Create alternative concepts for a technological change with a master’s degree in Automative Systems.

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)Automotive Systems

Alternative concepts are in demand during the technological turnaround. Highly qualified engineers develop and optimise them innovatively and efficiently on the basis of the latest high technology in the areas of communication and bus systems as well as control technology. You too want to work in this high-tech sector? With a degree in “Automotive IT” or “Vehicle Systems”, you can get started in many industries.

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Content Information

Students have to choose one of the two majors:

Automotive IT: Innovative car communication software

Vehicle Systems: Steering, suspension, ride & handling

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1. Semester

30 ECTSEmphasis semester
Mathematical Methods in Engineering

Mathematical Methods in Engineering

Modules:

  • Submodule Numerical Analysis
  • Submodule Numerical Differential Equations

Module Contents:

  • Linear systems
  • Matrix eigenvalue problems
  • Linear least square problems
  • Nonlinear systems
  • Nonlinear Least square problems
  • Ordinary differential equations: Euler’s method, Runge-Kutta methods, Multistep methods, Stability and stiffness
  • Partial differential equations: Finite difference methods and Finite element methods

Offered: Winter term only


Type of assessment:

  • Submodule Numerical Analysis: final written examination part I 60min
  • Submodule Numerical Differential Equations: final written examination part II: 60 min

8 ECTS
System Design

System Design

Module Content:

  • System Development 4 ECTS
  • System and Software Architecture 4 ECTS

Offered: Winter term only


Type of assessment:

  • System Development: final written examination part I: 60min
  • System and Software Architecture: final written examination part II: 60min
8 ECTS
Simulation & Control

Simulation & Control

Module content:

  • Lecture Basic Control
  • Lecture Advanced Control
  • Lab Classical and Modern Control Design

Offered winter term only


Type of assessment

  • Lecture Basic Control: final written examination part I, 50 min
  • Lecture Advanced Control: final written examination part II, 70 min
  • Lab Classical and Modern Control Design: Lab report
8 ECTS
IT Fundamentals

IT Fundamentals

6 ECTS

1. Semester

30 ECTSEmphasis semester
Mathematical Methods in Engineering

Mathematical Methods in Engineering

Modules:

  • Submodule Numerical Analysis
  • Submodule Numerical Differential Equations

Module Contents:

  • Linear systems
  • Matrix eigenvalue problems
  • Linear least square problems
  • Nonlinear systems
  • Nonlinear Least square problems
  • Ordinary differential equations: Euler’s method, Runge-Kutta methods, Multistep methods, Stability and stiffness
  • Partial differential equations: Finite difference methods and Finite element methods

Offered: Winter term only


Type of assessment:

  • Submodule Numerical Analysis: final written examination part I 60min
  • Submodule Numerical Differential Equations: final written examination part II: 60 min

8 ECTS
Simulation & Control

Simulation & Control

Module content:

  • Lecture Basic Control
  • Lecture Advanced Control
  • Lab Classical and Modern Control Design

Offered winter term only


Type of assessment

  • Lecture Basic Control: final written examination part I, 50 min
  • Lecture Advanced Control: final written examination part II, 70 min
  • Lab Classical and Modern Control Design: Lab report
8 ECTS
System Design

System Design

Module Content:

  • System Development 4 ECTS
  • System and Software Architecture 4 ECTS

Offered: Winter term only


Type of assessment:

  • System Development: final written examination part I: 60min
  • System and Software Architecture: final written examination part II: 60min
8 ECTS
Vehicle System Fundamentals

Vehicle System Fundamentals

  • Motor Vehicles, 3 ECTS
  • Introduction to Vehicle Propulsion, 2 ECTS
  • Lab Motor Vehicles, 1 ECTS
6 ECTS

2. Semester

30 ECTSEmphasis semester
Automotive Communications

Automotive Communications

     

    7 ECTS
    Usability and Dependability

    Usability and Dependability

    7 ECTS
    Team Project

    Team Project

    • application of project management
    • constitution of hierarchy (project-manager, teams members)
    • constitution of project structure (time schedule, work packages
    • realisation of given task
    • documentation and evaluation of results presentation of results
    • project feedback

    Offered: Only Summer term


    Type of assessment (total): Report and Presentation 20 min

    8 ECTS
    Autonomous Systems

    Autonomous Systems

    Module Content

    • Lecture Longitudinal Dynamics 1 ECTS
    • Lecture Ride Comfort Modeling and Simulation 2 ECTS
    • Lecture Automotive Controller systems  1 ECTS
    • Lab Long. Dynamics, Ride Comfort and Automotive Controller Systems 3 ECTS

    Offered: only Winter term


    Type of Assessment

    • Lecture Longitudinal Dynamics: Final written examination part I: 30 min
    • Lecture Ride Comfort Modeling and Simulation: Final written examination part I: 30 min
    • Lecture Automotive Controller systems: Final written examination part III: 30 min
    • Lab Long. Dynamics, Ride Comfort and Automotive Controller Systems:
    8 ECTS

    2. Semester

    30 ECTSEmphasis semester
    Team Project

    Team Project

    • application of project management
    • constitution of hierarchy (project-manager, teams members)
    • constitution of project structure (time schedule, work packages
    • realisation of given task
    • documentation and evaluation of results presentation of results
    • project feedback

    Offered: Only Summer term


    Type of assessment (total): Report and Presentation 20 min

    8 ECTS
    Propulsion Systems

    Propulsion Systems

    Module Content

    • Lecture Engine Control Systems 2 ECTS
    • Lecture Transmission Control 3 ECTS
    • Lecture Transmission Systems 3 ECTS

    Offered: Summer term only


    Type of Assessment:

    • Lecture Engine Control Systems: final written examination 60 min
    • Lecture Transmission Control: final written examination part I together with transmission systems 60 min
    • Lecture Transmission Systems: final written examination part II together with transmission systems 60 min

     

     

    6 ECTS
    Ride & Handling

    Ride & Handling

    Module Content

    • Lecture Handling 4 ECTS
    • Suspension Modeling 4 ECTS

    Offered: only Summer term


    Type of Assessment

    • Lecture Handling: final written examination 90 min
    • Suspension Modeling: final written examination 90 min

     

    8 ECTS
    Autonomous Systems

    Autonomous Systems

    Module Content

    • Lecture Longitudinal Dynamics 1 ECTS
    • Lecture Ride Comfort Modeling and Simulation 2 ECTS
    • Lecture Automotive Controller systems  1 ECTS
    • Lab Long. Dynamics, Ride Comfort and Automotive Controller Systems 3 ECTS

    Offered: only Winter term


    Type of Assessment

    • Lecture Longitudinal Dynamics: Final written examination part I: 30 min
    • Lecture Ride Comfort Modeling and Simulation: Final written examination part I: 30 min
    • Lecture Automotive Controller systems: Final written examination part III: 30 min
    • Lab Long. Dynamics, Ride Comfort and Automotive Controller Systems:
    8 ECTS

    3. Semester

    30 ECTSEmphasis semester
    Master's Thesis

    Master's Thesis

    The master thesis is an examination and consists of the master thesis project and the presentation and defense. It shall show that the examinees themselves are able to handle and solve a problem with scientific methods on their own and within a set timeframe.


    Prerequisites:

    • comprehensive foundations in the area of the scientific work
    • knowledge of project management, documentation and presentation technique

    Module contents:

    • constitution of project structure (time schedule, work packages)
    • realisation of given task with scientific methods and within a given timeframe
    • documentation and evaluation of result
    • presentation and defense of results

    Offered only in Winter semester

     

    23 ECTS
    Soft Skills

    Soft Skills

    Module Content:

    • Submodule Global Engineering: 2 ECTS 
    • Submodule Project Management: 2 ECTS
    • Submodule International Negotiations: 3 ECTS

    Offered only in winter semester


    Exam form:

    • Submodule Global Engineering: Final written examination part I 45 min  and Report and Presentation
    • Submodule Project Management:  Final written examination part II 45 min  and Report and Presentation
    • Submodule International Negotiations: Final written examination 60 min

     

    7 ECTS

    3. Semester

    30 ECTSEmphasis semester
    Soft Skills

    Soft Skills

    Module Content:

    • Submodule Global Engineering: 2 ECTS 
    • Submodule Project Management: 2 ECTS
    • Submodule International Negotiations: 3 ECTS

    Offered only in winter semester


    Exam form:

    • Submodule Global Engineering: Final written examination part I 45 min  and Report and Presentation
    • Submodule Project Management:  Final written examination part II 45 min  and Report and Presentation
    • Submodule International Negotiations: Final written examination 60 min

     

    7 ECTS
    Master's Thesis

    Master's Thesis

    The master thesis is an examination and consists of the master thesis project and the presentation and defense. It shall show that the examinees themselves are able to handle and solve a problem with scientific methods on their own and within a set timeframe.


    Prerequisites:

    • comprehensive foundations in the area of the scientific work
    • knowledge of project management, documentation and presentation technique

    Module contents:

    • constitution of project structure (time schedule, work packages)
    • realisation of given task with scientific methods and within a given timeframe
    • documentation and evaluation of result
    • presentation and defense of results

    Offered only in Winter semester

     

    23 ECTS

    Career Perspectives

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    Automotive IT graduates aim to work in the field of development, market launch and supervision of innovative car communication systems and safe software. They can develop bus- and communication systems and safety concepts for vehicle systems.  Vehicle Systems graduates aim to work in the field of development and testing of innovative functions to improve ride and handling, stability, driveability and fuel economy.

    Automotive Systems students have the possibility to work on projects that have been commissioned by the industry. One example is the development of battery management systems using modern cell simulator and microcontroller technology. Our graduates typically continue to a range of occupations from middle to top management. The yearly starting salary of our graduates is, on average, between 50,000€ and 70,000€.

    Work in the field of development or test innovative functions to improve ride and handling.

    Application/Admission

    karriereperspektive

    Prior Study

    • Bachelor’s Degree in:
      • Automotive / Mechanical Engineering (for Vehicle Systems)
      • Information Technology / Electrical Engineering (for Automotive IT)

    Tuition & Fees:

    Tuition for the International M. Eng. Master Programmes is €1500 for non-EU applicants (per semester). German and EU applicants only have to pay the enrolment fee. Additional fees and general cost of living apply. Read more about expenses and fees.

    Application requirements:

    Please take a look at our application packages and FAQ.

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    1. Check the requirements

      You can apply from November to March each year to begin your Esslingen journey in September. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, Proof of English proficiency, German language test: A2 level before the end of the second semester, APS-Certificate if the degree is from China, India, Mongolia, and Vietnam, Two recommendations, Curriculum Vitae. Please, remember to check the additional requirements for each specific programme.

       

    2. Apply Online

      Application is made through our application portal, which gives you full flexibility to complete your application on your individual time plan.

       

    3. Upload your documents

      Check that you have all the necessary documents on the Checklist and upload them electronically. Once you have completed the application forms, you should submit your application by clicking the "Submit" button on the last page. Please note that your recommender can submit their recommendation after you have submitted your application.

       

    4. Congratulations

      Upon successfully reviewing your application, you will be informed of your status before the end of May.

       

    suitability

    This awaits you

    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.

    You have questions about studying in germany? Contact our student ambassadors to get insights into study and life in Esslingen.

    Right from the start of the programme, it quickly became clear that “thinking in systems” is trained and consolidated across all lectures. In addition to the basic mathematical lectures, great emphasis was always placed on systems theory in the subject-specific lectures. Nevertheless, the reference to the real system was always maintained.
    The focus "Vehicle Dynamics" dealt in depth with the analysis, simulation and control of systems.

    Micha Haussmann, Alumni Vehicle Dynamics
    Alumni Micha Hausmann about his master’s degree Automotive Systems.
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    What distinguishes usGood reasons for studying at Esslingen University

    Modern labs

    The high-tech laboratories cover the wide range of regulation and communication technology.

    Support guaranteed

    The Academic Welcome Day and Student Ambassadors make starting university life much easier.

    Collaboration

    In joint projects with other students, you will develop soft skills such as teamwork and networking. (International Negotiations and Global Engineering).

    Business contacts

    You will benefit from the numerous collaborations between Esslingen University of Applied Sciences and globally operating companies.

    HighTech

    The content of the study programme is close to the new technical developments, such as Vehicle to X and E-mobility.

    PhD to follow

    Upon completion of the Master’s programme, a doctoral thesis at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences is possible in some cases.

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    Interested? Apply! for the Wintersemester 2024/25