Mobility engineering, MSc

120 credits (2 years)

Sign up for informationFreight trains, trucks, cargo aircrafts and ships transport large quantities of raw material and manufactured goods around the world. Every day, billions of people commute by using trains, cars, aeroplanes and boats. This master's programme will prepare you to meet the ever-changing demands in the industry of aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, marine technology, and railway technology.

Mobility engineering master's programme at Chalmers

Goods and personal mobility play a significant role in the global economy as well as in our everyday life. Therefore, modern transportation needs to be safer, more efficient, and sustainable to ensure seamless mobility with minimal impact on the surrounding environment. This Mobility engineering master's programme will prepare you to develop sustainable, high-performance mobility solutions. You will be trained to understand features, design requirements and challenges of the present and future mobility solutions. You will also gain a holistic knowledge of mobility solutions and the ability to apply them for different transportation needs and environments. Sustainable development is considered throughout the programme in all focus areas. In addition to the holistic knowledge, you will acquire in-depth knowledge in one of the profile areas:  aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, marine technology, and railway technology. This in-depth knowledge will prepare you for working as a specialist within that field. Beyond the compulsory courses, which are common for all profiles there will be a project course for each profile.

Mobility engineering master's Chalmers

Different subjects are discussed from a technical, societal, economical, human, and ethical perspective. The programme is based on lectures, assignments, simulations, experiments, study visits, and projects carried out as real case studies. The interconnection and collaboration with the transportation industry and transport administrations in the programme are significant and include guest lectures, study visits, laboratory exercises as well as tasks to our project courses. In the project courses, you will gain skills in project work, including communication, teamwork, and project management. The master thesis projects are often carried out in collaboration with the industry.

Topics covered

The subjects of system engineering, propulsion systems, mechatronics in the field of mobility, technological aspects of connected fleets, structural engineering, product life management, and artificial intelligence are fundamental areas in the Mobility engineering programme.

The courses handle topics such as sustainable high-performance propulsion (including combustion, hybrid, and electric powertrains), vehicle automation, reliability analysis, load analysis and responses, passive and active safety to reduce and prevent injuries, vehicle engineering and aerodynamics, numerical methods, structural mechanics, structural and material deterioration, and designing and optimization of mechanical components.

Mobility engineering master's programme structure

The master's programme runs for a duration of two years, leading to a Master of Science (MSc) degree. During each year, students can earn 60 credits and complete the programme by accumulating a total of 120 credits. Credits are earned by completing courses where each course is usually 7.5 credits. The programme consists of compulsory courses, compulsory-elective courses and elective courses. 

The Mobility engineering master's programme at Chalmers includes three fundamental courses which are compulsory. The purpose of these courses is to provide the essential knowledge in mobility engineering from which you can broaden your competence within the different profile areas. Apart from the three compulsory courses, students are required to complete 37.5 credits in compulsory elective courses, to be selected among more than 35 courses. Finally, the programme also offers the possibility to choose 30 credits in elective courses, to be selected among more than 30 courses. The master thesis is usually carried out at a company within the area that you have specialized in during your master’s programme. Please note that it’s up to you to find a suitable project and a company to collaborate with.

Compulsory courses year 1

During the first year, the programme starts with three compulsory courses that form a common foundation in Mobility engineering. Each course is worth 7.5 credits.
  • Systems and mechatronics for mobility engineering
  • Introduction to propulsion and energy systems for transport
  • Connected fleets in data-driven engineering​

Compulsory courses year 2

  • Master’s thesis (30 credits)

Profile: Aerospace engineering

Aerospace connects the world and is making space accessible. Over the coming decades, engineers that collaborate to find technical solutions for making aviation sustainable and more attractive will be needed more than ever. The aerospace profile contains a sequence of courses that will give you a solid understanding of how aircraft, space vehicles and their propulsion systems are designed, developed, and operated. The provided courses aim to sharpen your generic engineering skills for future open-ended real-world engineering problems, collaborating with industry and our world-class fluids lab on modelling and programming. 

The profile is designed to allow you to complement your knowledge with elective courses forming a method specialisation in three alternative areas: 1) fluids 2) structural and 3) artificial intelligence.
Apart from the specific entry requirements for the whole programme, students pursuing this profile will need to have prior knowledge in fluid mechanics. Also, depending on the selected area of interest, a background in the strength of materials might be required. 

Profile: Automotive engineering

New and increasing challenges for the automotive industry include autonomous driving, electrification, and intelligent systems for vehicles. To meet these challenges, there is a demand for skilled automotive engineers able to develop robust engineering solutions, to transport people and goods in a safe, sustainable, and cost-effective way. The profile automotive engineering will give you a solid and holistic foundation within the automotive industry, including profound knowledge in areas like vehicle dynamics, vehicle aerodynamics, autonomous driving, active & passive safety, and propulsion.
Apart from the specific entry requirements for the whole programme, students pursuing this profile might need to have prior knowledge in fluid mechanics, programming and in the strength of materials, depending on the selected area of interest 

Profile: Marine technology

Ships transport large quantities of raw material and manufactured goods around the world, making the shipping industry the hub of the global economy. Today, developing this transport system and turning shipping into the most efficient, safe, and environmental-friendly means of transportation is a great engineering challenge. In addition, there is also a challenge in developing and designing structures required in the emerging field of ocean energy, various types of floating marine structures offshore and subsea. The profile focuses on ships and offshore structures but is equally attractive for those with a general interest in strength- and hydrodynamic analysis and systems engineering. By selecting a specific combination of the courses proposed in the programme (“Stability and design basis for marine structures”, “Naval architecture”, “Ship resistance and propulsion”, “Structural engineering” and “Wave loads and seakeeping”), the programme will allow you to also become a Naval architect. 
Apart from the specific entry requirements for the whole programme, students pursuing this profile will need to have prior knowledge in fluid mechanics and in the strength of materials.

Profile: Railway technology

The railway is the leading transport alternative for mass transit and bulk cargo on land. Rail transports are performed at over 300 kilometres per hour and with freight wagons carrying over 120 tonnes, which puts enormous strains on railway components. Operations are steadily increasing at a faster rate than current track and wagon capacity, which leads to more and more severe consequences of unplanned traffic disruptions. From this perspective, the railway is a “rolling process industry”, which requires high-precision asset management. The profile focuses on these aspects and will provide future railway engineers with a solid background in railway mechanics, mechanical deterioration, and asset management.
Apart from the specific entry requirements for the whole programme, students pursuing this profile will need to have prior knowledge in the strength of materials.


The Mobility engineering programme at Chalmers will lead to professional roles within research and development, design and simulation of processes, systems, and parts of automotive, railway, aerospace and maritime vehicles or other mechanical systems. Both the holistic approach and the possibility for in depth studies provided in the program also offers a suitable background when aiming for a career/role within academic research, technical support, sales, manufacturing or management at different levels.

Graduates from the programme can be found at companies such as Volvo Group, Volvo Cars, SSPA, Trafikverket, GKN Aerospace, etc. There are also graduates  that continue with PhD education within mobility, at Chalmers or other universities worldwide.

Research within Mobility engineering

Automotive engineering research at Chalmers is carried out together with the Swedish Automotive industry and within several national centres and laboratories, for example.
Main vehicle attributes are studied including vehicle dynamics, vehicle aerodynamics, active & passive safety, and propulsion. Much of the work is focused on transport efficiency, automated driving, safety of vehicles and alternative propulsion systems.

​Marine technology research at Chalmers is carried out within shipbuilding design methodology,  structural and strength properties of structures, vessel stability and manoeuvrability, lightweight construction and risk analysis, construction structures and systems for utilising ocean resources. Within hydrodynamics, experimental testing and development of numerical methods are conducted to analyse and evaluate hydrodynamic properties and the design of hulls with respect to resistance, propulsion, manoeuvring or sea characteristics. The research contributes to sustainable shipping, maritime safety and energy efficiency.  The research activities are connected to different centres such as Lighthouse and Kongsberg UTC.

Railway technology research at Chalmers focuses mainly on logistics, constructions and railway mechanics. The latter is carried out within the national centre of excellence CHARMEC​ and concerns all aspects from the dynamic train-track interaction, to material deterioration, noise emissions and digitalisation of maintenance. The world-leading research in this area is reflected in the focus of the railway profile of the Mobility engineering programme.

Aerospace research at Chalmers has a strong position and we are frequently the largest benefiter among the Swedish universities within the national flight research programme. Chalmers is also well-positioned in European research activities and has a very strong industry network. Research strongholds are in propulsion systems, fluid-solid- and material mechanics and manufacturing as well as radar and AI technology. Research tasks range from developing new models and computational methods in fluid/solid and material mechanics, production simulations, experimental investigation of heat flows and aerodynamics in new types of propulsion systems as well as understanding how aerospace can transition to a sustainable part of the transport system.


Sustainable development

The increasing need for energy-efficient vehicles demands skilled engineers within the field of mobility. New technology is needed to develop high-performance powertrains utilizing sustainable energy sources. Equally important are minimizing material usage and making eco-friendly construction choices as well as optimizing the design of the vehicle in different aspects.

Mobility is a core part of societal activities. It is therefore natural that the programme is highly interlinked with the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development goals (SDGs)​. The table below provides an overview of the sustainable development goals and the associated targets within the programme.

Goal 3: Good health and wellbeing
Students and teachers are actively engaged in projects aiming to design safer vehicles and are constantly working to reduce pollutant emissions from vehicles.

Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Students and teachers cooperate to identify the needs for the transportation infrastructure, to guarantee seamless mobility of people and goods. Within the programme, there is also a constant collaboration with industrial partners in research and development projects that aim to create innovative products.

Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
Students and teachers work together to ensure that future vehicles will promote mobility and safety for all, including vulnerable road users.

Goal 13: Climate action
Students and teachers are strongly involved in activities aiming to improve the energy efficiency of vehicles and to identify new sustainable propulsion systems, but also creating more efficient vehicles, for instance by improved aerodynamics.

Student interview

The education feels very relevant”
Klara, Sweden, Mobility engineering, Railway technology profile

Why did you choose this programme and the railway technology profile?
– I knew that I wanted to choose a master’s programme where I could continue my interest in mechanics, but also learn more about mechatronics. After doing some research on which courses are offered in Mobility engineering, I thought it would be a perfect mix of what I wanted to learn more about. I chose the railway profile since it is a very sustainable form of transportation in which there are many areas to learn more.

What have you been working on?
– The first study period of this master's we took courses together with all the profiles which was a great way to get an overall understanding of mobility and transportation within all areas. In one group project, we compared different trips by a car, rail, airplane, or boat. My group was investigating a plane fueled by hydrogen flying from Amsterdam to Istanbul. Later, we compared this to the other forms of transport during a presentation. Of course, several aspects are taken into consideration in this project, for example, the difference in the time it took to get there and pollutions.

What do you like the most about your programme?
– Improving the ways of transporting is definitely a hot topic when it comes to moving towards a more sustainable future, which makes education feel very relevant. I enjoy having the opportunity to learn both about the way things are working now, but also about the way transportation is developing in the future. I also appreciate getting a deeper understanding of the railway. Recently we had a study visit where we looked both under, inside and on top of a train which was very interesting and appreciated.

What do you want to do in the future?
– There are many areas in which I would like to work. The mechanical aspect of the railway in some way is definitely something I would be interested in. For example, working on how to increase the lifetime of the railway. Watching on the news that a hydrogen fuel cell train has been running for the first time in Sweden makes me excited that there are many areas where it’s possible to work and make a difference.

​Meet a professor

Tomas Grönstedt is a professor in Turbomachinery. His research focuses on designing new types of aero-engines and on new fuels for aviation.

What will you be teaching in this programme?
We have four tracks in the Mobility Engineering programme: rail, aerospace, road and sea. I teach in the aerospace track. Me and some of my co-researchers teach a compulsory set of aerospace courses. Students can then add method specializations onto the basic aerospace courses. This can be done in fluid mechanics, material mechanics and AI. Combining this with practical knowledge on how to build an air- or spacecraft should make this an interesting track. For the programme in general, Chalmers has continuously been among the top ten universities in the world when it comes to industry research collaboration. Taking that into account and remembering that Gothenburg has a unique strength in the transport area should make the Mobility Engineering programme very attractive.

What do you think is the most exciting thing about your field?
Humanity is facing great challenges when it comes to the climate and there is a need to develop new, smart technology that will offer us more options. How we will make the shift towards more sustainable fuels in the aviation area is an interesting topic. We have several choices and many future scenarios are possible. Today we see a rapid development in hydrogen and in Sweden we have been at the forefront both in terms of biofuels and electrification. The conditions vary between the modes of transport and to understand what these conditions look like will be a key competence in the future. The Mobility master’s programme will give you this knowledge. Furthermore, Artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles and electrification will create conditions for completely new types of services and technology which I think is exciting and I am curious to learn more about myself.

What kind of projects will your students be working with?
In my classes, students will be working with the design of an aircraft both practically and with various calculation methods. They will also gain a deeper understanding of why an aircraft is designed a certain way and the interplay between different subject areas needed to produce a durable and sustainable aircraft.

​Student Blogs

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