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 
Thermal Hydraulic Methods for Energy Systems in Buildings and other applications (TSM_HydMeth)

The course imparts knowledge on practical design methods for thermal energy systems such as heating and cooling circuits, solar thermal systems, large extensive pipe networks, and heat pump evaporators. Special emphasis is placed on the conditions for safe operation. The design and integration of storage tanks and heat pumps into thermal networks is also covered. Furthermore, building physical aspects and practical rules regarding pipe routing, building integration, and maintenance are discussed as well. You will find more information here:


Basic knowledge of thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid dynamics.

Learning Objectives

Practical design problems are best solved in a holistic approach. It is therefore advantageous to solve thermodynamic and hydraulic dimensioning problems in conjunction. This approach is expressed by the term “thermal hydraulics”. As you will see, thermal hydraulic methods constitute a powerful toolset for the design of energy efficient, cost effective as well as maintenance friendly thermal energy systems and their components.

Through numerous examples, you will learn how to derive analytical models and how to translate them into practically applicable computer codes, which form the basis of the toolsets. You will use this toolset to solve thermal hydraulic engineering problems.  

Contents of Module

A short introduction into thermodynamics, fluid mechanics as well as mass and heat transfer will be given, tailored to the needs of this course.  The theory of two-phase flow is taught to the degree necessary to deal with ventability of pipe networks, stagnation of solar thermal plants, and refrigerant evaporators.

Free open-source computer programmes are provided for each topic. You can use them to solve the exercises, and in your future professional practice.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The content is presented by frontal teaching.
Numerous examples are motivated by use-cases and illustrated by story-telling.

Homework exercises are solved using the provided VBA codes running under Excel.


The script is provided in the form of Powerpoint presentations, scientific articles and literature extracts.

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