or in consultancy; both are areas where project leadership is important, and this often becomes a stepping stone towards leadership.

Number of students

We have approx. 60 engineering PhD students including industrial PhD students.

The programme

The engineering PhD programme covers four research areas:

The main focus of the PhD programme is on applied research and the department enjoys strong collaboration with the industry on core issues such as next generation building environment, energy systems, materials, embedded ICT-based systems, production technologies and novel products with improved functionality.


PhD students and project descriptions
The engineering PhD programme includes approx. 55 PhD students.

You can find a list of current and completed PhD projects by following the link below.

National and international cooperation

At national level, the engineering PhD programme is carried out in close collaboration with companies and institutions such as:

  • The Technical University of Denmark (including Risø)
  • Copenhagen University
  • Novozymes
  • Danisco
  • Bang & Olufsen
  • Terma
  • The Technological Institute
  • Vestas
  • Rambøll


At international level, the engineering PhD programme enjoys an active collaboration with leading centres and companies. Among the current collaborative universities are: Newcastle University, University of York, University of Twente, Imperial College London, Georgia Institute of Technology, St Thomas' Hospital, University of Oslo, Purdue University, SF State University, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Beijing Jiaotong University, University of Sydney, MEC (Gent Branch), Technical University of Valencia, KTH, TU Hamburg-Harburg, Toyota Technological University.

Head of programme

Stefan Hallerstede

Associate professor
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P +4541893345

Local Programme Secretary

Johanne Sejersen

Secretariat Staff Member

GSST PhD Partner

Camilla Mikkelsen

Ph.d.-partner
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P +4587153564
P +4551442671

Before you apply

Before you apply for a PhD position, please take a look at our research pages where you will find descriptions of the research going on at the department.

Feel free to contact the faculty members if you have specific questions related to the research carried out, and the Head of Programme Stefan Hallerstede for more general questions about PhD studies at the Department of Engineering.

Meet the researchers

In this video researchers from the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University present different research projects.

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