Manufacturing and Operations Engineering, Bachelor

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Currently enrolled students continue the programme as planned.

During the Bachelor's programme in Manufacturing and Operations Engineering, you will learn to improve, develop and innovate work processes and production systems in a way that lets technology, systems and humans complement each other. You can do this after you learn how to apply the latest tools and methods to innovative production development.

You will work with e.g.:

  • materials
  • manufacturing processes
  • programming
  • digital manufacturing
  • product development
  • intelligent manufacturing
  • global supply chain management

In the first five semesters, you will spend half of your study time on courses and course work while the other half of your time will be spent doing a semester project in a small group – possibly in collaboration with an external organisation or institution. You and your project group will apply theory and method to a relevant problem within the field of your study.

From the third semester you will have the opportunity to direct your focus in two different directions: “production of physical products” (how complex materials, automation, autonomous vehicles and robots are used in the production process and how they are programmed) or “production of services” (how you digitally model and support complex services and how the work tasks and work environments are made most efficient). Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to focus on a specific line of business because the study programme can be built on more than one project done in collaboration with the same external company or organisation.

The study programmes at AAU are based on problem based learning and project work, which gives you a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competences at a high academic level in an independent manner. You get to apply theory to practice in your semester projects, which will prepare you better for your future career.



On the first semester, you are introduced to problem based learning, which you will practice through the courses and the project writing that will focus on historic and modern production.


  • Fundamentals of Operations Management and Process Modelling and Control (5 ECTS)
  • Problem Based Learning in Science, Technology and Society (5 ECTS)
  • Linear Algebra (5 ECTS)


  • From the Classic to Modern Production and Service (10 ECTS)
  • Classic Production and Service Technologies (5 ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Automated crop cultivation system for cucumber plants
  • HARS - heating and refreshing system: from the classic to modern production and service
  • Weight-based quality control system
  • Counting sensor
  • Textile production development
  • The Danish textile industry in the early 20th century
  • Temperature and humidity sensor


On the second semester, you will work with the development of production and service. In the courses you will learn about innovative product development technologies and the methods you use to go from concept to prototype. This knowledge is important because innovative products and innovative production development go hand in hand.


  • Innovation Technology: Product Development & Product Service Design (5 ECTS)
  • Introduction to Probability and Applied Statistics (5 ECTS)
  • Materials and Manufacturing Processes (5 ECTS)


  • Product and Service Development (15 ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Innovation and development of an autonomous airport baggage transportation system
  • Magnetix – autonomous warehouse robot
  • Prototyping and manufacturing an autonomous guided hovercraft
  • Self-localising and obstacle avoiding automated guided vehicle
  • Fire sensor for deaf people

See an example of a complete 2nd semester project: Innovation and Development of an Autonomous Airport Baggage Transportation System


Innovative ideas need to be transformed into prototypes, which can then be produced for the market in an effective way. An effective and innovative production determines how innovative the product or service is and how much money the company can make off of it.

From the third semester, you focus on either production of physical products (track A) or production of services (track B). Your project topic this semester will coincide with the focus you choose, so you will write about either production of physical products or services.

A: Production of physical products

You work with the use of advanced materials, automation, autonomous vehicles and robots in production processes and how these are programmed.

B: Production of services

You work with data mining and databases while learning how to digitally model and support complex services. Furthermore, you will become better at designing optimal work tasks and work environments.


  • Manufacturing Processes, Automation and Robots (5 ECTS)‚Äč
  • A. New Materials and Processes (5 ECTS)
  • A: Digital Manufacturing Technology (5 ECTS)
  • B: Job Design (5 ECTS)
  • B: Digital Manufacturing and Service (5 ECTS)


  • Products, Processes and Automation (15 ECTS)


The fourth semester is focused on the latest technological development within production and service design. You will learn about programming intelligent robots, highly complex quality control systems and modern production systems.

Your courses and your project topic continue to be determined by the track you chose on the third semester.


  • Calculus (5 ECTS)
  • A: Industrial Vision, Sensors and Quality Control (5 ECTS)
  • A: Intelligent Manufacturing (5 ECTS)
  • B: Engineering Design and Quality Control (5 ECTS)
  • B: Intelligent Production and Service Design (5 ECTS)


  • Intelligent Manufacturing and Service Design (15 ECTS)

example of pROJEcT topic

  • Development of a system replacing a human in a game of Tic, Tac, Toe


In the fifth semester, you learn how to introduce products on the global market including how to plan and manage the process, how to forecast sales, how to optimise strategies and how to utilise intelligent technologies when you work with these issues.

In the semester project you work with production and service management. You can for example investigate how European companies introduce their products on the global market and what their strategies mean in terms of strategies, supply chains etc. Can the process be optimised?


  • Introduction to Production and Service Economics (5 ECTS)
  • Systems Thinking and Process Improvement (5 ECTS)
  • Operations Planning and Control (5 ECTS)


  • Operations and Service Management (15 ECTS)

example of pROJEcT topic

  • Process Improvement


Most of your sixth semester will be spent writing your Bachelor’s project within the field of manufacturing and operations engineering. You can for example build an intelligent robot system, develop a web-based service or maybe analyse production and service processes in an external company. You choose two elective courses.

courses (Elective)

  • Global Supply Chain Management (5 ECTS)
  • Selected Topics in Intelligent Manufacturing (5 ECTS)
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Service Information Systems (5 ECTS)

bachelor PROJEcT

  • Topic of own choice (20 ECTS)

examples of bachelor pROJEcT topics

  • Effect of block length and orientation on straddle carrier performance in APM terminal Aarhus
  • Logistics strategy of Chinese online retailing company – xx as a case study
  • Predicting container pick-up - A study that explores the use of classification techniques to predict container pick-up

Commencement of studies exam

There is a commencement of studies exam in this programme. Therefore, during the first weeks of the 1st semester, all new students must take part in a written commencement of studies exam. The purpose of the commencement of studies exam is to ascertain whether students have actually commenced their studies. The students must participate in and pass the commencement of studies exam in order to continue on the programme. If the students do not participate or do not pass the commencement the students must participate and pass the re-exam which is also a written exam. If the commencement of studies exam or the re-exam is not passed, the student will be discharged from their studies by October 1st. The commencement of studies exam is based on the introduction as well as the students’ expectations and motivation for the studies.

The students receive the assessment “Approved” or “Not approved” based on their answers on the written exam. The assessment “Approved” is received when the written exam is answered and handed in.

Find more information about the commencement of studies exam here.


More about the programme


  • English


  • Copenhagen


  • Not open for enrollment in 2019

See the Curriculum