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Advanced Automotive Engineering

General information for the a.y. 2024-2025

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 Call for applications to English courses

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


The Master's Degree programme in Advanced Automotive Engineering is an international inter-university programme supported by MUNER - Motorvehicle University of Emilia-Romagna, a project wanted by the Emilia-Romagna Region and born from the collaboration between the Universities of Bologna, Ferrara, Modena, and Reggio Emilia (administrative office of the programme), Parma and the most prestigious automotive companies in the world based in the area: Automobili Lamborghini, Dallara, Ducati, Ferrari, Haas F1 Team, HPE Coxa, Marelli, 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 of the 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. 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.

Programme contents

The training programme offers a common first semester for all students, at the University of Modena, aimed at introducing the fundamentals related to the design and production of high-performance vehicles: design approach of the vehicle layout, production processes for the construction and assembly of systems, choice and use of innovative materials, main mechanical effects acting on systems and components. Subsequently, the Programme is divided into six curricula, the contents of which have been defined with the contribution of partner companies, in order to professionalise the students' pathway according to the most advanced labour market requirements: - Advanced Powertrain (Modena and Bologna campus): 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 are studied, up to the most advanced engine control and calibration techniques. - High Performance Car Design (Modena campus): the main aspects of design, vehicle dynamics and NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness), material behaviour, mechanical technology, aerodynamics, thermo-fluid dynamics, automatic controls, electronics and sensors, aerodynamics are studied. - Racing Car Design (Modena campus and Parma campus from the second year): the main design aspects of the chassis system and architecture of racing vehicles are studied, with particular focus on the use of special materials and solutions, also considering the highly experimental nature of development activities and attention to aerodynamic and performance aspects. - Advanced Motorcycle Engineering (Bologna campus): this 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 driver assistance systems. - Advanced Sportscar Manufacturing (Bologna campus): process engineering for the production of high-performance vehicles, the design of industrial robotic plants and systems, production management and optimisation, the main enabling technologies for the digital factory and quality control process management are studied.

Job opportunities

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 with an understanding of the fundamentals, and for designing all major “cold” assemblies and sub-assemblies 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. It distinguishes for an increased specialisation in aerodynamic aspects, the use of lightweight materials (Carbon Fibre Reinforced Materials), and a strong ability to perform experimental work. - Advanced Automotive Engineer, expert in motorvehicles. 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. 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.

More information

Course Director:
Prof. Matteo Giacopini
Tutoring delegate:
Prof. Elena Bassoli, +39 0592056252,
Prof. Dario Croccolo, +39 0512093413,
Prof. Andrea Toso,