Switzerland is a world leader for the machinery industry. With a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, you will be highly sought after in one of the most important branches of development and production.
Outline of profession
Mechanical Engineering encompasses all activities related to the development, production, use and optimisation of machinery, materials, equipment and products in industrial, research and regulatory environments.
With the MSE in Mechanical Engineering, you will be in demand for senior positions with management responsibility in the areas of research and development or production.
You will be able to work in production and engineering offices or in the public sector.
Your role is essential to ensure the success of projects and companies while taking ecological, economic and social considerations into account.
The course profile in Mechanical Engineering covers the following subject areas:
- Conceptual development, design, construction, modelling, testing, measurement, validation, and optimisation of components, modules, or entire systems
- Development methods and production technologies
- Energy efficiency, and ecological and social sustainability
- Product life cycle knowledge
- Material knowledge
In the MSE in Mechanical Engineering, you will develop the specialist skills necessary for designing, developing and producing components and systems. You will also gain the knowledge of the necessary materials and means of production. The focus is on mechanical and mechatronic systems, including control and automation. In addition, you will acquire in-depth skills in simulation, analysis, optimisation and verification. You will be able to tackle complex problems with your strong methodological skills.
Entry skills and enrolment process
Specific qualifications are required to enrol in this profile. Students holding one of the following bachelor’s degrees with above-average marks generally fulfil these entry requirements.
- BSc in Mechanical Engineering
- BSc in Microtechnology
- BSc in Automotive Engineering
- BSc in Industrial Design Engineering
- BSc in Materials and Process Engineering
- BSc in Systems Engineering
Assessment of prerequisites is part of the enrolment process of each 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 Mechanical Engineering (ME) here.
Additional skills relative to Bachelor of Science
Compared to graduates of a bachelor’s degree course, an MSE in Mechanical Engineering enables you not only to develop components, parts and properties of a product or process, but also to design whole products and systems while taking into account design and functional requirements. You will be able to carry out complex projects in an industrial and research environment, to apply a broader range of engineering knowledge and skills, and to assume leadership roles based on your in-depth analysis and abstraction skills.
Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) offering the Mechanical Engineering (ME) 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
- Optimization of machines, especially complex machine tools and manufacturing processes
- Implementation of Industry 4.0, e.g. through networking and the use of "smart" sensors
- Technologies for battery cell production
Theory modules: English
Technical specialization: German or English
The profile Mechanical Engineering at the FHNW School of Engineering comprises the teaching and research environment of the three participating institutes:
- Institute of Polymer Engineering
- Institute of Product and Production Engineering
- Institute of Polymer Nanotechnology
- Efficient and sustainable design of mechanical systems
- Applied & advanced structural mechanics
- Advanced materials processing
- Intelligent machines and complex processes
- Energy, Fluids, heat transfer and their simulation
German and English
- Competences required for the development, manufacturing, use and optimization of machinery, materials, equipment and products in an industrial, research and regulatory environment.
- Identification and analysis of problems, development of Engineering solutions and translation into marketable products.
- Creation and assessment of complex designs taking into account applicable standards applying state-of-the-art CAx technologies.
Modules in English; specialization in English or German
- product design and development
- plastics technology, metal processing, joining technology
- digitisation, industry 4.0
- mechanics and dynamics of systems, modelling and simulation of material behaviour
- robotics, automation
- Mechanics of structures: modeling, test and simulation
- Materials Technology: Selection and Design
- Production Technologies and Systems
- Industrial technologies and systems for additive manufacturing and 3D printing
- Manufacturing processes
Modules in English; Specialization in English or German
- Experimental validation und numerical optimization
- Complex material properties (plasticity, viscoelasticity, creep and damage)
- Sustainable manufacturing processes including additive manufacturing
- Renewable energy concepts and energy efficiency