Get a Bachelor's degree that combines engineering and product design

VIA Materials Science Engineering  

Bachelor of Engineering

Get expert knowledge of new and innovative materials and insight into modern processing technology in the fashion and furniture business.

About the programme


Title: Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Science

Duration of the programme: 3 ½ years (210 ECTS). Full time course of study

Programme start: September.

Study location: Herning. Read about Campus Herning (in English).

Language: The programme is taught in English.

Curriculum: See the current curriculum (in English) (pdf)

Structure and content
The course structure is based on common subjects and a range of subjects based on your speciality, whether textiles or furniture.

If you choose the 3½-year full bachelor of engineering (BEng) programme in Materials Science and Product Design, you have taken the first steps towards becoming a key employee in the textile and furniture business.

The programme gives you broad knowledge of materials and processes. You’ll get expert knowledge of new and innovative materials, such as those that can make textiles last longer and adjust to body temperatures.

You’ll also get insight into modern processing technology so you can be part of optimizing techniques, product design, product development processes, financial considerations, and production in manufacturing companies.

Range of subjects based on your speciality

The programme stretches over seven semesters. The course structure is based on common subjects and a range of subjects based on your speciality, whether textiles or furniture.

You’ll also get to test your skills in an internship during the fifth semester.

Subject areas that runs across the semesters

Science of engineering

You are taught mathematics, statistics, physics and chemistry.

Materials science and qualities

You learn about materials for textile and furniture, smart materials, nanomaterials, and organic biodegradable materials.

You’ll also learn about mechanical properties such as tensile strength, elasticity, abrasion resistance. You’ll study the effects of light, chemicals and aging resistance, as well as colour fastness to washing.


You will gain knowledge of product design and industrial methods of processing as well as a profound insight into the relevant areas that qualify you to solve process related problems.


You learn about: Quality control and environmental control, including companies’ social responsibilities (CSR) and sustainability; statistical methods and theories of measurement; and project management including staff management and project methods.


You learn about cultural understanding and cross-cultural communication.


You will be taught how to write academic papers.

You must have Mathematics corresponding to a Danish A-level (advanced level).

In order to apply for this programme, there are several specific requirements as well as requirements for your English skills.

Formal requirements

  • Upper Secondary School Examination
  • The International Baccalaureates
  • A vocational education within business
  • Other equivalent certificates or professional qualifications

The above certificates must provide evidence of:

  • Mathematics equivalent to a Danish B-level (intermediate level) (min. 250 hours*) and
  • Physics equivalent to a Danish B-level (intermediate level) (min. 200 hours*) and
  • Chemistry equivalent to a Danish C-level (pre-intermediate level) (min. 75 hours*) and
  • English language proficiency equivalent to a Danish B-level (intermediate level).

*1 hour = 60 minutes. Study hours during the final three years in upper secondary school.

Language requirements

You will need to provide documentation of your English language level. (certificate is required). 

As documentation we accept the following internationally recognised language tests:

Required test scores:

IELTS An average band score of 6.5
TOEFL Internet-based 83
TOEFL Paper-based (valid until June 2019) 585
TOEFL Paper-delivered Reading – high (22-30)
Listening – high (22-30)
Writing – Good (24-30)
Cambridge ESOL tests CAE, 176 overall on the Cambridge English scale
FCE, 180 overall on the Cambridge English scale
IB (International Baccalaureate) Group 1: All grades
Group 2: English B HL, all grades 
English B SL, minimum grade 5

Please be aware that your test scores are only valid for 2 years after the test date. 

If you are an international student who does not meet the required language skills, you may also choose to sit for VIA University College's English Language Assessment Test (VIAT/e). Find further information about VIAT/e at the Campus Horsens site (in English).


Skype interview

When you have successfully applied and have fulfilled the formal entrance requirements of the programme, you will receive an invitation for a Skype interview with one of our staff members.

It will be an informal talk where our main goal is to test your ability to speak and understand English. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the programme or about studying in Denmark.

The Skype interviews will take place in April and May.

How to apply
The application deadline is 15 March at 12.00 noon.

The programme begins in September.

Apply online through The application portal opens 1 February every year.

Fill out the application form and upload relevant documentation at

Applicants applying without a Danish Civil registration number must furthermore send a signature page from by email to before 15 March 12:00 noon.

The area code for the programme is:

Horsens 49205

Aarhus 49205

Application deadline

  • 15 March, 12:00 noon


Response to your admissions request

You will receive an answer to your admissions request on 28 July.

Should the 28 July fall on a Saturday or Sunday, you will receive an answer to your admissions request the Friday before. 

Available study places

Any available study places will be published on VIAs English webpage “Available study places” on 28 July.

An application form can be found on VIAs webpage “Available study places” on 28 July. Applications for available study places will be handled manually.

Application fee

Applicants from China are required to pay a 100 euro application fee before your application can be processed. The fee is to be paid at the time of application.

Please visit the Admission site to find further information about how to apply, application fee, residence and work permits and how to follow your application (in English)

Fees and tuition
Find information about tuition fees and scholarships.

The total for the full course is EUR 45,500.00.

There is no tuition fee for students who exchange with Danish students as part of a bilateral agreement with an educational institution abroad.

All other students (primarily students from outside the EU) must pay tuition fees.

Find the full Payment schedule and Terms of Payment (in English) (pdf)


During the programme you will have expenses of approximately DKK 20,000-25,000 for:

  • Books and teaching materials
  • Supplementary materials
  • Study trips

VIA has international partners

VIA University College has partners throughout the world referring students with interest in international experiences to us.

If tuition fee is required from an applicant, please notice that he/she will always be invoiced directly from VIA University College. No partners are entitled to charge fees on behalf of our institution.

If you are asked for additional payments by a VIA UC partner, please let us know.


Each year the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education gives a limited number of scholarships to highly qualified students from countries outside the EU and the EEA.

Find further information as well as the application form.


Contact us for further information: 

You will do six-month internship at a company on the fifth semester.

Learning to apply theory in practice is important to your future career. During the fifth semester all students at Materials Science Engineering do a six-month internship.

The purpose of the internship is to provide you with insight into the working methods and processes applied by engineers.

That means the internship gives you the opportunity to attain practical experience in some of the areas that you have worked with during your studies.

VIA helps you arranging the internship

You can do your internship in Denmark or abroad, and we can help you to arrange it.

The internship ends with a report in which you relate your practical experience to the theoretical knowledge gained during your studies.

Career guidance
After successfully completing your studies, you will be able to work as an textile engineer, furniture engineer, product developer, quality controller and purchaser.

As a Material Technology Engineer, you will have the skills to enter a wide range of careers.

For instance, you can work with product development, financial management, development and research on new materials, purchasing of new materials and products and consultancy on materials and processes.

You job title could be a textile engineer, furniture engineer, product developer, quality controller, purchaser of materials, process consultant or something else entirely.

Further education

With a full bachelor of engineering (BEng) programme in Materials Science Engineering, you’ll have the chance to take up further studies at other colleges, either in Denmark or abroad.

Our student counsellors will be very happy to guide you on this.

For instance, you may choose to continue your studies with an MSc in Engineering (Technology Based Business Development) programme at Aarhus University.

International opportunities
You can take your sixth semester as an exchange student.

During your time of study, you will have the opportunity to go abroad as an exchange student. This takes place during your 6th semester.

The duration of a study period outside Denmark is normally one semester – corresponding to about five months.

You can also choose to go abroad during your internship period.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about international opportunities you are welcome to contact:

International Coordinator
Solveig Hagel Pedersen 

Student counselling
Do you need further information regarding the programme?

For more information about the programme please contact:

Uffe Stæhr

You are welcome to contact us if you have any questions.

VIA University College 
Birk Centerpark 5 
7400 Herning
DK - Denmark

T: +45 87 55 05 00 

Read about Campus Herning (in English).