Automotive Engineering M.Sc.

Please note: This degree programme is a special international master programme. If you are looking for English information on the German-taught master course Automotive Engineering and Transport, have a look here.
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1. Preparation

  • Inform yourself carefully about the current application requirements (Information als PDF)
  • Keep in mind the deadlines for the application (application form has to be submitted to the International Office by this date)
  • Collect all required documents (you need all your documents digitally as PDF files)

2. Application

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3. Registration

  • Carry the original documents with you when you register at “Zulassungsabteilung” SuperC 5th floor
  • Visit the welcome courses (detailed information following)

4. Studies

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Within this programme, students are taught the technological basics and in-depth knowledge in the conception and the development of passenger cars, commercial vehicles and optionally motorcycles. This comprises technical vehicle design with regard to market, legislative and manufacturing requirements. Course modules cover all of the vehicle’s main domains such as chassis, body, drivetrain, safety, driver assistance systems and others. Graduates will be proficient in relevant technological areas like vehicle dynamics, energy efficiency, acoustics, mechatronics, structural fatigue and durability.


Automotive Engineering

This is an overview of the English-taught master programme “Automotive Engineering”. It is part of RWTH Aachen University’s master programmes in mechanical engineering and is a public master programme (i. e. not part of the private programmes at RWTH International Academy) alongside the German-taught programmes. The tuition fee only consists of the social contribution fee (currently ~ 240 € per semester) and includes a ticket pass for local public transport in North-Rhine Westphalia.
The coordination is provided by the Institute of Automobile Engineering, one of Europe’s leading university research institutes with about 100 engineers, more than 150 technical staff and students from all continents. Approximately 100 students graduate every year in German- and English-taught master programmes.

Important notice: Applicants lacking specific knowledge in certain subjects must complete additional modules with a maximum of 30 credits (i. e. one additional semester) prior to the registration to the master thesis. See below for further details.

Basic Information

Standard Period of Studies: 3 semesters
ECTS Credits: 90
Language: English
examination regulations


To RWTH Aachen University Information

Further information on Automotive Engineering M.Sc. course at RWTH website.


Contact: International Office

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Course Guidance

Dipl.-Ing. Leif Hagebeuker
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Tue 10:00 – 11:30 o'clock

2 Goals of the Course of Study

Within this programme, students are taught the technological basics and in-depth knowledge in the conception and the development of passenger cars and commercial vehicles, and optionally of motorcycles and off-highway vehicles. This comprises technical vehicle design with regard to market, legislative and manufacturing requirements. Course modules cover all of the vehicle’s main domains such as chassis, body, drivetrain, safety, driver assistance systems and others. Graduates will be proficient in relevant technological areas like vehicle dynamics, energy efficiency, acoustics, mechatronics, structural fatigue and durability.
The programme provides in-depth knowledge of industrial design approaches and research topics with regard to real-world vehicle requirements, market developments and legislative constraints.

3 Structure

This three semester program consists of two semesters of compulsory and elective courses; a 22 week master thesis concludes the study programme in the third semester. The courses are taught in English and usually comprise lectures and adjacent exercises as well as a written or oral examination. The master thesis can be written in English or German language, with basic knowledge of German required for the registration of the master thesis. The students have the possibility to attend a German language course during their studies, a time slot is reserved for German language courses. Compulsory subjects add up to 44 credits, and elective course of 16 credits are to be taken within the first two semesters. The master thesis itself is worth 30 credits. The final grade is the credit-weighted average of all prior modules. They include all modules that have been enrolment conditions upon acceptance to the programme (maximum 30 credits).

4 Formal Entrance Requirements

Candidates must

  • submit proof of English language skills with your application if you want to enrol in an English language Master's program at RWTH Aachen.
    The following language tests are accepted as proof of English language skills:
    • Test of English as Foreign Language/TOEFL , internet-based test IBT, with at least 90 points
    • International English Language Testing System, IELTS, with a grade of at least 5.5
    • Certificate of Advanced English, CAE for short
    • First Certificate in English, FCE for short, with a grade of at least B
    • Any official certificate that certifies English language skills at level B2 of the Common European Frame of Reference for Languages, CEFR.
    • Placement test of the RWTH Aachen Language Center at the B2 level
    For the exam regulations, please see the Official Announcements.
  • possess a bachelor degree in mechanical or automotive engineering (minimum 7 semesters) with the following content: Mathematics, Mechanics, Machine Design, CAD/CAE, Thermodynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer, Materials Science, Control Engineering, Fluid Mechanics. The decision whether subjects in a previous bachelor programme are approved is taken by the Examination Board of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.
  • have completed an industrial internship related to mechanical/automotive engineering of at least 20 weeks.
Important: For Indian students the GATE-test is mandatory!

5 Special Entrance Requirement

In addition to the above requirements, candidates must prove excellent performance in the field of Automotive Engineering (i.e. during their bachelor studies), especially in Vehicle Dynamics, Internal Combustion Engines and Mechatronic Systems. If previous studies did not contain suitable modules (e.g. with insufficient content), the application may be approved under the condition that additional subjects have to be taken during the master programme at RWTH Aachen University (enrolment condition, up to 30 credits), leading to an extended duration of the programme of one additional semester.
GRE is recommended but not compulsory.

6 Curriculum

All classes held by ika are linked to the respective information on Campus. 

compulsory courses
Course Coordinator L P CP Term
Alternative and Electrified Vehicle Propulsion Systems
Module descriptionInformation
Eckstein / Pischinger 5 1 5 S
Automotive Engineering III
Module descriptionInformation
Eckstein 2 1 5 W
Electric Drives and Storage Systems Hameyer 2 1 5 S
Fundamentals of Fluid Power (Hydraulics and Pneumatics) Murrenhoff 2 2 6 W
Internal Combustion Engines I Pischinger 2 2 6 S
Machine Dynamics of Rigid Systems
previously: Dynamics of Machines II
Hüsing 2 2 6 S
Processes and Principles for Lightweight Design Reimerdes / Feldhusen 2 2 6 W
Structural Design of Vehicles
Module descriptionInformation
Urban 2 1 5 S
Master Thesis   22 weeks 30  
electives
Course Coordinator L P CP Term
Applications of Laser Technology Poprawe 2 2 6 S
Automotive Engineering – Practical Course I & II
Module descriptionInformation
Eckstein 0 4 6 W/S
Automotive System Evaluation
Module descriptionInformation
Schwalm 2 1 5 W/S
Control Engineering Abel 2 1 4 W
Environmental Sustainability in Transport Engineering Oeser 2 2 6 W
Foundations of Finite Element Methods Itskov 2 2 5 W
Gear and Transmission Technology Brecher / Klocke 2 2 6 W
Industrial Engineering, Ergonomics and Work Organisation Schlick 2 2 5 W
Internal Combustion Engines II Pischinger 2 2 6 W
Mobility Research and Transportation Modeling Vallée 2 2 6 S
Porous Media Mechanics Markert 2 2 6 S
Quality Management Schmitt 2 2 6 W
Tribology Jacobs 2 2 6 W
Vehicle Acoustics
Module descriptionInformation
Biermann 2 2 5 S

L: Lectures P:Practical Courses CP: Credit Points S: Summer Term W: Winter Term

Notes:

  1. All 8 compulsory courses must be taken.
  2. Elective Courses for at least 16 CPs must be taken.
  3. All students in the English-taught programme must pass a German language course. For further details, please contact the Chair of Linguistics of the RWTH-Aachen.

7 Career Opportunities

The programme’s goal is to provide qualification for most demanding positions in the automotive sector. This includes jobs in industrial, research and development and other private or public organisations. Jobs in traffic systems technologies and traffic guidance/organisation are also possible.
The outstanding reputation of the Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge (ika) in the automotive world and of RWTH Aachen University as top university underlines the excellent prospects for master programme graduates.

8 International Applicants

Application Portal:
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Application Procedure:
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Exams

Examinations in the different subjects are usually written exams and take place in the examination period: July to September for subjects in the summer semester, February to March for subjects in the winter semester. In some cases there will be oral exams.

Every student is responsible for the registration of the exams he/she plans to take part in. This has to be done at the Central Examination Office (“Zentrales Prüfungsamt” or “ZPA”) in the “Audimax” auditorium building (Wüllnerstraße/Schinkelstraße) or online via the “CAMPUS office” web based personal organiser previous activation (see E-Services). There are fixed dates for the registration periods for examination in every semester. The exact dates vary, but will be announced by April/October at the entrance to the Central Examination Office on the ground floor of the “Audimax” as well as on their web page. No registrations will be allowed afterwards.

Once an exam is registered for, it must be passed successfully at some time during the master programme. Every student must keep this in mind when deciding to register for an examination. The final master degree is not awarded on a “best grades” basis.

In order to improve any non-satisfactory result from a written examination, an optional oral examination can be taken shortly after the results for the written exam have been declared. The registration usually takes place during the exam review and its date is announced well before. Attention: The average result from the written and the oral exam is the final mark. Taking the oral exam is only recommended if an improvement is highly probable.

In order to sign off from a registered exam, the Central Examination Office must be informed on time. Please get the information regarding deadlines etc. every semester from the Central Examination Office. In case of illness or other important reason, a corresponding justification such as a medical certificate (“Attest”) is to be handed in to the Central Examination Office. Not attending a registered examination is automatically graded as a fail, thus ruling off the option of an oral exam.

In the case of failing an examination, every student has the possibility to repeat the exam up to two times (each with their corresponding oral examination possibility for improving the grade). The registration process in the ZPA must be repeated for each successive examination attempt.

There are no common recommendations for the preparation for exams. Good work during the semester, in the lectures, the exercises/practicals and at home with colleagues will improve the learning effect and therefore be an advantage in every exam. Exams should be expected to be more challenging than any exam in prior studies, both in terms of technical knowledge (in-depth preparation) and time limitation (fast handwriting).

Some institutes offer copies of old exams, others have collections of exercises for personal preparation. The Mechanical Engineering Student Organization also has collections of different exams. The students are expected to organize themselves, e.g. forming learning groups with colleagues or getting appropriate books from the library.


E-Service

Every RWTH Aachen student receives an e-mail account upon enrolment (standard pattern: firstname.lastname @ rwth-aachen.de) which has to be activated using the activation code on the enrolment documents. The activation procedure is carried online under: www.rwth-aachen.de/go and then www.rwth-aachen.de/bv.

The special benefits of using the RWTH e-mail address are as follows:

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