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 
Automatic Drive Systems (TSM_AutoSys)

This module treats methods of concept, dimensioning and development in the servo drive technology sector which are particularly compatible with the various industries.


  • Basic knowledge of control engineering and machines (Bachelor degree level)
  • Mastery of  Matlab and Simulink
  • Possession of a laptop with Matlab /Simulink installed

Learning Objectives

After the completion of this module, students will be able to:

  •  analyze the dynamics of a drive,
  •  quantify or even improve its dynamic behavior, and
  •  integrate a drive into a mechatronic system.


Contents of Module

Electric motor drives (DC, synchronous, asynchronous, stepper, reluctance, and piezoelectric motors), pneumatic drives, hydraulic drives
Actuator selection from the energy source to the mechanical process: modeling, dimensioning, alignment
Selection of case studies from the industrial sector

Preface for documentation:


  1. Presentations, description of module, organization
  2. Introduction on drives
  3. Evaluation: development of model on Matlab/Simulink for a drive, and simulation.
  4. Variants on drive solutions.
  5. Drive solutions with DC or BLDC motors
    • dynamic description of movement
    • modeling (Matlab+Simulink)
    • transmitters and power electronics
    • transmissions
    • cascade regulation of drives.
    • synchronous motor
    • asynchronous motor
    • stepper motor
    • reluctance motor
  6. Several case studies from the industrial sector: multiaxial drives, robotics, medical, railway, automotive, ...

Teaching and Learning Methods

  • Ex-cathedra teaching
  • Case studies
  • Exercises (Matlab)


H. Bühler: Réglage d’électronique de puissance, PPUR, vol 1 & 2.

E. Riefenstahl: Elektrische Antriebssysteme, Teubner Verlag, 2006.

A. Shumway-Cook, M. H. Woollacott: Motor Control: Theory and Practical Applications.

W. N. Alerich, S. L. Hermann: Electric Motor Control.

M. Nakamura, S. Goto, N. Kyura: Mechatronic Servo System Control: Problems in Industries and their Solutions.

Scripts on Moodle

Download full module description