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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 programs were among the first to be accredited in Germany, and are regularly reaccredited by the Accreditation Agency ZevA (Zentrale Evaluations- und Akkreditierungsagentur). This agency is responsible for examining and certifying STEM university programs, as well as interdisciplinary programs containing STEM subjects. The DDM program has worked closely with the Accreditation Agencyl to help ensure its continual development of high quality and international recognition.

The M.Eng in Automotive Systems was reaccredited in 2020.

How to Apply 2020/21



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



Step 1: Completely Fill Out the Online Application

Click ‘APPLY NOW’ at the bottom of the page to commence the online application.

Each page of the online application form MUST BE COMPLETELY FILLED OUT. When the online application is complete, please lock your data report and save it as a pdf.

Step 2: Create one pdf document out of your

  • Application Attachment 3: a motivation letter, and
  • The data report from the online application (see Step 1).

Step 3: Email that pdf file to

The subject of your email should be ONLY your programme ID number (GS…….),  (see online application).

Your email must contain the line "In sending this email, I personally confirm that all the information in the attached files is correct. I understand that if I have included any false information in my application, I render myself ineligible for the Graduate School programmes."

Your email must be received in time for the pre-application process to be completed and to give you time, if applicable, to send in all further application documentation in Level 2 of the application process before 31 March 2021.

Please be aware that we cannot accept applications mailed to a different email address.

Step 4: Request that your recommenders email us the recommendation forms (Application Attachments 1A and 1B)

These should be emailed, with your programme ID in the subject line (GS……._Rec), to

Important checklist:

  1. The subject of your email is ONLY your programme ID (GS…….).
  2. The pdf attachment is not larger than 1 MB.
  3. You have emailed your pre-application in time and included the sentence "In sending this email, I personally confirm that all the information in the attached files is correct. I understand that if I have included any false information in my application, I render myself ineligible for the Graduate School programmes."
  4. You have informed your recommenders to write the correct programme ID (GS……._Rec) in the email subject line when they send your recommendations.

If the above points are not fulfilled, we can not consider your application for admission.

When they have been received, your documents will undergo a primary review by the Admissions Committee. You will then be informed if you will take part in the next level of admissions, and how to proceed with your application.



(In exceptional cases, if your graduation takes place later than 31 March, it may be possible to bring a certified copy of the transcript and diploma certificate upon arrival in September.)

If you are asked to take part in Level 2 of the application process, you will need to send A DIGITAL COPY of following documents:

NOTE: All of these documents must be physically presented to the Esslingen Graduate School IN PERSON upon your arrival at the University. If ANY OF THESE DOCUMENTS are not accounted for and presented IN PERSON upon arrival, you will risk not being enrolled  and will not be able to participate in any studies.

  • 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 (

Step 3: include all application attachments

Applicants must also include the remaining forms from the Application Attachments with their Level 2 application:

  • Transcript Evaluation Form
  • Curriculum Vitae

DOWNLOAD YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE  with the Acrobat Reader, and then fill in the form as far as possible at the computer. You should fill out your programme ID, as well as all attachments except the Recommendation Forms and the Transcript Evaluation Form on line.

When you have typed in your data, please pdf it ad have thecommendation Forms and the Transcript Evaluation Forms filled in as instructed.

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

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.
We are sure you will understand that if you send the same email to more than one SA = email deleted!!! And that SAs cannot give any information on admission requirements or Status.

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.

APPLY FOR winter semester 2022/23!

M.Eng. applications open on October 15th 2021

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