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 
Environmental Technologies: Wastewater Treatment (TSM_WWTreat)

The student learns the mechanical, chemical and biological processes used for environmental engineering (wastewater treatment). The course covers chemical, physical and biological treatment technologies. Furthermore, the topic of water reuse (greywater) and nutrient recovery is lectured.



Basics in chemistry and physics


Learning Objectives


Knowing the classical areas of environmental technology, namely the sustainable treatment of


  • Wastewater and
  • reuse and nutrient recovery from wastewater


  • Know different applied wastewater treatment technologies  and be able to identify their pros and cons.;
  • Insides of technological aspects of the different technologies;
  • Knowledge acquisition on the adequate technology for different wastewater compositions;

Reuse and nutrient recycling

  • Know the importance of nutrient recovery;
  • Know the available technologies for nutrient recovery in wastewater treatment;
  • Acquire know-how on water reuse and application with case studies

Contents of Module

  • Introduction: (1/3)
    • Overview water management Switzerland/Global
    • Wastewater treatment essentials (WWTP visit)
    • Fundamentals of chemical, physical and biological wastewater treatment
  • Water treatment (municipal and industrial) technologies (2/3)
    • Physical and chemical wastewater treatment technologies
    • Biological Nutrient Removal technologies
    • Technologies for the elimination of emerging contaminants (Micropollutants)
  • Water recycling and nutrient recovery (3/3)
    • Water reuse (Greywater reuse, Drinking water)
    • Nutrient recovery (P, N)

Teaching and Learning Methods

Front lecturing (theory) with open discussion and classworks


  • Slides given at the course from the Lecturer;
  • Tchobanoglous et al. (2003) Wastewater Engineering Treatment and Reuse, Metcalf & Eddy, McGraw Hill, 4th Edition.
  • Stuez Richard (2009) Principles of Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes, IWA Publishing
  • Jud Simon (2009) Process Science and Engineering for Water and Wastewater Treatment, IWA Publishing

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