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 

Modules: 11

Management of Complex Processes (CM_ComplPro)

One of the biggest challenges encountered in management is recognizing opportunities and making use of them while giving consideration to the associated risks. The constantly increasing dynamism and complexity of the environment in which companies and organizations operate is, however, making it difficult to take successful decisions. Multifactorial correlations, non-linearities, feedback effects and time lags make…

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Innovation and Changemanagement (CM_InnChang)

The module aims to explain the operational planning and management of innovations to students on the basis of an integrated innovation management model, as well as introducing them to the relevant concepts. This will enable students to establish links to various company-internal and company-external interfaces as part of innovation projects and to correctly interpret and influence these. In this module, students will…

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Sustainable development (CM_SustDev)

Sustainable development is essential for many parts of modern society. This module provides an overview of the history of sustainable development, of established concepts, as well as of relevant initiatives and organisations globally and in Switzerland. Further, methodologies and tools are introduced for engineers to contribute to sustainable development on a technical level. Students learn the fields of application…

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Applied Statistics and Data Analysis (FTP_AppStat)

Students are introduced to statistical tools used in the industrial sector, and particularly in process and quality control. In this module, students learn to plan and conduct statistical evaluations independently.

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Energy: Production, Consumption and Management (FTP_Energy)

Energy is one of the major topics of the future. Even in Switzerland, energy consumption is constantly rising, and politically, it has become an accepted fact that we must find ways to reduce energy consumption on a long-term basis. The 2000-watt society envisages reducing the current output of 6 kW utilized by each citizen to 2 kW by the end of the century.

It is possible to end the existing dependence of a…

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Raumplanungs-, Bau- und Umweltrecht (FTP_EnviPlan)

Im Modul werden ArchitektInnen, BauingenieurInnen, GeomatikingenieurInnen, RaumplanerInnen, Umweltingenieurinnen und weitere mit Projekten mit öffentlichen Aufgaben konfrontierte Personen die rechtlichen Grundsätze, gesetzlichen Regeln und Ausführungsbestimmungen vermittelt. Sie sollen befähigt werden, ihr Projekt (Neubau, Umbau, Rückbau, Erweiterung, Entwicklungen und Gestaltungen des Lebensraumes, usw.)…

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Stochastic Modelling (FTP_StochMod)

The ubiquitous presence of uncertainty and noise in the engineering sciences makes it mandatory to understand and quantify random phenomena. To achieve this goal the course will provide a solid introduction to the theory of stochastic processes. Special attention is given to applications. The applications include examples from various fields such as communications and vision, signal processing and control, production…

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Heat Transfer (TSM_Heat)

The basic theories of heat transfer by conduction, convection and thermal radiation are presented. However, this study-unit focuses on solving practical heat transfer problems in different fields of engineering such as architectural and HVAC engineering, mechanical and process engineering, electrical as well as environmental engineering.

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Thermal Hydraulic Methods for Energy Systems in Buildings (TSM_HydMeth)

The course imparts knowledge on practical design methods for thermal systems such as heating and cooling circuits, solar thermal systems and district networks.  Special emphasis is placed on the conditions for safe operation. The design and integration of storage tanks and heat pumps into thermal networks is also covered. Furthermore, building physical aspects and practical rules regarding pipe routing, building…

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Numerical methods for building engineering (TSM_NumMeth)

Description of numerical methods and application in building thermodynamics and heat transfer. Modelling complex heat transfer through building construction and for modelling air movement outside and inside the building. Numerical methods for fire simulations. Modeling and solving practical problems in different fields of building engineering.

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Smart systems for building (TSM_SmartSys)

In this module, students shall become acquainted with smart systems that are already or soon to be found in buildings. Those include Building Automation and Control Systems (BACS), Smart Homes, IoT-solutions, Energy Management Systems (EMS) and building security. The students will get to know the purpose, applications and functionality of these systems. In addition, they will perform hands-on experiments with some of…

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