M.Sc. Automotive Engineering

RWTH Aachen University | Aachen , Germany
The programme Master of Science in Automotive Engineering focuses on all disciplines within Automotive Systems Engineering, including conception, development, design and construction and the manufacturing process of vehicles.



The programme Master of Science in Automotive Engineering focuses on all disciplines within Automotive Systems Engineering, including conception, development, design and construction and the manufacturing process of vehicles. The lectures, seminars and workshops are directly influenced by the ongoing research at the RWTH Aachen University, thus ensuring an up-to-date and innovative curriculum. The Master programme particularly aims to enhance the students ability to lead and coordinate project teams and to strengthen their skills in scientific documentation and communication.

Career Prospects

The programmes goal is to provide qualification for most demanding positions in the automotive sector. This includes jobs in industrial, research and development and other private or public organisations. Jobs in traffic systems technologies and traffic guidance/organisation are also possible.

The outstanding reputation of the Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge (ika) in the automotive world and of RWTH Aachen University as top university underlines the excellent prospects for master programme graduates.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Non EU:March 1 for Winter Semester and September 1 for Summer Semester;German and EU:July 15 (Winter Semester) or January 15 (Summer Semester)
Tuition fee
  • EUR 7900 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 7900 Year (EEA)
Start date , September 2016
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
Duration full-time 18 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The programme "Automotive Engineering" consists of compulsory and elective courses. The compulsory courses cover the fundamentals of Automotive Engineering and include lectures such as Automotive Engineering, Internal Combustion Engine Fundamentals, Production Management, Quality Management, Machine Design Process and Tribology.

Elective courses are chosen from a list of subjects, such as the Dynamics of Machines, Fundamentals of Light Weight Design, Industrial Engineering, Ergonomics and Work Organisation, Internal Combustion Engines, Laser Technique (Process) or Manufacturing Technology.

In addition to the course work, students of Automotive Engineering must also complete the following:

  • A German language course
  • A nine-week industrial internship
  • A study-integrated mini-thesis
  • A four-month Master thesis.


Formal Entrance Requirements

A candidate should have a recognised first degree (Bachelor of Science or Engineering) in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline, such as Automotive, Aerospace or Energy Engineering, Manufacturing, Industrial or Production Engineering, awarded by an internationally recognised university-level institution.

Candidates should have also performed above average in their undergraduate studies and should be able to speak and write fluently in English (TOEFL 213 computer-based ). The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is also required.

Special Entrance Requirements

This programme is appropriate for both engineers coming from industry as well as those coming directly from university. Candidates should be able to apply their knowledge of mathematics and science and engineering to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. In addition, candidates should be able to design a particular system, component, or process to meet desired needs, as well as to prepare and perform experiments in a laboratory environment.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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