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. 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. The elective subjects are closely linked with our areas of expertise in research and development.

Elective modules in the second semester:

  • Lightweight Design
  • Rail Vehicle Engineering
  • Road Traffic Law / Competition Law
  • Applied Multibody Systems
  • DoE / Application
  • 2 Wheeler Technologies
  • Strategic Management
  • Race Car Data Analysis
  • Tire Modelling
  • NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness)

Elective modules in the third semester:

  • Driver Assistance Systems
  • Large Engines
  • Energy Management and Storage Systems
  • Fuel Cell
  • Commercial Vehicles
  • Electric Drive and Propulsion Systems
  • Rail Vehicle Dynamics
  • Automotive Cyber Security

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Study mode, self-study and attendance

Study mode

During the semester classes take place Monday to Friday. Individual events are occasionally held outside these times and are announced with plenty of notice.


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


There is compulsory attendance in all courses of FH JOANNEUM. As a rule students are allowed to miss 20% of the units in each course per semester. Non-compliance with the attendance regulations of a lecture course without proper justification results in a negative assessment of the course. 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.