Hochschule KarlsruheHochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Sciences
Hochschule KarlsruheHochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Sciences
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Automotive Engineering

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Structure of the study program

The standard period of study for the Bachelor's in Automotive Engineering is seven semesters. The study program is divided into two semesters of basic studies and five semesters of advanced studies. Each semester 30 ECTS credit points are awarded.

In the fourth semester, you will choose one of the following specializations to follow during your studies:

  • Intelligent Vehicle Systems 
  • Digital Vehicle Development 

In the fifth semester, you will complete an internship semester in a company of your choice. Our advisors in the Internship Board will assist you in finding and carrying out the internship. 

In the Advanced Studies, it is possible, in addition to the compulsory lectures, to take elective courses from the General Studies according to your own interests.

The final Bachelor's thesis in the seventh semester can be written either at the university or in cooperation with a company - even abroad. There is also the option of studying an additional semester in the USA or Canada in the BachelorPlus program.

Students who have successfully completed their bachelor's degree can go on to study for a master's degree and specialize further professionally, e.g. with a master's degree in Automotive Systems Engineering (M.Sc.).

During the basic studies phase you can usually transfer to another program within the Faculty (to Mechanical Engineering or Mechatronics) without any problems.


Fakultät für Maschinenbau und Mechatronik
Silke Loykowski

Phone: +49 (0)721 925-1708
Fax: +49 (0)721 925-1707
silke.loykowskispam prevention@h-ka.de

Office hours:
Mo.-Do. 08:00-14:30 Uhr
Freitag 08:00-12:00 Uhr

Geb. F, Raum 114
Moltkestraße 30
76133 Karlsruhe

Guide to your studies

In the following you will find a list of all modules to be taken in the subsequent semesters. A module is composed of several courses. For details about the curriculum, courses, exams, literature, and ECTS credits conferred you will need to consult the module handbook on the German-language pages.

First semester
Higher mathematics 1
Electrical engineering 1
Technical mechanics - statics
Materials science


Second semester
Higher mathematics 2
Electrical engineering 2
Technical mechanics- strength of materials
Machine elements
Computer science 1


Third semester
Higher mathematics 3
Technical mechanics - dynamics
Vehicle electronics and product development
Microcomputer technology
Computer science 2


Fourth semester
Control engineering
Signals and systems
Thermodynamics and fluid mechanics

Automotive electrical and electronic systems
Mechanical systems design


Fifth semester

Preparation for internship semester

Internship semester in the company
Follow-up of the internship semester


Sixth semester
Development project and elective
Basics of autonomous driving
Vehicle engines

Automotive software engineering
Simulation in vehicle development


Seventh semester
Automotive management
Preparation of the Bachelor’s thesis

Bachelor's thesis

Final exam



When starting on the advanced studies, students can choose between two focal specializations. Each has two special modules, both of which must be taken.

Intelligent Vehicle Systems (A)

The topic of electronics and software development in the automotive sector is further expounded in this specialization.

Relevant modules:

  • Automotive electrical and electronic systems
  • Automotive software engineering

Digital Vehicle Development (B)

Design and simulate mechanical engineering elements using software.

Relevant modules:

  • Design
  • Simulation in vehicle development


For the most part, the courses are held in German, some courses are held in English. Students can improve their language skills in lessons held by native speakers at the university's own Foreign Language Institute.

Foreign Language Institute

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