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 
Structural and Vibration (TSM_StrVibr)

Structural vibrations: theoretical aspects, numerical modelling (Finite Element: reduced order models), experimental testing. Passive vibration control.  Dynamic analysis of high performance machine tools.


  • Linear algebra (matrices, eigenvalues, eigenvectors,…), linear differential equations.
  • Dynamic equilibrium of a mechanical systems (mass, springs, dampers, natural frequencies,…)
  • System Dynamic Analysis: stability and control
  • Fourier transform.
  • Entry-level experience with MATLAB/Simulink

Learning Objectives

  • Consolidate theoretical knowledge on structural vibrations
  • Passive solutions for vibration alleviation: dynamic isolation, Tuned Mass Dampers
  • Numerical modelling by lumped masses and Finite Elements (reduced order models)
  • Experimental Modal Analysis

Contents of Module

  • Theory review: systems with one degree of freedom (DOF).
  • Energy dissipation: viscous and hysteretic damping
  • Dynamic modelling in matlab/Simulink
  • Dynamic vibrations isolation
  • Tuned Mass Dampers
  • Theory review: multi-DOF systems. Eigen-frequencies and mode shapes. Modal coordinates
  • Dynamic analysis by Finite Element modelling. Model reduction techniques: Modal and Craig Bampton.
  • Experimental Modal Analysis: tools and basic methodologies. Impact hammer, shakers, accelerometers
  • Dynamic response of mechanical structures in controlled systems. The case of Machine Tools.
  • Vibrations in rotating machinery.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Frontal theoretical lessons with interaction. Self-developed numerical analysis in MATLAB/Simulink and Siemens Nastran NX.

Group project, possibly with test bench design.


Lecture notes.

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