Offshore Wind Energy (KAIST) - joint international programme

Boost your CV by studying abroad and earn a double degree from two internationally acclaimed universities. Spend one year in Korea, and gain a unique specialization in Offshore Wind Energy.

Offshore Wind Energy

Offshore Wind Energy 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 earn both a Danish and an international degree, which gives you personal and academic skills with an international foundation.

The aim of the Offshore Wind Energy Dual Degree programme is to give you a general understanding of offshore wind energy systems and an in-depth knowledge of aerodynamics, aero-elasticity, mechanics, grid connection, power systems, hydrodynamics, offshore structure design, and wind farm planning, which will qualify you to analyse, design, develop, and operate offshore wind energy systems.

The programme offers cross-disciplinary knowledge of a wide range of offshore wind power technologies, and the offshore wind energy specialization from DTU and KAIST gives you education-based on world-leading expertise at the heart of global offshore wind power development.

Fast-growing offshore wind energy

In 2020, wind power is expected to deliver 12 per cent of global electricity demand, create millions of jobs, and make a substantial contribution to reducing CO2 emissions. Wind power is a very important source for producing electricity, and its importance is steadily increasing. Having increased significantly in recent years, global offshore wind power capacity is expected to total approximately 51 GW in 2020.

Combined expertise of two top universities

The Offshore Wind Energy programme is based on the expertise of DTU on wind energy and the experience of KAIST on ocean engineering. The programme targets students who wish to profit from the two universities’ long-standing traditions and combined knowledge within the area of wind energy and ocean engineering.


The main focus of the Offshore Wind Energy Dual Degree programme is the understanding of the wind energy as well as offshore engineering. The course is based on state-of-the-art knowledge and technology, combining the scientific research and accumulated knowledge with teaching and guidance from a large number of associated experts and researchers from the industry.

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 Wind Energy 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 is equal to 9 KAIST credits.

The standard period of study is four semesters, which corresponds to 120 ECTS, consisting of three semesters of course work, and a master's thesis that is usually written in the fourth semester.

A standard period of two consecutive semesters should be taken at the host institution. The recommended study tracks are:  

For KAIST students

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4

For DTU students (alternative 1)

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4

For DTU students (alternative 2)

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4

General Competence Courses and Specialization Courses

For an up-to date list of general competence courses and specialization courses please contact Taeseong Kim


In accordance with DTU's requirements for the MSc programme in Wind Energy, students may choose 30 DTU ECTS among all BSc/MSc advanced level course from the DTU course base.

Master’s thesis

A master's thesis (in English) at both universities requires thirty (30) DTU ECTS and nine (9) KAIST credits.

At KAIST, the thesis process normally starts in the 3rd semester and an interim report must be submitted 6 months prior to the thesis submission. At DTU, the master's thesis is usually conducted during the fourth semester of the programme. The thesis will be conducted with co-supervision from both institutions.

The thesis supervisor at the institution where the master's thesis work is conducted will act as the main supervisor and will thus have the primary responsibility for the student. Local thesis rules will apply. The subject of the master's thesis as well as a project description must be approved by both thesis supervisors.

The thesis must be presented at an oral defense according to the rules and regulations of both universities.

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 passed/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.


Taeseong Kim

Taeseong Kim Professor in Aeroelasticity and Dynamics of Wind Turbines Department of Wind and Energy Systems Mobile: 2133 1961