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Take your skills to the frontline of automotive technology

MicroMasters® Program in
Emerging Automotive Technologies

What you will learn

  • Design and simulate electric and hybrid powertrains
  • Understand the fundamentals of passive and active safety concepts
  • Model and simulate vehicle dynamics
  • Implement intelligent perception and decision procedures needed for self-driving cars

The automotive industry is changing in fundamental ways with the increased focus on sustainable and self-driving cars. Today, the internal combustion engine is increasingly complemented or even replaced with an electric motor. Vehicles are becoming more and more autonomous, creating an ever-increasing need for better software. Consequently, skilled automotive engineers are required to meet the demands of this new environment.

In this MicroMasters program, you will learn the fundamentals of not only how a vehicle is designed, but also how to model and simulate the vehicle dynamics. Learn how to implement intelligent perception and decision procedures needed for self-driving cars and how model-based design is widely used in industry to accurately simulate the vehicle but also to design efficient algorithms.

Graduates from the MicroMasters program will be equipped with the necessary skills for a career within the automotive industry and will have a broad perspective of the emerging technologies within the development of automotive technologies.

Expert instruction
7 graduate-level courses
Assignments and exams have specific due dates
1 year 2 months
9 - 18 hours per week
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. ChalmersX's Emerging Automotive Technologies MicroMasters® Program

  2. Started Aug 14, 2023
    10–20 hours per week, for 7 weeks

    Learn how electric and conventionalpowertrains work and methods to analysetheir performance and energy consumption.

  3. Started Aug 14, 2023
    4–10 hours per week, for 9 weeks

    Learn the fundamentals of passive and active safety in automotive engineering

  4. Starts Oct 2, 2023
    10–20 hours per week, for 7 weeks

    Learn to design hybrid powertrains which meet the needs of modern vehicles, by combining the strengths of both electric motors and combustion engines

  5. Starts Nov 13, 2023
    10–20 hours per week, for 7 weeks

    Learn how to model and simulate system dynamics in automotive engineering

  6. Started Aug 21, 2023
    10–20 hours per week, for 9 weeks

    Learn fundamental algorithms for sensor fusion and non-linear filtering with application to automotive perception systems.

  7. Starts Oct 9, 2023
    10–20 hours per week, for 10 weeks

    Learn how to localize and track dynamic objects with a range of applications including autonomous vehicles

  8. Starts Nov 13, 2023
    10–20 hours per week, for 7 weeks

    Learn effectivetactics for making keydecisionswhen working with autonomous, self-driving vehicles.

  9. What is a MicroMasters Program?
    MicroMasters programs are a series of graduate level courses from top universities designed to advance your career. MicroMasters program certificates showcase deep learning and in-demand skills to employers and can help you get started on a path toward completing an advanced degree.

    How to Earn a MicroMasters Program Certificate
    To earn the program certificate, learners must complete and successfully earn a verified certificate in all seven MicroMasters program courses, as well as the final capstone exam.

    From Program Certificate to a Master’s Degree
    MicroMasters programs are designed to offer learners a pathway to an advanced degree and can count as credit toward completing a Master’s degree program. Learners who successfully earn this MicroMasters program certificate may apply for admission to a Master’s program, and if accepted, the MicroMasters program certificate will count towards the degree.

    Learners who successfully earn the MicroMasters program certificate can apply to Chalmers University of Technology’s Master of Science in Automotive Engineering or in Systems, Control and Mechatronics. If accepted into the Masters program, learners will be accredited course work corresponding to 20-22.5 credits (120 ECTS are required for graduation in the above-mentioned master programs).

    To receive credit towards one of the two Master programs learners need to apply and be accepted (formal requirements must be fulfilled) as regular campus students.

    Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) also offers a pathway to credit toward RIT's Master of Science in Professional Studies. If accepted into the program at RIT, students will be eligible for up to 9 credits which will serve toward one concentration required for this interdisciplinary degree. The MS in Professional Studies– which can be completed online or in-person – is a customized, flexible program that meets industry demand by enabling students to strategically combine multiple, complementary fields of study to reflect their unique career and educational goals.

    • Registrations of electric cars hit a new record in 2016, with over 750,000 sales worldwide. (Source: International Energy Agency)
    • Once technological and regulatory issues have been resolved, up to 15 percent of new cars sold in 2030 could be fully autonomous. (Source: McKinsey & Company)
    • This program provides learners with a suitable background when aiming for a career/role within engineering of powertrains, active safety and autonomous driving as well as technical support and sales at different levels.
    • The average salary for Self Driving Car Engineers is $233,000 (Source: Paysa)

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Program endorsements

When developing the products and services of tomorrow, the Volvo Group is constantly searching for new skills and competencies in the areas of electrification, connectivity and automation. The ChalmersX Emerging Automotive Technologies MicroMasters program provides you with the appropriate skillset to keep pushing the boundaries in the most important technology hub in northern Europe.

Jan Ove Östensen , Vice President Vehicle Automation, Volvo Group Trucks Technology

The automotive industry is in a truly transformational phase that will re-shape the industry and society forever. When breaking new ground with world-class driver-assistance and autonomous-driving technologies being at the forefront of knowledge is crucial. Chalmers MicroMasters program on Emerging Automotive Technologies will provide you with a good starting point.

Dennis Nobelius , CEO Zenuity

Volvo Cars is facing a comprehensive competence transformation challenge to stay competitive in the automotive market. Electrification, connectivity and automation is driving a paradigm shift. We believe the ChalmersX Emerging Automotive Technologies MicroMasters program is a valuable complementary tool for both internal training as well as the external recruitment base capabilities.

Mats Moberg , Vice President Complete Vehicle Engineering, Volvo Cars R&D


  • The final capstone exam will be offered on a set schedule (most likely two to three times per year) and will be administered via a virtual proctor. The details are being worked out, but the first exam will not be offered until early 2019, at the earliest.
  • Certificates are issued by edX under the name of ChalmersX and are delivered online through
  • You will receive an individual verified certificate for each Emerging Automotive Technologies MicroMasters program course that you pass as a verified student. Students passing the final capstone exam and all six Emerging Automotive Technologies Program courses on a verified track will receive a MicroMasters program certificate.
  • No. To earn the MicroMasters program certificate you need to successfully earn a verified certificate in all six Emerging Automotive Technologies MicroMasters program courses when they are scheduled and then, pass the comprehensive final capstone exam. The courses are on an instructor-paced schedule rather than self-paced, so there is no way to reduce the time to complete them.
  • Yes. If you are interested in the Emerging Automotive Technologies MicroMasters program certificate, you must successfully pass and receive a verified certificate in each of the six Emerging Automotive Technologies MicroMasters program courses as well as successfully pass the final capstone exam.
  • Completing the listed prerequisites or ensuring equivalent understanding of the knowledge of the prerequisites is strongly recommended in order to be successful in the course work, but not required
  • No, the admission process follows the same rules as for all other applicants.
  • Yes. You need to be admitted to the Master’s program. The MicroMasters program certificate does not guarantee admission. The Learner will need to complete the application process to Chalmers in order to be considered for either program. For more information visit:
  • The grade students must achieve for a passing grade differs between different courses and can be found on the particular course website. Students must have a passing grade in each of the courses and the capstone exam in the MicroMasters program.
  • No. The Learner will need to complete the application process to Chalmers in order to be considered for either program. For more information visit:
  • The final will test knowledge across all six Emerging Automotive Technologies courses. It will be a virtually proctored timed exam and will feature problems similar to the graded assignments and course quizzes in the six courses as well as some writing.
  • The Emerging Automotive Technologies MicroMasters program is intended for those who have completed a Bachelor’s degree or have a minimum of 5 years of work experience in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Vehicle Engineering or Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Engineering Mathematics or Engineering Physics
  • Unfortunately, learners residing in one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this program: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this program in all locations. edX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

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