Mobility Scheme and Summary of the programme

The language of instruction 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.
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.
E-PiCo Mobility scheme 2023



The language of instruction and examinations is English. The thesis is also written and defended in English.
Students have local language and culture courses as a part of the first and second semesters. 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

First Semester (30 ECTS)

From September to 31 January

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


February - Winter school

At the end of the first semester, students participate in the Winter School. For a week, the students will attend conferences and workshop with academic and industrial partners. 

Second Semester (30 ECTS)

From March to August
(Academic calendar will be communicated by each institution)

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


Third semester (30 ECTS)

From September to 31 January

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 and energy management in e-mobility systems (U.N.S.T.P.B.)
-    Improvement of electric machine control performances (ECN)
-    Control of complex dynamical systems or Power electronics drives technologies (CAU)
-    Control systems (UAQ)


Fourth semester (30 ECTS)

From February to 31 August

The fourth semester (S4) focuses on the Master's Thesis.
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.



The student handbook gives more details regarding the academic programme and content of the courses.  

Student Agreement

Published on September 5, 2019 Updated on January 9, 2024