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 
Plastics failure analysis and prevention (TSM_PlaFaAna)

Degradation of polymers is an important driver of plastic and rubber products failures during their service life. Therefore, understanding the mechanisms of polymer degradation is of paramount importance for properly engineering plastic and rubber products, ensuring performances all through their service life. This module discusses the impact of chemical and physical degradating factors on the macromolecules characteristics and performances. It provides fundamentals of macromolecule degradation mechanisms, correlating this know-how with the failure of plastic and rubber products through case study analysis.


Fundamentals of Inorganic and Organic chemistry.
Fundamental of polymeric materials

Learning Objectives

Understand the chemical-physical processes of degradation of polymeric materials.
Master the possible approaches to protect polymeric materials from uncontrolled degradation.

Contents of Module

The course content are:

  • Impact of degradation factors (e.g. oxygen, UV, etc.) on macromolecules
  • Impact of macromolecule degradation on mechanical/optical/chemical properties of plastic/rubber products
  • Protection of plastic/rubber product against degradation

Teaching and Learning Methods

Teaching: Ex cathedra teaching (theory) and Presentation of case studies
Learing methods: Self study

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