Microengineering is clearly a key discipline for the Swiss industry. As an example, in Western Switzerland, the work force in the field of microengineering and watch industry reaches about 60’000 jobs in Autumn 2019.
Outline of profession
Microengineering, i.e. all the technologies required to design, manipulate and manufacture miniaturized systems requires a wide range of knowledge and competencies. Thanks to the MSE in Microengineering, you will strengthen your multidisciplinary abilities, as well as your knowledge in product industrialization. You will be ready to take up the challenge of the transition to the digital factory, and carry out an Applied Research and Development project of high complexity and high density of technological integration.
The MSE profile in Microengineering covers the following subject areas:
- New design methodologies for microengineering products
- Development of advanced and smart sensors
- Advanced manufacturing processes specific to miniaturized products
- Inspection and quality control
As a graduate of a Master's degree in Microengineering you will be able to imagine, design and develop miniaturized products or devices with high added value for different industrial sectors such as watchmaking, medical technologies, production equipment and instrumentation.
Your basic knowledge in fields as diverse as mechanical engineering, information and communication technologies, electronics, physics, optics and materials science will allow you to have a complete and detailed overview of an interdisciplinary project.
Entry skills and enrolment process
Specific qualifications are required to enrol in this profile. Students holding the following bachelor’s degrees with above-average marks generally fulfil these entry requirements.
- BSc in Microengineering
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 Microengineering (Mic) here.
Additional skills relative to Bachelor of Science
As the Bachelor's degree in Microengineering is intended to be professionalizing, students are quickly oriented towards professions in the field of application of the local industry (for example, watchmaking engineering, or medical technologies). The 3-year course does not allow a large multidisciplinary expansion. Therefore, the theoretical modules of the MSE in Microengineering aim to reinforce your multidisciplinary knowledge, your competencies in product industrialization, as well as your soft skills. The remaining 60 ECTS credits will allow you to deepen your skills in the professional orientations of your choice.
The University of Applied Sciences (UAS) offering the Microengineering profile (Mic) is shown below. Find out more about the course of study at the UAS.
The TSM modules are given in English if the audience is not 100% French-speaking, and can be followed remotely. However, the specialization modules are given in French.
Through the offer of specialization modules, projects and the Master's thesis (60 ECTS), students will have the opportunity to deepen their more specific skills in the professional orientation of their choice. For example:
- Biomedical engineering
- Watchmaking engineering
- Development of microsystems
- Production and manufacturing of micro-engineering products