Summary of study programme

The language of instrution is English, but local language and culture courses of the host countries are included in the programme of study.
The aim of the first two semesters is to provide the students with a solid interdisciplinary background across the main areas of e-mobility (Automatic control, Electrical systems, Embedded systems, Electric vehicle modeling). During the third semester, depending on the host institution, the student will deal with one or more of the following sectors: Energy storage systems, Control of electric propulsion system, Control in e-mobility, and Embedded systems and communications in e-mobility systems. The fourth semester is set aside for the Master's Thesis. The student carries out his/her research work under the joint supervision of two advisors from two different consortium institutions.

Mobility scheme

The programme of study lasts two academic years (120 ECTS) split into four equally loaded semesters.
E-PiCo student mobility paths will take place in minimum 2 EU countries, and possibly in 3 EU countries for the first 3 semesters. For the 4th semester E-PiCo students may move to partner countries considering the EACEA regulations for Erasmus Mundus scholarship holders or to an industrial partner.


The language of instruction and examinations is English. The thesis is also written and defended in English.
To help students settle in in the host country, the first two weeks of each year of the Master (September) are devoted to an intensive local language course of the host country. Students also have language and culture courses as a part of the first semester and the third semester. During the second and fourth semesters, language courses will be offered outside the Master's programme for students who want to further improve their language skills. As a consequence, each student will use three languages (English and two local languages). Mastering the local language will be important if the student pursues to PhD in one of the host countries.

Structure of the programme


> The first semester (30 ECTS)

The aim of the first semester (S1) is to provide students with a solid background across the main areas of automatic control and electric vehicles:

-    Control system
-    Statistical signal processing and estimation theory
-    Fundamentals of Electric Vehicle Systems         
-    Electric Vehicle Modeling and Simulation                                                              
-    Embedded Software Systems


> Winter school

At the end of the first semester, students participate in the Winter School. For two weeks, the students will work together in order to complete projects and oral presentations. Several presentations will be given in this period by academics and industrial guest lecturers. 

> The second semester (30 ECTS)

The aim of the second semester (S2) is to provide students with a solid background in electric vehicle components:

-    Electric machines
-    Renewable Energy and storage systems
-    Design of Power Electronics converters

> M1 Academic calendar


First two weeks



First semester

September - 31st January


Second semester

March - August

Academic calendar will be communicated by each institution.
- Integration activities
- Local language courses
- Automatic control and electric vehicle background - Electric vehicle components

> Third semester

The second year (M2) consists of the third semester (S3), from September till the end of January, and the fourth semester (S4), from February till the end of August.
During the S3, more specialised courses are proposed. The programme of this semester is based on the specific research strengths of the partner institutions (thus varying from partner to partner):

-    Energy storage systems (UPB)
-    Control of electric propulsion system (ECN)
-    Control in e-mobility (CAU)
-    Embedded systems and communications in e-mobility systems (UAQ)

> Fourth semester

The fourth semester (S4) focuses on the Master's Thesis, for which 30 ECTS credits are awardable. Each student is jointly supervised by two advisors from two different institutions. The research topic can be supervised and located in a R&D department of an industrial institution. The research work is finalised through a written dissertation, i.e. the Master's Thesis, which must be done individually and contain an element of original work. The dissertation must be defended in front of a committee of experts. The composition of the committee and the conditions of the oral presentation are communicated to the student at the beginning of the S3.

> M2 Academic calendar

First two weeks
Third semester
September - 31st January
Fourth Semester
February - 31st August
- Local language courses - Specialised courses - Master's thesis
Published on September 5, 2019 Updated on September 11, 2020