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 
Fundamentals of Energy and Environment (TSM_FundEnEn)



  • Presenting all energy vectors with respect to their usage on temporal, spatial and sectorial levels
  • Introducing all energy conversion technologies from both historic and systemic perspectives, based on robust basis of technical description of characteristics, operation, dimensioning and design
  • Developing sensitivity to scales, temperature levels of energy-related processes, resources harvesting based on concrete examples from residential and industrial sectors in particular
  • Uncovering multi-dimensionality of environmental impacts on air, ground and water, including basic quantitative assessment methods for selected pollutants
  • * Discussion on environmental footprint factors and their comparison in both quantitative as well as qualitative perspectives



As pre-requisites, the fundamental notions of power, energy and the related conservation laws must be mastered. In parallel, basic notions of thermodynamics and materials science should be at

least conceptually acquired.

Learning Objectives


The aims of the present introductory module are multiple:


  • Give a comparative, multi-scale overview of all energy vectors and conversion technologies
  • Identify energy usage sectors and their distinctive needs
  • Insist on the importance of spatio-temporal scales in the study of energy systems
  • Introduce the concept of environemental impact based on quantitative and qualitative indicators


Contents of Module

  1. The importance of energy in the history of the human being
  2. Primary energies and energy carriers, including units
  3. Energy conservation and conversions
  4. Determination of energy demand (residential, industrial, mobility)
  5. Environment and Biosphere
  6. Concept of environmental impact
  7. Introduction to remediation and impact minimization measures, monitoring, environmental impact of energy generation and use

Teaching and Learning Methods

  • Ex-catheadra course
  • Exercises
  • Case studies
  • Visit of a facility



  1. G. Sarlos et al, Systèmes énergétiques, Traité de génie civil Vol. 21, PPUR
  2. M. Moran et al, Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, Wiley
  3. G. Boyle, Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future, Oxford
  4. G. Boyle, Energy Systems and Sustainability: Power for a Sustainable Future, Oxford
  5. R. von Euw et al, Installations du bâtiment - Planification interdisciplinaire, EnDK et SuisseEnergie, 2014

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