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M.Sc. in Mobility Systems Engineering and Management: E-Mobility, Autonomous Driving and Systems Engineering

Degree awarded
Master of Science (M.Sc.) from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with 90 ECTS

Schlossplatz 19, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany

+49 (0)721 608-47880

+49 (0)721 608-47882

E-mail address

Type of course
Part-time program (study alongside work), but enrolled as full-time student at the KIT
10 modules x 2 weeks in Karlsruhe + master thesis in the company or at a KIT institute

  • 5 Engineering Modules: Technological expertise
  • 5 Management Modules: Leadership know-how

Language of tuition

Length of course
Approx. 20 months

Date of commencement

Application deadline
Rolling Application

Class size
5-25 Students

Cost / fees
36,000.00 € (thirty-six thousand Euro) for the entire Master´s program. Differing length of studies does not increase the total tuition fee. Please note that this fee is tax-deductible.

Available on-campus housing

Major recruiters of graduates of our programmes
SIEMENS AG, Mercedes-Benz AG, IBM, SAP, ThyssenKrupp Technologies AG, Robert Bosch GmbH, EnBW, Trumpf, BOSCH, ABB, and more

Exchange partner schools
The HECTOR School maintains a fruitful collaboration with leading research institutions and universities worldwide. One of the management modules in the master’s program Mobility Systems Engineering & Management takes place at the renowned Business School ESADE in Barcelona, Spain.

Student profile
1. Ratio of National / Overseas students - 60% /40%
2. Ratio of Men - (65%) / Women (35%)
3. 23-35

Admission requirements
See below / opposite

Programme Directors
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eric Sax: Head of Institute for Information Processing Technology (ITIV), KIT
Prof. Dr. Stefan Nickel: Head of Institute of Operations Research (IOR), KIT
Head of Specialization ADAS:
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Frank Gauterin: Head of Institute of Vehicle System Technology (FAST), KIT
Head of Specialization e-Mobility
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Doppelbauer: Professor of Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) at the Electrotechnical Institute (ETI), KIT

Contact details for application
Katrin Olböter
Schlossplatz 19, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Telephone: +49 (0)721 608 47019
Fax: +49 (0)721 608 47882
E-Mail: info(at)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
HECTOR School of Engineering & Management

M.Sc. in Mobility Systems Engineering and Management

Electronic systems are omnipresent. Currently they range from portable devices such as smart phones to large stationary installations like the systems controlling of power plants. Communication - stationary or over-the-air – of these particular systems form a network of control, sensing and influencing the environment. A cyber physical system is the result.

These trends fundamentally influence industry (industry 4.0) and mobility, mainly vehicles for automated driving, electrical drive trains and car-2-x communication. As a consequence, sustainable mobility concepts are increasingly using embedded electronic systems to maximize efficiency, enable automation and reduce pollution.

Challenges start with new processes, methods and tools of systems engineering that are needed to design and validate these networks of embedded systems.

Agile programming (e.g. Scrum) for self-learning functions up to artificial intelligence will find its way into conservative mechanical engineering and enhance the more or less established life cycle models such as the “V”.

In addition, validation will step beyond X-in-the-Loop and demand for data analytics of a large number of sensor data. But what is the right method for the right challenge? Am I using the appropriate tool or am I horribly over-loading the simple task? Assessments will answer these questions, currently we rely on CMMI and SPICE, which will surely be enhanced for the upcoming hypes.

Also, electronic systems are designed to do some specific tasks, rather than be a general-purpose computer for multiple tasks. Some also have real-time performance constraints that must be met, for reasons such as safety and usability; others may have low or no performance requirements, allowing the system hardware to be simplified to reduce costs. Standards (e.g. ISO 26262 for functional safety) will influence the design decision process.

The story goes on with reducing the size and cost of the product, increasing the reliability and performance of electronic components such as sensors and controllers enables more and more digital applications. And does not end here. As a consequence the demand for innovations by society and the raise of new technologies in universities and large scale research institutions offer tremendous opportunities to overcome “historic” electronic development thinking.

The Master Program in Mobility Systems Engineering and Management offers a unique combination of courses in emerging technologies, systems engineering knowhow and methods as well as management tools tailored for those challenges of mobility: e-drive, auto-drive, communication-over-the-air, and worldwide release and configuration management. Within the master program specifications in those area can be chosen.

In addition to the engineering expertise, the program in Mobility Systems Engineering & Management shares five management modules with other Master's programs.

This fosters networking across industries and provides the participants with general knowledge in finance, accounting, marketing, international multi-project management, international law, and human resource management. Therefore, participants can consider the commercial implications of project decisions.

Internationalization are key factors of the master's program, as the mobility sector operates internationally. Therefore, an exchange management module with the globally renowned business school ESADE in Barcelona, Spain, is part of the program.

Admission requirements
  • First academic degree (e.g. Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, diploma, etc.) in a relevant subject
  • At least one year of professional experience with 210 ECTS, two years of professional experience with 180 ECTS in the subject area of the master's program
  • English language skills (at least 90 iBT or 6.5 IELT or other equivalent proof)

Other courses offered by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

  • M.Sc. in Energy Engineering and Management
  • M.Sc. in Financial Engineering
  • M.Sc. in Information System Engineering and Management
  • M.Sc. in Management of Product Development
  • M.Sc. in Production and Operations Management

  • About HECTOR School of Engineering & Management

    The HECTOR School is the Technology Business School of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Named after Dr. Hans-Werner Hector, one of the co-founders of SAP AG, HECTOR School aims to provide professionals with state-of-the-art technological expertise and management know-how within part-time education programs.

    The HECTOR School fosters lifelong learning within industry. Participants are supported in their career development with executive master degree programs, certificate courses, and customized partner programs. The benefits of the executive master programs are numerous for participants as well as for the companies they work for:
    • Unique Holistic Approach: A combination of technology expertise and management know-how.
    • State-of-the-Art Knowledge: Direct transfer from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) research.
    • Part-Time Structure: Allows participants to continue with their demanding careers whilst acquiring new skills.
    • Master Thesis to set up Innovation Projects: Companies gain outstanding added value through the consultation of such projects by professors from KIT.
    • Excellent Networking Opportunities: Professional networking is fostered across industries and on an international scale.
    Our directors enrich HECTOR School with strong business experience combined with academic competence. Industry backings provide opportunities to generate ideas with substantial practical impact, which also feed insights into creative teaching approaches.

    Professors from the KIT, internationally recognized faculty members from out partner institutions as well as business experts from leading companies form the faculty of HECTOR School.