Extreme Engineering - Arctic Semester

Many places in the world engineers work under extreme conditions. Greenland has it all; if you can engineer in Greenland, you can engineer everywhere. The Arctic Semester is an opportunity for master-level engineering students to experience the unique environment and the challenges of engineering north of the Arctic Circle.


The Arctic Semester introduces the following issues:

  • How to design buildings able to withstand strong forces from heavy snow load and extreme gales, and how to design comfortable indoor climate in an energy efficient way in a harsh climate.
  • How to build roads on unstable permafrost and harbors in icy waters, and how to blast tunnels in old cracking rock for hydroelectric plants or mines.
  • How to treat waste water when water quickly freezes, and how to dispose solid waste when reuse and recycling are impractical and expensive.
  • How to manage the logistics in remote areas with a sparsely population and very limited access.

The semester consists of two parts: Extreme Environment Engineering with three courses (11857, 11858 & 11859) and one of the two final courses (11853 or 11854) depending on your study line and interest.

Course 11857 Extreme Climate & the Physical Nature introduces you to the Arctic geography, nature, climate and geology, so you have the necessary preconditions for Arctic studies.

Course 11858 The Arctic Infrastructure & Society introduces you to the Arctic way of living, and leads you further into the special challenges of the Arctic infrastructure.

Course 11859 Environmental Engineering in the Arctic deals with securing clean water and getting rid of waste water and solid waste in a sustainable way under difficult circumstances.

Course 11853 Sustainable Building for Extreme Environments deals with designing buildings with good indoor climate for harsh climate with strong loads and hostile environment.

Course 11854 Infrastructure Constructions for the Arctic deals with the infrastructure necessary for building industrial plants in remote areas.

11853 & 11854 will be project oriented courses with much field work, where it will be possible for you to focus on topics relevant to your line of study. Infrastructure Constructions will be your choice if you are in environmental engineering, planning or mineral engineering, since these topics will be addressed in this course.

The Arctic Semester is also part of the Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering (Land Track).

Program details

Academic level(s)Master
CountryDenmark
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionArctic DTU
Fields of studyEngineering and engineering trades (others)Building and civil engineering
Tagsengineeringinfrastructureextreme conditions
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