Automotive and Combustion Engine Technology

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The master's program covers content based on the latest research in the field of automotive and combustion engine technology, in order to meet the challenges of ecologically sustainable mass mobility, and develop innovative solutions.

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • German
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 "Automotive and Combustion Engine Technology" master's program pursues the objective of training internationally qualified experts in the complex disciplines of engineering science, such that they have an appropriate command of automotive research and development areas. The program therefore contributes to mastering the societal challenges of ecologically sustainable mass mobility.

To take the automobile as the object of research entails a diversified approach to the relevant disciplines. This presents the engineer specializing in automotive technology with interdisciplinary challenges. The goal of the master's degree is for students to acquire an understanding of the entire system, such that they can swiftly establish themselves in unfamiliar topic areas and assume leading positions on the interface between these areas.

Additionally, the master's program advances and broadens out students' prior knowledge, using content based on the latest research in lightweight structures, composites technology, battery technology, motor controllers and high voltage wiring systems in electric vehicles or advanced driver assistance systems. 

How is the program structured?

The master's program in Automotive and Combustion Engine Technology offers a high level of flexibility when creating an individual study and competency profile.

In addition to core content, students have the opportunity to select their own focal points through required elective modules. These are complemented by cross-disciplinary modules.

The degree concludes with the master's thesis.

What is the language of instruction?

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 German.

Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

As a graduate, you have at your disposal advanced specialist knowledge of the entire spectrum of automotive and combustion engine technology. This includes applied CFD, system engineering for vehicle drive lines, the design of electric vehicles, road vehicle dynamics, the development of intelligent distributed embedded systems in mechatronics, automotive concepts, finite elements, material handling and material flow engineering, human reliability, product development methods, methods in engine application, control engineering, machine dynamics, thermodynamics of internal combustion engines, product ergonomics, as well as forming machine tools.

Furthermore, both your advanced knowledge of the principles of mechanical engineering, and your deep specialist knowledge of mathematics and the natural sciences, allows you to handle complex problems of engineering science independently. As a result of the social skills you acquire, and your knowledge of methodology, you apply your competencies in a practical manner when working in interdisciplinary teams.

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

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

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: 01.04. - 31.05.
Application period for summer semester: 01.11. - 31.12.

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 and all documents you need for admission before the application deadline

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 a written test.

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?

If the applicant cannot prove at least 8 weeks of internship in industry taken in the first degree, 8 weeks of internship will be required during the Master's course of study.

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.