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 
Integrated Automation (TSM_IntAuto)

In an automation system in manufacturing technology or process automation, sensors measure non-electric values and actuators, such as drives, influence the process. The individual components are controlled by control systems and automatic controllers, connected with industrial networks, and supervised by humans.

The emphasis of this module is on the selection and determination of the individual components, bearing in mind functional aspects, with special attention to functional safety.


  • Basic principles of automation technology
  • Basic principles of communication technology, e.g. OSI Reference Model, Ethernet, TCP/IP etc.
  • Basic principles of statistics and random variables

Learning Objectives

The student will be able to :

  • establish the specifications of an integrated mechatronic system, including the sensors, the actuators, and the control systems;
  • master the operation of electric drives for automated processes; be able to choose a motor with its controls according to the applications;
  • select and to integrate technologies of sensors according to applications;
  • determine a suitable communication system for an automation task on the basis of functions and performance parameters;
  • designate the evaluation criteria for the application of user interfaces;
  • plan and size an Ethernet-based network;
  • calculate comprehensive parameters (MTBF, MTTF, MTU…) on the basis of statistical data;
  • complete a risk analysis

Contents of Module

The module is divided in three courses:

  1. Drives and Sensors (ca. 35%)
    • Functionality, calculation, and operational behavior of motors
    • Functionality and choice of sensors
    • Drive design and regulation
    • Decentralized drive systems
    • Application examples
  2. Communication and Networks (ca. 30%)
    • Functionality and integration of automation components (bus systems, automation devices, communication modules, process control systems)
    • Networked automation technology
    • Service and monitoring systems, Human Machine Interface
    • Planning and the basic principles of project planning with Profinet / industrial Ethernet-based networks
    • Application examples
  3. Safety Engineering in Automation Technology (ca. 35%)
    • Project planning for an error-proof automation system
    • Error-proof communication and programming
    • Remote diagnostics, elimination of errors, and remote maintenance
    • Application examples

Teaching and Learning Methods

  • Lecture, presentations and discussion of theoretical topics
  • Discussion of practical applications and examples form the industry
  • Exercises and self-study of selected topics


The lecturers’ scripts will contain references to current literature.

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