Master Autonomous Driving

Autonomous Driving

In a Nutshell

Master program:
Autonomous Driving
Master of Engineering (M. Eng.)
Learning location:
Program start:
summer term  (March 15th) and winter term (October 1st)
Registration and admission:
02.05. to 31.07. (for winter term)
15.11. to 30.11. (for summer term)

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Practical and project-centered learning

In our study program, we directly map the later professional practice. You work in interdisciplinary teams to develop solutions together and across different departments (interdisciplinary). This will provide you with many skills that will give you a decisive advantage in your future career.

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During the final presentation, our students present their final product. Take a look at how project-centered studies work!

Within your team you act independently and actively shape the progress of your team project. The ability to work in a team and communication are essential! You and your team are in constant exchange.

You will receive professional input at any time from the professors and employees of the university as well as from the experts of our partner companies.


I'm Georg Arbeiter and your
contact person for our study program.
If you want to know if the
study program suits you or if you need further
information about the content of the program, the work in our
work in our teams or about
application and enrollment,
write me a message or give me a call!

Prof. Dr. Georg Arbeiter
T. +49 (0)9561 317-332

Our team - our expertise

The nine-member team of the Autonomous Driving program consists of three young professors and six employees who will accompany you during your studies. We attach great importance to excellent, personal support through intensive exchange and close cooperation. Our expertise in the areas of artificial intelligence, V2X, user experience design and vehicle dynamics for autonomous driving are also the specialist areas with which you can position yourself broadly for your future.

Design the mobility of tomorrow

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With us, you take a look at the big picture and develop innovative solutions for connected mobility.

Today, there are already driverless transport systems in intralogistics or shuttle vehicles at airports or in cities like Kronach. Alongside self-driving cars and driver assistance systems, autonomous systems will soon be in play everywhere. Which areas do you want to redesign?

In our team, you have the opportunity to develop and apply your skills. In the course of your studies, you decide for yourself in which subject areas you would like to deepen your knowledge.


Study content and process

At the beginning of your studies, you and your team will work on a product idea, which you will conceptually develop and refine over the course of two semesters. The six study modules represent a product development cycle that covers all theoretical and practical milestones from the conception phase and analysis of the framework conditions to technical implementation and virtual testing of a real prototype. This is what real practical relevance and consistent project centricity look like.

We use methods of agile project management and human-centered product development.

By teaching the essential study contents such as

  •     sensors and actuators
  •     vehicle networking
  •     data processing
  •     artificial intelligence and
  •     human-machine interfaces

will ensure the implementation of your team's product ideas.

We appreciate if you have a certain affinity for software development and programming.

In the third semester, you will apply your skills in your master's thesis, which you will ideally work out together with a company.

The Study and Examination Regulations form the legal basis of the study program. The Module Manual provides an overview of the contents of the individual modules in the study program.

The Study and Examination Plan shows the structure of the study program and the examination achievements associated with the modules.

Career prospects at the hotspot for autonomous driving - and beyond

You've discovered a special location in Kronach: On site, we work closely with leading companies from the industry, such as VALEO. The world market leader for driver assistance sensor technology has a research and development center in Kronach. Here, 85 developers and 20 students are researching and working on the spearhead of autonomous driving.

Voices of our cooperation partners

Thomas Spangler - Brose

"Autonomous driving will have a considerable impact on vehicle access and intelligent adjustment and comfort systems in the interior - these are core competencies of Brose. A completely new user behavior is emerging ..." Read more

Parag Shah, Dr. Schneider Unternehmensgruppe

"We are a specialist for vehicle interiors. Autonomous driving is therefore interesting for us in two respects. On the one hand, it directly affects our business area. On the other hand, the insights gained in the..." Read more

Jörg Schrepfer, Valeo

"Autonomous driving is precisely our topic in driver assistance research at VALEO with its site in the Neuses district of Kronach. I am therefore very pleased to be intensively involved in the development of this course of study." ... Read more

Roland Bohl, Lear Corporation

"We see great advantages in the close cooperation with the universities in the region, from which both sides benefit. Students are welcome at our company when it comes to internships or final theses. LEAR Kronach" ... Read more

Living at the Lucas Cranach Campus

Our master's program is located at the Lucas-Cranach-Campus Kronach. The newly created campus in the heart of the city of Kronach offers you learning, tinkering, living, meeting friends - everything in the immediate vicinity. Here you can meet doers, question existing solutions, think new things and actively create them.

Do you need help finding a place to live? No matter if you are looking for a single apartment, a shared apartment or a family apartment. Just send an e-mail to info[at], subject "Housing for students" and please be sure to include your own phone number.

Lucas Cranach the Elder, the man who gave the campus its name, stands for precisely this special spirit: his innovative mindset should inspire our students. Over the next few years, the Lucas Cranach Campus will be home to study programs and transfer institutes from various universities working on the innovations of the future. More information about the Lucas Cranach Campus can be found here.

Register and enroll

Please register online via our online portal. We will then invite you to an introductory interview. During the interview, we will discuss the special features and challenges of the program and determine which team you would best fit into.

As admission requirements you need:

  • A diploma or bachelor's degree with an overall grade of at least 2.5 or a final grade with which you belong to the best 60 percent of graduates,
  •  A university degree in automotive engineering, mechatronics, information technology/computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering/electronics, physics or related fields, and
  •  At least seven semesters (210 ECTS) including a practical study semester (at least 18 ECTS) or six semesters (180 ECTS) without a practical study semester. You can make up for missing competencies in theory or practice within one year after starting the master's program with us.
  • English proficiency proven by a relevant mark in one of the following tests: UNIcert® II, TOEFL 550, CBTOEFL 213, IELTS 6.0. Or you can prove equivalent knowledge e.g. by a bachelor entirely taught in the English language.
  • International students also need a VPD. You can find more information here.

News from the study program

Two of our graduates and the professor Dr. Lucila Patino Studencki were interviewed by Radio Eins! You can listen to it here!

Subways without drivers whiz through the Nuremberg subway and autonomous shuttle buses run in Kronach. These are the first signs of a development that will change our mobility forever. The Autonomous Driving course at Coburg University of Applied Sciences and the Valeo think tank in Kronach-Neuses are taking the topic forward. Read more ...

A team of researchers is testing the use of autonomous buses in local public transport in collaboration with local authorities and industry. The project Shuttle Model Region Upper Franconia was awarded the CREAPOLIS Award 2021 by Coburg University of Applied Sciences. Read more ...