Department of Engineering

Automotive Engineering

My Studies


Key subject areas


We’ll turn you into a practical engineer with a targeted interdisciplinary approach, ready to take up a position of responsibility in the automotive industry. You’ll extend your knowledge in the areas of model development and simulation, engine development and also process and product management. The degree programme will prepare you to be innovative, creating new customer-oriented products using environmentally sound processes while conserving resources. You’ll get the opportunity to specialise in your particular area of interest by choosing from the list of elective subjects.

Leadership skills

We’ll prepare you for the challenges you’ll encounter in the world of automotive engineering. With increasing responsibility comes the need for enhanced social skills. You’ll learn how to be responsible for leading an organisational unit and how to identify and implement development trends.

International teamwork

We’ll prepare you for the international environment of the automotive sector. Some of our teaching is delivered in English and we’ll be happy to help if you wish to spend a semester abroad. You’ll see for yourself how international cooperation works in practice in various projects, such as Formula Student for instance.

What specialisations are available?

In the second and third semesters we offer you the opportunity to concentrate on your own particular interests. You can choose from a list of elective subjects and tailor your own individual curriculum. In the previous semester you select your five preferred courses from the list of electives and rank them in order of personal preference. An elective course will be held if selected by at least six students. The elective subjects are closely linked with our areas of expertise in research and development. You’ll study three electives in the second semester and two in the third.

Elective modules in the second semester:

  • Lightweight Design
  • Rail Vehicle Engineering
  • Road Traffic Law / Competition Law
  • Applied Multibody Systems
  • DoE / Application
  • 2 Wheeler Technologies
  • Race Car Data Analysis

  • Strategic Management

Elective modules in the third semester:

  • Driver Assistance Systems
  • Large Engines
  • Energy Management and Storage Systems
  • Commercial Vehicles
  • Electric Drive and Propulsion Systems
  • Rail Vehicle Dynamics
  • Tire Modelling

Study mode, self-study and attendance

Study mode

During the semester classes take place between 9:00 and 18:30 Monday to Friday. Individual events are occasionally held outside these times and are announced with plenty of notice. Synchronous and asynchronous e-learning units are scheduled on Thursdays and Fridays between 17:00 and 20:00 and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 17:00.


The amount of self-study undertaken depends on the commitment and ambitions of our students.


Attendance is compulsory at all classes, in principle. In practice, you can miss 25 percent of units per semester and class. If you miss over 25 percent, your performance will be assessed as unsatisfactory and you will fail the first attempt at the exam. You will be excused if you provide a doctor’s note confirming that you were ill. Ultimately the head of the Institute decides on the consequences of non-attendance and exceptions to the compulsory attendance requirement.