Master of Science in Mobility Systems Engineering and Management

E-Mobility, Autonomous Driving and Systems Engineering

Automotive companies worldwide are striving to develop adaptable new technologies and components to further our mobility. Environmentally-friendly mobile technologies, like those integrating electric and hybrid vehicles, are increasingly relying on embedded electronic systems to maximize their utility while reducing their carbon footprint. The customer demand for safer and economical products is pushing the industry to innovate new solutions and rethink approaches to design and development.

These new future-forward technologies, such as advanced driver assistance, rely heavily on implementing always-on, real-time, wireless device communications. Technological components, such as microcontrollers, sensors, and communication busses, are widely available at a low cost and, once customized to meet the vehicle’s specifications, will allow for new possibilities in utility and performance by making use of all the (big) data captured in the vehicle. New topological concepts, like client-server communication, rely on these new model-based and process-oriented system design methods.

The Master´s Program in Mobility Systems Engineering and Management assists new players as well as traditional key players with a system-oriented approach to jumpstart in an emerging mobility future.

Focus Points of Mobility Systems Engineering and Management

  • Automotive Systems in times of Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0: Integration of Cyber Physical Systems & Big Data Handling
  • Automotive Standards & Applications (autonomous driving, alternative drivetrains and more)
  • Data Communication Topologies and Technologies (e.g. CAN, Flexray or wireless/car2x, Ethernet)
  • Worldwide Release & Configuration Management
  • Testing 2.0 (beyond classical HiL)
  • Security & Safety (according to ISO26262, ASIL)
  • Process Maturity Level Assessments (CMMI, SPICE)

Key Facts

  • Structure: Part-time (but enrolled as a fulltime student)
    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
  • Duration: Approx. 20 months (modules 14 months + master thesis 9 months)
  • Language: English
  • Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 90 ECTS
  • Start: Every year in October
  • Application deadline: There is none. We have a rolling application process.
  • Costs: detailed information on our costs and fees webpage
    • 36,000.00 € (thirty-six thousand Euro) for the entire Master´s program 
  • Admission requirements: First academic degree (e.g. Bachelor, Master or Diploma), at least 2 years professional experience, English language proficiency. Find more here.
  • Accreditation: by aaq


Be the Prime Mover with a Master in Mobility Systems Engineering

The Master's program Mobility Systems Engineering and Management is splitted in 5 Engineering and 5 Management Modules of 2 weeks, each over a period of 15 months. The modules are followed by a Master Thesis written in the company (9 months) and often used as a innovation project for the company. The overall duration is approx. 20 months.

Engineering Modules Management Modules
  • Processes, Methods & Tools of Systems Engineering
  • Systems Design
  • Systems Integration & Validation

Specialization Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS):

  • Functions of ADAS
  • Components & Technologies of ADAS

Specialization e-Mobility:

  • E-Mobility: Political & Technical Framework
  • E-Mobility: Components & Technology

Preparatory Courses*:

"Selected Topics of Electronic Engineering"

  • Marketing & Information
  • Finance & Value
  • Decisions & Risk
  • Corporate Innovation & Intrapreneurship (at ESADE, Barcelona)
  • Strategy & People
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These are the tools of Mobility Systems Engineering and Management that will guide your career

Industry (industry 4.0) and mobility, mainly vehicles for automated driving, electrical drive trains and car-2-x communication are strongly influenced by todays developments. As a consequence, sustainable mobility concepts are increasingly using embedded electronic systems to maximize efficiency, enable automation and reduce pollution.

Specialization Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)

  • Car-to-X Communication
  • Driver assistance systems for autonomous driving (incl. sensors & systems, security aspects)
  • Environment perception (optical sensors & systems, impact security, comfort & efficiency)
  • Vehicle traffic interaction, e.g. automotive radar technology and car-to-X communication
Read more about the content of the Master´s program Mobility Systems Engineering and Management and download the program catalogue.


Specialization e-Mobility

  • Electric Power Train: Concepts, architectures, technologies (e.g. signal processing, real time systems) & design of electrical drive systems & complex electronic systems
  • Energy supply, storage & conversion (e.g. batteries, fuel cells, H² storage, powertrain systems)
  • Charging Management





International Cooperation

HECTOR School maintains fruitful cooperations with various academic partners worldwide. In the Master’s program Mobility Systems and Management, one of the Management modules is held in Barcelona at ESADE Business School. Find here some impressions of participants and their time at the the ESADE Business School.


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Program Structure

The concurrently taught Executive Master Program is designed for working professionals. Block lectures scheduled at intervals allow participants to continue with demanding careers while acquiring new skills.

5 Management Modules presents broader knowledge in management know-how, including two modules conveying the universal topic of digitisation and the associated disruptive innovations. The 5 Engineering Modules provide deeper knowledge in technological topics.

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Order now our so called "Content Overview and Learning Targets" (COLT) to get a better understanding into the content of your favoured Master Program. You will get an overview over

  • Study objectives (e.g. professional qualification for certain activities, scientific work, knowledge of methods)
  • Structure of the study programme
  • Content and definition of courses (sub-areas, focal points)
  • Study plan

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Participants of Mobility Systems Engineering and Management

Professionals working in the development, production or integration of embedded systems within the following industries:

  • Automotive industry with suppliers, manufacturers, and service providers
  • Railway industry
  • Other vehicle industries (e.g. bike industry, ground support equipment, farm machines, automated guided vehicles)
  • Electronic and software industry

Career Perspectives after Graduation

The challenges of todays mobile world require globally thinking visionaries, engineers and managers who are able to combine competences in mechanical and electrical engineering with excellent know-how in economics, business management and law.

Graduates of the Master´s program Mobility Systems Engineering & Management receive a unique interdisciplinary education in systems engineering and state-of-the-art technologies in autonomous driver assistance systems or e-mobility at one of the best technical universities worldwide. The KIT Master of Science Degree will foster the graduates careers in the above named industries to a large extent.

Alumnus voice

"The five Engineering Modules give a deep insight into the new challenges of the automotive industry. Highly experienced lecturers show the state-of-the-art research in the topics of electro engines, batteries, but also cognitive systems or embedded systems. This broad variety of subjects combined with the five Management Modules with a lot of case studies are the perfect fundament for a further personnel development. On top, you are still able to continue your current job and to introduce the new methods to your daily business life.”
Alexander Spies, HECTOR School Graduate, Behr GmbH & Co. KG

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Academic Requirements

  • University degree in a relevant subject
  • Professional experience (at least 1-2 years) & current employment
  • English proficiency

Detailed description of all admission requirements

Admission Statutes

Download here the statutes for admission (German PDF) to the Master's program in Mobility Systems Engineering and Management.


Program Directors

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eric Sax
Head of Institute for Information Processing Technology (ITIV), KIT 

Get to know Prof. Sax in his interview.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Nickel
Head of the Institute of Operations Research (IOR), KIT

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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


KIT Teaching Quality


Specialization E-Mobility

Drive technologies and topologies must be re-evaluated with regard to the overarching goal of climate and environmental protection. Learn more about the technical components of both electric and hybrid vehicles from scooters to cars to the powertrain in this specialization of our M.Sc. in Mobility Systems Engineering and Management.

Read more here
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Specialization Advanced Driver Adaptive Systems

Driver assistance systems help the driver and the vehicle. With the specialization in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems of the M. Sc. in Mobility Systems Engineering and Management, you will be empowered to bring the future of mobility to the road.

Read more here

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*Preparatory Course

Crash Course “Selected Topics of Electronic Engineering”: We offer a free Crash Course “Selected Topics of Electronic Engineering” and highly recommend all participants with a Mechanical Engineering background to participate in the course to update the technical knowledge, as it might be the crucial factor for a successful Master degree in Mobility Systems Engineering and Management at HECTOR School. The next course takes place from November 6 to November 10, 2023.