Automotive

  • 4 year
  • English
  • Bachelor
  • Full-time
Eindhoven

Do you have a passion for engineering and automotive technology? Do you want to be involved in the development of innovative, (electric) vehicles? Would you like to be part of the team at major motor or car races? Automotive is the programme for you!

About Automotive

Our programme teaches you to design, manufacture and test vehicles in a rapidly changing and demanding world. Technical developments – certainly in the field of mobility – are happening at lightning speed. You’ll become a specialist who isn’t afraid to push the boundaries. During your studies, you’ll develop your technical skills and learn how challenging development and research projects lead to innovative products and solutions.

Ambience photo Fontys

Why study Automotive at Fontys?

  • Work with businesses to create innovative and useful products
  • Close cooperation with automotive companies in the Brainport Region
  • In a brand new building on the TU/e campus, learn in a high tec automotive lab.
  • Full attention for your passion, and personal guidance to get the best out of you
 

What are you going to learn?

The automotive engineer of the future is an “out of the box” thinker who can connect complex and different professional disciplines. Our programme prepares you to be the best! After your studies, you’ll be able to understand, interpret, connect and integrate the complex challenges of transport concepts, sustainability and technology.

  • You will get a mix between theory and practice.
  • Cooperation with companies
  • Hard and soft kills: you’ll learn to design, collaborate, plan and think creatively and respectfully in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Various and diverse subjects are included, such as: mechanics, thermodynamics, electrical engineering, measurement and control technology, engine dynamics, vehicle dynamics, vehicle electrical engineering, materials and engine management systems.
 

Welcome to our building: Nexus

Come and have an look!

 

How does your week look like?

Studying is hard work. And that’s not a bad thing, as long as there’s variety. Automotive offers everything you’re looking for:

  • One moment you’re in the classroom (we pride ourselves on small class settings for maximum interactions)
  • Next, you’re working on a vehicle in our state of the art workshops
  • Or you’re busy creating mobility solutions for a company
  • Work with your fellow students and under the guidance of our teachers
 

How does your study time looks like at Fontys School of Engineering?

Click on the video and we will explain it to you in detail!

 

Courses

The first year is primarily focused on orienting your studies and future profession. You’re introduced to the automotive engineer’s broad domain and you establish an initial theoretical basis that will enable you to start working as an automotive engineer in the future. The lectures cover the theory which you can immediately apply in practical assignments and projects. Examples of the subjects covered:

  • motor dynamics
  • vehicle dynamics
  • control engineering
  • mechanics
  • materials science

Mathematics is a common thread throughout your studies. We’ll help you with additional lectures should you require any help with mathematics. From the very first day of the Automotive introduction week, there is the Pressure Cooker Week. During this week, you will be introduced to the Automotive Project Courses (APJ), where you will work in a small team of students. There are a total of 8 project modules within the first two years of the programme.

Starting in the second academic year, you’ll expand your automotive knowledge and engineering skills, and you’ll increasingly gain insight into the connection between certain subjects. The thinking process becomes more abstract and projects become more complicated, but they challenge you to engage in creative, out-of-the-box thinking.

You’ll do all of this in collaboration with your fellow students. In addition to taking specific automotive subjects in the engineering domain – including motor dynamics, vehicle dynamics, vehicle electrical engineering and motor management systems – you’ll also learn more about mechanics, thermodynamics, electrical engineering and process control systems.

From the third academic year onwards, you’ll specialise in several ways to focus on your specific interests.

 

Internship

One half of the third academic year, you’ll spend 20 weeks doing an internship. This is the perfect opportunity for you to put into practice what you have learned during your study programme. You’re really entering the job market! You’ll complete an internship at a company in the Netherlands or abroad. Of course, we will assist you in choosing your internship.

 

Minor

One half of this academic year, you’ll follow a minor programme. All Fontys full-time bachelor’s degree programmes consist of a major and a minor. The major is the core of the programme and serves as your main study field, whereas your minor is an elective programme of one semester. As a full-time student, you can choose for a Fontys minor in any discipline or for a minor offered by Automotive, Electric Drive or Motorsport Engineering. Minors outside of Fontys UAS and/or abroad are also possible. The choice is yours!

In the first semester of the fourth year, the programme focuses on AutomotiveNL, the cluster organisation for the Dutch automotive industry, mobility sector and automotive education sector:

  • Smart mobility (traffic safety and vehicle systems, advanced driver assistance systems)
  • Future power trains (hybrid drives, electrical drives, motors with exhaust after treatment systems)

The second semester of the final year will be your graduation internship period. You’ll work and study at a company and write a bachelor’s thesis as a concluding project. At the end of the programme, you’ll have achieved 240 credits and be granted a Bachelor’s of Science degree.

 

Related courses

In addition to Automotive, Fontys University of Applied Sciences offers the technical programmes Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering.

More information about related courses

  • For students of other nationalities, who followed the British curriculum, the minimum requirements are:
1. BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma with Mathematics and Physics or
2. Access to HE Diploma or
3. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 4 subjects (with grade A to C or 9 to 4) + a General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 2 relevant subjects (Mathematics and Physics) at AS level (with grade A-C). A total of 6 different subjects, preferably including English and Mathematics or
4. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 4 subjects (with grade A to C or 9 to 4) + General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 2 relevant subjects (Mathematics and Physics) at A level (with grade D/E). A total of 6 different subjects, preferably including English and Mathematics or
5. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 3 subjects (with grade A to C or 9 to 4) + General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 3 relevant subjects (including Mathematics and Physics) at A level (with grade A to C). A total of 6 different subjects, including English and Mathematics.
  • For students who are in possession of an IB diploma:

We accept HL and SL results and these students can be exempted from the English language requirement.
Physics
and Mathematics are mandatory subjects (regardless of the level, HL or SL). The minimum score is 24 points (IB diploma awarded).

  • For students with other secondary education/ high school diplomas:

As soon as your application is visible in Studielink we will contact you by e-mail and ask you to send us your documents for the diploma assessment.

If you are curious whether your secondary school diploma is equivalent to Dutch standards and offers access to higher education in the Netherlands, please check the website of the Dutch foreign credentials evaluation center, Nuffic: https://www.nuffic.nl/en/subjects/diploma/education-systems

  • For students of other nationalities, who followed the British curriculum, the minimum requirements are:

1. BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma with Mathematics and Physics or
2. Access to HE Diploma or
3. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 4 subjects (with grade A to C or 9 to 4) + a General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 2 relevant subjects (Mathematics and Physics) at AS level (with grade A-C). A total of 6 different subjects, preferably including English and Mathematics or
4. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 4 subjects (with grade A to C or 9 to 4) + General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 2 relevant subjects (Mathematics and Physics) at A level (with grade D/E). A total of 6 different subjects, preferably including English and Mathematics or
5. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 3 subjects (with grade A to C or 9 to 4) + General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 3 relevant subjects (including Mathematics and Physics) at A level (with grade A to C). A total of 6 different subjects, including English and Mathematics.
  • For students who are in possession of an IB diploma:

We accept HL and SL results and these students can be exempted from the English language requirement.
Physics
and Mathematics are mandatory subjects (regardless of the level, HL or SL). The minimum score is 24 points (IB diploma awarded).

  • For students with other secondary education/ high school diplomas:

As soon as your application is visible in Studielink we will contact you by e-mail and ask you to send us your documents for the diploma assessment.

If you are curious whether your secondary school diploma is equivalent to Dutch standards and offers access to higher education in the Netherlands, please check the website of the Dutch foreign credentials evaluation center, Nuffic: https://www.nuffic.nl/en/subjects/diploma/education-systems

  • For students of other nationalities, who followed the British curriculum, the minimum requirements are:

    MBO 4-, HAVO- or VWO- diploma with Mathematics and Physics.

  • For students who are in possession of an IB diploma:

We accept HL and SL results and these students can be exempted from the English language requirement.
Physics
and Mathematics are mandatory subjects (regardless of the level, HL or SL). The minimum score is 24 points (IB diploma awarded).

  • For students with other secondary education/ high school diplomas:

As soon as your application is visible in Studielink we will contact you by e-mail and ask you to send us your documents for the diploma assessment.

If you are curious whether your secondary school diploma is equivalent to Dutch standards and offers access to higher education in the Netherlands, please check the website of the Dutch foreign credentials evaluation center, Nuffic: https://www.nuffic.nl/en/subjects/diploma/education-systems

Costs

Although Fontys does not have its own campus dorms, it has established cooperation’s with a number of different accommodations agencies and landlords. Through such cooperation’s, Fontys can provide guidance in finding accommodation for the first semester or academic year at Fontys.

Costs of accommodation in the city of Eindhoven will vary between 450 and 650 Euro per month.

Click here for more detailed information about finding accommodation.

 

Career opportunities

This study programme offers excellent perspective for finding a good job at one of the many automotive companies in the heart of the Brainport automotive sector or organisations abroad! Automotive engineers are currently in high demand everywhere in the world. A few examples of sectors you may work in: 

  • You might have a client who can use your creativity to provide its customers with vehicles that fully automate the loading process.
  • You can contribute to developments in busses so that a bus can easily be steered through traffic via a wireless network (involving challenges in data communication).
  • Or you can work on adjustments in vehicles that make them more comfortable for the handicapped.
  • You can work in innovative companies like DAF or VDL

Continuing your studies

Of course, you can also continue studying and take a master's course at Fontys or a technical university.

Fontys will offer a master's degree in Digital Technology Engineering as of February 2022. For more information visit fontys.nl/mdte

Together with TU/e, we offer you the opportunity to combine your studies with a preparatory programme for the master’s degree in Automotive Technology. You will not have a transitional year but will work towards obtaining both a bachelor’s degree and a university master’s degree within 6 years.

 

Automotive Engineering: Your future as an engineer!

Watch the video in which Automotive students talk about how they see their future as engineers.

How to apply

All applications for our programmes have to be conducted via www.studielink.nl. Studielink is an online portal that allows applicants to apply and maintain their registration whenever they want to.

Application deadlines

Application deadlines 2022

September intake EU 15 June
September intake Non-EU 15 May
Educational institution Fontys Hogescholen
Location of educational institution Eindhoven
Programme B Automotive - Automotive

After your enrolment request has been sent, you will immediately receive a confirmation e-mail from Studielink.

Do you have a question?

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More about Automotive Engineering

Experience what it's like to study at Fontys. Meet our students and lecturers at our Virtual open days (online) or 'Meet us on Campus' in the Netherlands.

Online
18 nov 2021 18:00 - 19:00
49 spots available
During this online open day, you will learn more about the programme. You get information about which courses to expect and will tell current students about their experiences. There is also plenty of time to ask questions via chat. This will help you to get an idea of the programme.

Would you like to have a conversation with students of this programme? Are you curious about their experiences? What do they like most about the programme, what do they find difficult? What is it like to study in The Netherlands and at Fontys?

Then sign up for 'Meet the student'. Our students are ready for you online!

Do you have a specific question about this programme? We are happy to help you!

The situation and guidelines resulting from the corona pandemic are constantly changing, also for higher education. One thing we know for sure: in the new academic year we will have to observe the 1.5 metre distance rule in our buildings and on campus for the time being. We are adapting our education accordingly so that a good mix of face to face education on location and online education is created.
We carefully consider which form of education is best suited to each course, each subject and even each component.

In the factsheet you will find the most important programme information at a glance.

Download the factsheet