Advanced Automotive Engineering

Master's degree programme

General information

Disciplinary areaTechnology
Duration 2 years - 120 Credits
Admission Accesso Programmato Limited access, see call for applications
- call for admission international students for the a. y. 2018-2019
Language Completely taught in English
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


The Master's Degree Programme in Advanced Automotive Engineering is an inter-university programme offered by MUNER - Motorvehicle University of Emilia-Romagna, a project born from the collaboration among the Universities of Bologna, Ferrara, Modena and Reggio Emilia, Parma and the most prestigious automotive companies in the world based in the Region: Automobili Lamborghini, Dallara, Ducati, Ferrari, Haas F1 Team, HPE Coxa, Magneti Marelli, Maserati, Pagani, Scuderia Toro Rosso. Taught entirely in English, the international teaching staff includes highly experienced lectures and professionals. The number of places is limited (max. 120) and admissions are based on merit and interviews evaluating motivations and skills. The programme requires student participation in numerous laboratory activities either on campus or on the premises of industrial partners, in line with a “learning by doing” approach. The programme also includes mandatory internships in private companies and lab-based thesis preparation activities carried out following a “project work” approach.

Course content

The first semester is common for all students and courses take place in the Modena campus. Courses aim at providing the core competences related to high performance vehicle design. Topics include: vehicle lay-out design; vehicle production processes and vehicle components construction and assembly; choice and use of materials for the high- performance vehicles; mechanical effects on systems and components. The course is organised into six curricula (see below) whose contents have been defined together with the contribution of the partner companies so as to ensure that training is in line with current requirements of the labour market. - Advanced Powertrain (Modena campus and Bologna campus): this curriculum covers the planning and control of endothermic, electric and hybrid powertrains, the main solutions for electromechanic energy conversion and storage, powertrain design and production technology as well as the most advanced motor control and calibration techniques. - High Performance Car Design (Modena campus): this curriculum covers the main aspects of vehicle design and manufacturing, dynamics and NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness), materials behaviour, mechanic technology, aerodynamics, thermofluid dynamics, automatic controls, electronic sensors. - Racing car design (Modena campus and Parma campus starting form the second year): this curriculum covers the main aspects of vehicle frame system and racing vehicle architecture, with particular attention to the use of special materials and solutions. Particular emphasis is placed in this curriculum on the strong experimental nature of development activities and aerodynamic performance aspects. - Advanced Motorcycle Engineering (Bologna campus): this curriculum covers aspects of mechanical engineering, electronics and industrial design for high- performance and racing motor vehicles and with particular attention to design, vibration mechanics, mechanical technology, dynamics, endothermic powetrain and BEV design, as well as driving assistance systems. - Advanced Sportscar Manufacturing (Bologna campus): this curriculum covers process engineering, the design of industrial plants and systems, production management and optimization, digital technologies for factory 4.0, and quality assurance process management.

Career options

Advanced Automotive Engineers are able to plan, develop and manufacture the main sub- systems of cars and motorcycles, with particular reference to the premium market and to racing vehicles. Depending on the chosen curriculum, a graduate in Advanced Automotive Engineering specializes in: - powertrain: s/he is able to plan traditional and innovative propulsion systems paying attention to their optimization as well as to the control and solution of environmental and energetic issues; - architecture of ground vehicles: s/he is in charge of the set-up and development of vehicles, ranging from fundamental design aspects and up to the design of the main groups and “cold” sub-groups of high performance vehicles; - racing vehicle architecture: s/he is able to set up all the “cold” groups and sub-groups of racing vehicles. In particular, s/he specializes in aerodynamic aspects, employment of light materials (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Materials), and the design and conduction of experimental tests; - motorcycles: s/he is able to design and develop high-tech motorcycles, in both the production and racing segments. S/he can manage dedicated aspects of electronic engineering and industrial production; - production: s/he is able to plan, develop control and manage the processes and production systems related to the automotive field, with particular reference to the use of the most advanced digital technologies.

More information

Course Director
prof. Francesco Leali

The course is managed by the "Enzo Ferrari" Department of Engineering