Technology / Master's degree programme
Vehicle Engineering

General information for the a.y. 2019-2020

Disciplinary areaTechnology
Duration 2 years - 120 Credits
Admission Accesso Libero No limited access
Language Partially taught in English (5 courses)
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


Students enrolling in the MSc Vehicle Engineering will find an advanced, high- level training, with specialization in Automotive, which will provide the opportunity be in contact with the most prestigious automobile industries of the world operating next or inside the city of Modena. The statistics allow to claim that after graduation the job finding is guaranteed (99% placement after one year) . Students will have opportunity of experience in local industries through training internships and experience in research labs: the Millechili Lab (originated from the collaboration with Ferrari), Vibration and Powertrain Lab, Automotive Fluid Power, Assisted Planning of Mechanical Structures, Computational Fluid Thermodynamics, Internal Combustion Engine Testing. The excellent reputation of our program is evidenced by the fact that most of our students come from other universities. The MSc Vehicle Engineering offers two sub-programs: POWERTRAIN SUBPROGRAMME Specialization on Engines, Driveline and Gearboxes VEHICLE SYSTEM SUBPROGRAMME With specialization on Chassis, Vehicle Dynamics, Comfort.

Course content

Applied specialized courses offered in the Second-Cycle Degree program in Automotive Engineering include: internal combustion engines for vehicles, the dynamic behavior of vehicles, their external aerodynamics, the design of automotive bodies, control systems, structural calculation techniques for engine components, and the chassis. The course of study is divided into two sub- programs: Powertrain and Vehicle System. The Powertrain sub- program is focused on vehicle transmission, i.e. all components ranging from engine to wheels. The sub-program System Vehicle is focused on structural aspects, vibroacoustics and thermal comfort, handling. Students may also choose courses from a wide range of electives including, for example, fluid dynamic simulation, injection control in motors, electric motors, comfort, agricultural machines, testing, materials, and propulsion systems for hybrid/electric vehicles. A distinctive feature of the program is its strong emphasis on design. Various courses will provide students with the opportunity to use a large number of software instruments (even for industrial use), which will allow them to acquire applied professional skills. In most cases, the final thesis focuses on problems of an industrial nature, and is aimed at finding innovative and concrete solutions for the optimization of the system components of a vehicle. Alongside traditional lectures and laboratories, the program also provides initiatives to familiarize students with vehicle problems through cycles of seminars and other applied learning activities. One example is the “Formula Student,” a prestigious competition open to Engineering students from all over the world in which they must design and build a one seat vehicle with which they will compete in various categories, testing their design, managerial, and marketing abilities. The Modena and Reggio Emilia team achieved prestigious results in recent years, and currently holds the title for the best overall standing of an Italian team.

Career options

Upon completion of the program, graduates will become highly qualified engineers in the automotive sector, with expertise in design, which can also be applied to other mechanical industries. They will also be trained to develop experimental activities and manage and coordinate the design, production, and testing of vehicles or their components. The professional skills of graduates in Vehicle Engineering can be specifically applied to occupations in mechanical industries operating in the production of automobiles, motor vehicles, earth-moving and building machinery, industrial machinery in general, as well as their components, subsystems, and installations. Opportunities also exist to engage in professional activities or pursue entrepreneurial initiatives.

List of single courses taught in English

- Additive manufacturing [ credits: 6]
- Automotive Electronics Systems [ credits: 6]
- Automotive Thermal Control [ credits: 6]
- Design Methods [ credits: 9]
- Electrochemical Energy Conversion [ credits: 6]

More information

Course Director
prof. Enrico Mattarelli
prof. Enrico Mattarelli

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