Competition is intensifying on global markets. In order to survive, private companies as well as public organisations must innovate manufacturing and business processes as well as products and services to be able to provide customers and stakeholders with solutions of high quality in a costefficient and sustainable manner. At the same time, they must ensure a profitable and competitive business. The Masters programme in Global Systems Design enables you to handle modern day business and organisational complexity. You learn how to analyse and model specific business processes and systems. You will be trained to develop innovative product-, service-, and process design solutions and simulate their operational performance and make cost-benefit studies of their business impact.
Engineering and business approachThe Masters programme in Global Systems Design is based on the premise that fields such as planning of work processes, customer focus, quality assurance, production management and utilisation of resources all can be addressed from a modern production approach regardless of sectors; the approach is applicable to work within a wide range of fields, e.g. production, transportation and service - on both a national and an international level.
The programme is characterised by a combination of engineering and business approaches; you will be working with application of innovative information technology for modelling, simulation and cost-benefit studies of manufacturing systems, business processes and related product and services. Such modern tools play an important role in business improvement and enhanced resource utilisation in todays competitive environment.
The programme challenges the sector-specific knowledge you have gained during your Bachelor's programme. During the Masters programme in Global Systems Design, you will develop and expand your knowledge within product design, efficiency improvement, and innovation of work processes and -systems. Thus, the programme enables you to analyse, plan and evaluate international business- and production related challenges from more than one perspective. Also, the programme gives you formal qualifications matching the competencies known in the industry as Green Belt and Black Belt within Lean, Six Sigma and Process Improvement.
RATED FOR EXCELLENCEAalborg University is rated for excellence in the QS-ranking system. Aalborg University has received five stars certifying the world-class position of the university based on cutting-edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty. Within Engineering and Technology, Aalborg University ranks as number 79 in the world in the QS-system. Likewise, in the Shanghai Ranking system, Aalborg University's engineering and technology programmes are ranked among the top 100 in the world.
PROBLEM BASED LEARNING (PBL)Aalborg University is famous for its problem based learning where you work in a team on a large written assignment often collaborating with an industrial partner. This study method is also called The Aalborg Model for Problem Based Learning. The method is highly recognised internationally, and the university is host to a succesful UNESCO chair in Problem Based Learning in Engineering Education and a Centre for PBL and Sustainability approved by UNESCO.
The problem based project work at Aalborg University gives you a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competences at a high academic level in an independent manner. You get to apply theory to practice when you work to solve real-life problems, and you will be well-prepared for your future career.
Global Systems Design is a two-year Master of Science in Technology programme divided into four semesters worth 30 ECTS, bringing the total to 120 ECTS.
The programme is research-based and forms the basis for jobs within all kinds of production companies as well as in the service industry; e.g. healthcare, the financial sector and in the pharmaceutical industry. The programme brings together the notions of analysis, modelling, optimisation, design and implementation in a scientific, theoretical perspective and integrates elements from the technical approach with both management and organisation.
During the programme, you will work with practical, real-life problems in close collaboration with international companies across various sectors; typically with either headquarters or subsidiaries located in Denmark - and particularly the Copenhagen area. Examples of case companies for project work are MAN Diesel & Turbo, Coloplast, Novo Nordisk, Leo Pharma Lundbeck, Thermo-Fisher, Coloplast, Toms, Arla, Velux, Maersk, Grundfos, Vestas and SAS.
1st semester addresses the following themes:
* Introduction to problem-based learning and scientific methods
* Development and design of products and services (customer focus, economics, logistics and sustainability)
* Statistics and analysis including modelling and simulation of stochastic as well as behavorial processes
* Design of production- and business systems including control systems for materials, capacity and resources
* Automation technologies, robotics and IT applications
During 2nd semester, you will address the following issues:
* Databases, data analysis (business intelligence) and advanced optimisation of products, services and processes
* Simulation and optimisation of processes
* Formulation and implementation of product-, service-, businessand production strategies
* Process Excellence, Lean Six Sigma philosophies and tools, project management and organisational change
* Investment theory, pay back analysis and budgeting processes
On your third semester, you have the opportunity to define your own semester. You may e.g. acquire industrial experience via a traineeship in an international company, study at a foreign university or specialise within a specific area through project work.
This semester is dedicated to the Masters thesis. You will work independently on solving a business-, production- or logistics-related problem. The study groups at this semester are small, and the work situation resembles work situations in the industry. The Masters thesis may include innovation work, enhancement or research. The Masters thesis may be a continuation of the project you did on your 3rd semester, or it can deal with a new theme.