Professional Development


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

Students must have completed the 1st semester (and have followed courses and exams at the 2nd semester) or have another education after specific assessment.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

At the 3rd semester the student can choose between more options:

Option 1: Project semester – with or without an integrated project-oriented stay in a company (Internship)

The student may choose to carry through a traditional project semester which will normally develop the professional competence that the student has acquired within the 1st-2nd semester and/or prepare for the subject about which the student wants to write his/her thesis. The semester comprises preparation of a project report or a scientific article – possibly with the supervisor as the last author of the article.

The student may choose to integrate a project-oriented stay in a company either in Denmark or abroad in the project semester. The project-oriented stay must be of maximum 2-4 months’ duration and must be approved in advance by the Study Board of the Programme in Surveying, Planning and Land Management. For each individual project-oriented stay specific learning goals have to be drawn up, clearly reflecting the professional problem of the project.

Option 2: 1st semester of another specialisation

A student who has followed the 1st and 2nd semester under one specialisation may alternatively choose to follow the 1st semester of another specialisation on the Programme of Surveying, Planning and Land Management. In that case the student follows course and project modules at this semester in full and will in this way acquire the knowledge, skills and competences, etc. indicated in the curriculum of the 1st semester of the specialisation in question.

Option 3: International or national credit

After preceding approval by the Study Board the 3rd semester can be carried through at another educational institution in Denmark or abroad. Preceding approval (pre-credit) may be expected if studies at another educational institution will impart knowledge, skills and competences which correspond to the knowledge, skills and competences that could otherwise be obtained by following “Project semester – with or without an integrated project-oriented stay in a company (Internship)”, see above.

Option 4: Long final project (thesis)

Students may choose to complete the 3rd and 4th semesters as one long thesis (60 ECTS). Long final project is especially recommended to work with project topics, where an extraordinarily large collection of data is necessary. Final projects must be approved in advance by the Study Board, and the student must fulfil knowledge, skills and competences as indicated for Master’s theses.

Students completing the project module acquire the following:

Learning objectives


  • Must within a selected part of his/her professional field of specialisation have knowledge that bases on the highest international research.
  • Must be able to understand and relate critically to the knowledge of the professional field and be able to identify either scientific or practical problems in a given complex context.


  • Must be able to master the scientific methods and tools of the professional field and to master general skills connected with the solution of the chosen problem.
  • Must be able to assess and choose among the scientific methods, tools and general skills and prepare new analysis and solution models.
  • Must be able to discuss professional and scientific problems with both colleagues and non-specialists.


  • Must be able to control work and development situations that are complex, unpredictable and to imply new solution models.
  • Must be able to start and carry through professional and inter-professional cooperation independently and to take a professional responsibility.
  • Must be able to independently take the responsibility for own professional development and specialization.

Type of instruction

Project work, possibly with an internship integrated into the project course.



Name of examProfessional Development
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleFaglig og professionel udvikling
Module codePGLLANK15301
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Planning and Surveying
DepartmentDepartment of Planning
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design