course structure


MSE - a stepping stone

Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)
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  • The MSE Master's degree course offers you, as an engineer or planner, the highest qualification that is awarded by a University of Applied Sciences in the field of engineering, information technology, construction and planning.
  • The practically-orientated MSE is noted for its wide range of options and great freedom of choice. You are largely free to put together your focal areas of study as you please, on the basis of your personal interests and career wishes.
  • The MSE Master's degree course is offered by all seven publicly run Universities of Applied Sciences in Switzerland. Each individual University of Applied Sciences contributes its own strengths to the MSE. This creates a unique Master's degree course – a network of optimally qualified subject specialists and students within Switzerland.
  • The best 35% of those graduating with a Bachelor's degree are eligible to take an MSE course.

On the MSE course, you learn

  • the mathematical and scientific fundamentals of your subject
  • to apply these fundamentals to find new solutions in research projects
  • to apply the latest technologies in the development of new products and processes
  • to put solutions into practice as a project manager
  • the basics of business management
  • to move and communicate self-confidently in international circles

Course structure

The program is structured on a modular basis and represents 90 ECTS credits. The joint course offered by the 7 Universities of Applied Sciences takes in:

The central element of the degree course is the technical specialization

  • work involved: Approximately 60 credits
  • Modules: Project work, additional courses and a Master's thesis
  • Where: At the Master Research Unit (MRU) of a University of Applied Sciences

Selecting your course: You can use the MRU Guide to set filters for Universities of Applied Sciences, specializations and focal areas of study and thus find the ideal Master Research Unit (MRU) for your studies.
Registering for the MSE course: Each MRU is an organization at a University of Applied Sciences You should thus register at the University of Applied Sciences that offers your chosen MRU. This University of Applied Sciences will check your eligibility for admission and will award your degree upon successful completion of the course.
More about the Technical Specialization...

Selecting your theory modules

  • Work involved: Approx. 30 credits
  • Module categories: Technical scientific specialization (TSM), fundamental theoretical principles (FTP) and context modules (CM)
  • Where: At central locations in Bern, Lausanne, Manno/Lugano or Zurich

Making your selection: Approximately 112 Theory Modules are available to choose from

Individual Study Agreement

You draw up your individual study plan together with the lecturer appointed as your advisor. This plan is based on your subject background and your professional targets.
The individual study agreement sets out, firstly, the fundamental educational objectives, the subjects chosen for your individual Master's course and the modules that you will be attending. In addition, agreements are included on the specialization projects (project aims, project partners, expected results in terms of subject and method, performance appraisal, etc.), the appropriate supplementary courses are defined, and details are provided of the private study expected.

Full-time/part-time study

Full-time study takes three semesters, while part-time study for those in employment will take correspondingly longer. With full-time study, you will generally attend tuition for the theory models on two days per week during the first and second semester. You invest the rest of the time in your technical specialization. In the third semester, you then concentrate entirely on your Master's thesis.
A high proportion of private study promotes your ability to acquire knowledge for yourself and solve complex problems on your own.

Part-time study is possible for those in employment. You can continue in your profession and work for the MSE. At a number of Universities of Applied Sciences, it is also possible for you to work as an assistant at an institute and complete your MSE on a part-time basis.

Example of a study plan for full-time study with the standard time allocation

Semester dates for theory modules

Schedule for an academic year

Please note that the semester schedule for theory modules differs slightly at the Lausanne and Manno/Lugano locations. You will find the current semester dates on the Moodle learning platform.