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 
Optical engineering and metrology (TSM_OpEngMe)

The TSM module "Optical engineering and metrology" will provide the students with knowledge of numerous engineering and practical aspects of optical components, instruments, and metrology systems. Starting from seemingly simple optical components (mirrors, lenses, gratings, filters), the module covers high tech novelties on how to improve those components and bring them to the new level. Building up on those concepts, we will discuss more complex components, including acousto-optic, electro-optic, and liquid crystal modulators, as well as simpler systems like objectives and spectrometers. The module will be completed with methods applied in industry for measuring and diagnostics of various processes, including industrial interferometry, spectroscopy, imaging, and precise distance measurements.


Optics: Basics of wave and geometrical optics;

Without optics basics during bachelor studies, the EVA “Fundamentals of light” should be visited before visiting further TSM modules.

Physics: Basics for engineers (bachelor niveau)

Learning Objectives

After successfully completing this module, the students should:

  • understand the principles and know engineering aspects of basic optical components,
  • be able to choose the appropriate optical element (including appropriate coating) for their tasks,
  • know the principles of optical instruments and understand how some simple optical instruments operate,
  • understand some optical metrology and microscopy methods, typically used in industry,
  • be able to choose the appropriate optical diagnostics method for their process.

Contents of Module

1) Optical components (total 5 weeks):

  • types of mirrors and lenses, incl. different coatings (1 week);
  • principles of operation and types of polarization optics (waveplates, polarizer, isolator) (1 week);
  • types, characteristics and applications of optical filters: absorption, interference, neutral density, reflective, long-pass, band-pass, notch, spatial, (1 week); 
  • gratings (1 week);
  • light modulators (chopper, LCD, AOM, EOM) (1 week);

2) Optical instruments (total 3 weeks):

  • Imaging optics (MTF, aberrations, camera objectives…) (1 week);
  • Spectrometers (1 week);
  • Colorimetry, color spaces and laser projection and displays (1 week);

3) Optical metrology (total 6 weeks): 

  • Industrial inspection: interferometry, industrial vision, Moire technique, laser triangulation (1.5 week);
  • Spectroscopy: linear absorption,  FTIR, luminescence, Raman (1 week);
  • Hyperspectral imaging (1 week);  
  • Microscopy: confocal, two-photon, super-resolution STED, OCT (1.5 week);
  • Laser detection: LIDAR, 3D sensing and self-driven cars (1 week);

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lectures, open discussion with students, self-study, seminar, and practical home work.


1) Lecturers' references to current literature,

2) Saleh, Tech: Fundamentals of optics

3) Hecht: Optics

Download full module description