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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech

Master's degree in Automotive Engineering

The master’s degree in Automotive Engineering (master's degree website) aims to provide multidisciplinary training for automotive engineers. Students develop high-level competencies that allow them to easily adapt to positions of responsibility in companies or research centres in the sector. The objective is for students to acquire knowledge of the theoretical and practical fundamentals of automotive engineering and technology related to the production of automotive vehicles. The subjects on the programme allow students to acquire knowledge and develop skills related to body engineering, components, electricity and electronics, assisted driving, management, etc.

According to the specialisation they choose, students will gain in-depth knowledge of some of these areas.
  • Engines and Mechanics (taught at the ETSEIB)
  • Electromobility (taught at the ETSEIB)
  • Connected Vehicles and Assisted Driving (taught at the ETSETB)


  • Engines and Mechanics
  • Electromobility
  • Connected Vehicles and Assisted Driving
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General details

Duration and start date
Two academic years, 120 ECTS credits. Starting September
Timetable and delivery
Afternoons. Face-to-face
Fees and grants
Approximate fees for the master’s degree, excluding other costs, €3,320 (€8,300 for non-EU residents).
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Language of instruction

Check the language of instruction for each subject in the course guide in the curriculum.

Information on language use in the classroom and students’ language rights.


Barcelona School of Industrial Engineering (ETSEIB)
Barcelona School of Telecommunications Engineering (ETSETB)

Official degree
Recorded in the Ministry of Education's degree register


General requirements
Academic requirements for admission to master's degrees
Specific requirements

Applicants seeking admission to this master’s degree should be university graduates with one of the following scientific or technical degrees:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology Engineering, Materials Engineering, Industrial Design and Product Development, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Electronics and Automatic Control, Mechanical Engineering, Telecommunications Systems, Electronic Systems or Engineering Physics.
  • A pre-EHEA degree in Industrial Engineering; Industrial Engineering with a concentration in Mechanics, Manufacturing Technologies or Transports and Vehicles; Materials Engineering; Telecommunications Engineering,;Automatic Control and Industrial Electronics; Electronic Engineering; or Physics.
  • A pre-EHEA diploma in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Electronic Engineering.
Admission criteria
  • English level B2.2 and Spanish level B2 (foreign students) are required.
  • Academic record.
  • First degree and university of origin.
  • Professional experience.
Pre-enrolment closed (consult the new pre-enrolment periods in the academic calendar).
How to pre-enrol
How to enrol
Legalisation of foreign documents
All documents issued in non-EU countries must be legalised and bear the corresponding apostille.

Double-degree agreements

Double-degree pathways at a single school
  • Master's degree in Automotive Engineering + Master's degree in Industrial Engineering (ETSEIB)

Professional opportunities

Professional opportunities
Graduates may pursue careers in the automotive sector—with automotive manufacturers or in the supplier industry—or at RDI centres. The training provided enables students to develop a strong technological profile and prepares them to fill positions related to a wide range of activities and departments, including product engineering and development; design and management of production and logistics; technological management and innovation; RDI; development and innovation in products, processes and methods; new technologies and new management systems; automotive project management; strategic consulting, etc.

Generic competencies

Generic competencies are the skills that graduates acquire regardless of the specific course or field of study. The generic competencies established by the UPC are capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainability and social commitment, knowledge of a foreign language (preferably English), teamwork and proper use of information resources.

Specific competencies

On completion of the course, students will:

  • Know the principles of calculation and design of automotive bodywork.
  • Know the principles of aerodynamics.
  • Have acquired a theoretical and practical grounding in steering, suspension and brake systems and their effect on the dynamic behaviour of vehicles.
  • Be familiar with the various transmission systems used in the driveline.
  • Be familiar with the power and injection systems of reciprocating internal combustion engines (RICE) and their combustion processes.
  • Be able to analyse the environmental impact of RICE and apply techniques to control and minimise pollution.


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