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.
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
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 (not accepted BSc in Systems Engineering FHNW)
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.
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.
Specialisation studies in German or French (Biel) or German (Burgdorf), theory modules in English, German or French
- 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
Mainly English, some modules in German
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.
- “Energy Technologies” (TE, Energy and Environment from 2021 at HES-SO MSE) major trains developers, designers and operators of innovative systems to respond to the energy challenges faced by our society.
- Graduates develop scientific skills in energy systems from the perspective of sustainable development, energy savings, storage and the rational use of energy, while guaranteeing the energy efficiency, quality and safety of installations.
German and English
- 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 using of energy.
- Analysis, planning, development and implementation of technical solutions to minimize the environmental impact of exhaust gas, wastewater and waste.
German or English
- 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
- 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