Structure and content

Exchange: Architectural Technology and Construction Management


You will study a full semester

In this programme you may choose from a list of semesters. You will need to follow the full semester and obtain the 30 ECTS that the semester offers.

It is not possible to mix courses from different semesters and different programmes or to be exempt from single subjects. This is because all our subjects and modules are interwoven. This way you will learn to apply all your skills and competences to solve more complex problems.


Semesters currently open for exchange

Each semester is based on a theme which influences the subjects studied during that particular semester.

Fall semester 2022

Semester 3 - Industry and prefabrication
Available: Fall 2022
Start of term: September
Total ECTS: 30
Company: 5 ECTS
Communication and cooperation: 5 ECTS
Production: 10 ECTS
Project design: 5 ECTS
Elective educational element: 5 ECTS

The focus of the third semester is pre-fabrication and methods for planning and steering a building process. It also involves collaboration and leadership. Furthermore, it covers working with digital information and data, terms of contract and tender documents and international communication. 

Semester 5 - Renovation
Available: Fall semester 2022
Start of term: February
Total ECTS: 30
Production: 5 ECTS
Project design: 10 ECTS
Elective educational element: 10 ECTS
Study trip: 5 ECTS

The fifth semester is all about renovating existing buildings. Students learn to document and register current buildings and state their reasons for proposing different solutions as well as handling and steering complex renovation projects. This can involve e.g. energy optimisation and adaptations or re-modelling.

Spring semester 2023

Semester 4 - Apartment building construction above 3 storeys
Available: Spring semester 2023
Start of term: February
Total ECTS: 30
Communication and cooperation: 5 ECTS
Production: 5 ECTS 
Project design: 5 ECTS
Elective educational element​: 10 ECTS
Subject element (Digital Days): 5 ECTS

In the fourth semester, focus is on digital design planning and the tools of the trade. Students will make a competition project based on demand for a residential block of flats which also includes one or more commercial units.

The fourth semester is also when The Digital Days take place. The Digital Days is a case competition which is held in collaboration with other higher-education building programmes in the Northern part of Denmark (North Jutland).

Fall semester 2023

Semester 5 - Renovation
Available: Fall semester 2023
Start of term: February
Total ECTS: 30
Production: 5 ECTS
Project design: 10 ECTS
Elective educational element: 10 ECTS
Study trip: 5 ECTS

The fifth semester is all about renovating existing buildings. Students learn to document and register current buildings and state their reasons for proposing different solutions as well as handling and steering complex renovation projects. This can involve e.g. energy optimisation and adaptations or re-modelling.


Full programme and curriculum

The full programme is made up of 7 semesters equalling a total of 210 ECTS points.

If you wish to join other semesters or subjects than the ones currently open for exchange, it might be possible based on individual agreements. Do not hesitate to contact us.

Semester 1 - Residential buildings
Start of term: September
Total ECTS: 30
Communication and cooperation: 10 ECTS 
Production: 5 ECTS
Project Design: 15 ECTS

The first semester is all about fundamental building disciplines, their documentation and the methods involved. These could be e.g. methods for basic design planning and execution, material understanding, building principles and the social, environmental and financial factors to a building project. The semester also covers mathematical principles and principles of building physics, including statistics, and technical installations and the basics of digital construction drawing.

Semester 2 - Low-rise buildings up to 2½ storeys
Start of term: February
Total ECTS: 30
Company: 5 ECTS 
Communication and cooperation: 5 ECTS
Production: 10 ECTS
Project Design: 10 ECTS 

The second semester builds on the lessons learnt in the first semester but adds subjects concerning BIM (building information modelling), communication, economic management, contract management, entrepreneurship, legal regulations and terms of contract.

Semester 3 - Industry and prefabrication
Start of term: September
Total ECTS: 30
Company: 5 ECTS
Communication and cooperation: 5 ECTS
Production: 10 ECTS
Project design: 5 ECTS
Elective educational element: 5 ECTS

The focus of the third semester is pre-fabrication and methods for planning and steering a building process. It also involves collaboration and leadership. Furthermore, it covers working with digital information and data, terms of contract and tender documents and international communication. 

Semester 4 - Apartment building construction above 3 storeys
Start of term: February
Total ECTS: 30
Communication and cooperation: 5 ECTS
Production: 5 ECTS 
Project design: 5 ECTS
Elective educational element​: 10 ECTS
Subject element (Digital Days): 5 ECTS

In the fourth semester, focus is on digital design planning and the tools of the trade. Students will make a competition project based on demand for a residential block of flats which also includes one or more commercial units.

The fourth semester is also when The Digital Days take place. The Digital Days is a case competition which is held in collaboration with other higher-education building programmes in the Northern part of Denmark (North Jutland).

Semester 5 - Renovation
Start of term: February
Total ECTS: 30
Production: 5 ECTS
Project design: 10 ECTS
Elective educational element: 10 ECTS
Study trip: 5 ECTS

The fifth semester is all about renovating existing buildings. Students learn to document and register current buildings and state their reasons for proposing different solutions as well as handling and steering complex renovation projects. This can involve e.g. energy optimisation and adaptations or re-modelling.

Semester 6 - Internship
Start of term: September
Total ECTS: 30
Internship: 30 ECTS

In this semester, you will be going on a 20-week internship in the real world to try out your competencies in practice. In general, we see a high demand for interns. As a student, you are responsible for finding an internship place, but UCN will guide you along the way.

Semester 7 - Bachelor's degree project
Start of term: February
Total ECTS: 30
Bachelor's project: 20 ECTS 
Elective educational element: 10 ECTS

In the seventh semester, you will write your final degree project. This may be done in collaboration with a private or public company. Very often, the projects take their starting point in a case from e.g. the student’s internship or in another practice-related issue.

The purpose of the final degree project is to document that you understand the profession and that you can independently analyse and reflect on practice and methods applied.


Project work is pivotal in each semester

In each semester you will be working on a major project across all the interlinked subjects.


Evaluations and exams

You can find information about the specific exams in each semester in the programme's full curriculum.

As an exchange student you will need to take all exams that are planned during the semester on the same terms as students following the full-degree programme. You can find more information in our examination regulations.

In Denmark students are evaluated on the basis of a 7-point grading scale. Learn more about the Danish grading system and how it translates


Academic life at UCN


Primarily class-based teaching with close connections

At UCN, you will spend more time in class rooms with your own class, than you will in large auditoriums. This means that there is time for you, for dialogue and for building better connections with your class mates and lecturer.

You will experience many different forms of teaching and learning such as whole-class instruction, group work, self-study, project case work, visits from guest lecturers and speakers and various excursions. 

You will be on campus (nearly) every day

When you are not having classes, you will often be on campus doing group work or participating in different activities.

Teaching that focuses on real life

At UCN, you will meet an academic environment that focuses on introducing you to the real world. Not only are internships/placements/practices an intergrated part of all our full-degree programmes, but in addition you will be presented with practice-related cases and projects simulating reality. This may take place as collaboration with companies and institutions or in labs/class-rooms where you can experiment and practice your subject-related skills.

Our learning approach

We always combine theory with practice. We call it Reflective Practice-based Learning. Read more about UCN's learning approach.


Contact

Dorit Kjærulff Torp
International Coordinator
Technology programmes
+45 72 69 13 57
dkt@ucn.dk