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Automotive Management

Do you want to work in the automotive industry as a workshop manager, diagnostic technician or perhaps as a consultant?

The Automotive Management programme will qualify you to work independently with diagnostics, repair and optimization of automotive products with focus on management and consultancy within the automotive field. As part of the programme you will learn how to undertake general management, operational and financial management, quality control and safety of a workshop, including administrative, educational and personnel tasks.



Automotive Technology

Education level

Academy Profession, 120 ECTS


2 years


3 months (in Denmark or abroad)

Study start

24 August







Programme structure

The Automotive Management programme is designed to combine theory with practice. The first three semesters are taught at the academy through a combination of class teaching, projects, case studies, guest speakers and study trips to local businesses. In the fourth semester, theory is applied in practice through an internship in a company of your choice.

The programme consists of three core areas: Technology and Design, Management and Operational and Optimization, Repair and IT.

The core areas of the programme take the form of cross-disciplinary programme components, specialization programme components, an internship and a final exam project, totaling 120 ECTS.

You can read the full course curriculum, by clicking HERE. 


The core areas

  • Technology and Design

    Here you will learn to operate in development-oriented situations related to technology and design.

    You will gain scientific knowledge and understanding of the guidelines for vehicle construction and will be able to select and use key theories and models within mechanical and electronic systems related to technology and design, on both product and component level.

    This core area will teach you how to:

    • Apply key tools and methods related to construction and design
    • Communicate practice-based mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic as well as thermodynamic and aerodynamic issues in the daily consultancy provided to customers and business partners
    • Assess consequences and opportunities from practice-based technological issues

    This core area is worth 15 ECTS.

  • Management and Operations

    Here you will learn about quality management, safety and the operational and financial management of an automotive-related company.

    You will also work with personnel management and administration, damage as well as complaints documentation, and you will be introduced to sales, marketing and service.

    This core area will teach you how to:

    • Handle general management, operational, economic management and quality of the workshop of an automotive related company.
    • Deal with situations in connection to sales, marketing and customer service regarding auto technical products
    • Handle documentation assignments in connection to reporting and damage statements

    This core area accounts for 20 ECTS.

  • Optimization, repair and IT

    Here you will work with a wide variety of models and tools in connection to optimization of roadability, electronic and technical diagnosis.

    You will learn how to apply key methods and tools in connection to data collection, diagnostics, troubleshooting, repair and optimization of the vehicle. Using IT tools for diagnostics and operational simulation of the vehicle's systems will offer you the necessary skill set for solving real-life tasks in the automotive industry.

    This core area will teach you how to:

    • Efficiently improve the service, troubleshooting, consultation and communication in an automotive company
    • Handle development-oriented professional cooperation with a professional approach in connection to locating errors and optimizing roadability
    • Handle oral and written communication with a professional approach in order to optimize the relation with customers and partners

    This core area is worth 25 ECTS.




In the third semester, you will choose a specialization that will give you the opportunity to improve your study and professional competencies.



  • Automotive Management

    With the Automotive Management specialization you will gain a deeper understanding of management in a company operating in the automotive industry. You will learn about strategic management and gain knowledge about how companies choose the right strategy in different situations.

    As part of the specialization you will work with real cases in cooperation with businesses and will learn about strategy and strategic leadership, economics, import/export and marketing.


  • Automotive Engineering

    If you dream about becoming and engineer, this specialization is the right choice for you.

    Within the Automotive Engineering specialization you will learn about:

    Hybrid conversion: You will gain knowledge about the construction and functions of hybrid vehicles.

    Emission: The focus will be on the emission of exhaust gases from internal combustion engines. You will, among other things, learn about the chemical processes of cleaning the discharge in order to develop more environmentally friendly vehicles in the future.

    Formulas and Calculations: You will learn to make life-time calculations in the design phase. 

    Project Management: You will learn how to be project oriented, regardless of the size of the project. 


In order to create the right balance between your theoretical knowledge and your ability to apply it in practice, you must spend three months as an intern in a company. Through the internship, you will contribute to creating value for the company while also developing your personal and professional competencies. The internship experience will give you an insight into life in the real-life business world after graduation.

The aim of the internship is to ensure real-life competencies and the development of professional and personal vocational skills.  You will solve practical problems on a methodical basis in the automotive field by using relevant theories and models, and thus creating value for the company.

The internship is worth 15 ECTS.

You will find an internship in close collaboration with your internship counselor, and together with the internship company you will set the framework and criteria for the placement. All internships must be approved by the Academy in order to ensure the quality and relevance of the internship.

To make it easier for you to find a suitable internship, we have created an internship portal which serves as a recruitment portal used by both students and companies.

What's next?

With a degree in Automotive Management, you will know how to combine theory with practical work, and be able to handle both technical and commercial challenges within the automotive field.


You can for example become:

  • Diagnosis Technician
  • Floor manager
  • Consultant
  • Garage Manager

Study life

Moving abroad for studies can be a big step for you. But what can you expect when you become a student at Dania?

The teaching is based on real-life cases and we combine group work with individual assigments and self study. Moreover, you are always encouraged to ask questions during and after class in order to get as much knowledge as possible.


How to apply

Admission to the AP Degree Programme in Automotive Management requires relevant vocational training or upper secondary education (university entry level) including: Mathematics at a minimum the Danish level C.


This means that you need to have studied Mathematics or Business Economics (or related fields) for 125 hours in the last 3 years of upper secondary education (high school). 


The application is sent online through Denmark's national application portal at 

You will find more information about the admission procedure on the page called Admission and below you can check if you are eligible to apply.


Admission Requirements

  • Qualifying Entrance Examinations

    Examples of diplomas include:

    • Upper secondary certificates and diplomas from the Nordic countries, European countries (Baccalaureate diploma) and other countries that have signed the European Convention on the Equivalence of Diplomas, Leading to Admission to Universities
    • High school diplomas from the United States followed by either two years of university or college studies in relevant subjects. This also applies to applicants with a high school diploma from countries with a similar educational system.
  • English language requirements

    International applicants must pass an internationally approved test*. We accept these tests with the following minimum scores:

    • IELTS (academic test): 6.5
    • TOEFL (paper-based): 550 or
    • TOEFL (internet-based): 83
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (CPE)
    • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
    • Cambridge First Certificate with the grade A
    • PTE: 59
    • Duolingo English Test - 105-110
    • Oxford Placement Test (OOPT):  75 points in each part (only relevant for partners and educational institutions)

    Applicants holding Nordic entrance exams, an International baccalaureate exam or applicants who have English as their native language are exempt from this requirement.

    *(the test is taken in the applicant’s country of origin or residence – not at Dania).

  • Verification form

    In order to apply for higher education at Dania, you must meet the same conditions as applicants with a prior Danish education.

    Depending on the higher educational programme you are applying for, you will need to show documentation of qualifications comparable to the Danish ''Levels''.

    The Levels refer in general to the number of hours of instruction during the last 3 years of upper-secondary education. 

    The list below shows how many hours (60 minutes) of lessons an applicant with a Danish higher secondary education needs to reach various levels.

    Subject: English

    Level: B

    Hours of instruction: 210

    Subject: Mathematics

    Level: B

    Hours of instruction: 250

    Subject: Mathematics

    Level: C

    Hours of instruction: 125



    You can demonstrate the Levels by filling in the Verification Form, fully signed and stamped by your education and include a valid transcript of the subjects you have studied in the upper-secondary education.

    If you have not yet completed your upper secondary education, please include confirmed transcripts including grades for the semesters completed until now.

  • Interview on SKYPE

    When you have successfully applied for the international AP degree programme, you will receive an invitation for a Skype interview with one of our counsellors. 

    It will be an informal meeting where our main goal is to test your English skills as well as your motivation for applying to the programme.

    You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the programme and studying in Denmark .

    The interview is mandatory for all students who apply for the international AP degree programmes

  • Signature page - IMPORTANT

    When you have submitted your digital application(s), you must use the special print icon to print a Signature Page containing a code.

    You must sign and send this signature page to all programmes you have applied for in Denmark.

    Your application will not be considered if you do not send the signature page, as we will not be able to access your application. Signature pages to Dania Academy, University of Applied Sciences must be sent by email to or by post:

    TO: Dania Academy, 
    International Admissions Minervavej 63 DK-8960 Randers SØ, DENMARK


Find out all the relevant information about the application process, student life in our international campuses as well as about fees and the Danish educational system.

International opportunities

Do you dream about working abroad? Have you always been fascinated by other cultures? Do you want to enrich your CV with an internship or a semester abroad? Check out your international opportunities, as a student at Dania.

Further education

After your Academy Profession Degree (which represents the first two years of a full Bachelor Degree), you have the possibility to continue your higher education with a top-up Bachelor degree, and after that with a Master Degree and so on, either in Denmark or abroad.


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