MSE Master of Science in Engineering

The Swiss engineering master's degree

Jedes Modul umfasst 3 ECTS. Sie wählen insgesamt 10 Module/30 ECTS in den folgenden Modulkategorien:

  • ​​​​12-15 ECTS in Technisch-wissenschaftlichen Modulen (TSM)
    TSM-Module vermitteln Ihnen profilspezifische Fachkompetenz und ergänzen die dezentralen Vertiefungsmodule.
  • 9-12 ECTS in Erweiterten theoretischen Grundlagen (FTP)
    FTP-Module behandeln theoretische Grundlagen wie die höhere Mathematik, Physik, Informationstheorie, Chemie usw. Sie erweitern Ihre abstrakte, wissenschaftliche Tiefe und tragen dazu bei, den für die Innovation wichtigen Bogen zwischen Abstraktion und Anwendung spannen zu können.
  • 6-9 ECTS in Kontextmodulen (CM)
    CM-Module vermitteln Ihnen Zusatzkompetenzen aus Bereichen wie Technologiemanagement, Betriebswirtschaft, Kommunikation, Projektmanagement, Patentrecht, Vertragsrecht usw.

In der Modulbeschreibung (siehe: Herunterladen der vollständigen Modulbeschreibung) finden Sie die kompletten Sprachangaben je Modul, unterteilt in die folgenden Kategorien:

  • Unterricht
  • Dokumentation
  • Prüfung
Advanced aircraft system design (TSM_AdvAirDes)

The course will focus on the design of advanced aircraft systems, aiming towards more electric types of aircraft for a new generation beyond the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787.

Today, aircraft design is more than just aerodynamics, flight dynamics, propulsion, structures,and equipment. The new technologies require a systems engineering approach, which guides the way towards a sustainable aircraft.

The whole design process will be discussed and the students will learn to do a conceptual and preliminary design.

In this module, the whole design process of a complex system such as an aircraft will be discussed and the students will learn how to do a conceptual and preliminary design. The course is structured in lectures as well as with small case studies (practise), which will be done in groups.


The students are expected to have knowledge of the basics of Fluid Dynamics / Aerodynamics, Structural Mechanics, Thermodynamics (Gas Turbines), and Systems Engineering.

An interest in Aircraft Systems is important. 

The knowledge of simulation tools (Matlab, Simulink, Modelica, Comsol, etc.) and performance calculations or optimization calculations is an advantage.


The students will learn how the design process of a complex system such as an aircraft is done, with a focus on the early stages between concept and the preliminary design stage.

All important disciplines, which play a key role in aircraft design, will be addressed: weight distribution estimation, performance, propulsion, on the basis of systems engineering.

The students will be able to understand the architecture of modern aircraft, focussing on the advancing system integration with the trend towards electric and more environmentally sustainable aircraft. 

The students can apply the current design standards and analyze the design of new aircraft for the efficiency and performance of the operation.

Learning experience working in a design team to define an aircraft concept.


The course will start with an introduction to aircraft conceptual design.

The aerodynamics for wing design, propulsion technology, and engine integration and the electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic systems will be discussed to provide an aircraft architecture from the system point of view.

The available methods of aircraft design optimization will be discussed in the light of perfect design or an illusion of the existence of such.

The concept of increasingly electrical aircraft and the concept of hybrid propulsion for new aircraft layouts will be discussed.

The course will close with the outlook to new aircraft generations to meet the reduction of CO2 and noise footprint towards greener aviation.

Lehr- und Lernmethoden

  • Lectures with focus on practical cases for commercial airplanes
  • Self study and performance of literature research
  • Performance of small case studies for an aircraft design working together with teams which cover different design aspects


  • Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach, Daniel P. Raymer, AIAA Education Series
  • Fundamental of Aerodynamics, John D. Anderson Jr., McGraw-Hill Series in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Airframe Structural Design, Practical Design Information and Data on Aircraft Structures, Michael C. Y. Niu, Hong Kong Conmilit Pres Ltd.

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