Name of programme: Vehicle Engineering

Level of degree: Master, abbr.: MSc-degree

Qualification written in the degree: Vehicle Engineer

Language of study: English

The master’s programme is in English that will enable students to secure positions and/or participate in project in the vehicle industry internationally. They will also be able to continue their studies abroad or fulfill leadership roles in multinational firms.  

Specialization: -

Area of education: engineering

Duration of programme: 4 semesters

Number of credit points necessary for the MSc degree: 120 credit points

The aim of study programme:

The aim of the study programme is to train students to become technically advanced automotive engineers.  After completing their studies automotive engineers will be able to participate in high level scientific, specified technical automotive, information technology, and business and project management tasks related to vehicle development, internal combustion engines and alternative drive systems. Using their knowledge vehicle engineers will be able to research and develop, design and manufacture vehicles, engines and their components. The master’s programme prepares students to participate in and lead project related to vehicles, drivelines and engines. Students will be also prepared to continue their studies in the Ph.D. training program at Széchenyi István University. 

Project based learning:

The training programme is project oriented, students participate in and/or lead a project in every semester. The semester projects can be individual or team effort, they can be independent or based on each other. This philosophy prepares students to work, cooperate, and lead at the international level.

Philosophy of the master’s programme:

The vehicle engineering master’s programme gives a large degree of freedom and a wide variety of engineering subjects when selecting their subjects.  After they have fulfilled the required master level basis subjects, students will be able to select their higher level specialized engineering subjects according to their own interest from three specific focus areas: Alternative drive systems, Internal combustion engines and Whole vehicle engineering.  


Possible outcomes:

1, Students take subjects according to their own interest with no specific emphasis from the three specific focus areas. They will get a wide scope in vehicle engineering.


2, Student know exactly in which of the three specific focus areas  he/she is interested and with guidance he will chose the subjects that are related to the specific focus area. They will get a focus and a deeper knowledge in one of the three specific focus areas: Alternative drive systems, Internal combustion engines and Whole vehicle engineering.  


Specific focus areas:


Alternative Drive Systems

The area of Alternative Drive Systems focuses on both drive systems internal combustion engines as well as electric drives with energy storage devices. The programme also covers a wide variety of alternative vehicles, design and development as well as autonomous driving. The master’s programme takes the students through conceptual layout, simulation, development and design, building and testing alternative drives systems. The training programme is supported by the new electric drive laboratory at the Automation Department. 


Whole vehicle engineering

The area of Whole Vehicle Development covers the prediction and control of vehicle characteristics, such as internal noise, fuel consumption, durability, etc., in which the car is considered as a complex engineering system expected to satisfy demanding customer expectations. The main focus areas of the programme are Acoustics, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Thermodynamics, Strength- and Fatigue Analysis as well as Conceptual Vehicle Design. Beside the lecture-based learning, students get the chance to take part in a project-based learning environment by participating in the development team of a Formula Student race car, which allows to put their theoretical skills to practice as well as to test their design in a highly competitive international contest.


Internal combustion engines

The area of Internal Combustion Engines focuses on thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, design, control and testing of internal combustion engines.  Besides the classroom based education, students will participate in engine related projects at the Department of Internal Combustion Engines gathering real life on-the-job experience.  Students will also have a chance to participate in the engine development student team SzEngine that develops internal combustion engines for the Formula Student competitions series. 


The content of the study programme:

The percentage of each training area/field:

  • Knowledge of Natural Sciences: 20 credit points
  • Knowledge of Economics and Human Sciences: 10 credit points
  • Professional Core Material: 30 credit points
  • Differentiated Professional Knowledge: 30 credit points
  • Diploma Thesis: 30 credit points


Professional Practice/Internship:

The mandatory internship period of min. 4 weeks has to be absolved outside of university at a suitable professional location.


The supervisory system of knowledge contains the following items:

Acquisition of the prescribed knowledge requirement, internship absolved, diploma thesis completed and final examination absolved.


Thesis requirements:

The diploma thesis is the elaboration of a specified engineering or research task. This task must be based on the acquired knowledge of the student and on state of the art know how of the topic based on literature. The elaboration process is supported by at least one supervisor of the university and can be assisted by an external industrial expert. The duration for completion is two semester.

The candidate thesis proves that he/she has obtained and can apply sufficient knowledge/skills in order to resolve a dedicated professional analysis, design or development task in vehicle engineering on his/her own, in addition to creating added value.


Conditions for taking the final exam:

Meeting the requirements of the curriculum, including:

  • obtaining at least 120 credit points out of which the thesis represents 30 credit points,
  • fulfilling the conditions of practical training/internship as part of the curriculum,
  • diploma thesis evaluated and approved by the reviewer.


Conditions for issuing the degree:

In accordance with the 51§ of the Act CCIV/2011 on the National Higher Education, students studying and completing a course held in a foreign language are exempted from taking language examinations regardless the level and number of language examinations laid down in the Educational and Outcome Requirements (KKK). Graduating from a course held in a foreign language implies that the output requirements on foreign language are considered to have been completed.


Parts of the final exam:

  • comprehensive oral exam including the designated areas of the designated courses (to which it belongs minimum 10 credit points) related to the topic of the thesis,  .
  • evaluation and defence of the thesis.


Results of the final exam:

The arithmetical mean of the following two results: the grade received for the defence of the thesis (integer number) and the grade received for the comprehensive oral exam (rounded to two decimal places). If any of the two grades is a “fail” the final exam is regarded as “fail”.


Assessment of the degree:

The arithmetical mean of four following results: 1) the grade received for the thesis (integer number), 2) the grade received for the defence of the thesis (integer number), 3) the grade received for the comprehensive oral final exam (rounded to two decimal places), and 4) the corrected cumulative credit index (rounded to two decimal places).