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 
Privacy and Law (CM_PrivLaw)

In the Privacy and Law module, students gain an awareness of the threats to privacy in the fast changing digital society and are prompted to reflect on values in the historical and intercultural context.
Students acquire an overview (system and reference knowledge) of actual legal aspects that have not been specifically covered in either the vocational baccalaureate or in the Bachelor's degree course. In the knowledge and information society these are, in particular, the legal aspects privat data protection, copyright, brand rights, patents, forms of collaboration in the digital economy, relevant contractsetc.



Learning Objectives

Understanding the different dimensions of privacy. Thinking in the corresponding contexts. Transferring privacy aspects to and within the private and work environment and reflecting upon these, establishing links with learning content in the MRU and the technical modules.
Acquiring an appreciation of the legal aspects confronting an engineer in demanding professional situations. Gaining awareness in order to avoid damages due to infringements of rights or legal uncertainty. Acquisition of speaking and listening skills in order to conduct the corresponding specialist discussions with experts.

Contents of Module

  • Introduction to law and the privacy aspects of law
  • Knowledge of the industry relevant contracts (word & labour, licence, NDA, SLA etc.)
  • Ventures in digital environment (forms, GeB├╝V, Compliance etc.)
  • Knowledge of the creation and development of privacy as a fundamental/human right (GDPR included)
  • Knowledge of IP-law (copyrights, trade marks, design, patents, unfair competition)
  • Knowledge of legal aspects of new technologies as AI, Blockchain etc.
  • Formative tests

Teaching and Learning Methods

Frontal instruction in the lectures (2 lessons per week)
Seminar-type teaching in the tutorials (1 lesson per week)


Lecture handouts provided by the lecturer and the references to current literature they contain

Download full module description