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.

The application phase for winter term 2018/2019

Non-EU students (Non-EU/EEA citizens):
December 4th, 2017 – March 1st, 2018

European students (EU/EEA citizens) and international exchange students who are already enrolled as students at RWTH Aachen University:
May 7th, 2018 – July 15th, 2018

The application phase for winter term 2019/2020

Non-EU students (Non-EU/EEA citizens):
December 4th, 2018 - March 1st, 2019

European students (EU/EEA citizens) and international exchange students who are already enrolled as students at RWTH Aachen University:
May 7th, 2019 – July 15th, 2019

You don’t have to send your application or any documents per e-mail or postal service, please only use the RWTHOnline online application tool.

You can apply for “Automotive Engineering (M.Sc.)” by filling in the online application form and attach all the requested documents. The admission requirements are equal for all applicants. There is a determined application process for “Automotive Engineering (M.Sc.)”. Within this process, the applicant’s academic readiness concerning the requirements of the course at RWTH Aachen University is evaluated. An acceptance does not depend essentially on one single criterion and refers to the Examination regulations. Therefore, it is not possible to tell you, whether a certain average mark in your degree and/or test is necessary. Please note to wait patiently for the results of your application. We urgently ask you to refrain from sending any request for such information, because before the Examination Board of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering hasn’t evaluated your application we cannot make any statement. Thank you for your understanding!

Mandatory requirements for your application

The following documents are mandatory for your application for “Automotive Engineering (M.Sc.)” and must be uploaded as PDF file.

Marked documents are mandatory for your application and must be uploaded when you apply online until the deadline otherwise, your application will not be accepted. In case of need all other documents can be uploaded after you received your letter of admission from the RWTH Aachen before your date of your registration/ enrolment.

  • Tabular resume (1)
  • Copy of transcript of records (2) Please submit a transcript of records with all of the completed semesters until now. At the time of application, you should be able to submit your transcript of records for all except your last two semesters of study.
  • Module descriptions called a diploma supplement (3)
  • Copy of university completion certificate (If you already have a degree.)
  • Copy of language certificate (If you have already taken the exam.)
  • Copy of GRE (4) test certificate
  • additional documents can be attached as well but are not mandatory for your application like internship certificate, job references, GATE test, motivation letter, recommendation letter etc.

Academic requirements

Excellent performance in the field of Automotive Engineering (i.e. during their bachelor studies), especially in Vehicle Dynamics, Internal Combustion Engines and Mechatronic Systems is mandatory.

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.

During the application process, you will be asked to provide a brief description of the content of the modules that you have finished during your bachelor programme. The Examination Board of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering will compare the content of your passed modules for compatibility with the requirements given by the modules of the study program “Automotive Engineering (M.Sc.)” at RWTH Aachen University. If your curriculum during your bachelor programme does not cover a certain module from the list mentioned adequately, we could not accept it for the course. 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, leading to an extended duration of the programme of one additional semester. In the case, you have been accepted for the study program “Automotive Engineering (M.Sc.)” and once you have registered at RWTH Aachen University, the missing modules must be passed at RWTH Aachen University prior to the registration of your master thesis.

Language requirements

The following language tests are accepted as proof of English language skills:

  • Test of English as Foreign Language/TOEFL, internet-based test IBT
  • IELTS Test
  • Cambridge Test – Certificate of Advanced English
  • First Certificate in English, FCE for short
  • A certificate, certifying English skills at the B2 level of the Common European Frame of Reference for Languages, CEFR. This certificate can be a German Abitur certificate, where it is clear that a student completed English until the end of Qualification Phase 1 – that is grade 11 for the G8 Abitur, otherwise grade 12 – and completed the subject with at least sufficient performance.
  • Placement test of the RWTH Aachen Language Centre at the B2 level, that is MK 7
    Important Information: individuals, who are already enrolled as students at RWTH Aachen, can only obtain this language certificate.

Exempt from having to provide evidence for English language skills are all individuals who have completed an educational qualification in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, New Zealand, or Australia.
Participation in an English-language academic program in one of the countries listed above does not substitute the language test. Proof that you have studied in an English-language course of study in a country other than one of the countries above is not sufficient! Language tests from other universities will not be accepted either. Certificates and test results from other tests are not accepted either.

GRE Test

To GRE-Test Website

Industrial Internship

An industrial internship is no longer necessary for the application. Nevertheless, prior to the registration of the master thesis, 20 weeks of industrial internship have to be proven to the internship office of RWTH. Therefore, the internship can be done prior to the master program or during the master program.

Basic Information

Standard Period of Studies: 3 semesters
Language: English
Examination regulations
Curriculum


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Automotive Engineering M.Sc.

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 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.

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.

Structure

This three semester program consists of two semesters of compulsory and elective courses; a 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, and elective course are to be taken within the first two semesters. 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.

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.


General Information

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:

Enrolment

After you received your letter of admission from the RWTH Aachen you will need the following documents:

  • a valid passport or personal identification, if you are a citizen of the EU
  • letter of admission from RWTH Aachen
  • original Bachelor's degree certificate or proof of an equal degree
  • original translations of your certificates and transcripts
    These translations must be completed by a certified translation office or recognized by the German embassy or consulate in your home country. The translation office can either be in Germany or your home country.
  • original documentation of your acquired language skills
  • insurance confirmation from a German public health insurance company
    You must have a statement from a German public health insurance company that you are either exempt from German public health insurance or have public health insurance. Before enrolling, you must have visited a health insurance company and either have bought insurance or had them confirm that your current insurance is sufficient. You cannot enrol without this statement from a German public health insurance company. Public health insurance companies include Techniker Krankenkasse, TK, or the Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse, AOK.
  • proof of termination of studies at a German university if you have previously been enrolled at a German university

Address

Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika)
RWTH Aachen University

Steinbachstraße 7
52074 Aachen · Germany

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