Master of Science (M.Sc.)
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Information on Degree Program
In the interdisciplinary Master Degree Course Automotive Engineering you will be prepared for a career in the changing automotive and commercial vehicle industry. Motivated by political, ecological and economic conditions, more electrified vehicles with complex driver assistance systems will be developed and produced. To meet these challenges, you will get expertise in the field of “classic” automotive engineering and furthermore in Electrical Engineering and Informatics.
For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:
The Master’s Program allows you to create your own individual study course plan. The Program is structured as follows:
- Master Modules, divided into main subject areas motor vehicles, power units, electronics and assistance systems, production and materials, methodology and engineering science flexibilization
- Practical courses
- Supplementary Subjects
- Research Internship (term project, team project, practical research course)
- Key Competences (language courses, soft skills workshops, …)
- Master’s Thesis
Required language skills for admission:
You need sufficient German language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your German language skills.
This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.
Language of instruction:
The language of instruction for this program is usually German. This means that most of the modules are offered in German. Some courses may, however, be taught in English. To learn more about the language of instruction for each module, contact the departmental student academic advisor of this program.
Graduates of the application- and research-oriented Master Degree course Automotive Engineering will
- understand the constraints relating specifically to motor vehicles,
- be able themselves to deduce automobile requirements and so identify relevant development goals,
- have acquired a holistic understanding of systems and therefore be able to analyze and evaluate the implications of parameter and component variations on a vehicle as a whole,
- have an advanced mathematical-physical understanding which qualifies them to model complex components and systems, and to illustrate their behavior in simulations and evaluate that behavior,
- 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.
Opportunities arise for graduates in all areas of the automotive and motor vehicle sectors, as well as at related manufacturers and suppliers.
Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application
Application and Admission
Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.
During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.
If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.
Generally, applicants with a qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. a bachelor’s) obtained outside of the EU / EEA must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.
- Degree Certificate and Diploma or Subject and Grade Transcript of Studies to Date
- Transcript of Records
- Proof of German Language Proficiency
- Curriculum (e.g. module description)
- Letter of Motivation
- Complete and Current Résumé
- Preliminary Documentation (VPD) if the qualification for graduate studies (e.g. a bachelor's) is obtained outside the EU/EEA
We may require additional documents depending on your educational background and your country of origin. Complete the online application to receive a comprehensive list of the required documents.
- Application for Enrollment (signed)
- Degree Certificate and Diploma (certified copy)
- Transcript of Records (certified copy)
- Most Current Photo (as for ID)
- Student Health Insurance Certificate
We may require additional documents depending on the type of educational background you earned and your country of origin. After accepting an offer of admission in TUMonline, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hardcopy for enrollment.
Application period for winter semester: 01.04. – 31.05.
Application period for summer semester: 01.11. – 31.12.
During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.
We will review your application as soon as it is complete. Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.
After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.
We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents. Proof of the completed bachelor's degree must be provided within one year of commencement of the master's program.
You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.
Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program.
In the initial stages, the grades you obtained during your bachelor's program, as well as your written documents, will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admitted, rejected or invited to an admissions interview.
The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.
If the applicant cannot provide proof of at least 8 weeks of industrial internship from the first degree, 8 weeks of internship will be required. For further details, please refer to your letter of admission and to the website of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.