M.Eng. in Automotive Systems

About ASM

Innovative and International

  • Build your career in automotive systems
  • Study in the heart of the European automotive industry
  • Learn to work in an interdisciplinary and intercultural environment
  • Study in English - live in Germany

"An experience that changes your life" - Alfonso Rivera, ASM class of 2014

In recent years, automotive systems have increased in number, scope and complexity. The automotive industry is faced with an enormous challenge due to the rise in competition in the development of extended assistance systems, autonomous driving and fuel economy.

These challenges can only be met by expanding and cross-linking the present automotive systems. In spite of increasing complexity, systems with greater safety, availability and reliability have to be realised.

The development of these systems demands specialist qualifications and knowledge plus the ability and willingness to work in an interdisciplinary and international team. The aim of the course is to communicate these skills.


The programme is designed for students who wish to become highly qualified engineers in the field of automotive systems, who wish to work in the development of feedback control systems, automotive software and automotive electronics. Students have to choose one of the three majors:

  • Software-Based Automotive Systems
  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Car Electronics

Graduates who choose the major "Software-Based Automotive Systems" will have the chance to work in the field of development, market launch and supervision of vehicle series production of suitable and innovative car communication systems and of safe software.

Graduates who choose the major "Vehicle Dynamics" will have the chance to work in the field of development and testing of innovative automotive functions for steering, suspension and powertrain to improve ride & handling, stability, driveability and fuel economy.

Graduates who choose the major "Car Electronics" will have the chance to work in the field of specification, development and testing of control units and their integration in the car, taking into account car specific basic conditions like function, packaging and EMC.


Esslingen University of Applied Sciences has a long tradition in educating mechanical and automotive engineers. Founded in 1914 as the Royal College for Mechanical Engineering, the university has always taken advantage of its location in one of the major centres of the European industry, and is therefore closely linked to the nearby companies. These include many global technological leaders in mechanical and automotive engineering such as Bosch, Daimler, Audi, Festo, Porsche and many others. These strong connections to the industry are especially important when it comes to the placement of the student’s master's thesis.

Learn to work in an interdisciplinary and intercultural environment

The ASM programme reflects the needs of globally-oriented companies. We offer the opportunity for students from diverse cultural backgrounds to study, work and live together. This is made possible through an active contact with partner universities in many countries throughout the world. The intercultural co-operation on project work is also of added value to master's students.

Our Programmes: Students' #1 Choice!

How happy are students with their university? The online portal StudyPortals decided to find out. In its world-wide competition asking students from 150 German universities how satisfied they were, we are very proud to announce that, out of these 150 German universities, Esslingen came in 10th place, flanked by top international universities of great renown.


The Esslingen master's programmes were among the first to be accredited in Germany, and are regularly reaccredited by the ASIIN. The ASIIN is responsible for examining and certifying STEM university programs, as well as interdisciplinary programs containing STEM subjects. The ASM program has worked closely with the ASIIN to help ensure its continual development of high quality and international recognition.

The ASM programme was last accredited in 2007, and will be reaccreditated in 2020.

How to Apply

The application deadline of 31 March is over.
Applications for the 2021/22 Intake will begin in October 2020

If you have questions about the application process, please see our application FAQs

Step 1: Completely Fill Out the Online Application

Each page of the online application form must be completely filled out. When the online application is complete, applicants lock their file and then print out and sign the online application data report.


Step 2: Gather Together all Required Documents

Please add the following to your application package:

  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended (certified copies)
  • Graduation diploma from each college or university attended (certified copies)
  • Proof of English language proficiency (not necessary for Indian applicants)
    • We require one of the following tests:
    • International TOEFL score of at least 530 paper-based, 197 computer-based, 71 internet-based (our code: 1680)
    • An academic IELTS score of at least 6.0
    • OPT test 75 points
    • Cambridge Certificate (CAE or CPE)
    • We do not accept the institutional TOEFL.
    • Native English speakers and applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree in English (certification from university) are exempt from the English language test.
  • Original APS for all applicants whose first degree is from PR China, Vietnam or Mongolia (www.aps.org.cn)

Step 3: include all application attachments

Applicants must include the following forms with their application:

  • Recommendation Forms
  • Transcript Evaluation Form
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Curriculum Vitae

DOWNLOAD YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE  with the Acrobat Reader (15 October to 31 March), and then fill in the form as far as possible at the computer. You should fill out your application number, as well as all attachments except the Recommendation Forms and the Transcript Evaluation Form on line.

When you have typed in your data, please print the form and have the Recommendation Forms and the Transcript Evaluation Forms filled in as instructed.

Step 4: Add Supporting Documents

  • Documents proving basic knowledge of the German language, at Level A1 (CEFR) or higher
  • Any other documents that would allow us to evaluate you more fully

Step 5: Post Your Application

Please send us a complete application package, with all the above required documents. Use the check-list to ensure that your application package is complete. Please note that ONLY the letters of recommendation should be in separate envelopes: all other documents should be loose.

Please be aware that we cannot accept applications sent in by email.

Post your application to:

Esslingen University of Applied Sciences
Graduate School
Flandernstrasse 101
73732 Esslingen


Student Ambassadors

The Esslingen Student Ambassadors 2019/20

Our Student Ambassadors are master's students who would like to tell you what living in Esslingen is like! Just click on a photo to email our SAs your questions.
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Career Prospects

The ASM Programme in 3 Words...

please click on each photo for the full alumni report



 - Taweh Chou, ASM 2016



- Vikas Kumar, ASM 2016



- Karan Bargi, ASM 2015

M.Eng. Alumni in Numbers

Almost 90% of our M.Eng. students are international.

Jobs After Graduation

About 90% of our M.Eng. alumni live in Germany after graduation.

Starting Salary

The yearly starting salary of our M.Eng. graduates is, on average, between 50,000€ and 60,000€.


Most of our graduates carry on to a career with Bosch or Daimler. Our top 5 starting companies are:


Field of Work

The top 5 fields in which our M.Eng. graduates typically begin their career are:

Software Engineer
HIL-Test Engineer
System Architecture Engineer
Development Engineer
Software Development Engineer

Working with the Industry

Labs and Institutes

Extracurricular Projects

The students of the Graduate School are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of interesting extracurricular projects. Whether their interests lie in the area of building a racing car in a university team, helping others at a social level, of writing newspaper articles or supporting incoming students, any student wishing to be active can find something for them.

Ute Brinkmann
Dipl.-Übersetzerin Ute Brinkmann

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Tuesday and Thursday: 1.00 - 3.00 p.m.