MSE Master of Science in Engineering

The Swiss engineering master's degree

Energy and Environment (EnEn)

In order to tackle climate change sustainably, the most advanced technologies are necessary – especially in the energy sector. The MSE in Energy and Environment trains engineers to meet this challenge.

Outline of profession

With a MSE in Energy and Environment, you will be able to take up a variety of positions in industry and the public and service sectors. You will be able to evaluate issues regarding conventional and sustainable energy generation, storage and conversion as well as energy distribution and demand-side management in a comprehensive manner. You will take into account the efficient use of natural resources and the protection of the environment.

Profile contents

The MSE in Energy and Environment includes the following subject areas:

  • Power generation
    • Renewable energies
    • Conventional energy technologies
    • Energy conversion
    • Energy storage and distribution
    • Demand-side management
    • Prosumer and peer-to-peer concepts
  • Design, operation, control and optimisation of physical, chemical and biomass-based processes
  • Mechanical, thermal and chemical process engineerin
  • Circular economy and energy recovery
  • Sustainable treatment of air, water and waste

Professional Skills

With your comprehensive, interdisciplinary knowledge in areas such as energy, environmental and process engineering, you will be able to provide a pragmatic decision-making basis for energy and environmental technologies and systems. Above all, you can systematically analyse, describe, model and simulate complex technical processes across disciplines. This enables you to develop efficient and resource-saving systems and processes and, in addition, to provide sophisticated services. Your knowledge enables you to work in interdisciplinary teams, to lead larger projects and to take on management tasks in the fields of energy, process and environmental technology.

Entry skills and enrolment process

Specific skills are required to enrol in this profile. Students holding one of the following bachelor’s degrees generally fulfil these entry requirements.

  • BSc in Energy and Environment 
  • BSc in Renewable Energy and Environment
  • BSc in Electrical Engineering
  • BSc in Electronics Engineering
  • BSc in Mechanical Engineering
  • BSc in Automotive Engineering (Automobiltechnik)
  • BSc in Materials and Process Engineering 
  • BSc in Systems Engineering

Assessment of entry skills is part of the enrolment process of the relevant school. Students who do not hold one of the above-mentioned bachelor’s degrees will be individually assessed for their suitability by the relevant University of Applied Sciences.

Recommended theory modules

The theory modules comprise 30 out of 90 ECTS. The modules are taught by professors from all over Switzerland at various locations. You will take these modules together with other MSE students. You can find the recommended theory modules for the MSE in Energy and Environment (EnEn) here. 

Additional skills relative to Bachelor of Science

As a graduate of the MSE in Energy and Environment, your in-depth specialist knowledge will enable you to conduct and lead applied research and development at the forefront of your particular domain. You will acquire detailed knowledge in the broad area of energy and the environment. This extensive expertise will enable you to integrate multidisciplinary techniques into complex energy processes and systems. The master’s programme is also strongly focused on fostering your environmental awareness and the implementation of sustainable processes. 

Discover more

Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) offering the Energy and Environment (EnEn) profile are shown below. Find out more about the courses of study at the individual UASs.


Study language

Specialisation studies in German or French (Biel) or German (Burgdorf), theory modules in English, German or French

Main focus

  • Design and characterization of electrochemical energy storage systems and fuel cells
  • Laboratory for photovoltaic systems in Burgdorf
  • Prosumer-Lab test bench in Biel
  • Vehicle mechanics and safety
  • Electrification of niche vehicles

Check profile at BFH

Study language

Mainly English, some modules in German

Main focus

The Master’s graduates in Energy and Environment have an advanced knowledge in energy, environmental and process engineering. They are able to systematically analyse, model and optimize complex technical processes.

Check profile at FHNW

Study language

Mainly French, with some modules partially or entirely in English

Main focus

  • Energy vectors and conversion technologies, including their integration
  • Evolution of energy networks and energy demand (industrial, residential, mobility)
  • Renewable energy sources and storage
  • Environmental impacts for air, soil and water
  • Environmental remediation approaches

Check profile at HES-SO

Study language

German and English

Main focus

  • Focus on Energy and Process Engineering as well as on Environmental Engineering.
  • Design, modelling, implementation and operation of complex systems and efficient processes for converting, storing, providing, and use of energy.
  • Analysis, planning, development, and implementation of technical solutions to minimize the environmental impact of exhaust gases, wastewater, and waste.

Go to profile at HSLU

Study language

German or English

Main focus

  • Electrical power engineering: smart grid, high voltage technology, photovoltaics, batteries
  • Thermal energy technology: solar thermal, renewable energy sources, power to gas, heat pumps
  • Environmental technology: air, odour-loading, water and wastewater, hydrogen technology 

Check profile at OST

Study language


Main focus

  • To build competences in energy and environmental engineering
  • To be engaged in the energy change with focus on renewable energy
  • To gain in-depth knowledge about thermo-fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfer
  • To form and sharpen modeling and simulation capabilities

Go to profile at SUPSI

Study language

English or German

Main focus

  • Electrical energy technology: smart grid, photovoltaics, power electronics and batteries
  • Thermal energy technology: renewable hydrogen use, heat pumps and refrigeration technology
  • Energy generation (renewables, classical energy technologies, energy conversion, energy storage and distribution, demand-side management, prosumer and peer-to-peer concepts)
  • Design, operation, control and optimization of physical, chemical and biomass-based processes, mechanical, thermal and chemical process engineering
  • Circular economy and energy recovery
  • Sustainable treatment of air, water and waste

Go to profile at ZHAW