Important innovations of recent years, carried out in the areas of engine control, comfort functions, driver assistance, infotainment or networking and communication, have been based on electrics / electronics. The automobile has become a complex system of various mechatronic technologies which still have to be adapted to individual needs but with a future demand of intensive use of intelligent connections between technology and communication. Among others the following perspectives point towards the direction to the kind of changes that are coming and that affects traditional OEMs and suppliers, potential new players, regulators, consumers, national car markets, and the automotive value chain. Electrified vehicles are becoming viable and competitive. Once technological and regulatory issues have been resolved, the percentage of new cars which are partly or fully autonomous will increase. Car manufacturers are seriously looking into researching technologies that would enable future cars to communicate with each other and with objects around them. These technologies will transform the way we drive and increase automotive safety dramatically.
International Automotive Engineering (M. Eng.)
Master of Engineering
Sommer & Winter
Yes Admission information
In the field of automotive development, strong efforts should be made on national and international level to adequately prepare students for coping with the technical exigencies of future automobiles. Engineers with interdisciplinary knowledge in mechanics, electronics and computer science are particularly wanted. The Master-programme "International Automotive Engineering" (IAE) wants to impart dedicated engineering approaches for the development of automotive mechatronic systems and to give instructions for solving specific problems of developing automotive electronic systems in general as well as for vehicle safety systems specifically.
Accordingly, two areas of concentration are offered: "Vehicle Electronics" und "Vehicle Safety". In both areas, technical and methodological skills for the development of correspondent systems will be taught.
Procurance of knowledge and methodological competence in the areas "Computer based Development Methods" (lectures Mathematical Modelling and Simulation, CAx-Techniques in Automotive Technologie) und "Mechanical & Electronic Components and their Relation to Dynamics of Vehicles" (lectures Automotive Electronics, Power Train und Vehicle Dynamics)
Procurance of knowledge and methodological competence in the area of development of general electrical/mechatronic automotive systems (lectures Automotive Control Engineering, Power Supply and Energy Distribution,Automotive Communication Systems, Development Methodologies for Automotive Systems)
Procurance of knowledge and methodological competence in the area of development of systems for vehicle safety (lectures Vehicle Crash Mechanics and Biomechanics, Integrated Safety and Assistance Systems, Sensor Technology and Signal Processing, Testing and Simulation Methods for Vehicle Safety Systems)
English as language of instruction and internationally composed groups of students encourage foreign language skills as well as dealing with cultural differences.
Lectures related to model-based development methods will be held in PC-labs.
Projects will take place in labs, e.g. electromobility and adaptive systems, electrical energy production and conversion, electrical energy storage, control engineering, modeling and model-based development methods, vehicle mechatronics.
Applying for a degree course
The programme starts in summer term (March 15th) as well as in winter term (October 1st).
November 15th – January 15th in case of admission for the summer term;
May 2nd – July 15th in case of admission for the winter term;
A Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline with either 210 ECTS credit points or an equivalent degree in an engineering programme with a duration of at least 3,5 year is required.
For application, we ask for a copy of the degree certification as well as of the transcript of records/grade sheet. Provisional certificates and transcripts as available are accepted. However, in case of admission the final certificate must be shown at registration/enrollment.
Details about required documents can be found here.
In addition, we ask for sufficient English language skills, documented by a certification of level B2. The proof is not required provided the university entrance qualification certificate (certification of secondary school) or the Bachelor's degree was acquired in English or the applicant possesses the citizenship of a country in which English is the native language.
Furthermore, knowledge of the German language as certified by the Goethe-Certificate level A1 or by equivalent certification is required. This certification is not required of applicants who have completed their university degree in the German language or when the applicant is a citizen of a country where German is spoken as a first language. At the latest, the corresponding certification must be shown at the end of the first semester.
Selection for Admission: Aptitude Test
Due to the large number of applications we are forced to apply a strict selection procedure in which we evaluate how well an applicant fits to the programme. This aptitude test is carried out using documents provided by the applicant. There is no interview. Experience in specific subjects (e.g. control engineering, can be gained by way of professional jobs, suitable internships, a Bachelor's thesis, and other project work:
- knowledge in the fields of vehicle technology, control engineering, signal processing, sensor/actuators technology, simulation of mechatronic systems, electronics, power electronics, microcomputer technology, programming
- practical experience (comparable to an internship semester) in the field of design or testing of mechatronic systems for vehicles
- project work with thematic reference to vehicles, which requires knowledge of the areas of construction or design of mechatronic vehicle components, control technology, electronics, power electronics, modelling&simulation, control devices and their programming
- final thesis of bachelor's degree with thematic reference to vehicles, which was prepared independently and according to engineering-scientific principles
Possible if there's a cooperation between the company and THI. Please find further details here.
Basically, graduates will work as a development engineer for electronic/mechatronic systems of automobiles used to increase comfort and safety.
In addition to the professional and international orientation, the attractiveness of the programme is enhanced by the possibility of obtaining a double degree in which two degrees are acquired with an additional expenditure of up to one semester: Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt awards one degree, while the other is awarded by a foreign partner university. This possibility opens graduates excellent prospects in the increasingly global labor market.
- Universidade Federal Do Paraná (UFPR), Curitiba, and Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Joinville, Brasilien
The double degree agreement exists with a master's program in mechanical engineering (Mestrado em Engenharia Mecânica) or with one in electrical engineering (Mestrado em Engenharia Elétrica). It impresses with its research-oriented characterization, opening up explicitly the prospect of further qualifications after the Master's degree in the direction of doctoral degree. The agreement stipulates that the first semester have to be completed at the THI. In the second semester, theoretical courses as well as an individual project has to be passed at UFPR (language of instruction will be English). In the project, the thesis is being prepared thematically and methodically. The third semester is reserved for the preparation of the final thesis.
- Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, Australien
Another double degree agreement exists with the Master's program "International Automotive Engineering". In the first two semesters, the courses of the THI program either of the core area "Vehicle Electronics" or of the core area "Vehicle Safety" with some restrictions related to electives have to be completed. Then, additional two semesters at RMIT theoretical courses have to be attended and a final thesis has to be written.
Currently, we accept between 20 and 25 students each semester.
All students have to pay a fee of 42,- € for the student's union.
Yes, the programme is open for mechanical engineers as well as electrical engineers. You must be open for electronic/mechatronic subjects. The programme is not a specialization in a specific area of the mechanics of automobiles.
First, the term 'International' in the programme's name indicates that our aim is to prepare our students to collaborate in international teams. Second it refers to fact that the language of instruction is English.
After completion of the programme you have the opportunity to do a PhD at a university. Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt cannot directly award PhDs but there may be the opportunity to do a cooperative programme with us. Generally, we can say that other universities in Germany accept the master degree from our university. In some cases, you have to rework some field of study. However, this depends on the faculty of the university where you do your PhD.
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