Technology / Master's degree programme
Advanced Automotive Engineering

General information for the a.y. 2022-2023

Interuniversity programme with Università di Bologna and Università degli studi di Ferrara and Università degli studi di Parma

Disciplinary areaTechnology
Duration 2 years - 120 Credits
Admission Accesso Programmato Limited access, see call for applications
Language Completely taught in English
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations
Call for Application / Short list ADVANCED AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING - Procedure for curriculum change request
Call for Applications for the International Inter-University Masterís Degree Programme in ADVANCED AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING. - RESULTS OF THE ASSESSMENT OF THE QUALIFICATIONS AND KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED FOR THE ADMISSION - A.A. 2022/2023.
Call for Applications for the International Inter-University Masterís Degree Programme in Advanced Automotive Engineering - RESERVED TO FOREIGN/INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS REQUIRING AN ENTRY VISA IN ITALY - Academic Year 2022/2023.


The Master's Degree Programme in Advanced Automotive Electronic Engineering is an Interuniversity International programme sponsored 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, Marelli Europe s.p.a., Maserati, Pagani, Alpha Tauri and, more recently, AVL, Bosch, CNH, Pirelli, ST Microelectronics. The Degree Programme boasts an excellent teaching staff, selected among university professors and professionals from partner companies, and a rigorous student selection procedure, through which a maximum of 120 applicants are admitted based on a careful assessment of their merits and an entry test. 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. 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 offers a first semester shared by all students and organised at the University of Modena, organised at the campus of Modena, aimed at introducing the fundamentals on high-performance vehicle design and production: design approach of the vehicle lay-out, manufacturing processes for the construction and system assembly, choice and use of innovative materials, main mechanical consequences on systems and components. Subsequently, the training programme is divided into six curricula, whose contents have been defined with the contribution of the partner companies, in order to professionalise the students' path according to the most advanced needs of the labour market: - Advanced Powertrain (Modena and Bologna sites): studies the design and control of powertrain systems, both endothermic and electric and hybrid, the main solutions for energy conversion and storage and powertrain design and production technologies, through to the most advanced engine control and calibration techniques. - High Performance Car Design (Modena campus): studies the main aspects of design, vehicle dynamics and NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness), material behaviour, mechanical technology, aerodynamics, thermofluid dynamics, automatic controls, electronics and sensors, aerodynamics. - Racing Car Design (Modena campus and Parma campus from the second year): studies the main design aspects of the chassis system and architecture of racing vehicles are studied, with particular attention paid to the use of materials and special solutions, also considering the highly experimental nature of development activities and the attention paid to aerodynamic and performance aspects. - Advanced Motorcycle Engineering (Bologna campus): studies aspects of mechanical engineering, electronics and industrial design typical of high-performance and competition motorbikes, related to design, vibration mechanics, mechanical technology, dynamics, the design of endothermic engines and BEVs, and drive assistance systems. - Advanced Sportscar Manufacturing (Bologna Campus): studies process engineering for the production of high-performance vehicles, the design of robotic industrial systems, the management and optimisation of production, the main technologies for digital factory 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. S/he 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. S/he 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 architecture of racing vehicles. S/he 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 motovehicles. S/he is responsible for designing and developing high-tech motor vehicles, both standard and racing-specific. The 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. S/he 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.

List of single courses taught in English

- Advanced Combustion Systems/Electric Propulsion Systems [ credits: 12]
- Algorithms and Systems for Big Data Processing [ credits: 6]
- Automotive Electronics Systems [ credits: 6]
- Automotive Fluid Power Systems [ credits: 6]
- CFD Fundamentals and Aerodynamics [ credits: 9]
- Chassis and Body Design [ credits: 6]
- Chassis and Body Design and Manufacturing/Vehicle Virtual Design [ credits: 12]
- Computer Aided Design Lab [ credits: 6]
- Design and Modelling of High Performance Combustion Systems [ credits: 12]
- Dynamic Testing of Vehicles [ credits: 6]
- Electric Drives [ credits: 6]
- Electric Drives/Electric Propulsion Systems [ credits: 12]
- Electromechanical Energy Storage and Conversion [ credits: 6]
- Electronics Systems/Automatic Controls [ credits: 12]
- Energy Modeling, Simulation, Optimization and Control of Advanced Vehicles [ credits: 6]
- Engine Components Design and Manufacturing/Automotive Computer Aided [ credits: 12]
- Experimental Aerodynamics [ credits: 6]
- FEM Fundamentals and Chassis Design [ credits: 9]
- Indoor and Outdoor Tests [ credits: 6]
- Industrial Plants Design [ credits: 6]
- Industrial Robotics [ credits: 6]
- Internal Combustion Engines [ credits: 6]
- Internal Combustion Engines [ credits: 6]
- Lightweight Materials and Composites [ credits: 6]
- Logistic Simulation Lab [ credits: 6]
- Manufacturing and Assembly Technologies/Science and Technology of Metallic and Composite Materials [ credits: 12]
- Mechanical transmissions/Automatic Controls [ credits: 12]
- Mechanical Vibrations [ credits: 6]
- Mechatronic Gearshift [ credits: 6]
- Modelling and Control of Internal Combustion Engines and Hybrid Propulsion Systems [ credits: 6]
- Motorcycle Vehicle Dynamics [ credits: 6]
- Operations & Supply Chain Design and Management/Automotive Manufacturing and Assembly Systems [ credits: 12]
- Passive/Active Noise & Vibration Control [ credits: 6]
- Powertrain Design and Manufacturing [ credits: 6]
- Powertrain Testing, Calibration and Homologation [ credits: 6]
- Product Safety, Product Liability and Automotive [ credits: 6]
- Production Management and Optimisation [ credits: 6]
- Technical Regulations and Validation Tests [ credits: 6]
- Turbo- and Fluid- machinery for Charging and Auxiliary in Automotive Applications [ credits: 6]
- Vehicle Components [ credits: 6]
- Vehicle Conceptual Design [ credits: 6]
- Vehicle Dynamics [ credits: 12]
- Vehicle NVH Testing [ credits: 6]

More information

Course Director
prof. Francesco Leali
proff. Elena Bassoli, Dario Croccolo, Gianni Nicoletto

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