Mobility engineering, MSc

120 credits (2 years)

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

Mobility engineering master's at Chalmers

The aim of the Mobility engineering master's programme is to 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.

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Within the programme, you will choose one of the following four profiles: Aerospace, Automotive engineering, Marine technology and Railway technology. The aim with the profiles is to focus and obtain in-depth knowledge in one of the transport areas to 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.

Different subjects are discussed from a technical, societal, economical and human perspective. The programme is based on lectures, assignments, simulations, experiments and projects carried out as real case studies. The interconnection and collaboration with the transportation industry in the programme is significant and includes 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, or together with researchers.
Please note that the master's programme in Mobility Engineering is replacing our previous programmes Automotive Engineering and Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering.

Topics covered

The subjects of system engineering, functional safety, propulsion systems, mechatronics, optimization, structural engineering, product life management are fundamental areas in the Mobility engineering programme.

The courses handle topics such as sustainable high-performance propulsion (including combustion, hybrid and electric powertrains), reliability analysis, load analysis and responses, passive and active safety to reduce and prevent injuries, vehicle engineering, aerodynamics and thermal management, 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 (ECTS) 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 focus areas below. The programme also offers five to nine optional courses (depending on which profile you choose). 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. 

Note - When you apply to this programme, you will must clearly state in your CV which of the four profiles you are selecting. You are guaranteed the profile that you want to study. There are a lot of courses that go across different profiles. This makes it possible for you to switch the profile during the programme. 

Compulsory courses year 1

During the first year the programme starts with five compulsory courses that form a common foundation in Communication engineering. Each course is usually 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

In the second year you must complete a master's thesis in order to graduate. The thesis may be worth 30 credits or 60 credits depending on your choice. 
  • Master’s thesis ​​

Elective courses

  • Electric and hybrid vehicles*
  • Electric machines for vehicles and vessels*
  • Rigid body dynamics
  • Finite element method - basics
  • Structural dynamics
  • Vehicle motion engineering*
  • Materials characterisation and failure analysis
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) 
  • Linear control system design
  • Applied signal processing
  • Vehicle and traffic safety*
  • Non-destructive testing (NDT) in quality assessment and process control
  • Composite mechanics
  • Finite element method - structures
  • Tracks-course: “Emissions from Transportation”*
  • Material mechanics 
  • Internal combustion engines*
  • Road vehicle aerodynamics*
  • Human behaviour and safety in mobility systems*
  • Object-oriented programming in Python 
  • Production and product service systems 
  • Electric drive systems for vehicles and vessels*
  • Vehicle motion and controls*
  • Computational fluid dynamics for engineers (CFD)
  • Aero-acoustics (PhD course)
  • Applied mechatronics design 
  • Impact biomechanics*
  • Sustainable transportation 
  • Logistics and supply chain management 
  • Introduction to data science and AI
  • Finite elements simulations in design
  • Product planning - needs and opportunities
  • Turbomachinery
  • Fatigue and fracture
  • Methods of risk and reliability analysis
  • Modelling and simulation​
  • Robust and nonlinear control
  • Road vehicle thermal management*
  • Discrete event systems
  • Design and analysis of experiments
  • Active safety*
  • Quality management
  • Powertrain mechanics*
  • Lithium-ion battery systems for vehicles and large-scale energy storage
  • Fuel cells*
  • Structural dynamics control
  • Decision-making for autonomous systems
  • Autonomous and cooperative vehicular systems
  • Requirement engineering & functional safety*
  • Project management
  • Organisation and strategy

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, Aerodynamics & Thermal Management, Autonomous driving, Active & Passive safety, and Propulsion.

Profile: Automotive engineering – No compulsory courses
The students in the automotive profile will have to choose 37.5 ECTS among “automotive courses” (with a maximum of 15 ECTS in project courses). ​Please note that all the courses are worth 7.5 ECTS except for the project courses that are worth 15 ECTS.​

Project courses
  • Chalmers Formula Students* (15 ECTS)
  • Automotive engineering project* (15 ECTS)

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. If you select “Ship resistance and computational hydrodynamic”, “Structural engineering” and “Wave Loads and Seakeeping” from the semi-compulsory courses you also become a Naval architect.

Profile: Marine technology – Compulsory courses
  • Stability and Design Basis for Marine Structures 
  • Naval architecture
And with the following courses, you become a Naval Architect
  • Ship resistance and propulsion
  • Structural engineering
  • Wave loads and seakeeping

Profile: Marine technology – Compulsory courses
  • Marine design project (15 ECTS)
​* = The course is eligible as an Automotive course, but the course itself is not necessarily an automotive one. 
Please note that all the courses are worth 7.5 ECTS except for the project courses that are worth 15 ECTS.​

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 will give you a solid background in railway mechanics, mechanical deterioration and asset management for future railway engineers.

Profile: Railway technology – Compulsory courses
  • Railway technology
  • Railway technology project (7,5 ECTS)

Profile: Aerospace

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 track 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 compulsory 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 track is designed to allow you to complement your knowledge with elective courses forming a method specialization in three alternative areas 1) fluids 2) solids and 3) artificial intelligence.

Profile: Aerospace engineering – Compulsory courses
  • Aerospace propulsion 
  • Compressible flow 
  • Conceptual aircraft design
  • Project​ in aerospace engineering

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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 road 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. 


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, but also 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 found that continues 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, Aerodynamics & Thermal Management, Active & Passive safety, and Propulsion. Much of the work is focused on transport efficiency, automated driving and safety of vehicles with 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 track 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.

​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.

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