Networks and Distributed Systems, MSc in Engineering

Networks and Distributed Systems, MSc in Engineering

If you want to plan the future broadband network, design security systems or be part of the team behind the next AAU-satellite, you may consider the master’s programme in Networks and Distributed Systems at Aalborg University.


As a specialist in networks and distributed systems, your competences will be in high demand. You will become an expert in the systems we surround ourselves with daily – both large and small systems in which computers interact with their surroundings and other computers.

The systems are everywhere even though we may not notice them on a daily basis. It can for instance be systems measuring humidity and temperature as part of climate control in buildings. The system’s collected data may be used to form a strategy for the use of radiators and ventilators in the building.

Another example could be mobile phone systems which are small computers themselves, actually more powerful than office computers only a few years back. The mobile phone must be able to contact and be contacted by a mobile network when you text or speak, etc. Your job could be to construct a mobile able to apply several different technologies as required. The mobile may also be required to cooperate with other systems. Other examples:

  • Home banking and payment systems which need to be extra robust against faults and attacks
  • When vital parts of cars, trains or aeroplanes communicate, faults must be handled safely, protecting driver/pilot and passengers
  • When the telephone operator roll out the future broadband via fibre networks or wireless networks for mobile users, the establishment phase as well as the usage phase must be under control, ensuring no loss of customers or money

As an engineer in Networks and Distributed Systems, you have the opportunity to play a deciding role in development of such systems.

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4th best in the world

If you choose to study engineering at Aalborg University, you will be studying at one of the best universities in the world. In March 2018, our engineering programmes were named best in Europe and fourth best in the world according to a report commissioned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  

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Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.

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