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Automotive Engineering | Chalmers

Programme aim

The aim of the Automotive Engineering programme is to provide students with a system perspective of automotive vehicles and depth within three focus areas: powertrain, vehicle dynamics and safety.

The programme is based on lectures, large assignments, simulations and experiments, and these are carried out as real case studies, or using other similar methods, with assistance from industrial tools.


Powertrain and vehicle dynamics are two essential disciplines in terms of understanding and designing the automotive vehicle system and its behaviour. The same is true of the field of safety, which is also a strong competence area at Chalmers; this brings a unique touch to the programme not found at many other universities.

Since all industrial automotive product development is carried out in a team-based project environment, the programme stresses the importance of project work. The aim of the projects is to provide a work environment that closely resembles that found in the industry. Students work on a multi-cultural team composed of many different competencies. Project tasks derive from industry or academia, and they take technical aspects as well as the importance of communication, teamwork and project management into consideration.

Location: Campus Johanneberg

Why apply

Skilled automotive engineers are required to meet the ever-increasing demands on high-quality individual mobility and transportation of people and goods, especially when considering global warming, environmental challenges and not least the vision of zero accidents. In the west coast region of Sweden, there has been a long tradition of research and development within manufacturing and assembly facilities for the automotive industry.

The Automotive Engineering Master’s Programme at Chalmers has the potential to provide students with the knowledge and competence needed to develop technologies for a sustainable mobile society that is in line with industry’s needs.

Learning objectives

Graduates will be able to:

  • identify and discuss vehicles as complex systems from technical and social perspectives through a broad platform in automotive engineering
  • analyze new technical challenges and create technical advancements in the automotive industry in three focus areas: powertrain, vehicle dynamics and safety
  • synthesize and evaluate automotive systems and products in terms of direct use and lifecycle analysis and take environmental and economic aspects into consideration
  • through applications and practice:
    • utilize automotive-related IT and product development tools
    • demonstrate the skills needed to manage and contribute to team-based engineering activities and projects in a multi-cultural environment.
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