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: 16

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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Multiphysics (FTP_Multiphy)

The module gives students insight into the modeling and simulation of coupled effects (multiphysics). The module provides an overview on the different application fields of multiphysics modeling and simulation in industry. Students learn the methodical procedures that are necessary for successfully solving modeling and simulation problems in the different areas of engineering and physics. The consolidation and…

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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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Partial differential equations in engineering applications (FTP_PartDiff)

Foundations of the theory of partial differential equations relevant in engineering applications and their numerical solution.

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Vectors and Tensors in Engineering Physics (FTP_Tensors)

The course starts with an overview of classical engineering physics with special emphasis of balance and constitutive equations (i.e., continuity equations and material laws). The basic concepts of vector analysis are applied to electrodynamics, various transport phenomena, mechanical elasticity and piezo-electric effects. The concept of tensors enables the description of important anisotropic effects of solid state…

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Advanced Thermodynamics (TSM_AdvTherm)

In Part A this module reviews the subjects of basic engineering thermodynamics (energy, entropy and material balances, fluid properties, and important thermodynamic cycles) and extends knowledge to deal with real fluids, phase and chemical equilibria, system stability, and processes with chemical transformation.

Additionally, in Part B the students will learn to draw connections between detailed, thermodynamic…

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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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Environmental Remediation Technologies: soil, groundwater and atmosphere (TSM_EnReTe)

This course will provide the student with the background knowledge useful to address different sources of pollution, of measures and technologies to prevent pollution and of contaminated systems and the available technologies for remediation. General aim is knowing the main factors and processes affecting contaminants distribution in the environment and remediation technologies for soil groundwater and atmosphere.

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Photovoltaic & storage (TSM_PhotoStor)

This course focuses on the advanced understanding of the main components of Photovoltaic PV power generation systems including storage options. The goal goes beyond the competence to design a PV System, like the installer business is used to do, but also to understand how the components are working in detail, either for different PV module technologies as well as for different inverters power electronic topologies…

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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…

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Power Grids: Systems and Devices (TSM_PowGrid)

In this module, students will increase their knowledge in selected areas of power grids in electricity distribution and transmission:

  • high voltage engineering and relevant design problems
  • learn the origin of networks failures, consequences, preventing and recovery measures
  • design, construction and parameters of components in power grids
  • organization of voltage and power regulation in interconnected grid
  • math.…

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Process integration and pinch analysis (TSM_ProcInt)

Against the background of rising energy prices, incentive taxes and ecological requirements, increasing importance is being attached to reducing the energy requirements of industry. The key to higher energy efficiency and cost-efficiency in thermal processes is the energy integration of processes with the aid of pinch analysis. This is characterized by a systematic approach which can be applied to establish the best…

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Two-phase flows with heat and mass transport (TSM_TwoPhase)

This module deals with transport phenomena at postgraduate level with a focus on technical problems in material, heat and momentum transport, especially in the environment of multiphase flows. Working on the basis of conservation principles, transport equations are derived in a general form. In order to obtain closed solutions for specific problems, the general balance equations are combined with material laws and…

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Environmental Technologies: Wastewater Treatment (TSM_WWTreat)

The student learns the mechanical, chemical and biological processes used for environmental engineering (wastewater treatment). The course covers chemical, physical and biological treatment technologies. Furthermore, the topic of water reuse (greywater) and nutrient recovery is lectured.

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