MSE Master of Science in Engineering

The Swiss engineering master's degree


The eight Universities of Applied Sciences in Switzerland are offering the practically oriented MSE master’s programme. In this course of study, you can benefit from a diverse range of courses structured in 14 profiles, which offer great scope for personal choice and have a network of specialists and students all across Switzerland. 

The MSE is targeted at students with a very good bachelor’s degree in the areas of engineering sciences, information technology or construction and planning. 

This is how you can benefit from the MSE programme

  • You will obtain more advanced knowledge and skills within your profile. 
  • You will gain an even better understanding of the mathematical and scientific foundations of your subject area. 
  • As a researcher, you will be able to identify new solutions. 
  • You will develop products and processes using the latest technology. 
  • As a project head or project manager, you will be able to put solutions into practice.
  • You will gain additional skills in the areas of technology management, business administration, communication, project management, patent law, contract law, etc. 
Step 1

Select the profile you want to study. 

Step 2

Choose a University of Applied Sciences (UAS) and apply there to study in your profile. 

Step 3

Define your study programme with your advisor. 

Profiles in Construction and Planning

Which profile would you like to study?

Building Technologies (BT)

Civil Engineering (CE)

Geomatics (Geo)

Raumentwicklung & Landschaftsarchitektur (ReLa)

Studies and career prospects

The Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) produces graduates who will become specialists and managers in industry and the public sector. They acquire the specialist skills required for careers in research and development departments, production, logistics or consultancy. They are also qualified to manage interdisciplinary projects.

Degree upon graduation

Upon successful completion of the Master's degree course you will be awarded the degree "Master of Science [name of the University of Applied Sciences] in Engineering with Specialization in [name of profile]".
The degree "Master of Science in Engineering (MSc)" is protected, recognized by the Swiss authorities and internationally valid.

Study structure

The MSE comprises 90 ECTS credits in the profile of your choice. 
You visit theory modules together with students from entire Switzerland and you extend your knowledge and practical experience at the University of Applied Science of your choice in projects, supplementary courses and in your Master's thesis. 
Full-time study takes three semesters, part-time study is possible. 


The MSE is targeted at the top 35% of bachelor’s graduates, who will generally have achieved a Grade A or B for their bachelor’s degree. Admission on a case-by-case basis is possible, but this must be discussed with the relevant University of Applied Sciences.

Foreign students

As a foreign student, you are eligible for admission if you fulfil the admission requirements and have the necessary language skills. The conditions are specified by the Universities of Applied Sciences that are participating in the MSE. You can obtain more information directly from the University of Applied Sciences of your choice.


It is possible to do one semester abroad. In addition, you will be given organisational support if you wish to work on an international research project as part of your specialisation.

Jacomet Marcel, Advisor, BFH

Jacomet Marcel, Advisor, BFH

"The enthusiasm and commitment of the Master's students in their research projects never ceases to amaze me. They bring a fresh breeze and innovative ideas to the Institute's project teams, which not only improves the quality of the research and development projects, but also has a positive influence on the practical relevance of the Master's courses."

Dominic Thaler, Structures Design Engineer at Aurora Swiss Aerospace, Graduate ZHAW

Dominic Thaler, Structures Design Engineer at Aurora Swiss Aerospace, Graduate ZHAW

"The year abroad was a very good personal experience for me. I learned to adapt to a new environment and to flexibly address new challenges each day."