Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (KAIST) - joint international programme

Interested in Acoustics or Automation and Robot Technology? Boost your CV by studying abroad; graduate with a dual degree from two internationally acclaimed universities; spend one year abroad, and gain combined Electrical and Mechanical Engineering competences.

Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

Electrical and Mechanical Engineering is a DTU-KAIST Dual Degree programme. This means that you get to spend one year at DTU and one year at KAIST, Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. You get a Danish and an international degree, which gives you personal and academic skills with an international foundation.

Combined Expertise of two top universities

The Electrical and Mechanical Engineering programme is based on the expertise of DTU within Electrical Engineering and KAIST within Mechanical Engineering. The programme targets students who wish to profit from the two universities’ long standing traditions and combined knowledge within the areas of Acoustics as well as Automation and Robot Technology.

Acoustics is a wide field that includes topics such as human perception of sound and auditory modelling, electroacoustic systems and audio coding, architectural acoustics, sound fields and vibration, and advanced acoustic measurement techniques.

Automation and Robot Technology are very important for our modern society. Without reliable high-quality automation we cannot maintain the current levels of production and social and economic welfare. Industrial production is ever more reliant on reliable control and automation systems. Robotics is also increasingly important both at home and in industry.


The main focus of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Dual Degree programme is in two areas namely Acoustics, and Automation and Robot Technology. In Acoustics a wide range of topics within acoustics—including the fundamentals of sound propagation, advanced measurement techniques, and understanding and modelling of the normal and impaired human hearing system is covered. In Automation and Robot Technology topics such as control theory, automation, and mobile robotics including walking robots are covered.

Studying abroad jump-starts your career as employers are always looking for graduates with an international outlook and intercultural competencies. Upon graduation you are eligible to enter a PhD programme, but you are also qualitied for demanding positions in industry.

Career Opportunities

Upon graduation you will be qualified to work within a wide range of areas ranging from:

  • Acoustics
  • Automation
  • Robot technology

Graduating the MSc programme with a high grade point average qualifies you for admission to PhD studies—either as an industrial PhD with concurrent employment in a company, or as a regular PhD student. 

Read more about DTU's PhD programmes

Application deadlines

1 December - for start in the fall semester
1 June - for start in the spring semester*

*Students who started at DTU on 1 September may send the application form by 10 September

The KAIST-DTU Dual Degree Master's program is only open to students, who have been formally admitted to DTU’s regular MSc in Electrical Engineering programme. Therefore, it is not possible to apply for admission directly to the dual degree program.

How to apply

  1. Fill in the application form
  2. Hand in the application form + supporting documents to DTU International Affairs Office
  3. DTU International Affairs Office will register and forward the applications to the Programme coordinator
  4. The Programme coordinator will consult their counterparts and select the most eligible students
  5. The Programme coordinator will inform DTU International Affairs Office about their decision
  6. DTU International Affairs Office will inform the students and issue Nomination Letters


  • Motivated and dedicated students
  • Above average GPA
  • Strong English Language skills.

Pre-approval of courses

 Courses taken abroad at KAIST must be approved by the DTU professor responsible for the individual Dual Degree programme.

Periods abroad

Students have the possibility of spending one year at KAIST during 3 different periods as indicated below. However, it is strongly recommended that students – especially international students - spend at least their 1st and even 2nd semester of their master studies at DTU in order to get familiar with the university, study program and fellow students.

  • Period One: 1st + 2nd semester
  • Period Two: 2nd + 3rd semester
  • Period Three: 3rd + 4th semester (writing Master Thesis abroad with both KAIST and DTU supervisor – examination at DTU)

The programme requirements consist of four components:

  • general competence courses
  • specialization courses
  • elective courses
  • master's thesis

Please note : 30 DTU ECTS, equal to 9 KAIST credits

All students must complete a study plan and have it approved by Ole Ravn. Any future changes to this plan must also be approved by him.

General Competence Courses and Specialization Courses

For an up-to date list of general competence courses and specialization courses please contact Ole Ravn.

Master's thesis

The master's thesis is usually written in the fourth semester of the program. It must be written in English. It must be accepted by both advisors, and is concluded by an oral presentation (defense) at the institution where the work has been done.

The subject of the master's thesis has to be approved by both institutions. At DTU, the master's thesis is graded using the 7 grade scale, with the grade appearing on the master's degree diploma.

The grade will be determined by the DTU thesis supervisor and an external examiner according to the Danish rules and regulations on examination.

At KAIST pass/not passed is used when evaluating thesis work conducted at KAIST.

KAIST uses a credit transfer system similar to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Three (3) KAIST credits are equivalent to ten (10) DTU ECTS.

Students are required to earn 18 credits from KAIST and 60 ECTS from DTU during their dual degree master's programme.


Ole Ravn

Ole Ravn Professor Department of Electrical and Photonics Engineering Phone: +45 45253560