All Muner’s Degree courses are Inter-University Master’s Degree Programmes (the so-called “Laurea Magistrale” in Italy) afferent to the LM-33 Degree Class according to the Ministry of Education, University and Research classification.
The administrative procedures and rules for Advanced Automotive Electronic Engineering are managed by the University of Bologna, other courses are under University of Modena e Reggio Emilia management.
The first year of the Advanced Automotive Electronic Engineering Master’s Degree is held at the University of Bologna, while in the second year students move to the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia campus.
The Programme aims to form Electronic Engineers with specific competencespertaining to planning, creating, managing and using the information acquisition, transfer, storage and elaboration sub-system that characterize Vehicle Engineering.
The first year is focused on providing essential knowledge on how to design and programme embedded and real-time electronic systems conceived to work in close contact with physical reality in order to process the signals received from the sensors and any input from the driver. The program offers also contents pertaining to the mathematical and algorithmic tools that are able to process those signals, and to the automated control methods that put into practice the actions planned by the system.
Second year complements and specializes the first providing specific examples of real electronic sub-system projects installed on existing vehicles and exposing students to embedded system programming methods that ensure the quality and safety of the implemented procedures. It also focus on a higher-level of IT-algorithmic knowledge demonstrating how systems installed on vehicles can be made to interact to generate high-level behaviour such as self-driving, or interfacing with the driver thanks to augmented reality.
The training Programmes in High Performance Car Design, Advanced Powertrain, Racing Car Design, Advanced Motorcycle Engineering and Advanced Sportscar Manufacturing, start with a common semester organized at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Modena campus), aimed at introducing the fundamentals on high-performance vehicle design such as design approach of the vehicle lay-out, manufacturing processes for the construction and assembly of vehicles and their components, choice and use of materials in the high-performance vehicles, main mechanical consequences on systems and components.
The main Programme is then divided into the six curricula:
Advanced Powertrain (Modena and Bologna headquarters): focused on the design and control of powertrain systems (endothermal, electrical and hybrid), the main solutions for converting and storing the mechanical energy and the powertrain design and fabrication techniques.
High Performance Car Design (Modena headquarters): that studies the main drawing and design aspects, vehicle constructions, vehicle dynamics and NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness), material behaviour, mechanic technology and aerodynamic technology, thermo and fluid dynamics, automated controls, electronics and sensors, aerodynamics.
Racing Car Design (Modena headquarters and Parma headquarters from the second year): based on the main aspects of chassis design and racing vehicle architecture, with a specific focus on the use of special materials and solutions.
Advanced Motorcycle Engineering (Bologna headquarters): that deals with aspects of mechanic, electronic engineering and industrial design of high-performance and racing motor vehicles with emphasis on drawing, vibration mechanics, mechanic technology, dynamics, design of endothermal powertrains and BEV, driver assistance systems.
Advanced Sportscar Manufacturing (Bologna headquarters): studying process engineering, design of industrial systems and installations, production management and optimisation, main digital technologies of Industry 4.0 and quality control process management.
Methodology and Approach
Contents of each Master’s Degree have been defined from Universities jointly with the partner companies, in order to offer a professional training based on the most advanced needs of the job market. The objective is allowing a seamless insertion of the graduated in high profile roles in the research, development and manufacturing environments focused on vehicles and their technologies. Teachers are selected by a Inter-University Coordination Committee open to the Partners among professors and practitioner, Italian and foreigners, with recognized experience in the field, in order to maximize teaching quality. All classes are delivered in English, many courses with a lab part to be taken at one of the involved Universities or directly in the companies premises on a “learning-by-Doing” logic. The study plan allows students to interact with the local companies during practice courses and laboratories. They have also to attend factory visits and seminars held by professionals directly in the industrial partners premises. The end of the educational path of each Master’s Degree program consists of an internship period for the dissertation or Project Working” activites within the most important industrial realities in the automotive sector or in University labs.