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: 21

Advanced Project Management (CM_AdvProjMgmt)

The goals of an organization can be efficiently pursued only through proper project management, as a mean able to consistently tackle their needs. Thus the role of the Project Manager become essential, as responsible to achieve the objectives, respecting the constraints determined by the project context. Modern Project Managers must have in-depth technical and management knowledge.
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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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Integrated Sustainable Management of Production Systems (CM_IntSust)

Companies are increasingly interested in conducting their activities so that a long-term future is assured for its business, society and environment. The purpose of this class is to deal with the well-recognized but sometimes vague concept of sustainability from an engineering perspective. The module is meant to introduce students to the implementation of sustainable management in industries and provide them with…

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Quality and Risk Management (CM_QRM)

The CM_QRM addresses the most relevant basics in integrated quality and risk management. Theory is applied and specified by examples and case studies. The Module concentrates on current standards and best practices on quality and risk management and introduces the most established approaches.

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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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Numerical Analysis and Computer Algebra (FTP_CompAlg)

After successful studying students are capable to solve selected practical mathematical problems by combining appropriate numerical methods with suitable computer algebra tools. Moreover, students know how to interprete and visualize computational outcomes resulting from numerical algorithms.

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Modelling Simulation and Optimisation (FTP_ModSim)

Modelling, simulation and optimization are fundamental to solving problems in a number of fields of science, technology and life. Students will learn to design, implement, simulate, and optimize a model of dynamic system. Simulation, the exploration of the dynamic behavior of the model in time and space, is discussed for both continuous and discrete-event systems. Simulating a model allows the evaluation of…

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Multi-agent systems (FTP_MultiASys)

Natural, social, and engineered complex systems can be modelled as being composed of agents interacting with one another and their environment. This course introduces students to the theory, tools and techniques for understanding and solving problems related to such systems. 

The course is composed of two parts. In the first one, both cooperative…

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Optimization (FTP_Optimiz)

This course offers an introduction to optimization, emphasizing basic methodologies and underlying mathematical structures. Optimization refers to the application of mathematical models and algorithms to decision making.  A large number of quantitative real-world problems can be formulated and solved in this general framework. Applications of optimization comprise, for instance, decision problems in production…

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Ordinary Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems (FTP_OrdDiff)

In this module, students learn which class of dynamical phenomena can be described with systems of ordinary differential equations. They learn to recognize the fundamental behavior patterns of these systems and also to develop simulation models for them.

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Advanced structural mechanics (TSM_AdvMech)

This course provides a comprehensible introduction to basic concepts of continuum mechanics, material modelling and failure assessment for metals and polymers.

The students learn the fundamentals of tensor algebra and gain comprehensible insight into the governing mechanical and thermo-mechanical concepts of continuum mechanics. On this basis, an overview is given of state of the art material models for metals and…

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Applied micro & nano technologies (TSM_AppMNT)

Based on selected examples this modul imparts the scientific and technological basics as well as the possibilities and the perspectives of the micro- and nanotechnologies. The students should become sensitve to the enormous potential of applications of this field and acquire a certain ability in handling it.

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Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) (TSM_CFD)

This module provides students with an introduction to CFD by imparting knowledge of state-of-the-art techniques in computational fluid dynamics, with the emphasis on fluid physics and verification/assessment.

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Computational Structural Mechanics (CSM) (TSM_CSM)

The module provides students with comprehensive knowledge in the numerical simulation of demanding static and dynamic problems in structural mechanics. Special emphasis is placed on validation methods for the models and verification possibilities for the results.

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Digitalisation in industry (TSM_DigInd)

This module offers an overview of digitization in industry from several perspectives.  


Section 1: Product Lifecycle Management

  • Introduction of end-to-end process (As-Required, As-Design, As-Built, As Maintained)
  • Product lifecycle and closed loop lifecycle management
  • Development of mechatronic products (HW/SW Co-Development)
  • Generating master data for mechatronic products
  • Customizable products and…

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Manufacturing Technologies (TSM_ManTech)

Selected future-oriented manufacturing technologies and procedures with economic aspects of these technologies. Including the improvement of productivity and quality.

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Materials Selection and Design (TSM_MatSelDes)

Materials offer immense opportunities for innovation. However, advance is possible only if a procedure exists for making a rational choice from the materials and a method of identifying ways to shape, join, and finish them.

The objective of this course is to develop a systematic procedure for selecting materials and processes, leading to the subset that best matches the requirements of a design. The structure gives…

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Materials and Surfaces (TSM_MatSurf)

The interdisciplinary field of materials science and engineering covers approaches to improving the synthesis of new materials, to understanding their surfaces and main properties and, in particular, to adapting their properties to meet special requirements. The aim of this course is to teach students the fundamental principles necessary to understand the relationships between structure and property in material…

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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 depredating factors on the macromolecules…

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Structural and Vibration (TSM_StrVibr)

Structural vibrations: theoretical aspects, numerical modelling (Finite Element: reduced order models), experimental testing. Passive vibration control.  Dynamic analysis of high performance machine tools.

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