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 
Thermal Hydraulic Methods for Energy Systems in Buildings (TSM_HydMeth)

The course imparts knowledge on practical design methods for thermal systems such as heating and cooling circuits, solar thermal systems and district networks. Special emphasis is placed on the conditions for safe operation. The design and integration of storage tanks and heat pumps into thermal networks is also covered. Furthermore, building physical aspects and practical rules regarding pipe routing, building integration, and maintenance are discussed as well.


Basic knowledge of thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid dynamics.

Learning Objectives

Practical design problems are best solved in a holistic approach. It is therefore advantageous to solve thermodynamic and hydraulic dimensioning problems in conjunction. This approach is expressed by the term “thermal hydraulics”. 

The students will learn how to solve thermal hydraulic engineering problems in the fields of building technology, solar thermal energy and thermal network design.

The aim of these methods is to enable the design of energetically and economically efficient as well as maintenance friendly technical components and systems, and, to prove their functionality by way of simulation.

Contents of Module

A short introduction into thermodynamics, fluid mechanics as well as mass and heat transfer will be given, tailored to the needs of this course.  The theory of two-phase flow is taught to the degree necessary to deal with the ventability of pipe networks and the stagnation safety of solar thermal plants.

Open source computer programmes are provided for each topic. These assist in solving the exercises and can also be used for the future professional practice.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The content is taught in frontal lessons.
Numerous examples are motivated and illustrated by story-telling.

Homework exercises are solved using the provided VBA codes running under Excel.


The script is provided in the form of ppt-presentations.

Further reading:

Massoud, M., 2005, "Engineering Thermofluids", Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York.

Eismann, R., 2017, "Thermohydraulische Dimensionierung von Solaranlagen : Theorie und Praxis der kostenoptimierenden Anlagenplanung", Springer Vieweg, Wiesbaden. ISBN: 978-3-658-07124-0.

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