Course features

  • Frequency: March 2021/February 2022
  • Duration: One-year full-time
  • Language: English
  • Cost: 15,000 EUR (divided in two installments)

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Engineering - Knowledge of English - An automotive or mechanical background with work experience is also appreciated


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The Design and Development of Vehicle Dynamics course will start in March 2021. The end of the course is scheduled by February 2022. If you have passion and a degree in Engineering then our Post Bachelor Programme in Design and Development of Vehicle Dynamics is for you! With prestigious partners and unique teaching styles, it will help you develop the qualities and skills you need in an amazing environment. The course aims to train highly qualified professionals in vehicle dynamics, through a variety of teaching activities. It includes both theoretical and practical teaching, made up of the following:


• Teaching modules at UNIPV and ASC, including an Advanced Driving Course

• Test sessions on the ASC proving ground

• Full-time use of a compact station simulator

• Workshop on the VI-Grade Driver in Motion dynamic simulator

• A variety of Advanced Short Courses

• Vehicle testing, both virtually and experimentally

• Guided tours of plants and facilities

• Final 4-month internship with partner companies


The curriculum includes 11 modules: 9 teaching modules, 1 advanced short courses and seminars module and 1 internship activity module (in the previous editions our students were involved in internship activities at : ASC, Blue Engineering, Continental, CSI, Danisi Engineering, Pirelli, Seat, VI-grade, ZF TRW).

Application procedure will open on 7 August 2020 and will be available until 15 February 2021.

The Master

The Master’s course is aimed at training highly qualified professionals, providing students with a solid preparation in the field of vehicle dynamics design so that they are able to work in all phases of vehicle setup and development, from dynamic simulation to the testing of prototypes right up until the realization of the pre-series vehicle. Specific competence will be acquired by Master's students in techniques of vehicle testing, both virtually, by means of CAE systems,(and in particular through the use of driving simulators), and experimentally by working directly on a vehicle (on the test circuit). An absolutely innovative element of the training course, alongside the lectures, are testing sessions on the Quattroruote ASC proving ground during which the participants will be personally involved in learning the techniques and methodologies that are used in the testing, control and fine tuning of the dynamic behaviour of vehicles (subjective/objective evaluation). A specially designed advanced driving course is offered to all the participants as introductory training oriented to the successive phase of the vehicle testing on the track. The Master’s course is supplemented by targeted training and the continuous use of a static driving simulator and by a working session on a dynamic simulator at the VI-Grade centre (Tavagnacco, UD) or at the Danisi Engineering Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Center (Nichelino, TO), partner companies of the program.

An internship experience is included in the course activity. The First Level Master’s in “Design and Development of Vehicle Dynamics” is offered to international students with an Engineering Degree and a passion for cars and vehicle dynamics.

Students are assessed in a variety of ways, with their final grade being made up of the assessment of individual teaching modules, the internship, and a final exam.

The final exam consists of a presentation and discussion of a Thesis. At the end of the Master’s course, students who have completed all activities and met all the programmed obligations will be awarded a First Level Master’s Degree in “Design and Development of Vehicle Dynamics”.


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

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

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

Materials and Structural Design (Total hours 100)

             Materials and processes in the Automotive Industry

             Hybrid construction of the vehicle: ferrous metal and alloys, engineered polymer composites and plastics, non-ferrous metal and alloys

             Body and exterior

             Powertrain and chassis


             Mass reduction. Manufacturability and costs. Performance. Availability. Governments regulations. Customer requirements

             Structural resistance and performance

             Topology Optimization of structure

VI-Grade Static Simulator training (Total hours 100)

             Experimental training with static driving simulator

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

Vehicle Dynamic Control (Total hours 25)

             Introduction to the main controllers

             Vehicle controls: braking, stability, traction, Vector

             Passive, semi active and active suspension systems

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 behaviour

             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 Analysis

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

Stage: A 5-month internship activity at an automotive company will complete the training of the student (for example, in the previous editions the stage were hosted by ASC, Blue Engineering, Continental, CSI, Danisi Engineering, Pirelli, Seat, VI-grade, ZF TRW).

Advanced Short Courses and Seminars:

Expert professionals from Academy and Companies will held courses 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 Tyre/Road Interaction Phenomena

•             CFD Analysis

•             Experimental workshop on objective and subjective performance evaluations

•             Autonomous Vehicles and Regulation

•             Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

•             Application of Wheel Force Transducers in Vehicle Dynamics Research