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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 2012-02-15 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.

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:

The Automotive Engineering programme should provide the students with possibilities to develop enhanced skills for analysis, synthesis and management of the automotive development process.
After completion of the AE programme the student will be able to:

Comprehension level
- identify and discuss vehicles as complex systems from a technical and a social perspective through a broad platform in automotive engineering.

Analysis level
- analyze new technical challenges and to create technical advancements in the automotive industry within three focus areas; Safety, Powertrain or Vehicle Dynamics.

Synthesis and Evaluation level
- synthesize and evaluate automotive systems and products in terms of direct use and lifecycle analysis through consideration of environmental and economic aspects.

Application level
- through applications and practice utilize automotive related IT- and product development tools.
- demonstrate skills necessary for managing and contributing to team-based engineering activities and projects in a multi-cultural environment


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 here: Thesis work


Courses valid the academic year 2012/2013:

See study programme

 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:

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.


More information about the programme (url):

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