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4th Edition
60 ECTS (423 teaching hours)
Language of instruction
Payment of enrolment fee options

The enrolment fee can be paid:
- In a single payment to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
- In two instalments:

  • 60% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
  • Remaining 40% to be paid up to 90 days at the latest after the starting date of the programme.
- In four instalments, splitting the payment by direct debit:
  • 40% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
  • The remaining 60% will be divided into 3 direct debit payments, which will be distributed equidistantly between the beginning and end of classes.
  • The student must have and be the holder of a bank account with IBAN ESXX
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Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Classes start: 19/10/2020
Classes end: 12/07/2021
Programme ends : 14/07/2021
Monday: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Tuesday: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Wednesday: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Notes to the schedule.
Taught at
ETSEIB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria Industrial de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 647
Why this programme?

In advanced economies, and increasingly in emerging economies such as China and India, the automotive industry is of a great strategic importance. The automotive industry creates 2.3 million jobs, as well as 10 million jobs indirectly across Europe, and approximately 100 million jobs worldwide. In order to compete in this innovative and globalized industry, car makers need highly qualified professionals to excel. This has created opportunities for talented people who are seeking for an attractive and rewarding career development.

Spain is the second highest producer of cars in Europe, and the 8th worldwide. Up to now, the graduate and postgraduate courses available in Spain, have not met the educational needs of the car industry. Thus, the educational offerings have been traditionally characterized by a low practical and general focus. In contrast, the master's degrees Bodyworks and Automotive Materials (CARMAT) offers a highly specialised, up to date and practical education. The aim of CARMAT is twofold: (1) to speed up the path to get a job within the car industry for people that are passionate about cars, and (2) to accelerate the professional development of those already working in the industry.

Our teaching methods are based on the principle of learning by doing, as well as the development of the personal and professional skills required to succeed within the car industry. In the classroom sessions and visits to SEAT (the Spanish brand belonging to the Volkswagen group) facilities, students learn the necessary concepts which they will need to develop a project throughout the course. The project, supervised by professionals from the industry, aims to develop a real component of the car. During the project, students are faced with a complex problem which requires them to put into practice their technical, creativity and leadership skills, and to work within a team. In summary, the CARMAT postgraduate course offers students a unique learning experience based on contests exclusive to the course, and direct contact with professional from the car industry.

Finally, to remark that the students of the CARMAT course, who are not working, have the opportunity to do a paid internship within the Technical Centre of SEAT, or other companies from the industry. In the internship, students have the chance to enhance and put into practice the knowledge gained from the course, as well as to network with professional in the industry.

  • The main goal of the CARMAT master's degrees is to train students and professionals so that they are able to develop successfully their professional careers within the fields of the design, development and manufacturing of the components and parts of the vehicle bodywork. For this, we offer a highly specialised education which makes possible that students who pass successfully the course are able:
    • To understand the requirements for the design, development and manufacturing of the components which form the vehicle bodywork.
    • To know the organizational structure, processes and phases of the project for the design, development, manufacturing and approval of a vehicle.
    • To use the software CATIA v5 for the optimal design and development of the components and parts which form the bodywork.
    • To develop leadership, creativity, complex problem-solving skills, and competences for working within a team.
Who is it for?
  • Graduate students from Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Bachelor of Science, or similar, undergraduate or graduate.
  • Professionals with proven experience in the automotive industry.

Training Content

List of subjects
2 ECTS 21h
Present and Future of the Automotive Sector
  • Introduction to CARMAT.
  • Vision of the automotive sector.
  • Automotive Technologies and systems.
  • The automobile project.
  • Technological trends and challenges facing the sector.
4 ECTS 32h
Design and Concept
  • Introduction.
  • Bodywork's concept evolution. Bodywork types.
  • Package and ergonomics.
  • Basic requirements.
  • Study of exterior and interior design.
  • Surfaces generation.
  • Color and Trim.
7 ECTS 52h
Catia V5
  • Infrastructure: configuration I, CATIA V5 environment, common basic tools.
  • Basic assemblies.
  • Sketcher and Wired.
  • Solid and Area Core.
  • Knowledgeware I (setting of parameters, formulas and layout tables).
  • Advanced Infrastructure.
  • Advanced Assemblies.
  • Advanced Wireline.
  • Advanced Solid and Surface.
  • KnowledgewareII.
5 ECTS 46h
Materials and manufacturing processes
  • Materials and manufacturing processes.
  • Plastics used in automotive.
  • Plastic transformation processes.
  • Other materials.
  • Stamping processes and materials.
  • Bodywork manufacturing process.
  • Painting processes.
  • Assembly processes.
5 ECTS 46h
Bodywork Project: Structure
  • Fixed structure.
  • Anti-corrosion protection and sealing.
  • Bodywork experimentation.
  • Front end and bumpers.
  • Front end.
5 ECTS 46h
Bodywork project: internal components
  • Instrument panel and central console.
  • Interior linings.
  • Air conditioning and temperature control.
  • Seating.
  • Trunk coverings and carpets. Storage compartments.
  • Haptic.
5 ECTS 42h
Bodywork project: external parts
  • Structural design of mobile element.
  • Functional elements project.
  • Door panels and hatchback project.
  • Mobile element validation.
  • Upper external finishes.
  • Lower external finishes.
  • Glazing and cleaning system.
5 ECTS 42h
Simulation and Virtual Reality
  • Introduction: Basic concepts.
  • Structure (crash, stiffness, NVH).
  • Occupants.
  • Finishes.
  • Case study I.
    • Case studies II.
  • CFD.
  • DMU.
  • Tolerance Management.
  • Virtual reality.
5 ECTS 42h
Passive safety and approval
  • Introduction.
  • Impact biomechanics.
  • Seats and headrest system.
  • Occupant protection system.
  • Children protection system.
  • Pedestrian Protection.
  • Shock tests.
  • New and future systems.
  • Regulations.
  • Vehicle approval.
2 ECTS 16h
Professional Skills Development
  • Objectives, self-leadership, time management and creativity.
  • Teamwork. Conflict management and empathy. Negotiating skills.
  • Oral communication techniques. "Elevator Pitch" practice session.
  • Written communication techniques. Project documentation.
  • Selection process in the automotive sector: professional and personal competencies.
15 ECTS 38h
Final Project
The project aims to develop the technical and personal skills that the student needs to successfully perform their challenges within a technical department of an automotive company.

During the project, the student is part of a team that has the mission to design and develop a set of real parts of a vehicle.

The organization of the project tries to simulate the development process used in the industry, so that the students have to make different deliveries in which they are gradually defined development requirements and issues necessary for the manufacture and subsequent assembly of the parts. The project requires a deep understanding of the geometries and fixations of the parts. Also the materials, processes and costs of manufacture.

To ensure the correct development of the project, students are tutored and supervised continuously by professional developers in the automotive parts on which they work.

Finally, all students have to present and defend the results and conclusions of their projects in front of a group of CEOs, department heads and project leaders.

Special master's degree issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain it, is necessary to have an official university qualification. Otherwise, the student will receive a certificate of completion of the programme issued by the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya.
Range of modules
The master's degree programme is organized into the following modules. If you don't wish to take the entire master's degree you can sign on one or several modules.
Master's degree:
relation Lifelong learning courses:

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.

Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Solving exercises
Solutions are worked on by practising routines, applying formulas and algorithms, and procedures are followed for transforming the available information and interpreting the results.
Case studies
Real or hypothetical situations are presented in which the students, in a completely participatory and practical way, examine the situation, consider the various hypotheses and share their own conclusions.
Success stories
Outstanding business knowledge and experiences with high added value acquired during an outstanding professional career are presented and shared.
These visits are to specialist centres, companies in the sector or outstanding and important locations in the sector, in order to obtain knowledge in situ of development, production and demonstration environments within the programme.
Problem-based learning (PBL)
An active learning methodology that enables the student to be involved from the beginning, and to acquire knowledge and skills by considering and resolving complex problems and situations.
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
Students are supported when undertaking group work, including theoretical sessions which provide the tools and knowledge needed to achieve a result. Ideas and results are exchanged between all the participating groups.
Assessment criteria
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Solving exercises, questionnaires or exams
Individual tests aimed at assessing the degree of learning and the acquisition of competences.
Work out projects
Studies on a specific topic, by individuals or groups, in which the quality and depth of the work is assessed, among other factors.
Completion and presentation of the final project
Individual or group projects in which the contents taught in the programme are applied. The project can be based on real cases and include the identification of a problem, the design of the solution, its implementation or a business plan. The project will be presented and defended in public.
Work placements & employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service appear annually. The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual campus
The students on this master's degree will have access to the My_ Tech_Space virtual campus - an effective platform for work and communication between the course's students, lecturers, directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space provides the documentation for each training session before it starts, and enables students to work as a team, consult lecturers, check notes, etc.

Teaching team

Academic management
  • Luzón Narro, Benito Javier
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    Responsible for the Technical Calculation Department at the Technical Centre of SEAT. Previously, he worked as co-ordinating engineer of impact tests, as well as responsible for the supervision and analysis of impact tests at the passive safety area of the Technical Centre of SEAT. Bachelor degree from the UPC in Industrial Engineering. Besides that, he holds a postgraduate degree in biomechanics and biomaterials from the UPC, and a Master degree in Biomedical Engineering from the same university. Is Assistant lecturer at the UPC, and has teaching experience related to car safety for different professional groups, such as firemen and technical inspectors of vehicles. Is also Director of the Biomechanical Technical Section of the Spanish Society of Automotive Technicians (STA). He is member of the Spanish Society of Biomechanics and Biomaterials, and of the EEVC WG19.
Teaching staff
  • Amer Montesinos, Salvador

    Salvador holds a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Engineer from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He has studied multiple specialized fatigue courses, such as "Fatigue of materials and structures", "Selection of materials in mechanical Project" or "Simulation and Analysis of stresses in mechanical components". Since 1987, he has been working as Fatigue Engineer in SEAT. Salvador has international working experience: 2 years as engineer in Acoustics department, and 8 months as Engineer in Audi, also in the Fatigue Laboratory. Currently, he is Head of Fatiga y Extensometría Laboratory a the Technical Center of SEAT.
  • Arregui Dalmases, Carlos

    Ph.D in biomedical engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Master in automotive Engineering, BS Mechanical Engineering and postgraduate in biomechanics by the University of Barcelona. Currently lecturer professor at the Universitat politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and visiting assistant professor at the University of Virginia at the Center for Applied Biomechanics.
  • Barrios Vicente, José Manuel

    Industrial Engineer. Head of Innovation. IDIADA Applus Group.
  • Bellorín Segovia, Alejandro

    Alexandro holds a degree from the Central University of Venezuela in Chemical Engineering, and a master degree from the Polytechnic University of Catalunya in "Automotive Manufacturing & Business Engineering". Nowadays, he is responsible for the validation and control of different components of the vehicle at SEAT.
  • Castellón Oitaben, Óscar
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    Oscar holds a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He has more than 10 years of experience in car body painting processes. At present, Oscar is in charge of Paint Engineering Department at SEAT.
  • Chaves Miguel, Mario

    Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and a Postgraduate Degree in Bodyworks and Automotive Materials- CARMAT. At present, he is leader of the Car body and Corrosion Team at the Technical Centre of SEAT.
  • Colet Galí, Joan

    Mechanical Engineer at EUETIB. Currently Head of Interior Finishing (trunk) at SEAT's Technical Centre. Head of Service of cockpit's preliminary plan and Door Mechanism Service. Over 30 year of experience at SEAT's R & D.
  • Colomer Mur, Josep Maria

    Bachelor of Information Sciences. Master NLP. Associate professor at UPC Business Organization Department. Member of the Expert Network in Leadership Development within the Coaching area at Barcelona Activa Teacher and coach in management skills. Teacher in personal skills development programs at UPC PhD office and UPC Alumni.
  • Comas i Font, Josep

    Responsible for simulations of Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) at the Technical Centre of SEAT.
  • Fernández Gómez, Antonio

    Head of external Trim services at the Technical Centre of SEAT.
  • Funes Castillo, Raul

    Raúl holds a Bachelor Degree from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in Industrial Electronics Engineering. He has worked in many engineering companies, and nowadays he works in the Technical Centre of SEAT as a haptic researcher.
  • Geue, Michael

    Head of Structure and Anti-corrosion Development at SEAT Technical Center
  • Hermida Carballeira, Santiago

    Technical Mechanical Engineer (EUITIB). Master Automotive Engineering (MIGIA). At present head of product optimization and customer value department in the Whole Vehicle area at the Technical Center of Seat. Responsibilities in benchmarking studies, weight optimization, cost optimization of produced cars and in the haptic of whole Vehicle.
  • Murcia Serra, Sergio Fernando

    Industrial Engineer by the ETSEIB. Master in Automotive Engineering and Industrial Management from the UPC. Currently employed at the SEAT Technical Center. Accumulate more than 20 years of experience in the automotive sector.
  • Nonay Rapp, Esteban

    Head of Experimention of Moving Body Components at the Technical Centre of SEAT.
  • Pérez Díaz, Manuel

    Manel holds a Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and a Master Degree in Business Administration from EADA. He has held several positions at SEAT, such as Project Engineer, Head of Laboratory, Quality Director and Project Manager.
  • Rodríguez García, Alejandro

    Alejandro Industrial holds a Degree in Industrial Engineering, and a postgraduate Degree in "Bodyworks and Automotive Materials" (CARMAT), both from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). After finishing his engineering studies, Alejandro has worked at SEAT. First, he worked as an IDIADA engineer in charge of developing plastic and metal parts, and later as SEAT staff responsible for the development and integration of the upper internal finishes: pilar linings, as well as imperial and related components.
  • Rodríguez Luengo, José Alfonso

    Master degree in Industrial Design and Product Development from the Polytechnic University of Catalunya. Since 1998, Alfonso is car designer at the Stylish department of SEAT, where he has designed and developed many car projects, Concept cars, and competition prototypes. He has also collaborated with other car manufacturers, such as VW, AUDI and SUZUKI. Alfonso has also been Design Project Leader of the IBIZA and LEON segments. Since 1995, he is teaching at different schools in Barcelona, such as ESDI, ELISAVA, UPC and ISTITUTO EUROPEO DI DESIGN and UPC.
  • Román Marín, Joaquim

    Industrial Engineer by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Responsible of the inner trimming and passive safety simulation group in the Technical Center of SEAT. He has developed his activity in different aspects within the field of engineering simulation, also including CAE project control.
  • Sánchez Castillo, Juan Antonio

    Graduate in mechanical Engineering at EUETIB (UPC). Bachelor degree in mechanical Engineering at ETSEIB (UPC). Master in product design and creation at UPC. He comes from SEAT's apprentice school. He works at SEAT's Technical Center since 1988 at different areas of interiors experimentation as head of service at outdoor experimentation, interiors experimentation and actually at project department as head of service of interior door panels development at SEAT's Technical Center.
  • Segura Santillana, Angel
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    Angel holds a Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. At present, he is the Head of the hood assembly and control boad at the Technical Centre of SEAT. Angel is expert in crash simulation and passive safety, especially in the area of pedestrian protection.
  • Toyas Ruiz, Alberto

    Head of services of structures of seats, head restraints and safety of the Technical Center of SEAT.
  • Tuijtelaars, Fons

    Bachelor of Engineering in Automotive technology (Holland) + Master of Science in International Automotive Engineering (University of Hertfordshire, England). Responsable for DMU & Tolerance Management activities within the area of body & trim development at Seat's Technical Development Center.
  • Viguer Gomez, Carlos

    Responsible for Bumper at the Technical Centre of SEAT.
  • Zárate Galván, Ángel Victor

    Víctor holds a PhD degree in Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He is responsible for the occupants¿ front impact simulation of the Calculation Department at the Technical Centre of SEAT. He has worked on the development of safety systems (airbags, seat belts, deformable elements, etc.) for SEAT and other brands of the Volkswagen Group, for the North American and European markets. Víctor has also worked in the development of internal finishes.

Associates entities

Strategic partners
  • Seat, S.A.
    • Offers professional internships for students on the programme.
    • Provides teachers and lecturers.
    • Provides venues for the programme's training activities.

Career opportunities

  • Manager of vehicle bodywork development.
  • Manager of Security of the vehicle.
  • Manager of design and experimentation of the vehicle.
  • Manager of plant process engineering.

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