Product Development and Integrative Technology
Bachelor top-up programme - 1½ years - 90 ECTS
This programme will no longer be available in English from 2022 and onwards.
This programme is the direct path to further education for production technologists, information technology and electronics technologists, installers, automation technologists and energy technologists.
Are you passionate about working with innovative, technical product development? And can you see yourself in the role of someone who bridges the gap between the technical, creative, and commercial part of a development process? Are you curious about new technology and willing to investigate how technology can create value for a company? Then this is the perfect programme for you.
This entire programme is taught in English.
Theoretical and practical approach to product development and sustainability – focusing on the user
In 1½ years, you’ll become a competent and creative product developer, who combines both business models and the needs of the users. You’ll learn to think user orientation, sustainability and business understanding into product development – and to disseminate and justify decisions and solutions. You’ll learn to identify users’ needs – through for example interviews – and get the tools for an innovative approach to product development.
You will also develop prototypes and test them. In this programme, you’ll work with various technologies including 3D printing, IoT and VR.
The teaching is project-orientated, and you’ll experience close contact with the business community throughout the programme.
Become a strong developer and bridge-builder in the industry
You will be educated for a job in the industry. Your new knowledge is obtained in an industrial context – and you’ll learn about the production universe in Industry 4.0. At the same time, you’ll learn to use and disseminate research results in the field.
On our programme, we work across disciplines, which will increase and strengthen your own knowledge and give you insight into other areas of expertise. With your new competencies, you’ll be able to build bridges between the various players in a product development process.
Go abroad as part of your degree
You can study, join a summer school or take your internship abroad during the programme.
The programme is a 1½ year top-up bachelor after your Academy Profession degree – or an equivalent educational background.
Focus on the programme is:
- Understanding of and use of others’ competencies and knowledge
- Innovation and new thinking
- Integration and product development
Product development (7,5 ECTS)
Integrative technology (7,5 ECTS)
Innovative and industrial design (5 ECTS)
Rapid prototyping (5 ECTS)
Project management (5 ECTS)
Product development (7,5 ECTS)
Integrative technology (7,5 ECTS)
Sustainability and construction (10 ECTS)
Elective element: Industry 4.0 (5 ECTS)
Internship (15 ECTS)
Bachelor's project (15 ECTS)
Transform your competencies into concrete products
In the 1st semester, you will learn how to integrate different technologies in relation to the needs of various companies. You’ll learn to develop new products and optimise existing solutions with focus on user involvement. There is also teaching in innovation, where you will experience a more experimental approach to development. You’ll get practical knowledge about prototyping and visualisation through the use of 3D print or Arduino. With new tools and methods, you will be able to plan and manage the technical part of a development project.
We will also visit relevant cooperation partners. The semester ends with a project where you need to test your new knowledge by working with a specific challenge.
Sustainable and innovative product development in practice
In the 2nd semester, we put innovation and product development in the social and environmental context. We look at how to plan and project sustainable innovation. You will gain knowledge about cradle-to-cradle, the UN's global goals, sustainable design and product development and circular economy.
At the end of the semester, you need to prepare an innovative project where you produce a sustainable product or process improvement.
Internship and Bachelor's project
In the 3rd semester, you will get new competencies within integration, innovation and product development in the ‘real world’ as you will do your 10-week internship. To complete your programme, you must write a Bachelor project.
This programme is multi-disciplinary and crosses programme boundaries, which improves and expands your own academic platform while at the same time gives you insight into the academic sphere of other professions. This provides you with excellent qualifications that you can apply directly to work processes when developing and building technological systems and products.
Apply for admission
Here is information about admission requirements and how to apply for the Product Development and Integrative Technology programme at Business Academy Aarhus.
In order to be admitted to this degree programme, you must have completed the following programmes:
- AP Degree in Automation Engineering
- AP Degree in Energy Technology
- AP Degree in Service Engineering (high-voltage technology)
- AP Degree in Service Engineering (plumbing technology)
- AP Degree in IT Technology
- AP Degree in Production Technology
- AP Degree in Automotive Technology *
- AP Degree in Environmental Technology *
* You can apply for admission with an exemption.
If you are applying without a qualifying Danish AP degree – but have a comparable educational degree – we will evaluate your actual competences and motivation. Contact our student counselling at email@example.com or phone 7228 6020 to hear about your options and any possible additional requirements.
In order to be admitted to the programme, you must have documented qualifications in English.
If you have a Danish AP degree taught in English, you fulfill the English requirement.
If you do not have a Danish AP degree taught in English, you must have passed English at a level equivalent to English level B of a Danish upper secondary examination with a GPA of minimum 3,0 on the Danish scale. This means that international applicants must have had English for at least 210 hours during the last three years of their upper secondary education.*
In addition, applicants with a foreign upper secondary education must pass an internationally approved test as an entrance exam that we use as a selection criterion. We accept these tests with the following minimum scores:
We accept these tests with the following minimum scores:
- IELTS: 6,5
- IELTS Indicator: 6,5
- TOEFL: 83
- TOEFL iBT Home Edition: 83
- Cambridge C1 Advanced: 180 (formerly known as Cambridge English Advanced: Grade A, B or C)
- Cambridge C2 Proficiency: 200
- Oxford Online Placement test: C1 (min. 85 in each part). We only accept this test when it is completed at Business Academy Aarhus (sign up here) or through an officially approved partner agency.
Please note that the English test is valid for 2 years.
For non-EU applicants, we only accept IELTS and TOEFL.
Native English speakers, applicants with an IB Diploma and applicants with Nordic entrance exams (including applicants with a qualifying examination from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Scotland, or Ireland) are exempt from an English test. Please note that applicants with a qualifying examination from all other countries (including African and Asian countries, where the language of instruction is English) must submit a test.
* Note that classes of less than 60 minutes, must be converted into whole hours.
Applicants with a qualifying exam from Denmark
All applicants must have passed English at level B from the Danish upper secondary examination with a GPA of minimum 3,0.
How to apply
This programme will no longer be available in English from 2022 and onwards.
If you meet the admission requirements, you can apply for admission regardless of your qualifying exam average. We will consider all received applications.
There is admission to this programme once a year, with study start in August. You apply through our online application form. You can apply from 1 February.
Application deadlines - Study start in August
Please note that all applicants must upload all documentation by the application deadline.
15 March at 12 midday
- If you are a national from a country outside the EU (you can find all the special requirements for non-EU applicants here)
- If you have a foreign qualifying exam
- If you are applying for admission with special approval
1 July at 12 midday
- If you have a Danish qualifying exam (including applicants completing an AP degree from Denmark before 1 July)
Before we can process your application, we need all the appropriate documents as proof of the information you have provided in your application.
When is study start?
On programmes with study start in August, the first day will be Wednesday 25 August 2021.
On programmes with study start in January, the first day will be Monday 31 January 2022. Study start for Chemical and Biotechnical Technology and Food Technology is Tuesday 1 February 2022, though.
Remember to read the small print
Should a programme, study line or specialisation that you applied for not be offered anyway, you will be contacted directly. The subsequent specialisations we offer will depend on the number of applicants. If there are not enough applicants for both a Danish and an international line, we reserve the right to only offer one.
In the 3rd semester, you will do an internship in a company.
In your internship you will get to test your newly acquired skills in a company and get insight into future work assignments and career opportunities. You will be able to connect your theoretical knowledge with practical experience and at the same time strengthen your CV.
In the internship, you can test a specific field of work and then focus your programme in relation to your career plans. As part of your internship, you must write a project report which is based on a problem statement from the company. Here, you will have the opportunity to specialise within your specific interests.
The internship is a mandatory part of your programme, and it is your responsibility to find an internship company. To help, we have a wide range of tools and contacts available, e.g. via our Job and internship portal.
Get advice from our student, Teddy, on how to find an internship in Denmark
Cooperation with a lot of companies
Business Academy Aarhus cooperates closely with a wide range of private and public companies. Contact with the business community creates real-life teaching – for the benefit of the students, the programme and the companies.
You will, first and foremost, encounter cooperation with the business community in connection with project work and your internship. We also invite guest speakers to contribute with their experience and the latest trends from the business community. For exams, we also use co-examiners from the business community.
With a bachelor in Product Development and Integrative Technology, you can be the bridge between different professions and your job title will typically be technical project manager, advisor or consultant.
You could be responsible for complex IT and network solutions, electronic and technical data systems as well as building and industrial installations.
You will probably get a job in companies involved in product development, construction or project planning. Here, you could work with:
- Product development – including brand new products and solutions for industry
- Process improvements in companies
- Optimisation of production systems and processes
- Optimisation and operation of automatic systems
- Energy optimisation
- Project management
Continue with your education
A Bachelor top-up degree from Business Academy Aarhus is a dynamic pathway to higher education. A Bachelor top-up degree is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from a research university. A number of our graduates enrol in relevant post-graduate or Master programmes in Denmark or abroad. Please note that you may need to take supplementary courses to meet the admission requirements.
Do you want to know more?
If you want to continue studying, you can get counselling from the educational institution that you want to be admitted to.
You are also welcome to contact our student and career counsellors for further information about careers and further education.
When you embark on a higher education programme with us, you'll get:
- a top-quality internationally recognised degree
- combined theory and practice in small classes of 20-35 students, which ensures close contact between lecturer and students
- focus on learning in small teams, with real-life cases in collaboration with companies
- a compulsory internship as well as excellent job opportunities during and after your studies
- a great international experience in a vibrant, active and culturally diverse city
- Danish lessons on campus
- plenty of other social activities.
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Info for international applicants
There are a lot of practical matters you need to know in order to get a good start and have a pleasant stay in Denmark.
Get a buddy
All international students are offered a Buddy. A Buddy is a current Academy student, who volunteers to help new international students get off to a good start in Aarhus.
Every two years we carry out – in cooperation with the Ministry and together with the other Danish educational institutions – a survey of the study satisfaction among our students. The survey is called ‘Learning barometer’.
Compare Higher Education programmes
On Uddannelseszoom (in Danish only), you can compare results from the ‘Learning Barometer’ across all higher education institutions in Denmark. You can, among other things, compare salary levels and see how graduates got their first job.
Every year we carry out a teacher evaluation where our students evaluate the teaching they receive.