Structure of the MSc Eng programme

The MSc Eng programme is a research-based technological programme at elite level aimed at qualifying the graduate for a knowledge-intensive position in industry and the business sector and in society in general. Graduates obtain the title Master of Science in Engineering in the given engineering field.

Structure of the MSc programme

The MSc Eng is a two-year programme with a workload of 120 ECTS credit points. DTU’s master's programmes cover most modern engineering fields and are taught exclusively in English. The programmes comprise four categories of courses: General competences, Technological specialization, Electives, and Thesis.

General competences

The master's programmes include a number of General Competence courses. These are designed to offer students the range of skills necessary to meet the complex challenges of an engineering career, including project management, teamwork, communication, problem-solving and resource planning. All these skills are taught within the student’s field of research and fall into the following categories:

  • General engineering competences

    You learn to combine technology application and development with financial management, management and organization. Most importantly, you learn how to use your qualifications and technological know-how in a professional and social context.

  • Synthesis competences

    You learn how to define and provide solutions to an open problem. You may be part of a cross-disciplinary team, and will be trained in communication and collaboration.

  • Normative competences

    You learn a set of essential disciplines common to all technical aspects of engineering within a specific field.

Technological specialization

This group of courses gives you the in-depth academic and technological knowledge necessary for obtaining state-of-the-art competences within a specific field of engineering. By combining the technological specialization course with appropriate elective courses, you can create your own inspiring and highly individual study programme.


An important aspect of the DTU MSc Eng programmes is the significant number of elective courses. Here you can pursue your own scientific and professional interests. In principle, you can choose between more than 400 different DTU courses.


The master's thesis marks the completion of the two-year MSc Eng programme. The research project is most often carried out at DTU and in many cases in collaboration with one of our many industrial partners. All projects include elements of fundamental research, innovation and application.

Combine work with studies - join a Industry MSc Eng programme

DTU offers the opportunity to join a Industry MSc Eng programme as a part-time study where you obtain the 120 ECTS points over a 4-year period.


The ECTS Credit System

The Bologna Process is a European initiative to bring about transparency and compatibility across higher education in Europe.

An important aspect of enabling student mobility, and particularly moving on to a further degree in another country, is a system of credits, used for recognition and accumulation—the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

All of our courses are assigned a value in terms of ECTS credits. Successful completion of an academic year of two semesters accumulates to 60 ECTS credits.

Bachelor’s degrees have an ECTS value of 180 credits, and master’s degrees 120 credits.