Arctic Technology

The infrastructure of Greenland and all the other Arctic regions is in great need of development. Homes and roads need to be built, water and energy must be supplied, and sewage and waste must be disposed of. At the same time, an economic basis for society has to be secured by exploiting the vast resources of nature.

Subject areas 
Unique skills are required to work in the Arctic and DTU is the only university in Denmark to offer a programme in Arctic Technology.

The programme is structured to provide a broad knowledge of working as an engineer in the Arctic. At DTU, arctic engineers are civil engineers who, in the final part of their study programme, have had the opportunity to specialize in Arctic topics.

Students have the following four topics to choose from, with sustainability as an integral part of each focus area:

  • Construction and energy systems
    Sustainable building design adapted to the Arctic climate and local conditions.

  • Arctic environmental technology
    Environmental studies—how to ensure clean drinking water and sustainably dispose of wastewater and waste.

  • Infrastructure construction and geophysics
    Large infrastructure construction in the Arctic, as well as geophysical and geological conditions, permafrost, construction on mountainsides, etc.

  • Planning and infrastructure
    Infrastructure in sparsely populated areas; transportation and traffic planning; water and energy supply, etc.

Programme structure
Students spend the first three semesters at the Arctic Technology Centre in Greenland's second largest town, Sisimiut, which lies 50 km inside the Arctic Circle. Here they are taught by local experts and researchers from DTU. In Sisimiut there will also be field work in Greenland's amazing natural landscape. The fourth and fifth semesters are spent at DTU in Ballerup. During the sixth semester, students do an internship with an engineering firm or local authority— in Greenland or another Arctic location. In the seventh semester students take electives at DTU or abroad. The programme ends in the eighth semester with a final project linked to the Arctic region.

The programme accepts students from both Denmark and Greenland. Language of instruction is Danish and students will be working in teams with fellow students from Denmark and Greenland. Students are guaranteed a room in a hall of residence in Sisimiut and will receive partial funding for their travel between Denmark and Greenland. In Sisimiut, students can spend their free time skiing, dogsledding, snowmobiling or hiking in the awe-inspiring landscape.

Work all over the world
Arctic Technology graduates are able to work in Greenland or in other Arctic regions such as Norway, Canada, Alaska, or Siberia.

Head of Studies
Pernille Erland Jensen

Danish students

Please go to the Danish website to learn more about the BEng programmes at DTU.

Twin campuses

Photo: Mikal Schlosser
BEng students at DTU have courses on our twin campuses:
• DTU Lyngby Campus
• DTU Ballerup Campus