Help shape the driving of tomorrow with the Automotive Engineering degree programme.

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)Automotive Engineering

Do you want to help shape the driving of tomorrow and develop concepts for the mobility of the future? Then the Automotive Engineering degree programme is perfect for you.
You will gain extensive knowledge of all vehicle components: Body, drive, chassis or control systems - each of these areas is relevant to optimising vehicles for the future with innovative materials and new technology.

Apply as of 30 April!

Career Perspectives


Thanks to the intensive general training at the beginning of your studies and the later specialisation in a subject area, you will be well prepared for a challenging field of work. You will have excellent prospects on the job market in one of the industries with the highest turnover. New ideas for the mobility of the future are becoming more and more important: That is why skilled workers are in high demand in the automotive industry.

Alternatively, you can deepen your knowledge in the Automotive Engineering (M.Eng.) master’s degree.

These career opportunities await you

With a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Automotive Engineering, a wide range of careers opens up for you with

  • Car manufacturers (especially in research, development and design)
  • Small to medium-sized suppliers
  • Engineering service offices
  • Facilities of testing and expert bodies
  • Authorities and research institutes
Engineer in Automotive Engineering (M.Eng.) with a Bachelor of Engineering degree



After registering on the national application portal, you can apply via the Campusmanagement-System HEonline at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences.

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Students wishing to take this programme must have pre-degree practical technical experience in a relevant industrial field or have gained experience of a similar nature while at school or during their vocational training. It is also possible to gain this practical technical experience during the semester break once you have commenced your programme.

Students learning together in the library
  1. Check the requirements
    Do you have a university entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur/Fachhochschulreife), a school leaving qualification from a country other than Germany or a vocational qualification? If you do, you have already fulfilled the first requirement for a successful application.

  2. Register on
    Please register on the national application portal to receive your Applicant ID.

  3. Register and apply on HEonline
    The next step is to register on Esslingen’s HEonline Campus Management System and apply for one or more degree programmes. When you have submitted your application on HEonline, you can also see it on hochschulstart and prioritise your choices.

  4. Upload your documents
    We need your documents and certificates so that we can process your application. Please upload them on the HEonline Campus Management System. We must have your documents by the application deadline at the latest.

  5. All done!
    You can check the status of your application at any time via HEonline. You should keep your login details in a safe place. Shortly after the application deadline, you will be able to see whether you have received an admission offer on HEonline and hochschulstart.


For whom is the study programme suitable?

Do you want to make your contribution to the future topic of mobility? Are you interested in vehicles and their drives? Then the Automotive Engineering degree programme is right for you. It is an advantage if you have an interest in the natural sciences, i.e. mathematics, physics, mechanics and technology. Good coordination skills and the ability to think analytically and in an interconnected way also form a good basis.

Electric car in the Automotive Engineering laboratory of the Faculty of Mobility and Technology  Copyright information: Hochschule Esslingen, Tobias Fröhner

Make use of your study time

You should really enjoy your time at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, learn as much as you can and get all the information that interests you. And you should definitely take an active part in the Formula Student project “racing team”... What you learn there, namely the ability to work in a team and assertiveness, is a direct advantage when you start your career.. ...more

Marc Lieb, Alumnus of the Automotive Engineering degree programme
Graduate of Esslingen University of Applied Sciences Copyright information: Private photo

Many opportunities

I was interested in mobility and technology from a very young age. I can apply my creativity and contribute ideas. Afterwards, you can work in a range of jobs. It does not necessarily have to do with vehicles, it can also be vehicle suppliers or completely different topics. It’s an engineering degree programme and you have a lot of options afterwards.

Dimiter Hommel, Student Fahrzeugtechnik
Student Dimiter Hommel on his automotive engineering course.

What distinguishes usGood reasons for studying at Esslingen University

Closely linked to the automobile industry

Leading companies offer practical semesters and Bachelor's theses. They also assist with guest lectures and laboratory experiments.

Advanced practical placement

Young talent development programmes such as the BMW Group’s SpeedUp sponsorship programme  offer financial support.


International experience

Gain experience worldwide in an internship abroad or a study period at one of the 78 partner universities.

Racing team

In addition to studying, deepen knowledge, develop ideas, apply them practically, and celebrate success together.

Practice and theory closely linked

Students independently develop solutions for real problems in modern laboratories.

Campus life

It certainly won't be boring: University music, sports, cafés and events provide some extracurricular variety


Interested? Apply now! for the wintersemester 2024/2025