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 
Mechanics of Elastic Structures (TSM_Mechanic)

In this module, students learn calculation methods for furnishing proof of the load-bearing capacity of structures and are made aware of the limits of these procedures.
The module imparts methods and procedures for calculating and measuring the mechanical behavior of structures and highlights their importance for the development of load-bearing structures.


  • Basic knowledge of structural mechanics: tension/compression, torsion of shafts, deflection and elastic deformation of beams, multiaxial stress states, stress tensor, comparison stress, strength test with static loading and endurance limit
  • Calculation with matrices

Learning Objectives

  • In selected fields of engineering mechanics, students acquire the theoretical knowledge to solve problems in product development with regard to product lifecycles.
  • Students know the failure mechanisms of load-bearing structures subject to mechanical load and are familiar with the possibilities and limits for designing and dimensioning structures.
  • Students are familiar with selected extended material laws, e.g. elasto-plastic behavior, anisotropic materials, etc.

Contents of Module

  • 2D and 3D distortion/stress state, elastic and elasto-plastic stress-strain behavior of isotropic materials, stress-strain behavior of anisotropic materials
  • Yielding criteria (v. Mises, Tresca) and damage criteria for anisotropic materials. Criteria for fatigue failure, rated and local stresses, counting methods for compiling load collectives, linear damage accumulation, plastic and multi-axial hardening, fatigue strength in the low cycle and endurance limit range
  • Stress intensity factors, fracture toughness, microplastic deformation at the crack tip, crack propagation,
  • Measuring mechanical stresses
  • Stability of beams and plates, post buckling behavior; collapse

Teaching and Learning Methods

  • Ex cathedra
  • Demonstrations
  • Specialist literature
  • Exercises


  • Script
  • Individual chapters from the relevant literature

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