MEng in Design and Development for Mechanical and Automotive Engineering


Program Description


Internationality is a very important feature of the Esslingen University Graduate School. We have students from diverse cultural backgrounds studying, working and living together. This intercultural exchange and cooperation is a strong added value for our master’s students.

Esslingen University maintains regular contact with many prime international companies. This is important for the development, planning, and teaching of our programs, and is of great benefit during the students' practical semester. The Esslingen University master courses are regularly accredited by renowned associations such as the FIBAA and ASIIN.

Esslingen: an ideal place to study

The city of Esslingen has a population of over 93,000 inhabitants and lies nestled in the vineyards overlooking the Neckar valley. Stuttgart, the capital city of Baden-Wuerttemberg, is only 20 kilometers away.

Esslingen has a history reaching back over 1,200 years, a history in which tradition and progress have gone hand in hand. Since its industrialization, Esslingen has been an attractive industrial and business center. Many international companies such as Daimler, Eberspächer, and Festo have settled here.

Esslingen's historical city center, with its half-timbered houses, its cafés, and its diverse cultural life, is an ideal surrounding for successful study time.

The Esslingen Master of Engineering in Design and Development in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering (DDM) is focused on supplying advanced knowledge and abilities in the area of design and development of complex engineering systems. It aims at enabling the students to successfully deal with the various facets of modern, simultaneous engineering development projects. Besides advanced technical lectures and labs, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary student projects are part of the program. Through these, students are given the opportunity to share not only their specialized knowledge but also their cultural backgrounds in real-life working scenarios. Modern simultaneous engineering demands specialist qualifications and knowledge plus the ability and willingness to work in an interdisciplinary and international team. The aim of the course is to communicate these skills.

Interesting and Innovative

The Master of Engineering – DDM – is a program that aims to prepare students for a challenging job in the core areas of design and development of the globalized mechanical engineering and automotive engineering industry.

The core modules of the program include lectures on the advanced strength of materials, materials technology, dynamic systems, design for manufacturing, aero and fluid dynamics plus several complementary subjects. Graduates of the program are qualified to work e.g. in the following areas: Automotive industry and component suppliers, the mechanical engineering industry, process engineering industry, and engineering consultancy.

Core competencies and qualifications to be gained include problem-solving know-how based on networked knowledge in the core and intersection areas of design, development, simulation, and production technology as well as the ability to confidently communicate and act in the international/intercultural environment of the modern industry.

Study in the center of the European mechanical and automotive engineering industry

Esslingen University has a long tradition of educating mechanical and automotive engineers. Founded in 1914 as the Royal College for Mechanical Engineering, the university has always taken advantage of its location in one of the major centers of European industry, and therefore is closely linked to the nearby companies, including a lot of the global technological leaders, both in the area of mechanical and automotive engineering, such as Daimler, BOSCH, FESTO, Porsche, Index and many others.

Faculty and Teaching Philosophy

The faculty teaching consists of a mixture of professors from Esslingen University as well as experts from our corporate partners. Because of our strong commitment to providing our students with hands-on knowledge, many of our courses are team-oriented including case studies, company visits, and project work. Through these, students are given the opportunity to share not only their specialized knowledge but also their cultural backgrounds, in real-life working scenarios.

The Master of Engineering Study Program

Master's Thesis

  • Scientific Work, Documentation, Defence

Soft skills for Engineers

  • Soft skills for Engineers

Design for Manufacturing

  • Production-oriented Product Design
  • Product Life Cycle Management with Laboratory


  • Multi-Body Systems
  • Simulation of Multi-Body Systems

Vibrations and Acoustics

  • Vibrations
  • NVH in Automotive Systems
  • Laboratory Computer-Aided Vibration Analysis (CAT)

Aero and Fluid Dynamics

  • Advanced Fluid Dynamics; Heat Transfer; Computational
  • Fluid Dynamics

Team Project

Advanced Strength of Materials

  • Light Weight Design
  • Advanced Finite Element Method

Advanced Materials Technology

  • System Design; Advanced Engineering Materials;
  • Surface Technology; Case Studies

Integrity of Structures

  • The integrity of Structures; Failure Analysis

Measurement and Testing Techniques

  • Vibration and Acoustics Measurement
  • Laboratory Vibration and Acoustics Measurement

Safety and Reliability

  • Reliability; Design of Experiments; Active and Passive Safety of Cars

Language and Culture Program in September

Additionally, the German class is offered a parallel to the course of study afterward.

Total Duration: 3 Semesters (18 months)

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor of Automotive Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent;
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation;
  • Letter of motivation (handwritten);
  • English language Test;
  • Additional requirements please refer to the website;
  • Tuition fees: no tuition fees.

Application deadline: March 31st

Last updated Oct 2019

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