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 
Business Analytics (TSM_BusAn)

Business Analytics (BA) is the science of analyzing enterprise data with statistical methods. The aim is to better understand market, customers, internal processes and the competitive environment, allowing for better and more informed decisions in business. As such, BA goes well beyond simply presenting data, numbers and tables, but focuses on finding new patterns, explaining the occurrence of results and forecasting future development. The essence is to find meaning in the data und successfully deploy it into the daily business life. This course will provide an overview over the principal questions, practices, methods, tools and goals in BA.


Basic knowledge in statistics on the level of an introductory stochastics course.

Learning Objectives

The students understand the benefits that BA offers for an enterprise, i.e. they perceive the potential that quantitative analysis of business data harbors and that it is important to turn data into information. They acquire a comprehensive overview how and in which fields BA can offer added value to a company. The students are able to perform basic tasks in e.g. customer selection, segmentation, demand forecasting and maintenance planning on their own means. They recognize points of contact to other, technical modules such as Predictive Modelling and can strengthen their skills in statistical data analysis.

Contents of Module

Throughout the course, there will be a strong focus on the process of gaining information from and making use of business data. That involves setting realistic goals, selecting suitable data, drawing unbiased conclusions, reporting facts correctly and deploying the results. This goes along with pointing out some common misconceptions and pitfalls that often repeat themselves in statistical analysis.

The meat of the course will be made up by case studies that cover BA tasks such as customer segmentation, churn analysis, customer selection, demand forecasting, point-of-sale data, customer lifetime value, dynamic pricing, planned maintenance, service science, et cetera. The use and benefits of each of these topics will be explained, methods for practically solving the analysis tasks will be presented in an accessible, non-technical manner and focus on the validity and generalizability of the results will be laid.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lectures and practical work on computer with suitable BA tools.


Slides and lecture notes will be available in addition to recommended book chapters.

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