Brief profile

Master of Science
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Restrictions on admission
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Standard period of study
4 Semester
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Start of studies
1. April oder 1. Oktober
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Requirement for admission
Abschluss eines verwandten Bachelorstudiums
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Credit points
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Brief description

The degree course is consecutive and builds on the Bachelor's degree course in Automotive Engineering.

Anyone who has successfully completed such a Bachelor's degree or a related Bachelor's degree with a standard period of study of at least six semesters and has earned at least 180 credit points (CP) can be admitted to the course. Subject-specific aptitude is determined on the basis of the documents to be submitted and, if necessary, in a personal interview.

As a complex technical product, the motor vehicle requires development skills at a high level and across a broad university spectrum. Development work is therefore only possible on an interdisciplinary basis. The Master's degree course in Automotive Engineering builds on a broad-based education in the natural sciences and engineering fundamentals and expands this with a specific profile in automotive engineering. This profile is focused in teaching and research on the areas of mechatronics, design of mobile systems, human-machine interaction, ergonomics, resource-saving operation of motor vehicles with regard to the efficiency of drive units and the improvement of vibration and noise comfort.

The training is based on 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 ensured through intensive training in vehicle-related design, measurement and simulation technology, modern practical courses in the laboratory and on the vehicle testing grounds as well as close cooperation with honorary professors and guest lecturers.

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Application with foreign certificates

Why Ilmenau?

In the Master's degree course, students can specialize in general vehicle technology, automated and networked vehicles and electronics in vehicle technology.

Marcel studies automotive engineering at the TU Ilmenau

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
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Programme coordinator

M.Sc. Kathleen Brückner

+49 3677 69-4951

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.