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 
Signal Processing and Transmission (TSM_SignProc)

The aim of this module is to provide insight into state-of-the-art methods of how to make a signal fit for transmission over a cable or over the air. It starts with some information-theoretic aspects, covers modern modulation formats, hardware used, and closes with an excursion into propagation mechanisms.


  • Basics in probability theory
  • Basics of information theory: entropy, basic source coding, linear block codes (e.g., CRC, Hamming)
  • Basics in free-space propagation
  • Basic modulation techniques: AM/FM, digital modulations
  • Knowledge of the Fourier transform (theory and applications)
  • Matlab user knowledge

Learning Objectives

The students:

  • understand the basic descriptions of a communication chain from a signal processing point of view,
  • can describe the complete transmission chain, for several state-of-the-art communication systems,
  • know the main characteristics, advantages and disadvantages of the presented techniques,
  • are aware of the current research directions in advanced transmission technologies.

Contents of Module

  • Complex base-band representation, CIC filters
  • Detection theory
  • Adaptive filters (LMS, RLS, Kalman Filter)
  • Code-Division Multiple Access (CDMA), Ultrawideband (UWB)
  • Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex (OFDM)
  • Trellis-Coded Modulation (TCM)
  • Architectures of optimal receivers
  • Zero-IF, low-IF, bandpass architecture
  • Wave propagation models for wireless communications
  • Digital signal transmission over multipath channels
  • Smart antenna systems

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lectures with problem-solving sessions 


Lecture notes and slides in English

Download full module description