Advanced Automotive Engineering
Master's degree programme
|Duration||2 years - 120 Credits|
|Admission||Limited access, see call for applications|
|Language||Completely taught in English|
|Regulation||Main Teaching Regulations|
PresentationThe Master's Degree Programme in Advanced Automotive Engineering is an inter-university programme jointly offered by the Universities of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Bologna, Ferrara, and Parma. Taught entirely in English, the programme is supported by the most prestigious companies in Emilia-Romagna operating in the automotive sector at international level. The international teaching staff includes highly experienced lectures and professionals. The number of places is limited (max. 120) and admissions are based on merit and interviews evaluating motivations and skills. The programme requires student participation in numerous laboratory activities either on campus or on the premises of industrial partners, in line with a “learning by doing” approach. The programme also includes mandatory internships in private companies and lab-based thesis preparation activities carried out following a “project work” approach.
Course contentThe first semester is common for all students and courses take place in the Modena campus. Courses aim at providing the core competences related to high performance vehicle design. Topics include: vehicle lay-out design; vehicle production processes and vehicle components construction and assembly; choice and use of materials for the high- performance vehicles; mechanical effects on systems and components. The course is organised into six curricula (see below) whose contents have been defined together with the contribution of the partner companies so as to ensure that training is in line with current requirements of the labour market. - Advanced Powertrain (Modena campus and Bologna campus): this curriculum covers the planning and control of endothermic, electric and hybrid powertrains, the main solutions for electromechanic energy conversion and storage, powertrain design and production technology as well as the most advanced motor control and calibration techniques. - High Performance Car Design (Modena campus): this curriculum covers the main aspects of vehicle design and manufacturing, dynamics and NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness), materials behaviour, mechanic technology, aerodynamics, thermofluid dynamics, automatic controls, electronic sensors. - Racing car design (Modena campus and Parma campus starting form the second year): this curriculum covers the main aspects of vehicle frame system and racing vehicle architecture, with particular attention to the use of special materials and solutions. Particular emphasis is placed in this curriculum on the strong experimental nature of development activities and aerodynamic performance aspects. - Advanced Motorcycle Engineering (Bologna campus): this curriculum covers aspects of mechanical engineering, electronics and industrial design for high-performance and racing motor vehicles and with particular attention to design, vibration mechanics, mechanical technology, dynamics, endothermic powetrain and BEV design, as well as driving assistance systems. - Advanced Sportscar Manufacturing (Bologna campus): this curriculum covers process engineering, the design of industrial plants and systems, production management and optimization, digital technologies for factory 4.0, and quality assurance process management.
Career optionsAdvanced Automotive Engineers are able to plan, develop and manufacture the main sub- systems of cars and motorcycles, with particular reference to the premium market and to racing vehicles. Depending on the chosen curriculum, a graduate in Advanced Automotive Engineering specializes in: - powertrain: s/he is able to plan traditional and innovative propulsion systems paying attention to their optimization as well as to the control and solution of environmental and energetic issues; - architecture of ground vehicles: s/he is in charge of the set-up and development of vehicles, ranging from fundamental design aspects and up to the design of the main groups and “cold” sub-groups of high performance vehicles; - racing vehicle architecture: s/he is able to set up all the “cold” groups and sub-groups of racing vehicles. In particular, s/he specializes in aerodynamic aspects, employment of light materials (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Materials), and the design and conduction of experimental tests; - motorcycles: s/he is able to design and develop high-tech motorcycles, in both the production and racing segments. S/he can manage dedicated aspects of electronic engineering and industrial production; - production: s/he is able to plan, develop control and manage the processes and production systems related to the automotive field, with particular reference to the use of the most advanced digital technologies.
- Course Director
- prof. Francesco Leali
tel. 059 205 6311 - fax
The course is managed by the "Enzo Ferrari" Department of Engineering