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 
Technology Management (CM_TechMgmt)

The module describes the practical and theoretical framework of Technology Management, and explains the lifecycle and application of technologies and the related tools and activities used in Technology Management applied to practical case studies.


The module is particularly recommended to students subscribed to one of the following specialization areas:

  • Business Engineering
  • Energy & Environment
  • Medical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics & Automation
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Data Science
  • Computer Science
  • Phtotonics
  • Aviation

Learning Objectives

  1. Students understand the elements and the application areas of Technology Management.
  2. Students are familiar with the practical and theoretical framework of Technology Management and understand the importance for innovative operating companies.
  3. Students learn how companies select and work with technologies.
  4. Students know how to manage technology throughout its lifecycle phases and understand the influence of technology on profitability and risk exposure for companies.
  5. Students know how to deal with stakeholders relevant for Technology Management
  6. Students know how to develop a technology roadmap
  7. Students know how to contribute to a virtual cross-disciplinary technology management team

Contents of Module


Technologies are among the most important strategic and operational assets of product and process driven companies. The module deals with managing  technologies to enable companies to achieve competitive advantage and differentiation by sound technological innovation management. The focus of the module is on management of technology throughout its lifecycle, thus complementing topics such as Strategy, Innovation, Solutions, Product and Service Management, covering strategic and operational aspects including technology evaluation, selection, planning, development/provision, implementation, distribution, exploitation. Examples of new technologies will be considered in the context of case studies of product/service innovations and discussed as group work. The module conveys comprehensive knowledge required for TM, e.g. technology trend analysis, technology scouting and recognition, technology roadmapping, lifecycle management, portfolio management, competitive strategies, protection, IPR- and knowledge management, corporate technology management and technology assessment. Each group will work on a case study of a real company and producing a technology roadmap as the main final semester project deliverable.


Teaching and Learning Methods

The module is taught by theory inputs, illustrative examples, case studies, discussion of controversal questions and exercises.The concept of flipped classroom is applied where possible. Content is applied in the context of a case-study based project assignment to be developed in a crossdiciplinary virtual team setting. Teams will present content using role-based pitching techniques.  


[1] Technology Management; Dilek Cetindamar, Rob Phaal, David Probert; ISBN 9780230233348. 

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