The MSE in brief


Studies and career prospects

Students on the Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) course are trained to become the technical specialists and management staff of the future for industry and the public sector. They acquire the skills needed for careers in research and development departments, production, logistics, consultancy and public institutions and assume responsibility for managing interdisciplinary projects.

Title upon graduation

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

Work required

The MSE comprises 90 ECTS credits. One ECTS credit requires an average of 30 hours' work.
The central element of your studies is the technical specialization in your specialist field. You extend your knowledge and practical experience at a Master Research Unit (MRU) through project work, supplementary courses and your Master's thesis.


Full-time study takes three semesters, while part-time study for those in employment will take longer, as a function of the number of hours worked.


The MSE is designed for the best 35% of Bachelor's graduates, who will generally have achieved a Grade A or B for their Bachelor's degree.
Admission on the basis of a portfolio is possible but must be clarified with the University of Applied Sciences concerned.

Knowledge of languages

The MSE is taught on a multilingual basis. The specialization can be taken in German, English or French, depending on the particular MRU. The theory modules are offered either in the language of the location or in English.
It is not possible to complete the full course in English at all locations. There will generally be a mixture of English and the national language of the region concerned. The Universities of Applied Sciences will be pleased to advise you.

Tuition/study locations

  • You study your technical specialization at the University of Applied Sciences that offers your chosen Master Research Unit (MRU).
  • You attend the theory modules at central locations in Lausanne and Zurich that are easily reachable by public transport. A reduced range of options is additionally offered in Bern and Lugano. This concentration on different locations gives you access to a Swiss network of experts, allowing you to forge contacts in different regions. You will find the timetables for the theory modules here...

Proof of attainment of the learning outcome

Proof of attainment of the learning outcome is required in each semester of a module. A final examination is held for the theory modules in each case.
In your technical specialization, you obtain your ECTS credits through project work or supplementary courses, and with your Master's thesis. In the technical specialization, proof of attainment of the learning outcome is generally obtained through an assessment of project work, a report and the presentation of this report.


Each University of Applied Sciences sets its own tuition fees.
Students are entitled to receive a grant if the MSE constitutes part of their initial training.


Students should register at the University of Applied Sciences that offers their desired MRU. Upon receipt of the registration, the University of Applied Sciences will clarify the student's eligibility. If necessary, a supplementary interview can be arranged.
You can obtain further information or personal advice from the Universities of Applied Sciences participating in the MSE.

Foreign students

Foreign students can be admitted if they satisfy the admission conditions and have the necessary language knowledge. The conditions are specified by the Universities of Applied Sciences participating in the MSE. You can obtain more information directly from the University of Applied Sciences of your choice. After you have submitted your registration, the University of Applied Sciences in question will clarify your eligibility. If necessary, a supplementary interview can be arranged.


It is possible to complete one semester abroad. In addition, you will be given organizational support if you wish to work on an international research project in the context of your technical specialization.

Grace Bermeo
MSE student, SUPSI
Student Grace Bermeo on the MSE

«Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.» Ever since I first read this Marie Curie quote, I've wanted to gain new experience overseas. The MSE is a new challenge, which is allowing me to consolidate my theoretical and practical knowledge. More precisely, it's giving me the chance to improve my skills in wireless communication systems – my specialization area. Moreover, the international MSE environment is helping me to extend my professional network. The many different cultures make the MSE studies very exciting and are helping me to acquire international experience. After completing the course, I plan to return to Ecuador, my home country, with new motivation and new ideas to start my career there.»

Grace Bermeo
MSE student, SUPSI
Specialization: Industrial Technologies