• Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The Automotive Systems Design from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) starts with a year of advanced education, followed by a major design project of eight to twelve months in a company.

MSD is positioned as a sub-track of ASD. It's the intention to give it the status of a separate PDEng program as soon as possible.

The designer's programs lead to a Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng degree). These programs are given under the banner of 4TU.School for Technological Design, Stan Ackermans Institute, a joint initiative of the four universities of technology in the Netherlands.

Program graduates will be awarded a certified diploma and the degree 'Professional Doctorate in Engineering' (PDEng). Their name will be entered in the PDEng register of the Royal Dutch Institute for Engineers (KIVI). The program is affiliated  to the British Association of Engineering Doctorates (AEngD).


After completing this post-master program the graduate shall:

  • Have a sound background of knowledge and experience in using state-of-the-art methods and techniques for design, development, and implementation of one of the disciplines underlying the multidisciplinary field of high-tech automotive systems. In particular they have genuine experience in the full design and development lifecycle including:

    -    Articulation of the problem (stakeholder analysis, use case modeling);

    -    Analysis of the problem (requirements)

    -    Modeling the problem (abstract, formal, conceptual);

    -    Refinement of the solution (architecture, global design, detailed design, implementation);

    -    Taking emerging and possibly conflicting constraints into consideration; 

    -    Integrating parts of a solution;

    -    Verification and validation of the solution.

  • Be aware of relevant industry's best-practices in the context of business developments where products are becoming more multidisciplinary, increasingly complex and increasingly interconnected and distributed; where markets are becoming increasingly competitive with an ever shorter time-to-market; and where projects are becoming larger, more complex,  increasingly multidisciplinary, and multi-site.
  • Have a scientific approach to design. A graduate should be capable of systematically exploring the available design options and be proficient in motivating the appropriateness of the particular design choices made for the context they apply to.
  • Be able to take a leading role in solving multidisciplinary problems and have the competences to cooperate effectively and efficiently in various roles in an international and multidisciplinary project-oriented environment.
  • Effectively participate in a team in the design and development of complex, innovative products from all disciplines relevant for the high-tech automotive industry.
  • Collaborate with engineers from other disciplines for the realization of the aforementioned products.
  • Technically lead a team of engineers and designers in an automotive environment.

This results in a number of competitive advantages for a career in the design and development of products and services for the high-tech automotive industry.


Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • System Engineering
  • Automotive Sensing
  • Software Networked Embedded Systems
  • Autonomous/Cooperative Driving
  • Project in the Industry


English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • The Post-Master's Program Automotive Systems Design is open to recent university graduates, in particular to Master's graduates from one of the following fields: Automotive Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Embedded Systems, Systems & Control or comparable. 
  • The candidate should furthermore have affinity with technology, an academic, critical attitude and a good awareness of the state of the art in engineering design for high tech systems, a clear ambition in an industrial career, better than average social and communicative competencies, including an excellent English proficiency in writing, speaking, reading, and understanding.

Tuition Fee

Trainees do not have to pay tuition fees.
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Living costs for Eindhoven

  • 850 - 1350 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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