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 
Smart systems for buildings (TSM_SmartSys)

This module aims to familiarise students with smart systems that are already, or will soon be, present in buildings. These include building automation and control systems (BACS), smart home, IoT solutions, energy management and building security systems. Students will learn the purpose, functionality and applications of these systems. They will also cover the necessary fundamentals such as components and system architecture, communication technologies and protocols.


Basic knowledge of building technologies is desirable

Learning Objectives

Learning objectives. The students should


  • Understand the purpose, functionality and applications of these systems
  • Learn the necessary fundamentals. E.g. components and system architecture, communication technologies, protocols

Competences acquired. Students will be able to


  • Understand, select and design smart systems for buildings

Contents of Module

  1. Introduction History of smart buildings, definition and benefits, applications
  2. Fundamentals Automation of buildings, communication technologies, protocols (wired and wireless)
  3. Applications. Building automation and control systems BACS, smart home, internet of things IoT, energy management systems EMS, building security
  4. Future trends
  5. Case study

Teaching and Learning Methods

  • Three lecture periods per week, mixed with practical sessions and exercises.
  • Teaching: Frontal teaching and storytelling. Discussion of practical examples. Guided study using lecture notes and textbooks.
  • Exercises: Solving practical problems under the guidance of tutors (coaching).



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