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 
Cyber Security (TSM_CyberSec)

The course will

first give the necessary background knowledge in the field of

cybersecurity such as CIA and availability as well as data security. Thereby,

the module will define a threat and risk assessment accompanied with main

security standards and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).


 Based on that, it will go in

deep to permit the student to have a complete overview how identify and list threats

and risks. Then, the student will be able to propose and implement a list of

mitigation mechanisms. This will be applied in three security fields: software

development, software security and web security based on tools.


 The course

covers the following core topics: 



  • Reminder of basic knowledge about security 
  • Security development 
  • Software security
  • Web security 


  • Cryptography basics
  • Knowledge of at least one programming language, such as C, Python, Java

Learning Objectives

  • Understand and choose the appropriate cryptographic primitive(s)
  • Identify and list the threats and risks of a system and propose different kind of mitigation mechanisms
  • Understand, apply and use processes and tools towards secure development
  • Understand, identify vulnerabilities in software and web applications then propose mitigations



Contents of Module

Basics (25%): 



  • Confidentiality, integrity, availability, authenticity, authorization, accounting
  • Threat model, malwares, etc.
  • Data Protection and GDPR
  • Risk and threat analysis and standards


 Secure development (25%):



  • SDLC: fundamentals of DevOps and how DevOps teams can build and deliver secure software
  • Secure DevOps: How to build security into Continuous Delivery and Continuous Deployment
  • The tools, patterns, and techniques of security automation in DevOps


 Software security (25%):



  • Software vulnerability identification (SANS Top 25)
  • Software exploitation techniques and tools
  • Software protections and mitigations


 Web application security (25%):



  • Web vulnerabilities (OWASP top 10)
  • Web exploitation techniques and tools
  • Web protections and mitigations 

Teaching and Learning Methods


course involves theoretical presentations and hands-on exercises.


Lecture slides, references to internet resources and books are

mentioned during the module introduction. 

Download full module description