Master Automotive Engineering

Ladies and gentlemen: Start your engines!

Are automobiles your passion? Then come and join us on the Master Degree Course in Automotive Engineering and learn everything to be successful in that industry sector. You will be able to choose from a wide range of subjects, immerse yourself in next-generation technologies, such as electromobility and self-driving vehicles, and develop visions for mobility in the future.

What experience or characteristics do I need?

The formal requirements for acceptance on this Master degree course are:

  • a Master's degree qualification (see TUM glossary of documents),
  • specialised knowledge of fundamental subject areas relating to mechanical engineering:
    • higher mathematics,
    • technical mechanics,
    • machine elements,
    • material science,
    • thermodynamics,
    • fluid mechanics,
    • control engineering,
  • knowledge of German.

Why study with us?

You will benefit in many ways, experiencing top-ranking teaching and research in the field of automotive engineering and taking advantage of outstanding interdisciplinary offerings of other TUM departments – quite apart from cooperations of TUM and its Mechanical Engineering Department with companies, partners from industry and distinguished research institutes.

  • The Master Degree in Automotive Engineering is intended to enable graduates to generate sustainable automobile solutions and to advance innovation in the automotive field.
  • Modules from the main degree-course subject areas of "Vehicles", "Motors" or "Electronics and Assistance Systems" are studied by all automotive engineering students to give them a broad-based educational training. Students are welcome to place emphasis on a particular research area within the very diverse automotive engineering field.
  • Our engineers set national and international benchmarks in research and teaching, as evidenced by numerous Rankings.
  • In our modern, light-flooded building everything is under one roof: all lecture rooms for the Master degree course, all of the department's automotive engineering professorships, together with related workshops, laboratories and technologies, advice and support services for students, such as the student advice service, the Mechanical Engineering Student Council, language centre and library. Take advantage of close proximity and make contact with tutors, students and advisors. We will be happy to help you.

As a graduate of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, many excellent prospects for the future will be open to you!

Structure and content of the Master degree course

Structure of the degree course

To successfully complete the Master degree course in Automotive Engineering, you will require a total of 120 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits. The following diagram shows the number of credits allotted to the different areas.

You will choose your MSc modules (each usually worth 5 credits) from five subject areas related to the degree course. Detailed information can be found in the Examination and Study Regulations relating to this degree course.

Curriculum

Four semesters are normally required to complete the MSc Degree Course in Automotive Engineering. You will put together an individual curriculum, taking modules from the catalogue of modules approved for the degree course.

The following diagram shows a suggested arrangement of individual modules over the four semesters allowed.

Content of the degree course

You will find the list of modules at the degree course documentation site. The degree course includes the following subject areas

  • Motor vehicles (eg. dynamics of road vehicles or design of electric vehicles)
  • Power units (eg. power unit system technology for motor vehicles, drive control in electric vehicles, electric machines)
  • Electronics and assistance systems (eg. modern methods used in control engineering 1-3, design of intelligent embedded distribution systems in mechatronics, driver assistance systems in motor vehicles)
  • Production and materials (eg. planning of technical logistics systems, factory planning, intelligent cross-linked systems – Industry 4.0, casting technology and rapid prototyping, production simulation and material modelling with composites)
  • Methodology (eg. production development methods, applied CFD, finite elements).

What skills will you acquire?

Graduates of the application- and research-oriented MSc Degree in Automotive Engineering have an in-depth knowledge of the principles of mechanical engineering, as well as an advanced understanding of mathematics and scientific specialist subjects. They are in a position to apply this knowledge in tackling both engineering science and application-oriented research.

The graduates of the degree course will also understand the constraints relating specifically to motor vehicles, be able themselves to deduce automobile requirements and so identify relevant development goals. They will have acquired a holistic understanding of systems and therefore be able to analyse and evaluate the implications of parameter and component variations on a vehicle as a whole. In addition they will have an advanced mathematical-physical understanding which qualifies them to model complex components and systems, and to illustrate their behaviour in simulations and evaluate that behaviour. They will be capable of designing and dimensioning specific vehicle components based on goals and requirements bearing in mind given technical, economic, legal and social conditions.

With this knowledge the graduates will be able to solve the application-oriented and scientific problems posed in modern automobile design. They will not only have broad knowledge in automotive engineering but also specialist knowledge in particular fields.

Study and internships abroad during your degree course

Studying abroad

Would you like to study abroad for part of your degree? If so, why not apply for an exchange student place at one of TUM's many partner universities, see diagram above. Would you like to do an internship in another country? Here too there are many assistance schemes offered by TUM.

Application, admission and enrolment

From your application to beginning your studies

Application

  • Detailed information on application and enrolment
  • Department-specific information:
    • In addition, please also send in the university qualification curriculum from which the modules you studied and the competences learnt emanate (eg. module handbook, module descriptions).
    • Teaching will be held in German. International applicants therefore require a German language certificate.
    • Before a student is awarded a place, the Department of Mechanical Engineering will carry out an aptitude assessment.

Beginning of degree course

Information on the beginning of the degree course can be found on the beginning your studies site for current students.

Details on aptitude assessment at the Department of Mechanical Engineering

A condition of acceptance to study is the successful completion of the aptitude assessment, based on a complete application submission. All students, who can prove their suitability during this process, will be awarded a place.

Details on the assessment can be found in Appendix 2 of the Examination and Study Regulations (FPSO).

In the first stage of the assessment an evaluation will be made based on:

  • your covering motivation letter (max. 20 points),
  • your average marks in relevant modules at the time of application (max. 20 points) and
  • your specialist knowledge (max. 60 points).

In the diagram below you can see the assessment time flow. If you achieve 70 points or more, you be accepted directly. If you achieve less than 50 points, you will be rejected. If you have between 50-69 points, you will be invited to a written test.

If you achieve a total of 110 points or more, after you have done the written test, you will be accepted. Apart from the marks for the written test, the points for your specialist knowledge and the average marks in stage 1 will be taken into consideration.

Further information on the aptitude assessment

Proof of a university qualification giving eligibility to study for a Master degree

If you do now have a degree graduation certificate at the time of application, you may only apply if you have proof of having achieved at least 140 credits in a six-semester BSc degree course, at least 170 credits in the case of a seven-semester course and at least 200 credits from an eight-semester degree. (The number of semesters relates to the time usually required to complete the course.)

Proof of having achieved the required number of credits should take the form of a stamped, signed grade transcript from your examination board/degree course office. Please submit your BSc certificate to the enrolment office as soon as possible after receipt, at the latest one year after commencing the MSc degree course.

The module handbook

Universities often provide a so-called module handbook, in which all modules relating to the degree course are described. Other universities refer to a curriculum. It must be clear from the descriptions of individual degree courses, what modules are included in the course in question and what competences are taught. This information is of great significance when checking qualifications during the aptitude assessment. The study plan itself is not sufficient. Should your university not provide a module handbook, please obtain written confirmation of the modules and content you studied. Please note: In this case it is your responsibility to collate information on the curriculum of the module subjects.

The covering motivation letter

An essential cornerstone of the aptitude assessment – apart from university qualification certificates – is a covering letter giving your reasons for choosing the degree course in question and wishing to study at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Together with any additional, existing qualifications (please enclose proof of these qualifications), this part of the assessment can be awarded up to 20 points in the first stage of the assessment.

The covering motivation letter (max. two pages) should be written by you without help. Please outline, based on your degree studies to date, which competences, specific talents, interests and career wishes you have that make you particularly suitable for your desired degree course at TUM. Should you have any additional qualifications (eg. vocational training), please include them in your letter and enclose a copy of any records you may have relating to the qualifications.

The written test

The test:

  • is a written test,
  • lasts 80 minutes and is held at the Department of Mechanical Engineering building, Boltzmannstraße 15, 85748 Garching,
  • is divided into four blocks of assignments, each of which can be given up to 20 points,
  • includes questions on higher mathematics, technical mechanics, machine elements and material science,
  • takes place only once per application period for all Master degree courses in mechanical engineering. It is not possible to do the test at a later date.
  • might take this form:

Conditional admission

If during the aptitude assessment, it has been determined that only individual prerequisites from a first degree are lacking, you may be accepted on the condition that you take basic examinations from our B.A. Degree Course in Mechanical Engineering (= conditional admission). The conditional admission measures are therefore the written examinations from the compulsory basic level of the B.A. degree course, which then have to be passed in the first year of the M.A. degree course. As the tuition language of the B.A. Degree Course in Mechanical Engineering is German, the examinations are only offered in German. You may only sit the examinations twice. If you have not passed them by the end of the first year of the M.A. course, they are considered to have been failed for good. Acceptance on the M.A. degree course will then be withdrawn and the student in question will have to leave the university.

Information for Bachelor's students at the TUM Department of Mechanical Engineering

Information about progressing to the Master's programme

Dates and deadlines

  • The application portal is activated at least one month before the application deadline.
  • Deadline for degree courses starting in the winter semester: 31 May
  • Deadline for degree courses starting in the summer semester: 31 December
  • Date of written test:
    • Thursday, 05 August 2020 (application for winter semester 2020/2021)
  • Start of degree course and lecture period

Summary: Facts on the degree course

  • The degree course may be commenced either in the summer or winter semester
  • Final degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • Tuition language: German
  • Main location: Garching near Munich
  • No. of semesters usually required to complete course: 4 semesters
  • Fees and financial aid
  • Full-time degree course
  • Study abroad is possible

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