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 
Power Electronics Systems (TSM_PowElSys)

Building upon the students' fundamental knowledge in power electronics, this module covers current topics in the field of power electronics in greater depth. In the first part, the focus is on modern switched mode power conversion topologies, small signal modelling, control methods and the magnetic components. The second part looks into topologies, modulation schemes and control techniques for medium and high-power converters. One application discussed in greater depth is their application in power grids.


To attend the module, a good fundamental knowledge in electrical engineering is essential. In addition, a sound basis in power electronics and control technique is needed.

  • Power electronics: Characteristics, driving and application of power diodes, thyristors, MOS- field effect transistors, IGBT, as well as GTO-thyristors, are known.
  • The basic power electronics circuits, with and without galvanic isolation, are known and understood. E.g. boost and buck converter, flyback and forward converter, one- and three-phase self-commutated bridges with semiconductors having turn-off capability, line-commutated rectifiers.
  • System description with transfer function can be derived and represented in a Bode diagram. Additionally, a basic knowledge of descriptions in state space is useful.
    PI- controller design with help of the Bode diagram (or other methods) can be carried out.

Learning Objectives

The students are taught modelling methods, structure and control of power electronics circuits based on selected practical and realistic examples.

Contents of Module

Switched mode power supplies: 7x3h

  • Overview over the most common topologies
  • Soft switching in switched mode power converters
  • Resonant converter
  • Small signal modelling of switched mode power converters
  • Control of switched mode power converters
  • Magnetic components
  • Integrated magnetics

Medium and high-power converters: 7×3h

  • Three-phase inverters (topologies, modulation techniques, harmonics)
  • Multi-level inverters (topologies, modulation techniques, harmonics)
  • Rectifiers and transformers for higher pulse-numbers
  • Control methods for converters
  • Special features of high-power converters like semiconductors, protection and cooling
  • FACTS (Flexible AC Transmission Systems): applications of high-power converters in energy transmission like interties, SVC (Static-Var-Compensation), DVR (Dynamic Voltage Restorer), HVDC (High Voltage DC Transmission)

Teaching and Learning Methods

  • Lecture, interactive instruction and discussion
  • Embedded exercises (with Matlab, Simulink and PLECS)


Documents will be made available in electronic form

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