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 
Advanced Communication Architectures (TSM_AdvComArc)

The course will first stabilize some ground knowledge as security,

detailed IP stack, network mobility background and quality of service approach.

Based on this, the module will define a red thread that starts with set of

service availability requirements used for defining architectures. Exploring

different architectures solutions will be the next aim that will let the

student have a complete overview how a modern and complex network providing

advanced services. The third section depicts prospective concepts like Next

Generation Network (NGN), Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network

virtualization Functions (NVF) that are actually deployed by the operators. The

course is completed with hands on exercises and measurement on a real IMS (IP Multimedia

Subsystem) operator infrastructure located in a data center.


The course covers the following core topics:

  • Reminder of basic knowledge
  • Modern architecture
  • Broadband technologies
  • Advanced and forward-looking solutions


  • Knowledge on IP stacks and all the corresponding protocols (Ethernet, IP, TCP/UDP and current application as HTTP)
  • Deep knowledge on data transmission and protocol principles

Learning Objectives

At the end of the module the MSE student will be able to:

  • Depict the communication networks complexity and the corresponding architectures
  • Describe the management conditions of a complex and modern network
  • Describe and understand the failures and disturbances origins
  • Interpret and understand different network operation conditions

Contents of Module


  • Network security (AAA, VPN, etc.)
  • IP Stack detailed description (for both IPv4 and IPv6)
  • Mobility for IP (MIP)
  • Quality of Service (QoS) and Service Level Agreement (SLA)
  • Signaling and layer orchestration (control plane)


  • Set of service availability requirements used for defining architectures
  • Alternatives and solutions
  • Interaction with Broadband technologies

Advanced solutions:

  • Next Generation Network (NGN)
  • Software Defined Network (SDN)
  • Network virtualization Functions (NVF)

Hands on :

  • IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) configuration through HEIA-FR and Swisscom infrastructure
  • Network elements configuration and real traffic measurement

Teaching and Learning Methods

This course involves

theoretical presentations and hands on exercises and measurement on a real IMS (IP

Multimedia Subsystem) operator infrastructure located in a data center.


Lecture slides, references to internet resources

and books are mentioned during the module introduction.

Download full module description