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 
Mechatronics for production and logistics (TSM_Mechatr)

Virtually all consumer and utility goods today are produced in high volumes in highly automated factories and then delivered to the customer via equally automated logistics and distribution centers. From the technological viewpoint, the entire production system is based on controlled drives which connect the automation control systems and sensor devices, which nowadays are software-based systems, to the mechanical machinery elements. These complex systems can be designed and described through a combination of IT, electronic and mechanical systems known as mechatronics. Despite the fact that production machines are often highly specialized, there is a level at which commonalities can be found among mechatronic solutions in different machines, separately considering their principal tasks (e.g.: conveying, lifting, positioning, winding) and can then be classified and described in a non-industry specific manner. On the basis of this analysis, requirements can be defined for the configuration of the components (motor, inverter, gearbox) as well as for the software functions to allow a quick and reliable design and implementation. Even the rising productive paradigms that use alternative approaches to traditional mass production (e.g.: additive manufacturing systems, networked factories) are implemented through highly automated systems and can be analyzed, by one side, as combinations of the same types of basic physical task and, by the other, as an even more tight and organic combination of IT and mechanics (often indicated as cyber physical systems). On this perspective, the course offers an insight of some key elements of the Industrie 2025 initiative as well as of other related approaches (Industrie 4.0, Factory of the Future, Smart Factory…) 


Basic knowledge of:

  • Mechanics (e.g.: Detailed Mechanical Design: A Practical Guide, J. Skakoon, 2000),
  • Modeling of simple mechanical systems (e.g.:,
  • Electrical circuits and components (e.g.: Basic Circuit Theory (Prentice-Hall Computer Applications in Electrical Engineering Series) Oct 1990 by Lawrence P. Huelsman),
  • Programming fundamentals (e.g.: Programming: Learn the Fundamentals of Computer Programming Languages (Swift, C++, C#, Java, Coding, Python, Hacking, programming tutorials) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 16, 2016 by Marc Rawen).

Learning Objectives

  • to analyse the end user requirements of production plants and their impact on mechatronics systems
  • to design drive systems for automated plants with a mechatronic approach
  • to implement methods and tools for a consistent modeling and design of manufacturing systems
  • to be able to select industrial components consistently with the design specifications

Contents of Module

The content of the module covers the very large range of mechatronics, to show its importance and to cover quite completely the production and logistics fields. During lessons the course focus will consist in mechatronics methods and tools and not all the listed topics will be described with the same level of detail.

  • How production and logistics systems are structured
  • UML representation of mechatronics requirements
  • Machines in production and logistics
  • General concepts of mechatronic systems
  • Mechatronic drive and sensor elements
  • Reliability issues of mechatronic systems
  • Conveyors and lifting machineries
  • Drive for not controlled, open loop systems
  • Positioning systems and sensors for travelling systems
  • Electronic cams and multi-axis systems
  • Drive for forming processes
  • Choose and dimension drive systems for machining tools (e.g.: lathe, milling, grinding…)
  • Using OpenModelica to model and simulate mechatronic systems

Teaching and Learning Methods

Classes, exercises and a course project announced at the first lesson, consisting in a realistic example preferable based on industrial input.


  • E. Kiel (Ed.), Drive Solutions – Mechatronics for Production and Logistics, Springer, ISBN 978-3-540-76705-3
  • Drive Engineering – Practical Implementation, SEW EURODRIVE
  • G. Pelz, Mechatronics systems, Wiley ISBN 0-470-84979-7
  • M. Nakamura and Oth., Mechatronic Servo System Control, Springer, ISBN 3-540-21096-2

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