Autonomous Driving (M.Eng.) (part-time degree programme)

General Information

General Information

Esslingen University of Applied Sciences added a further degree programme to its portfolio in the winter semester 2019/20 - the cutting-edge field of autonomous driving. This part-time degree programme is offered by the Faculty of Automotive Engineering. It owes its existence to the University Federation SouthWest Germany (Hochschulföderation Südwest (HfSW)) and the Graduate Campus at Aalen University of Applied Sciences.

Autonomous driving is becoming a reality and is the main issue for numerous OEMs and suppliers. The automotive industry needs graduates with specialist and methodological knowledge in a variety of disciplines to develop automated vehicles. Our Master’s programme is the best possible preparation for these challenges. It comprises thirteen modules which provide you with a good grounding in a range of subjects:

  • technical disciplines such as sensor technology and algorithmics incl. machine learning and IT security
  • issues of an economic nature, future vehicle and mobility concepts, and also ethical/legal framework conditions.

The degree programme is aimed at engineers with a first degree in a technical subject and graduates from the fields of IT, business information systems, physics or mathematics.

The programme is offered once a year starting in September. It takes four semesters (2 years) to complete and comprises 90 ECTS credits.

In the first three semesters, lectures are held on Fridays from 15:30 – 20:30 and Saturdays from 9:30 – 16:45. The Master thesis is written in the fourth semester. Lectures are held at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences. The laboratory courses take place on the various university campuses. The team of lecturers is made up of professors from the University Federation SouthWest Germany and assistant lecturers from industry.

Detailed information on the part-time Master’s degree programme in autonomous driving can be found on the Graduate Campus website.

Scientific manager

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Gunther Schaaf

Program degree management

Karen Huep
Telefon: +49(0)7361/576-1453

Doris Ebner
Telefon: +49(0)711/397-3162

More Information

Degree Programme Leaflet (German Version)

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Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures - at a glance

Degree awardedMaster of Engineering (M.Eng.)
FacultyAutomotive Engineering
CampusAalen Campus
Esslingen Hilltop Campus
Esslingen City Centre Campus
Goeppingen Campus
Number of semesters4
Language of instructionGerman
Information on admission requirements

Information on admission requirements

  • University degree in a technical subject, normally with a final grade higher than 2.5
  • One year of practical professional experience as an engineer
  • Programme commences: once a year in September
  • Tuition schedule: Fridays 15:30-20:30 and Saturdays 09:30-16:45
  • Tuition fees €18,000

Sensor technology, algorithmics incl. machine learning, IT security, vehicle and mobility concepts, ethical/legal aspects

Application and Admission

Application/ Admission

Admission requirements
  • University degree in a technical subject, normally with a final grade higher than 2.5
  • One year of practical professional experience as an engineer

Further information about the Examination Regulations for External Students can be found under "Modules".


You apply to the Graduate Campus Aalen University. The application deadline is July 15.


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

Module Catalogue (German version)

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