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 
Modelling for aviation infrastructure and future mobility (TSM_ModAvi)

The course will focus on operational and infrastructure topics and the optimization of complex systems in terms of delay, capacity issues and future developments in aviation.  

Future developments and important upcoming topics in the airline industry will be addressed, such as unmanned aircraft systems, new approaches in business models or passenger operations.  


The students are expected to have knowledge on a basic level in:

  • Descriptive statistic (but not a requirement)
  • Aviation in general (but not a requirement)

Learning Objectives

The students will be able to understand state-of-the-art methods for operations in aviation in general but also new methods e.g. machine learning, deep learning and different approaches in meta-heuristic optimization.

Obtain the ability of modelling and simulation of resources (crews, fleets, passengers) for network planning, data processing and capacity issues.

Improving the presentation competencies to report complex modelling results to the decision makers.  Achieving the ability to apply "what has been learnt" to future developments.

The students will learn how to design and plan infrastructures and operation in terms of capacity, delay management, and revenue managements.

Students will be able to assess future developments in the airline industry, classify them and react appropriately.

Contents of Module

The course starts with a brief introduction in the infrastructural set-up of aviation systems in terms of capacity, demand and operational issues.

Basic concept in operation management will be briefly repeated, which then are used to deepening the knowledge for important topics such as capacity planning, airline transport management, airline revenue management, and overall mathematical optimization methods.

The last part of the course will be dedicated to the future development in the airline industry with a focus on operational methods, upcoming transport techniques and new infrastructure approaches.

Teaching and Learning Methods

  • Lectures
  • Self-study
  • Run simulations under supervision and in small self-study projects
  • Work on weekly exercises (somtimes with oral presentations in front of the class)
  • Analysis of case studies
  • Scientific paper studies and online research


  • Airline Operations and Management, Gerald N. Cook, Bruce Billig, Verlag Routledge
  • Air Transportation A Management Perspective, John G. Wensween, Verlag Routledge

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