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Graduate courses

Departments' graduate courses for PhD-students.

  Study programme, year:  1 2

Study programme syllabus for
The Study programme syllabus is adopted 2014-02-19 by Dean of Education

Entry requirements:

General entry requirements:

Basic eligibility for advanced level


Specific entry requirements:


English proficiency:

An applicant to a programme or course with English as language of instruction must prove a sufficient level of English language proficiency. The requirement is the Swedish upper secondary school English course 6 or B, or equivalent. For information on other ways of fulfilling the English language requirement please visit Chalmers web site.


Undergraduate profile:

Major in Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Vehicle Engineering or Automation and Mechatronics Engineering.



Mathematics (including Linear algebra, Multivariable analysis, Numerical analysis/Numerical methods and Mathematical statistics/Probability theory), Mechanics (including Statics and Dynamics), Strength of materials/Solid mechanics, Machine elements/Applied mechanics/Machine design, Material science, Thermodynamics, Fluid mechanics and Control theory/Automatic control (including signal processing, transfer functions, analyses of feedback systems (stability), design of control systems (PI, PID controllers, state space design))
Preferable course experience:
Finite element method/ Numerical solution of partial differential equations

General organization:


The aim of the Automotive Engineering programme (AE) is to prepare students for a professional career within the automotive engineering field, whether in industry or in academia. The programme provides knowledge of the vehicle as a system and from this platform the student can focus within Powertrain, Vehicle Dynamics or Safety or a more general curriculum with a deepened focus on product development and project management may be chosen.


Learning outcome:

Knowledge and understanding

  •  Be able to explain the vehicle as a complex system, in particular its propulsion, dynamics and safety, and to identify and classify components and their function 
  •  Be able to consider automotive systems and products in terms of direct use and lifecycle analysis through consideration of environmental and economic aspects.
  • For powertrain: Explain the characteristics of torque and power from the engine, describe and explain major engine phenomena, especially those coupled to fuel efficiency and emissions formation, and also judge what properties the transmission/driveline should have to give desired vehicle behaviour.
  • For vehicle dynamics: Describe the tyre forces and aerodynamic forces acting on ground vehicles. Derive and solve first order dynamic models for longitudinal, lateral and vertical motion and forces. Explain today¿s principle design of propulsion, brake, steering and suspension systems as well as driver controls and environment information system.
  • For safety: Explain the safety effect of car structure , crash configurations, incompatibility and occupant restraints and solve simple modeling and evaluation task. Explain the human body biomechanical properties, injury mechanisms and how these are modeled. Explain the function of active safety systems including communication and sensor principles, man-machine interaction and system limitations. Explain real world data collection.
  • Skills
  • To, from a holistic, system view, identify, formulate, and synthesize complex automotive issues.
  • Critically and systematically integrate knowledge to model, simulate and evaluate engineering problems using most appropriate tools and methods at hand considering their strengths and weaknesses and assess the accuracy
  • to be able to contribute to new knowledge in the chosen field of automotive Engineering on the basis of acquired skills and tools
Judgements and attitudes
  • to show insight and ability to work in teams and collaborate in groups with different compositions and with a multi-cultural background
  • to be able to give written and oral presentations of their conclusions and knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences 
  • to have, as an engineer, an approach to work towards a sustainable society


Extent: 120.0 c



The master's thesis work (30 credits) should deal with a clearly defined topic within a restricted areas of what has been previously studied at courses within the Master programme. It can be carried out at Chalmers, in industry, in research institute or at other universities. Although, the examiner has always to be a teacher from Chalmers. To start the thesis work the student must have passed 45 credits of courses from the programme. Students pursuing the five-year Master of Science in Engineering training must have passed at least 225 credits before beginning work on a thesis.

There is a possibility to carry out an extended master's thesis project (60 credits) with a clear research orientation. There will only be a limited number of such theses available (applied for in competition with your fellow students), and the requirements of the students are higher than for a normal thesis. A goal of a 60 credit thesis is to produce research results good enough to be presented at international conferences or journals. For further information please refer to the course syllabus or contact the master program coordinator.

More information about rules for master's thesis work is given on Chalmers website.


Courses valid the academic year 2014/2015:

See study programme



In the fully elective part, the courses

Finite element simulation in design (TME125), Engineering design and optimisation (PPU190) and Design and analysis of experiments (KBT120) can be recommended

 Degree requirements:
  Degree of master of science (120 credits):
Passed courses comprising 120 credits
Passed advanced level courses (including degree project) comprising at least 90 credits
Degree project 30 credits
Advanced level courses passed at Chalmers comprising at least 45 credits
Courses (including degree project) within a major main subject 60 credits
Fulfilled course requirements according to the study programme
The prior award of a Bachelors degree, Bachelors degree in fine arts, professional or vocational qualification of at least 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad.

See also the system of qualifications

Title of degree:

The degree designation is Master of Science (120 credits) (Teknologie masterexamen). The name of the Master's programme and the major subject are stated in the degree diploma. Specializations and tracks are not stated in the degree diploma.


Major subject:

Mechanical Engineering

Other information:

During the first semester in year 1 four courses are compulsory. For the second semester year 1 and first semester year 2 the students shall select four courses (a 7.5 credits), or two courses (a 7.5 credits) and one project course (a 15 credits) from a group of elective Automotive engineering courses.

The Automotive Engineering programme leads to a wide range of career opportunities within design, development and research in the automotive industry aiming towards employment at automotive manufacturing companies, engineering houses, consultant organizations and suppliers. Additionally, other career opportunities may be found as academic researchers, technical advisors, project leaders and teachers at different levels.

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