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 
Materials Selection and Design (TSM_MatSelDes)

Materials offer immense opportunities for innovation. However, advance is possible only if a procedure exists for making a rational choice from the materials and a method of identifying ways to shape, join, and finish them.

The objective of this course is to develop a systematic procedure for selecting materials and processes, leading to the subset that best matches the requirements of a design. The structure gives rapid access to data and allows the user great freedom in exploring potential choices. The method is implemented in the GRANTA CES EduPack software to provide greater flexibility: it enhances the learning experience and provides a solid grounding in many of the domains of expertise specified by the various professional engineering accreditation bodies (analysis of components, problem-solving, design and manufacturing , economic, societal and environmental impacts).


Fundamentals of Material Science

Mechanics of Materials

Learning Objectives

Understand the importance of material property charts

Understand the method for material selection and design

Understand the concept of effective properties and their dependence on phase spatial arrangement in hybrid materials.

Learn the manufacturing techniques of hybrid materials.

Contents of Module

The course content will be focused on:

  • Material property charts
  • Material selection and design
  • Examples of hybrid materials and their applications
  • Hybrid materials processing

Development of an hybrid material

Teaching and Learning Methods

Teaching: Ex cathedra teaching (theory),

Laboratory exercise with GRANTA ANSYS EduPack.

Learning methods: Self study


M. F. Ashby, “Materials Selection in Mechanical Design”, Elsevier, 2011.

M. F. Ashby, H. Shercliff, D. Cebon, “Materials: engineering, science, processing and design”, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2018.

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