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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech

Master's degree in Automotive Engineering

The automotive industry is facing significant new challenges, such as the introduction of alternative fuels, hybrid and electric vehicles, and intelligent driving support systems. It therefore requires professionals who have been trained to deal with these challenges and who are up to date on new technologies and management systems. The aim of the master's degree in Automotive Engineering is to produce specialists who are equipped to respond to the needs of this industrial sector.

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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 degree certificate fee, €6,535 (€9,802 for non-EU residents).
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Language of instruction
80% of the subjects are taught in Spanish and 20% in Catalan.

Barcelona School of Industrial Engineering (ETSEIB)

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).
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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)
Double degrees with foreign universities
  • Bachelor's degree in Industrial Technology Engineering + Master's degree in Automotive Engineering and Diplôme d’ingenieur from one of the Écoles Centrales (Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Supélec).

Professional opportunities

Professional opportunities

Graduates will be able to easily adapt to positions of responsibility in companies or research centres that belong to the automotive sector.


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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