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Vehicle Technologies

Anyone who wants to keep their competitive edge in the future in the automotive industry cannot ignore digitalisation. But above all, in addition to innovative thinking, strategic action is required.

This university course directs a focus toward digitalisation in automotive engineering, encompassing its impact on the design of new technologies, products, and business models.

You will gain knowledge and skills that enable you to implement digital technologies in existing products and process landscapes, develop strategies that support the transformation taking place in the vehicle industry, and apply corresponding measures efficiently and directly.

Dates and deadlines

  • Start date: to be determined soon
  • Application deadline: to be determined soon
  • Course dates: to be determined soon



Key data

  • Duration: approx. 8 weeks
  • ECTS credits: 5
  • Degree: Certificate from Graz University of Technology
  • Language of instruction: Englisch/German
  • Participation fees: 1.500,- Euro (VAT-free), these fees do not include travel, accommodation, and catering costs.
  • Course location: TU Graz und online

  • Curriculum




Send the completed application form to: helmut.aschbachernoSpam@tugraz.at


  • The vehicle as a mechatronic system
    • Drivers and foundations of digitalisation in vehicle technology
    • Fundamentals of IT systems in automotive engineering
    • Development standards & specifications for electrical/electronic systems
  • Control unit architectures and data networks
    • Control unit architectures in hardware and software
    • Data transmission, data processing, analogue/digital converters
    • Standardised data systems (interfaces, bus systems, data management)
    • Development trends, challenges, and new architectures
  • Sensors and actuators in automotive engineering
    • Introduction to sensor systems and sensor data processing
    • Overview and examples of automotive sensor systems
    • Introduction to actuator systems and how to control them
    • Overview and examples of automotive actuator systems
  • Selected systems
    • Drive systems
    • Driving assistance systems and
    • automated driving
    • Car2x communication systems

Teaching and learning methods

This course takes place in 3 phases: 

Online phase: In the online phase, you will acquire fundamental knowledge through a process of self-study. This is done by referencing a combination of articles, literature on the topic, learning videos and taking advantage of other small learning offers. You can independently choose when and where you study. In order to ask questions and exchange information with lecturers and other course participants, you can freely access the TU Graz learning platform "TeachCenter".  
Before the online phase begins, a synchronous online session (e.g. by using Webex) will be held with the lecturer to provide an easy introduction to the module content. Every week, a synchronous online session with the lecturer is held, which enables you to reflect on the content and to ask any questions you may still have through a direct exchange.

Attendance phase: Based on what you learned in the online phase, you will deepen your knowledge in course units and receive personal support from experts on site. You have the opportunity to discuss, reflect upon, further expand, and apply the knowledge you have learned in the context of case study examples. Students who cannot be on site for professional reasons can participate in the courses via the online conference system (e.g. by using Webex). 

Transfer phase: This phase takes place individually or in a team. Here, you will use the knowledge you have acquired to work on questions and problems from your company context. In this phase, you also receive support from experts.

Scientific head

Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.

Mario Hirz


Target groups and admission requirements

The prerequisite for admission to this university course is the fulfilment of a target group-specific qualification, e.g. project manager, quality engineer, business economist and comparable qualifications. 

The course is especially suitable for professionals from the following sectors:

  • Industry, R&D
  • Advisory services
  • Trade and logistics
  • Energy industry
  • Marketing & IT

The decision on admission is made by the academic course management on the basis of the qualifications described in the application process.

This course is part of the MBA Leadership in Digital Transformation and the EMBA Digital Leadership. If the course is completed, credit can be awarded in the MBA Leadership in Digital Transformation or EMBA Digital Leadership. In order to receive credit, the exams in the courses must be passed.


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