Advanced Automotive Engineering

Master's degree programme

General information

Disciplinary areaTechnology
Duration 2 years - 120 Credits
Admission Accesso Programmato Limited access, see call for applications
- call for admission international students for the a. y. 2018-2019
Language Completely taught in English
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


The Master's Degree Programme in Advanced Automotive Electronic Engineering is an Interuniversity International programme offered by MUNER - Motorvehicle University of Emilia-Romagna, a project proposed by Regione Emilia-Romagna and that is the result of the collaboration among the Universities of Bologna, Ferrara, Modena and Reggio Emilia (administrative headquarters of the programme), Parma, and the world's most prestigious automotive companies based in the territory: Automobili Lamborghini, Dallara, Ducati, Ferrari, Haas F1 Team, HPE Coxa, Magneti Marelli, Maserati, Toro Rosso. The Degree Programme boasts an excellent teaching staff, selected among university professors and professionals, both from Italy and abroad, based on their specific skills and experience in the automotive industry. Students may access the Programme after a strict selection, through which a maximum of 120 candidates are admitted based on a careful assessment of their merits and a technical and motivational interview. In addition, the Degree Programme provides for a broad attendance of the students to workshops organised at the Universities and industrial partners, based on a Learning by Doing approach that focuses on the development of skills by providing practical solutions to engineering issues. Ultimately, compulsory internships are provided, also aimed at drawing the degree thesis and organised under a Project Working mode, to ensure the development of professional skills and allow graduates to quickly enter the job market.

Course content

The training programme starts with a semester shared by all students and organised at the University of Modena, aimed at introducing the fundamentals on high-performance vehicle design: design approach of the vehicle lay-out, manufacturing processes for the construction and assembly of the vehicles and their components, choice and use of most interesting materials in the high-performance vehicles, main mechanical consequences on systems and components. The Programme is then divided into six curricula, the contents of which have been defined jointly with the partner companies, in order to offer a professional training to the study programme based on the most advanced needs of the job market: - Advanced Powertrain (Modena and Bologna headquarters): the subjects studied are the design and the control of powertrain systems, both endothermal and electrical and hybrid, the main solutions for converting and storing the mechanical energy and the powertrain design and fabrication techniques, until the most advanced engine control and calibration. - High Performance Car Design (Modena headquarters): the subjects studied are the main drawing and design aspects, vehicle constructions, vehicle dynamics and NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness), material behaviour, mechanic technology, aerodynamic technology, thermofluidodynamics, automated controls, electronics and sensors, aerodynamics. Racing Car Design (Modena headquarters and Parma headquarters from the second year): the subjects studied are the main aspects for designing the chassis and the racing vehicle architecture, with a specific focus on the use of special materials and solutions, also considering the highly experimental nature of the development activities and the focus on aerodynamics and performance. - Advanced Motorcycle Engineering (Bologna headquarters): the subjects studied are aspects of mechanic and electronic engineering, and of industrial design which are typical of high-performance and racing motor vehicles and relate to drawing, vibration mechanics, mechanic technology, dynamics, design of endothermal powertrains and BEV, driver assistance systems. - Advanced Sportscar Manufacturing (Bologna headquarters): the subjects studied are process engineering, design of industrial systems and installations, production management and optimisation, main digital technologies of Industry 4.0 and quality control process management.

Career options

The Vehicle Engineer (Advanced Automotive Engineer) is a professional who starts from an industrial-based knowledge and based on an overall vehicle system overview is able to design, develop and manufacture the main subsystems making up road car and motor vehicles, with specific reference to the premium racing vehicle market. Depending on the curriculum chosen, the professional profile of the Advanced Automotive engineer specialises in: - Advanced Automotive Engineer, expert in powertrain systems. He/she is responsible for designing and collaborating in traditional and innovative powertrain system engineering, focusing on their optimisation, as well as on controlling and solving environmental and energy issues. - Advanced Automotive Engineer, expert in the architecture of road vehicles. He/she is responsible for setting up and developing the vehicle system, starting from the understanding of the fundamental aspects, and designing all main cold units and subunits of high- performance road vehicles. - Advanced Automotive Engineer, expert in the racing vehicle architecture. He/she is responsible for setting up the vehicle system, and designing all main cold units and subunits of racing vehicles. This AAE is more specialised in terms of aerodynamics, use of lightweight materials (Carbon Fibre Reinforced Materials), and has a strong ability in carrying out experimental activities. - Advanced Automotive Engineer, expert in motor vehicles. He/she is responsible for designing and developing high-tech motor vehicles, both standard and racing-specific. This AAE deals with and manages aspects that are typical of electronic engineering and industrial design, specific to motor vehicles. - Advanced Automotive Engineer, expert in production. He/she is responsible for planning, developing, monitoring and managing processes and productions systems in the automotive field, focusing on the use of the most advanced digital technologies.

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Course Director
prof. Francesco Leali

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