Automotive Systems (B.Eng.)

Study degree programme about the mobility of the future

If you want to work on the automotive systems of the future today, this is your study degree programme.

Autonomous driving, electromobility and intelligent mobility concepts determine the strategies of the automotive industry and transport policy. The future-oriented Bachelor Vehicle Systems prepares you optimally for these challenges.

Study contents

In addition to the theoretical fundamentals, the degree program focuses in particular on topics in the field of electronic vehicle systems, e-mobility and digitalization.

During the first three semesters, the fundamentals of mathematics, information technology, electrical engineering, electronics and control engineering are taught in conjunction with basic knowledge of automotive engineering.

In the second part of the programme, you will familiarise yourself with the structure and operation of modern electronic automotive systems. This encompasses structure, actuator and sensor systems, or the simulation and software functions of automotive systems.

In the 4th and 6th semesters, you choose four compulsory elective modules from a comprehensive catalogue of modules. These modules cover the classical fields of study for automotive engineering. In addition modules on new mobility and powertrain, artificial intelligence and machine learning are also offered.

In the last part of the programme focuses on:

  • autonomous driving,
  • new mobility and powertrain concepts
  • networked vehicles.

Career prospects

After graduation, graduates have the best career prospects because they have learned how to work in an interdisciplinary way, develop creative solutions, and have a plan from networking to digitalization. And these are precisely the people who are sought after to shape mobility innovatively and sustainably or to drive autonomous driving forward.

Or you can deepen the topics in a more advanced master's program

Postgraduate Studies

The specialist knowledge you gain while studying for your Bachelor degree can be enhanced in the continuation Master programme in Automotive Engineering. Moreover, the Master programmes in Applied Computer Science (Autonomous Systems) and Automotive Systems  at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences offer further opportunities to broaden your knowledge.

The Esslingen University added a further degree programme to its portfolio in the winter semester 2019/20 - the part-time Master degree in autonomous driving.

Programme Coordination

Prof. Dr. Norbert Schreier

Dean of Studies

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nikolas Apel

More informatioN

Degree Programme Leaflet Automotive Systems (B.Eng.) German Version

Facts and Figures - at a glance

Degree awardedBachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)
FacultyMobility and Technology
CampusEsslingen City Centre Campus
Number of semesters7
Language of instructionGerman

For the summer semester: from 24 October to 15 January

For the winter semester: from AprAprAprApr 2525 to JulJulJulJul 1515

Information on admission requirements


Special rules: No pre-degree practical internship in winter semester 22/23!



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

Module Catalogue Automotive Systems (B.Eng.) (German Version)

Technical specialist or manager working:

  • on the development of electronic and software-intensive automotive systems such as those for autonomous driving, networked vehicles and electric vehicles
  • on experiments with and the testing of new automotive systems - in virtual simulation environments and in the vehicle
  • on the development and testing of new mobility concepts
  • at vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. 


High-quality, practice-oriented teaching

The faculty of Mobility and Technology works in close collaboration with the automotive industry and its suppliers to train students to become competent and team-oriented engineers who are distinguished by their excellent technical know-how, their methodological and social skills, and their management abilities. The course content is application oriented and of practical relevance and students are taught in modern laboratories.

Current and future topics of interest in the automotive industry

The Automotive Systems degree programme not only teaches students the theoretical foundations but also focuses on topics of relevance for electronic vehicle control systems and the burgeoning vehicle electrification and digitalisation. The pioneering Bachelor degree in Automotive Systems is the best possible preparation you could have for the new challenges facing the automotive sector and the job market.

Supported by industrial companies

Leading companies in the automotive industry such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Bosch and Porsche support the teaching through guest lectures, laboratory experiments and funding programmes for junior engineers.

Excellent opportunities to gain experience abroad

You can gain international experience by doing an internship abroad or by studying abroad at one of our 78 partner universities.

You can obtain a Bachelor of Engineering double degree at the Chinese-German University of Applied Sciences (CDHAW) at Tongji University in Shanghai.

This experience abroad enhances our graduates’ already excellent career prospects even more.

To complement its academic programme, Esslingen University of Applied Sciences offers a wide variety of other activities:

Racing team and E-Stall formula student team


University Sports Club

University Orchestra and Choir


Interested? Apply now! for the wintersemester 2024/2025