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Associated to: TKMAS
The Study programme syllabus is adopted 2019-02-20 by Dean of Education and is valid for students starting the programme the academic year 2020/2021

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:

Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with a major in: Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Vehicle Engineering or Automation and Mechatronics Engineering.



Mathematics (at least 30 cr. including Linear Algebra, Multivariable Analysis, Numerical Analysis and Mathematical Statistics or Probability Theory), Control Theory or Automatic Control (at least 6 cr.) (including Signal Processing, Analyses of Feedback Systems (Stability), Design of Control Systems (PI, PID Controllers, State Space Design), Transfer Functions), Mechanics (including Statics and Dynamics), Strength of Materials or Solid Mechanics, Machine Elements or Applied Mechanics or Machine Design, Engineering Materials, Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, Programming (at least 6 cr.).
Preferable course experience: Finite Element Method (FEM), Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations, Matlab

General organization:


The aim of MPAUT is to provide students with a system perspective of automotive vehicles and deep knowledge within one of three focus areas: powertrain, vehicle dynamics and safety. The aim is also to provide students with skills in project work, including communication, teamwork and project management. The engineers from MPAUT will be able to contribute on both a technical and an organisational level when working as a professional

The program offers courses within three focus areas (powertrain, vehicle dynamics and safety) and also in related courses within related automotive areas such as hybridisation, electrification, controls, mechatronics, autonomous driving and detailed modelling of automotive-related phenomena, see the course home page


Learning outcome:

Knowledge and understanding

  • describe the vehicle as a system (in particular propulsion, dynamics and safety)
  • sketch the complex vehicle system, identify and classify components and their function
  • analyse the need of load and power of a vehicle to design a powertrain
  • describe and explain the phenomena of an internal combustion engine that influence load and efficiency of the engine, as well as combustion and emissions
  • describe the forces acting between the tyre and the road, develop a first order and physically based models of longitudinal, lateral and vertical dynamics of a ground vehicle. By means of these models, explain the influence of vehicle design parameters on vehicle motion characteristics/functions
  • explain the safety effect of the vehicle structure, crash configurations, compatibility and occupant restraints and carry out modelling and evaluation tasks of these safety features
  • explain the biomechanical properties of the human body, injury mechanisms, and how these are modelled
  • analyse and compare safety systems (including sensors, algorithms, interfaces, and actuators) using simulation and real world data


  • from an holistic system view: identify, formulate, and synthesise complex automotive problems
  • critically and systematically integrate knowledge to model, simulate and evaluate automotive engineering problems using appropriate tools and methods at hand, considering their strengths and weaknesses, and assess the accuracy
  • contribute to new knowledge in the chosen field of automotive engineering on the basis of acquired skills and tools
  • communicate with engineers in the automotive industry on automotive engineering topics
  • synthesise and analyse automotive systems and products in terms of direct use and lifecycle analysis through consideration of environmental and financial aspects

Judgements and approach

  • show insight and ability to work in teams and collaborate in groups with different constellations and with experts from different areas
  • give written and oral presentations of their conclusions and knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • demonstrate an approach to work towards a sustainable society
  • demonstrate the ability to make automotive engineering decisions considering relevant disciplinary, social, ethical or business case aspects
  • demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work within automotive engineering
  • demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of automotive engineering R&D, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used
  • demonstrate the ability to identify personal needs for further knowledge and take responsibility for continuous learning


Extent: 120.0 c



The master's thesis work (30 credits) should deal with a clearly defined topic within a restricted area 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 the work on a thesis.

There is a possibility to carry out an extended master's thesis project (60 credits) with a clear research orientation. 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 see  the course syllabus or contact the director of the master's programme.

More information about rules for master's thesis work can be found at the Chalmers website.


Courses valid the academic year 2020/2021:

See study programme


Accredited to the following programmes the accademic year 2020/2021:

Degree of Master of Science in Engineering



In the semi-elective part, the following courses are offered:
Powertrain: "Electric and Hybrid Vehicles (TME095), Internal combustion engines - advanced (MTF225), Combustion Modeling (TME280), Powertrain Mechanics (TME170)
Vehicle dynamics: Road Vehicle Aerodynamics (MTF235), Vehicle Dynamics - advanced (TME102)
Safety: Impact Biomechanics (TME196), Advanced ctive safety (TME192)
Project courses: Chalmers Formula student (TME047), Automotive Engineering Project (TME180)

In the fully elective part, the following courses are recommended:
related to Powertrain: CFD for engineers (KKR072), Design and analysis of experiments (KBT120)
related to Vehicle dynamics: Modeling and Simulation (ESS101), Rigid Body Dynamics (MMA092), Linear control system design (SSY285),
related to active safety: Autonomous Robots (TME290), Autonomous and Cooperation Vehicular Systems (DAT295), Nonlinear Control (ESS076), Applied Signal Processing (SSY130), Applied Mechatronics design (SSY261)
related to passive safety:Finite element simulation in design (TME125), Finite Elements - Structures (TME245), Mechanics of Solids (TME235), Rigid Body Dynamics (MMA092)

 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 Local Qualifications Framework - first and second cycle qualifications

Title of degree:

Master of Science (120 credits). The name of the Master's programme and the major subject Mechanical Engineering are stated in the degree certificate. Specializations and tracks are not stated.


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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