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 
Managing complexity and innovation in aviation (TSM_CompAvi)

Macro: Role of innovation within aviation industry, growth-driven economy, National Innovation Systems, mission oriented policies, the entrepreneurial state, role of SDGs, competitive forces

Micro: Role of innovation at firm and entrepreneur levels

Appreciation and understanding of complexity and complex systems, particularly from an innovation perspective, identifying and understanding problems and identifying solutions through entrepreneurial methods.

Measuring, visualising and modelling complex systems, including networks.

Methods for protecting and exploiting ideas, incl. patents, trade secrets, standards, lobbying.

Methods and principles of innovation incl. open innovation, technology readiness assessments (TRA), technology roadmaps, biomimicry, technological determinism and momentum, serendipity, uncertainty, risks vs. rewards, business model innovation, business model canvas.

Failures, frauds and fiascos – a closer look and where innovation can go wrong and methods of mitigation (e.g. whistleblowing).

Students will also develop and present an elevator pitch of an innovation based on techniques learned in the course.

Based on availability, experts from industry will be invited to share their experiences on related topics.


Modelling methods

Learning Objectives

Understand and enhance performance in complex systems. Cope with interdependence and uncertainly. Develop new solutions in a complex market.

Assess potential for innovation: Take advantage of opportunities, avoid unnecessary risks.

Balance multiple requirements: political, economic, social, technological legal and environmental.

Ultimately: understand and respect that meaning of innovation in a complex world -- and that innovation is not merely about novelty, or is it a buzzword. 

Contents of Module

- Principles of Innovation

- Standards and Regulations

- Business Model Innovation & Design

- National Innovation Systems & Aviation Policies

- Frauds, Failures & Fiascos

- Principles of Complexity

Teaching and Learning Methods

Case Studies


Visualization and communication

Leadership and Self-Management



Reading material will be uploaded to Course Moodle page during the semester. 

Literature will be based on seminal works/papers and relevant case studies to better understand course material.

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