Automotive Software Engineering

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The master's program in Automotive Software Engineering combines content from informatics, mechatronics, electrical engineering, computer engineering, and economics. It offers sound and practical specialization in the applied field of automotive engineering.

Department of Informatics

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Language of Instruction
  • Bilingual (German and English)
Main Locations Admission Category
Start of Degree Program
  • Possible for both winter and summer semester
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 4 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

The significance of software-based functions in automobiles has increased continuously in the last three decades. New functions have yielded dramatic improvements in the safety, use and comfort of automobiles. Development processes have fundamentally changed too, given that almost all areas of a vehicle contain functionalities that are interconnected through software. Since these functions are heavily dependent on one another, software and systems engineering are faced with completely new demands.

Up until now, a shortage of highly qualified professionals has limited the industry’s capacity to design and implement new processes and methods. This master's program specifically addresses the industry's high demand for specialists in informatics with a first-rate education and knowledge of a broad range of methods as well as the relevant domains.

The master's program in Automotive Software Engineering offers a discipline-specific specialization in the applied field of automotive engineering that combines content from informatics, mechatronics, electrical engineering, computer engineering, and economics. Thus programming languages, modeling techniques, tools, and processes receive the in-depth coverage required in order to implement software-intensive systems in vehicles. Lecturers from the industry further enhance the course of study and provide students with exclusive insights into industry practices.

How is the program structured?

The master’s program in Automotive Software Engineering consists of four study areas:

  • software engineering
  • automotive technologies
  • testing and verification
  • organization and management

Required and elective modules are offered in each specialty, enabling a high degree of flexibility when creating an individual study and competency profile. Course content is complemented by seminars and internships that can be chosen within each of the four study areas. The degree concludes with the master’s thesis.

Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

As a graduate, you possess a discipline-specific specialization in the applied field of automotive engineering, having covered a combination of advanced content from informatics, mechatronics, electrical engineering, computer engineering, and economics.

Furthermore, you apply your knowledge of concepts and methods in software engineering to designing high quality software systems. Your expertise in automotive technologies means that you also have the knowledge required to understand relevant hardware technologies. Moreover, you are familiar with the most important techniques and the mathematical foundations required for formal verification and model-based software testing. Interdisciplinary competencies and an expansive set of skills relating to organization and management round out your profile.

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

The successful conclusion of the degree paves the way for a subsequent doctoral degree or a demanding occupation in the technical development of control systems for motor vehicles, airplanes, and machinery.

In addition to the huge job market offered by the automotive industry, further fields of occupation include aviation and aerospace as well as the development of all kinds of mechatronic control systems.

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

How does the application process work?

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.

You must apply online using the TUMonline application portal. After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.

In detail:

What application periods and deadlines do I need to meet?

Application period for winter semester: 01.01. - 31.05.
Application period for summer semester: 01.09. - 30.11.

Our online application portal TUMonline will create an application form and a checklist with the documents you have to hand in. The checklist shows which documents you need for admission and which for enrollment

You must submit the signed application form before the application deadline. We also ask you to submit the documents you need for admission within the application deadline. If individual documents for admission are not available to you in time, you can hand them in until 15.08. for the winter semester and until 15.02. for the summer semester. 

Please also submit the documents we need for your enrollment as soon as possible. If individual documents for enrollment are not available to you yet, you can hand them in up to five weeks after the start of the lecture period. However, we recommend that you submit all required documents well before the semester begins, as you will not be enrolled until all documents have been received. 

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.

On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?

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 admittedrejected or invited to an admissions interview

International applicants living abroad will be contacted by e-mail to arrange an interview by telephone or the internet.

Where can I find the online application portal?

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.  

Do I have to complete an internship?

As part of the degree program students have to complete an internship in the industry. More information can be found on the program's german website

What are my options after earning this degree?

You have earned your master’s degree and are ready to start your career? TUM Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

If you are interested in continuing your studies, you will find information of doctoral studies at TUM, here.


Questions about application and admission

Phone: +49 89 289 22245
In Person: Arcisstr. 21, Room 0144

Contact Hours

Central Student Advising

Arcisstr. 21, Room 0144
80333 Munich


Appointments must be arranged by phone in advance.

Departmental Student Academic Advising

Severin Kacianka
Boltzmannstr. 3, Raum 01.11.039
85748 Garching
Tel. +49 89 289 17340