Engineering Acoustics (KAIST) - joint international programme

Boost your CV by studying abroad; graduate with a double degree from two internationally acclaimed universities; spend one year abroad, and gain a unique specialization in Engineering Acoustics.

Engineering Acoustics

Engineering acoustics is an exciting area focusing on multidisciplinary studies of sound and vibration phenomena.

One of the fundamentals of sound is that it is always perceived by someone. Students in this programme learn to manage the vibrations that cause sound and gain practical experience in manipulating sound movement.

The dual degree in Engineering Acoustics spans over a large area of topics such as e.g. human hearing and reaction to sound, acoustic measurement methods, electroacoustic systems, architectural acoustics, environmental acoustics, and noise and vibration control and will give you the capability to work with a number of different important areas such as improving speech intelligibility for the hearing impaired, reducing hazardous noise levels in residential areas and working environments, or improving the sound reproduction from a loudspeaker system.


The programme covers 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.

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.

The dual degree in Engineering Acoustics provides a good basis for employment opportunities within fields such as for example the hearing aid industry, with measuring equipment manufacturers, and with firms of engineering consultants.

Typical fields of work

After completion of the dual degree in Engineering Acoustics your will be able to analyze and handle complex acoustic problems and identify advanced technological solutions to these problems. Typical fields of work will be:

  • development of measuring methods and equipment
  • consultancy in connection with, e.g., construction projects
  • noise control
  • working environment
  • design of hearing aids and other assistive devices
  • development and testing of sound recording and reproduction systems
  • sales and customer support
  • sound quality testing
  • research
  • teaching

Graduates who wish to qualify for management positions in research and development—be it in industry or academia—will need additional intensive and solid research education.

Graduating the MSc programme with a high grade point average may qualify 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

1st of February - for start in the fall semester
1st of September - 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 Double Degree Master's program is only open to students, who have been formally admitted to DTU’s regular MSc in Engineering Acoustics programme. Therefore, it is not possible to apply for admission directly to the program. The application form is only accessible with DTU credentials.

How to apply

1) Fill in the application form and submit it.
2) The Office of International Education will forward the application to the Programme Coordinator.
3) The Programme coordinator will consult their counterparts at the partner university and select the most eligible students.
Please note, that the partner university MAY ask for additional documents, before taking a decision.  
4) The Programme coordinator will inform DTU International Affairs Office about their decision.
5) The Office of International Education 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 Efren Fernandez Grande. 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 Efren Fernandez Grande.

Master’s thesis

The master's thesis is usually written in the fourth semester of the programme. 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.


Efren Fernandez Grande

Efren Fernandez Grande Associate Professor Department of Electrical and Photonics Engineering Phone: +45 45253940