Automotive Engineering (M.Eng.)

General Information

General Information

General comments:

  • continuation Master’s programme for all automotive engineering Bachelor specialisations
  • open to graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in a related subject (e.g. mechanical engineering) from Esslingen University of Applied Sciences or another university
  • the specialisations for the Master’s programme are structured as for the Bachelor’s programme, but there is greater flexibility
  • the knowledge required to take a specialisation in the Master’s programme can be acquired in the preparatory module in the first semester of the Master’s degree
  • if students already fulfil the requirements for a specialisation, the preparatory module becomes an elective module and serves both to consolidate the specialisation and also to facilitate a change of specialisation when transferring into the Master’s programme
  • research project is a key component of the study programme (group project over 2 semesters at the university)
  • the automotive engineering Master’s programme is taught primarily in German, some modules may be taught in English
  • the Master’s programme always starts in the summer semester
  • applications must be sent to the Admissions Office by 15 January.

We offer…

  • research work in collaboration with industry
  • teaching in small groups
  • team of instructors with many years of experience
  • laboratories with the latest equipment
  • opportunities to specialise according to the choice of compulsory options

Academic Director

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gregor Rottenkolber

Degree programme leaflet

Automotive Engineering (M.Eng.)

Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures - at a glance

Degree awardedMaster of Engineering (M.Eng.)
FacultyAutomotive Engineering
CampusEsslingen City Centre Campus
Number of semesters3
Language of instructionGerman
Application PeriodsFor the summer semester: up to January 15th

Application and Admission

Application and Admission

Applications for this programme must be submitted online via the application portals for Master’s degree courses at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences. Applications for the summer semester must have been received by 15 January.

Information on the accompanying documents which must be submitted can be found in the checklist for Master’s programmes.

Students may commence this degree programme in the summer semester only.


The prerequisite for admission is the completion of an undergraduate degree in
- Automotive Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mechatronics
or a related course of study, provided that at least 50 points are obtained in the assessment of professional competence according to the procedure described in paragraph "Criteria for selection".

Admission restriction: 40 programme places

Criteria for Selection

The selection grade is calculated partly on the basis of subject-specific competence and partly on the final grade of the undergraduate degree:

1. The subject-specific competence acquired in the undergraduate studies is determined by a point system.

On the basis of the study and examination regulations on which the completed course of study is based, the admissions committee determines how many ECTS credits the applicant has acquired in the modules listed below or equivalent modules. The module names in the table correspond to the modules of the Bachelor's programmes "Automotive Engineering" and "Automotive Systems" at the Hochschule Esslingen. The respective maximum number of points that can be credited is also shown in the table. The table in English will be showed as soon as possible. For further information please see the german page.

The achieved credits are added up. A maximum of 129 points can be achieved. The achieved score P is converted into a key figure K using a linear scale. The following formula is used:

K = -0.06 *P+7

If the score P is greater than or equal to 100, the index K is set at 1.0. If less than 50 points are obtained, the applicant cannot be admitted to the course.
2. Final graduation grade.


Further information on the applications, the requirements and conditions for Master’s degree courses can be found on the website of Admissions Office.

Career prospects

Career Prospects

The complexity of the technology used in automobile construction has increased drastically in recent years. Engineers who develop such highly complex products must have a very strongly developed and in-depth understanding of the system. The “Master of Automotive Engineering” therefore builds directly on the “Bachelor of Automotive Engineering” to teach students the core competence needed. This Master’s programme rigorously consolidates and extends the knowledge gained in the Bachelor’s programme. Students are qualified to find new solutions for current and future problems facing motor vehicles. The theoretical content of the Master’s programme qualifies them to undertake tasks in research and pre-development departments as well as for team or group leader positions in their future company. With a Master’s degree, graduates may also continue their studies and do a doctorate.

Apply for summer semester 2021!

Applications open October 15th 2020

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Gregor Rottenkolber
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gregor Rottenkolber