Bachelor in Automotive Engineering


Program Description

Bachelor in Automotive Engineering

Are you passionate about automotive engineering? Do you love challenges? Want to be part of the transition to clean, efficient and intelligent vehicles? Automotive Engineering at H.A.N. gives you all the ins and outs of the international automotive world as well as a solid footing in marketing, management and business economics. Your skills will be in high demand.

Location: Arnhem
Duration: 4 years
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Course: start September

Automotive engineers are versatile professionals with specific engineering skills relevant to the automotive trade. They are involved in designing, testing, managing, producing and maintaining vehicles. Automotive engineers constantly make decisions based on the combination of technology, commerce and business considerations. This sets them apart from business professionals as well as from the mechanical engineer since they have a broad knowledge of the product (the vehicle) and are the linking pin between a wide range of disciplines.

Theory and practice

At H.A.N. University of Applied Sciences, theory and practice are closely interlinked. During the Automotive Engineering course, you are constantly challenged to put theory into practice. For instance, when considering practical questions like: What kind of engine would you use for a kart – electric, combustion or hybrid? Throughout the course, you work in groups of 6-8 students on practical assignments and projects focused on future mobility concepts. One such project is the multidisciplinary H.A.N. Formula Student Team, where you build a formula race car and use this to compete against teams from all over the world. The H.A.N. Eco-marathon is another project where you work in a team of students. The goal here is to develop the most energy efficient vehicle possible.


Specialised education and applied research have played a crucial role in the recent reorganization of the Dutch automotive sector. H.A.N.’s automotive institute has kept pace with these changes by integrating research into its education. Students, lecturers and researchers conduct applied research on topics such as smart mobility, electrification of the powertrain and advanced driver support. The results flow back into education and into the professional field. This way you will be at the forefront of developments in the automotive sector.

Lab facilities

H.A.N. Automotive Institute has modern, well-equipped labs. Here you work on developing, testing and improving all kinds of vehicles. For example in the hydrogen lab, where you can test equipment that enables vehicles to run on hydrogen. Or you can use the research lab with its many test environments. Almost all of these are fitted with self-developed data acquisition equipment based on LabVIEW, a graphic programming language. As an Automotive Engineering student at H.A.N., you have the facilities you need to test and develop innovative mobility solutions of the future.

1st & 2nd year

The first two years of the course give you a solid foundation in all the disciplines within automotive engineering. This way you discover where your interests and talents lie, so you can make choices about specializing later on in the course. Besides automotive and technical subjects, you also learn the ins and outs of management, communication, and energy conservation. These topics are always approached in the context of projects, so you can immediately apply your knowledge in practice.

Courses 1st year

  • Introduction to Automotive Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Engine Technology
  • Electronic and Embedded Systems
  • On-board Diagnosis
  • Commerce and Marketing
  • Communication Skills

Courses 2nd year

  • Control Systems Engineering
  • Electrical Systems
  • Mechanics
  • Dynamics
  • Strength of Materials
  • Production
  • Marketing and Communication

3rd year

In your 3rd year you do a work placement at an internationally oriented company, preferably outside the Netherlands. This exposes you to new information and working practices in your field of study. Before you start, you are coached on all aspects of the work placement during a preparation programme. Of course, you are free to choose your own work placement. You could go to one of our partners in the Netherlands, for example, DAF or VDL. Or what about spreading your wings and going abroad, to a company like BMW or Delphi? At H.A.N. we encourage you to choose the path that’s right for you.

Courses 3rd year

  • Work Placement
  • Specialisation

4th year

The 4th and final year of your studies begins with a minor programme for one semester. This allows you to deepen or broaden your knowledge in a particular aspect of automotive engineering. If you prefer to stay in the Netherlands, you could follow one of the excellent minors offered by H.A.N. Automotive Institute: Light Weight, Autotronics, Internal Combustion Engines or Intelligent Vehicles. Another option is to follow a minor at another university in the Netherlands or abroad, or follow a bridging programme to prepare you for a Masters course.

  • Minor
  • Graduation Assignment

At the very end of your course, it’s time for your most challenging step so far: the graduation assignment. This is the final evaluation of all the knowledge and skills you have acquired. You need to demonstrate that you’ve gained the competencies required of an automotive engineer at an academic level. You independently complete an assignment and present your findings and solutions in a graduation report. You can do your assignment at an international automobile company of your choice, such as Volvo, DAF or Aston Martin.

International setting

The Automotive Engineering course has a strong international focus. It gives you the opportunity to study abroad during your minor or work in a company outside the Netherlands during your work placement or graduation assignment. Besides that, you also have the experience of a truly international classroom, with students from over 40 different countries. While working together on projects, you pick up on the different cultural habits and ideas of your classmates. This way you learn how to effectively work with people from different cultures and backgrounds. An essential skill for a successful career in the global automotive industry.

Career prospects

As an Automotive Engineer, you can work for a wide range of businesses, institutes and agencies. You could be active in the research and development, manufacturing or sales of products associated with automobiles or transport. The course organizes an annual career day, where over 40 companies are present to give information on work placements, graduation projects, and jobs. Our graduates get jobs as:

  • Vehicle Development Engineer
  • Engine Development Engineer
  • Vehicle Test Engineer
  • Engine Test Engineer


If you enjoy studying and want to specialize even further, you can always continue with a Masters degree. There are numerous Masters programmes in the Netherlands and abroad that might be interesting once you’ve graduated. With a BSc in Automotive Engineering from H.A.N., it will be a smooth transition into one of these H.A.N. Masters programmes:

  • Master in Automotive Systems
  • Master in Control Systems Engineering

Study load per week

  • Contact hours: 20
  • Individual study hours: 20

Division theory, practice and study coaching

  • Theory: 45%
  • Practice: 45%
  • Study coaching: 10%
Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

HAN strives to be one of the top universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands. With campuses in both Arnhem and Nijmegen, in the east of the Netherlands, HAN has over 30,000 students.

HAN strives to be one of the top universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands. With campuses in both Arnhem and Nijmegen, in the east of the Netherlands, HAN has over 30,000 students. Read less
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