Technology / Master's degree programme
Advanced Automotive Engineering

General information for the a.y. 2019-2020

Interuniversity programme with Università di Bologna and Università degli studi di Ferrara and Università degli studi di Parma
This interuniversity degree programme is organised by the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, jointly with the Universities of Bologna, Ferrara and Parma. Administrative headquarters at Unimore.

Disciplinary areaTechnology
Duration 2 years - 120 Credits
Admission Accesso Programmato Limited access, see call for applications
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 of the world based in the Emilia-Romagna 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 in Campus or on the premises of industrial partners, in line with a “learning by doing” approach. The programme also includes mandatory internships in companies and lab-based thesis preparation activities, carried out following a “project work” approach.

Course content

The first semester is in common for all students and courses take place in the Modena Campus. Courses aim at providing 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 organized into five curricula (see below) whose contents have been defined together with the contribution of partner companies so as to ensure that training is in line with the labor market's current requirements. <strong>- Advanced Powertrain</strong> (Modena Campus and Bologna Campus): this curriculum covers the planning and control of endothermic, electric and hybrid powertrains, the main solutions for electromechanical energy conversion and storage, powertrain design and production technology as well as the most advanced motor control and calibration techniques. <strong>- High Performance Car Design</strong> (Modena Campus): this curriculum covers the main aspects of vehicle design and manufacturing, dynamics and NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness), materials behavior, mechanic technology, aerodynamics, thermofluid dynamics, automatic controls, electronic sensors. <strong>- Racing Car Design</strong> (Modena Campus and Dallara Academy starting from 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. <strong>- Advanced Motorcycle Engineering</strong> (Bologna Campus): this curriculum covers aspects of mechanical engineering, electronics and industrial design for high- performance and racing motor vehicles with particular attention to design, vibration mechanics, mechanical technology, dynamics, endothermic powertrain and BEV design, as well as driving assistance systems. <strong>- Advanced Sportscar Manufacturing</strong> (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 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 processes; - 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.

List of single courses taught in English

- Advanced Combustion Systems/Electric Propulsion Systems [ credits: 12]
- Algorithms and Systems for Big Data Processing [ credits: 6]
- Automotive Electronics Systems [ credits: 6]
- Automotive Fluid Power Systems [ credits: 6]
- CFD Fundamentals and Aerodynamics [ credits: 9]
- Chassis and Body Design [ credits: 6]
- Chassis and Body Design and Manufacturing/Vehicle Virtual Design [ credits: 12]
- Computer Aided Design Lab [ credits: 6]
- Design and Modelling of High Performance Combustion Systems [ credits: 12]
- Dynamic Testing of Vehicles [ credits: 6]
- Electric Drives [ credits: 6]
- Electric Drives/Electric Propulsion Systems [ credits: 12]
- Electromechanical Energy Storage and Conversion [ credits: 6]
- Electronics Systems/Automatic Controls [ credits: 12]
- Energy Modeling, Simulation, Optimization and Control of Advanced Vehicles [ credits: 6]
- Engine Components Design and Manufacturing/Automotive Computer Aided [ credits: 12]
- Experimental Aerodynamics [ credits: 6]
- FEM Fundamentals and Chassis Design [ credits: 9]
- Indoor and Outdoor Tests [ credits: 6]
- Industrial Plants Design [ credits: 6]
- Industrial Robotics [ credits: 6]
- Internal Combustion Engines [ credits: 6]
- Internal Combustion Engines [ credits: 6]
- Lightweight Materials and Composites [ credits: 6]
- Logistic Simulation Lab [ credits: 6]
- Manufacturing and Assembly Technologies/Science and Technology of Metallic and Composite Materials [ credits: 12]
- Mechanical transmissions/Automatic Controls [ credits: 12]
- Mechanical Vibrations [ credits: 6]
- Mechatronic Gearshift [ credits: 6]
- Modelling and Control of Internal Combustion Engines and Hybrid Propulsion Systems [ credits: 6]
- Motorcycle Vehicle Dynamics [ credits: 6]
- Operations & Supply Chain Design and Management/Automotive Manufacturing and Assembly Systems [ credits: 12]
- Passive/Active Noise & Vibration Control [ credits: 6]
- Powertrain Design and Manufacturing [ credits: 6]
- Powertrain Testing, Calibration and Homologation [ credits: 6]
- Product Safety, Product Liability and Automotive [ credits: 6]
- Production Management and Optimisation [ credits: 6]
- Technical Regulations and Validation Tests [ credits: 6]
- Turbo- and Fluid- machinery for Charging and Auxiliary in Automotive Applications [ credits: 6]
- Vehicle Components [ credits: 6]
- Vehicle Conceptual Design [ credits: 6]
- Vehicle Dynamics [ credits: 12]
- Vehicle NVH Testing [ credits: 6]

More information

Course Director
prof. Francesco Leali

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