Work on interdisciplinary projects commissioned by the industry.

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)Design and Development in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering

If you are interested in Mechanical Engineering come to our university which is located in the very heart of the automotive industry, students benefit greatly from the close links to the technological and industrial leaders situated in the area, such as Bosch, Daimler, Mercedes, Audi, Festo, Porsche, Mahle Behr, and Trumpf. These are especially important when it comes to master’s thesis placement.

  • Campus Esslingen Stadtmitte

  • Period in semester3 Semester

  • Languages of instructionEnglish

  • Application PeriodsNovember 2 - March 31

  • Admission RequirementsBachelor’s Degree in Automotive or Mechanical Engineering

Apply as of November 2024!

Career Perspectives


Our graduates typically continue to a range of occupations from middle to top management. Approximately 95% of our students are international: about 50% of our Automotive System and Design and Development in Automotive and Mechanical Engieering alumni live in Germany after graduation. The yearly starting salary of our graduates is, on average, between 50,000€ and 70,000€.

Graduates of the program usually aim to work in the following areas:

  • the automotive industry and its component suppliers;
  • manufacturer of machines and equipment,
  • the mechanical engineering industry;
  • the process engineering industry;
  • and engineering consultancy.
You can work in the automotive industry and its component suppliers among other areas.




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. More information on the fees can be found on General information about studying and living in Esslingen

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.


This awaits you

The Design and Development in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering program is focused on the design and development of complex engineering systems.
It aims to prepare students for a challenging job in the core areas of design and development within the globalized mechanical engineering and automotive engineering industry. Strong focus is placed on the ability to communicate confidently in the international environment of modern industry.

The master‘s degree aims to prepare students for a challenging job in the core areas of design and development.

Between academics and

Design and Development in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering was not just a challenging but rewarding study course that bridged the gap between academics and industries, but also one that closes the gap between the different world cultures. Studying together with a diverse group of nationalities was an incredibly refreshing and unique experience, which definitely opens up doors to the plethora of opportunities in the world.

Isabell Koh, Alumni
Alumni Isabell Koh describes the master Design and Development in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering as challenging but rewarding.

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.


In joint projects with other students, you will develop soft skills such as teamwork and networking. (including the "Soft Skills" module).

Business contacts

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


The content of the study programme is close to the new technical developments, such as Dynamics, Design and Dev. 1 and 2, Vibrations and Acoustics 1 and 2.

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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