Course features

  • Duration: 1 year: october 2017 - october 2018
  • Language: English

An internship period at the main companies in the automotive sector.

Engineering graduates (Bachelor degree), motivated and passionate about cars and related subjects. During the Master’s course, candidates will be required to have a predisposition and sensitivity to driving. Knowledge of English is indispensable.


Palazzo Vistarino
Via Sant'Ennodio, 26,
27100 Pavia PV

Quattroruote's Test Track
Vairano di Vidigulfo (PV)

Prof Carlo E. Rottenbacher

The Course has started on October 24th 2017 and will finish at the end of September 2018.

Course lasts one year for 1,500 hours, divided into frontal instruction at the University of Pavia, Palazzo Vistarino, practical exercises at the Quattroruote circuit (Vairano di Vidigulfo, Pavia), an internship period at the main companies in the automotive sector, guided tours to facilities related to the course, seminars, study activities and individual preparation.

The curriculum is made up of 10 modules: 8 teaching courses, 1 internship module by Automobili Lamborghini, VI-grade, ZF TRW, Danisi Engineering, Bridgestone, Blue Engineering, CSI, 1 “Advanced Short Courses” module.  

The official enrollment process at the University of Pavia is now open and it will be available until September 1st 2017. CLICK HERE


The Master

The innovative course has the aim of training highly qualified professionals with a solid background in the design of vehicle dynamics and capable of operating in all the phases of design and development: from the dynamic simulation to the testing of the prototype and the preproduction vehicle. The course provides students with special and specific competence in vehicle testing techniques, both virtually through CAE and experimentally on the real vehicle (on track and road).

The training program, as an absolutely innovative element, includes, alongside frontal instruction, test sessions on the circuit of the Quattroruote Safe Driving Centre, during which the participants will be engaged at first hand in learning the techniques and methodologies used in testing, inspection, checks and fine tuning of the vehicle’s dynamic behaviour.

At introductory level, all the participants will take a course in advanced driving specially designed and oriented to the subsequent phase of testing and inspection on the circuit.

The training program of the course is completed, and this aspect also represents an innovation, by the use of a static simulator for developing vehicles in a virtual environment.

An internship training of 24 credits (about 6 months) at the partner companies is included in the programme.


Total Vehicle Design (Total hours 150)

  • International Scenario and methodology process
  • Total vehicle benchmark Analyses
  • Methodology processes for total vehicle Design
  • Aerodynamics for Dynamics performances improvement and fuel consumption control. Integration between Aerodynamics and Style
Teacher Paolo Massai - Head of the Master’s Course

Fundamental Driving Dynamics (Total hours 100)

  • The role of K&C Rig Testing with CAE models
  • Chassis subsystem modeling for R&H.
  • Full vehicle virtual prototypes for Handling and Ride-Comfort
  • Road loads data prediction
  • Multi-attribute balancing
  • Coordinating with Control system development
  • Advanced experimental body modal contribution techniques
  • Integrated Engineering development process
  • Advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving
Teacher Valerio Cibrario, MS

Virtual Dynamics Design and Simulation (Total hours 100)

  • Multibody analyses introduction
  • Adams Car. Real-time analyses
  • Rom real-time virtual Dynamics to Dynamic driving simulator
Teacher Francesco Ambrogi, MS

Materials and Structural Design (Total hours 100)

  • Materials and processes in the Automotive Industry
  • Hybrid costruction of the vehicle: ferrous metal and alloys, engineered polymer composites and plastics, non ferrous metal and alloys
  • Body and exterior
  • Powertrain and chassis
  • Components
  • Mass reduction. Manufacturability and costs. Performance. Availability. Governments regulations. Customer requirements
  • Structural resistance and performance
  • Topology Optimization of structure

Teacher Andrea Rottigni, MS and Prof. Paolo Venini

Propulsion: IC and Hybrid (Total hours 50)

  • Internal combustion engines: main features and performances
  • Fundamental parts and characteristics
  • Fuel consumption and efficiency
  • Design of engine mountings
  • Electric motors, generators, inverter
  • Batteries and energy storage systems
  • Drive-controller design
  • Hybrid vehicle design: parallel, series and dual system hybrid-drive configurations
Teacher Giovanni Bonandrini, PhD, Prof. Ezio Bassi, Prof. Francesco Benzi

Vehicle Dynamic Control (Total hours 25)

  • Introduction to the main controllers
  • Vehicle controls: braking, stability, traction, Vector
  • Passive, semi active and active suspension systems
Teacher Prof. Antonella Ferrara
Total Vehicle Testing and Development (Total hours 150)
  • Total vehicle development process, experimental and CAE
  • Standardized subjective and objective experimental tests to develop and evaluate Dynamic and Ride Comfort behavior
  • Driving course to learn Experimental Development Process: from test results to problem solving
  • Methodology to recognize problems and to approach problem solving. Failure Mode and Effect Analyses
Teacher Paolo Massai, MS - Head of the Master’s Course
​Biomechanics: Driver / Vehicle interactions (Total hours 175)
  • Methodologies and instrumentations for driving technique assessment
  • Comfort and performance
  • Integrated measuring and monitoring system for driver/vehicle interaction
  • Driver/tester Physiology
  • Psycophysical determinants of stress and physilogical adaptation
  • Environmental factors
Teacher Prof. Carlo E. Rottenbacher, Cristiano Resta, MS, Andrea Maria Cristiani, PhD, Alberto Ramponi, PhD, Dr. Daniele Zaccaria

An offered internship of about 6 months in automotive industries will complete the training of the applicants. At the time, partners of the Programme are Automobili Lamborghini, VI-grade, ZF TRW, Danisi Engineering, Bridgestone, Blue Engineering, CSI

Advanced short courses

During the Programme, the applicants will participate to Advanced Short Courses, held by expert professionals from Academics and Companies, on the following topics:
  • Unconventional Vehicle Dynamics;
  • Tire/Vehicle Handling Analyses;
  • Tire/Vehicle Handling: experimental test with different tire specifications;
  • Advanced techniques for the physical modelling of tire/road interaction phenomena;
  • Composites application in Automotive;
  • Experimental workshop on objective and subjective performance evaluations;
  • Autonomous Vehicles and Regulation;
  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems;


Master Design and Development of Vehicle Dynamics

The Course has started on October 24th 2017 and will finish at the end of September 2018.