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Automotive Systems (B.Eng.)

General Information

General information

In the Automotive Systems degree program, you will learn about current topics such as autonomous driving, e-mobility and intelligent mobility concepts. These areas make graduates interesting for many industries.

The programme takes seven semesters to complete and is offered every semester. Students wishing to take this programme must have pre-degree practical experience in a technical field or have gained experience of a similar nature while at school or during their vocational training. The pre-degree practical experience must be completed by the end of the 3rd semester of study at the latest (i.e. 28 February or 31 August).

NEW: In summer semester 2021, the pre-degree practical experience is not required!

In semesters 1 to 3, the fundamentals of mathematics, information technology, electrical engineering, electronics and control engineering are taught in conjunction with basic knowledge of automotive engineering.

In the second part of the programme, you will familiarise yourself with the structure and operation of modern electronic automotive systems. This encompasses structure, actuator and sensor systems, or the simulation and software functions of automotive systems.

In the 4th and 6th semesters, you choose four compulsory elective modules from a comprehensive catalogue of modules. These modules cover the classical fields of study for automotive engineering. In addition modules on new mobility and powertrain, artificial intelligence and machine learning are also offered.

After gaining practical experience in the fifth semester, the last part of the programme focuses on autonomous driving, new mobility and powertrain concepts as well as networked vehicles.

The specialist knowledge you gain while studying for your Bachelor degree can be enhanced in the continuation Master programme in Automotive Engineering. Moreover, the Master programmes in Applied Computer Science (Autonomous Systems) and Automotive Systems  at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences offer further opportunities to broaden your knowledge.

The Esslingen University added a further degree programme to its portfolio in the winter semester 2019/20 - the part-time Master degree in autonomous driving.

Programme Coordination

Prof. Dr. Norbert Schreier

Dean of Studies

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nikolas Apel

More informatioN

Degree Programme Leaflet Automotive Systems (B.Eng.) German Version

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Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures - at a glance

Degree awardedBachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)
FacultyMobility and Technology
CampusEsslingen City Centre Campus
Number of semesters7
Language of instructionGerman
Application Periods

For the summer semester: up to January 15th

For the winter semester: up to July 15th
Information on admission requirements


NEW: No pre-degree practical internship in summer semester 2021



Continuing Master ProgramsAutomotive Engineering (M.Eng.)
Autonomous Driving (M.Eng.) (part-time degree programme)
Automotive Systems (M. Eng.)

Application and Admission

Application and Admission

Please submit your application for this degree programme via the portal.

  • Information on the admission requirements and application procedure can be found on the pages which describe the application process for our Bachelor programmes.
  • Students wishing to take this degree programme must have pre-degree practical experience in a technical field. Further information can likewise be found on the pages which describe the application process for our Bachelor programmes.
  • NEW: In summer semester 2021, the pre-degree practical experience is not required!


The curriculum for the degree programme and detailed descriptions of the programme modules are contained in the Module Catalogue.

Module Catalogue Automotive Systems (B.Eng.) (German Version)

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Career prospects

Career Prospects

Technical specialist or manager working:

  • on the development of electronic and software-intensive automotive systems such as those for autonomous driving, networked vehicles and electric vehicles
  • on experiments with and the testing of new automotive systems - in virtual simulation environments and in the vehicle
  • on the development and testing of new mobility concepts
  • at vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. 


Our strenghts

High-quality, practice-oriented teaching

The faculty of Mobility and Technology works in close collaboration with the automotive industry and its suppliers to train students to become competent and team-oriented engineers who are distinguished by their excellent technical know-how, their methodological and social skills, and their management abilities. The course content is application oriented and of practical relevance and students are taught in modern laboratories.

Current and future topics of interest in the automotive industry

The Automotive Systems degree programme not only teaches students the theoretical foundations but also focuses on topics of relevance for electronic vehicle control systems and the burgeoning vehicle electrification and digitalisation. The pioneering Bachelor degree in Automotive Systems is the best possible preparation you could have for the new challenges facing the automotive sector and the job market.

Supported by industrial companies

Leading companies in the automotive industry such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Bosch and Porsche support the teaching through guest lectures, laboratory experiments and funding programmes for junior engineers.

Excellent opportunities to gain experience abroad

You can gain international experience by doing an internship abroad or by studying abroad at one of our 78 partner universities.

You can obtain a Bachelor of Engineering double degree at the Chinese-German University of Applied Sciences (CDHAW) at Tongji University in Shanghai.

This experience abroad enhances our graduates’ already excellent career prospects even more.

To complement its academic programme, Esslingen University of Applied Sciences offers a wide variety of other activities:

Racing team and E-Stall formula student team


University Sports Club

University Orchestra and Choir

Apply for winter semester 2021/22!

The application period for the winter semester 2021/22 begins on April 15th 2021.

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