Professional Development


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The students can choose to do a traditional project semester typically founded on subject knowledge from the 1st and 2nd semesters and/or prepare for the subject about which the student wish to write a thesis. The semester comprises the preparation of a project report or a scientific article.

The student can choose to integrate project-orientated work in an organisation into the project module. The project-orientated work in an organisation is typically of three months’ duration and has to be approved in advance by the semester coordinator on behalf of the Study Board of Planning, Geography and Surveying.

Students completing the project module acquire the following:

Learning objectives


  • Must within the chosen field have knowledge based on the highest international research
  • Must be able to understand and relate critically to the knowledge of the field and be able to identify either scientific problems or practical problems in a given complex context.
  • Must have knowledge of basic project management principles a) applied at the internship site (for internship projects) or b) applied in organisations working in the field in general (for projects without internships) 


  • Can master the scientific methods and tools of the field as well as general skills in relation to the solution of the chosen problem
  • Can assess and choose among the scientific methods, tools and general skills of the field and draw up new models of analysis and solution
  • Can synthesize the main issues in relation to a specific field concerning interventions and analyses, and outline recommendations for solutions or improvements
  • Can discuss professional and scientific problems with both colleagues and non-specialists
  • Can reflect on own learning

For internship projects the following furthermore apply:

  • Can compare project management principles at the internship site with approaches to project management applied in university project work
  • Can give an account of experience within the practical work processes and methods gained in the specific context of the internship and is able to perform a critical evaluation of the applied work processes
  • Can reflect on the significance of the interventions or analyses involved in during the internship, including purpose, strategic and/or political implications, and future use
  • Can comprehend the organisational framework conditions under which the internship and the specific interventions or analyses take place


  • Can manage work and development situations which are complex, unpredictable and require new solution models
  • Can independently start and carry through professional and interdisciplinary cooperation and take a professional responsibility
  • Can independently take responsibility for own professional development and specialisation

Type of instruction

Problem-based project work, possibly with internship integrated.



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 udvikling
Module codePGLBEMK17301
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Urban, Energy and Environmental Planning)
Study BoardStudy Board of Planning and Surveying
DepartmentDepartment of Sustainability and Planning
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design