The English-taught Automotive Engineering (M.Sc.) Master's programme at RWTH Aachen University is part of the extensive catalogue of Master's degree programmes in Mechanical Engineering. The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering is among the most acclaimed in the world and one of the largest in Europe. Automotive Engineering is an essential part of the different institutes and research entities. With the Institute for Automotive Engineering celebrating its 120th anniversary in 2022, education and research in this field have a long tradition. Key infrastructure includes automotive laboratories for chassis and drivetrain components, a dynamic (hexapod-type) driving simulator, crash test facilities, climate and semi-anechoic chambers and extensive test tracks (incl. autonomous driving infrastructure).
The English-taught Automotive Engineering (M.Sc.) Master's programme was originally introduced in 2000 and attracts a vast number of applicants each year.
In this programme, students are taught the technological basics and in-depth knowledge of the conception and the development of passenger cars and commercial vehicles as well as the conception and the development of motorcycles and off-highway vehicles. This comprises technical vehicle design with regard to market, legislative, and manufacturing requirements. Course modules cover all major research and development domains such as chassis, body, drivetrain, safety, driver assistance systems, thermal management, electronics, connected and automated driving and others. An extensive focus is on autonomous driving. 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.
The Master's thesis is usually embedded in a real project on state-of-the-art topics with industrial partners or different partners in publicly-funded projects (e.g. EU funding).
After graduation, students will enjoy a highly regarded Master's degree with a multitude of possible opportunities to work in research, industry, consultancies or other sectors. The degree qualifies students to continue towards a German Dr.-Ing. degree or continue in PhD degree programmes around the world.
Lectures of the study program
Alternative and Electrified Vehicle Propulsion Systems
Prof. Dr. Lutz Eckstein, Prof. Dr. Stefan Pischinger
Automotive Engineering II – Vertical and Lateral Dynamics of Vehicles
Prof. Dr. Lutz Eckstein
Mechatronics in Vehicle Engineering
Prof. Dr. Lutz Eckstein and Prof. Dr. Christian Schindler
Standard period of study: 3 Semester
Exam regulations (german only)
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