MSE Master of Science in Engineering

The Swiss engineering master's degree

Each module contains 3 ECTS. You choose a total of 10 modules/30 ECTS in the following module categories: 

  • 12-15 ECTS in technical scientific modules (TSM)
    TSM modules teach profile-specific specialist skills and supplement the decentralised specialisation modules.
  • 9-12 ECTS in fundamental theoretical principles modules (FTP)
    FTP modules deal with theoretical fundamentals such as higher mathematics, physics, information theory, chemistry, etc. They will teach more detailed, abstract scientific knowledge and help you to bridge the gap between abstraction and application that is so important for innovation.
  • 6-9 ECTS in context modules (CM)
    CM modules will impart additional skills in areas such as technology management, business administration, communication, project management, patent law, contract law, etc.

In the module description (download pdf) you find the entire language information per module divided into the following categories:

  • instruction
  • documentation
  • examination 
Managing complexity and innovation in aviation (TSM_CompAvi)

Theory of complex systems and dynamics to understand challenges of markets and chances for new technologies, to identify niches for  innovation in aviation and to handle complexity.

Risk management and decision making under uncertainty: Dealing with dilemmata

Methods for simplifying and communicating complexity.

Enhancement of collaboration to unfold interdisciplinary potentials: Develop a culture of learning and growth.

Enabling participation: Integrate multiple interest groups throughout the conception and design process.

Management of an innovation process: Learn from success and failure. Develop a business model for a new product/service. Predict near- and longterm development with modelling and scenario techniques to address uncertainty and risk. 

Understand challenges for transformation (market pressures, legal aspects, certification requirements, public acceptance, organisational aspects, resistance to change). Manage change process. 

Pitch: Elaboration and presentation of an innovative idea to a group of investors.


Modelling methods

Learning Objectives

Understand and enhance performance in complex systems. Cope with interdependence and insecurity. Develop new solutions in a complex market.

Assess potential for innovation: Take advantage of chances, avoid unnecessary risks.

Balance multiple requirements: technical, economic, human, environmental aspects and social acceptance.

Contents of Module

Complex systems and system dynamics

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Risk management and decision making under uncertainty


Teaching and Learning Methods

Case Studies


Visualization and communication

Leadership and Self-Management


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