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Master of Science
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Restrictions on admission
aptitude test
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Standard period of study
3 Semester (4 semester planned for WS 2022/23)
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Start of studies
April 1 or October 1
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Requirement for admission
Bachelor's degree in a similar field
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Credit points
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Teaching language

Application with German certificates

Application with foreign certificates


The course of study is consecutive and builds on the Bachelor's degree in Automotive Engineering. It can also be attended by graduates of the closely related bachelor programs Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Computer and Systems Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Management (MB) or graduates from other technical bachelor programs such that fulfill the special admission requirements (according to the Examination and Study Regulations - Special Provisions).

The motor vehicle as a complex technical product requires development skills at a high level and on a university-wide scale. Therefore, development work can only be carried out on an interdisciplinary basis. The Master's programme in Automotive Engineering builds on a broad professional education in the fundamentals of natural sciences and engineering and expands this with a specific profile of automotive engineering. In teaching and research, this profile is oriented towards the fields of mechatronics, design of mobile systems, human-machine interaction, ergonomics, resource-saving operation of motor vehicles with regard to the efficiency of drive technology units and the improvement of vibration and noise comfort.

The training is oriented to the state of the art through intensive research cooperation with the automotive and supplier industry in Germany and abroad, particularly in the areas of development, testing, production and quality assurance. Practice-oriented teaching is guaranteed by intensive training in vehicle-related design, measurement and simulation technology, modern practical training in the laboratory and on the vehicle test track, and close links with honorary professors and guest lecturers.


Content of study

Fundamental obligatory courses (e.g. alternative vehicle drives, braking system, lighting engineering, vehicle dynamics control systems and assistance systems, simulation and development tools)

38 %

Optional courses from the chosen specilisation (automobile development and production | electronics and mechatronics in an automobile)

25 %

Project seminar

12 %

Master thesis

25 %
Detailed subject overview: Automotive Engineering (Master)


  • General vehicle technology
  • Automated and networked vehicles
  • Electronics in automotive engineering

Fields of work

  • Research and development
  • Construction
  • Test and assessing agencies
  • Quality assurance
  • Developing and marketing of own products, ideas and processes
  • Public service
  • Education and training
  • Marketing and controlling

Marcel studies automotive engineering at the TU Ilmenau

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Programme coordinator

Study organisation

Dipl.-Ing. Jana Buchheim

+49 3677 69-2494

Professors and staff members will be happy to answer questions about the courses offered by the

Department of Mechanical Engineering.

WebEx room | Meeting identification number 842 757 258

We are looking forward to interesting conversations each

Thursday 3pm - 4pm.