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 16 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 und 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."

Blaise Huwiler, MSE student, HES-SO

Blaise Huwiler, MSE student, HES-SO

"I was fortunate to have the opportunity to do my Master's thesis in Hawaii, on the Big Island. For me it was a unique opportunity to work in the field of astronomical observation, which I have been passionate about for years. In addition to the idyllic setting of the archipelago, this experience abroad allowed me to be confronted with other ways of working and thinking as well as to improve my English."

Konrad Gastpari, Expert in Cargo OPS Performance & Quality at Swiss WorldCargo, HSLU graduate

Konrad Gastpari, Expert in Cargo OPS Performance & Quality at Swiss WorldCargo, HSLU graduate

“During my MSE studies I was able to further deepen my competencies by choosing and following the central modules corresponding to my interest and development needs. The two individual projects and the master's thesis, which I conducted for different companies in Switzerland and abroad under the supervision of my advisor, opened the door into a fascinating industry, in which I am currently working.”

Jürg Christener, Director of the FHNW School of Engineering, member of the MSE Management Board

Jürg Christener, Director of the FHNW School of Engineering, member of the MSE Management Board

"Not only do lecturers from all regions and universities of applied sciences work together in their areas of expertise at MSE, but together they create a high-quality product that they take ownership of. In all departments, be it administrative or technical, across all levels right up to the directors, those working in the program feel connected through the work they do. For tiny Switzerland, this cooperation in the higher education sector is exemplary."