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Master's degree programme

"The diversity of the modules is decisive: Along with the specialisation focus, the MSE study programme uses what are referred to as ‘context modules’ to also teach skills in company management, law and communication." 

Manfred Suter, Master of Science in Engineering graduate, head of Quality and Technology at Felchlin

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Why choose to pursue a Master’s degree?

The best Bachelor students who have completed a Bachelor's degree with an A or B grade have the opportunity to pursue a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE). The Master's degree is the highest academic university degree. It opens up considerable career prospects and represents a continuation of your academic career.

You will focus on a specialisation at one of our institutes or centres, where you will work on projects and complete your Master’s thesis. The Master’s programme can be combined with a stay abroad, during which you may choose to write your Master’s thesis at a partner university, for example. 

The ZHAW School of Engineering offers a Master’s programme in the areas of Aviation, Business Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Data Science, Electrical Engineering, Energy and Environment, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics and Automation, Medical Engineering and Photonics. The courses will be held in english.

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At a glance

Completion: Master of Science in Engineering with Specialisation in (profile) UAS Zurich
Application: Application
Time expenditure: 90 ECTS-Credits
Course durationThree semesters (full-time) / six semesters (part-time)
Admission criteria: Bachelor's degree (A or B grades), admission interview
StartChoice of autumn or spring semester
Application deadlines: End of October and end of April (or as agreed)
Course location: Zurich (theory modules) and Winterthur (specialised modules)
Language of instruction: English
CostsCHF 720 per Semester + additional study costs
ProfilesAviationBusiness EngineeringCivil EngineeringComputer ScienceData ScienceElectrical EngineeringEnergy and EnvironmentMechanical EngineeringMechatronics and AutomationMedical EngineeringPhotonics
Curriculum design: Curriculum structure, theory modules, in-depth specialisation, Master's thesis

Profiles in MSE

ZHAW School of Engineering offers the following eleven profiles: AviationBusiness EngineeringCivil EngineeringComputer ScienceData ScienceElectrical EngineeringEnergy and EnvironmentMechanical EngineeringMechatronics and AutomationMedical EngineeringPhotonics

When choosing a profile, you specify a particular focus and determine your general direction of specialisation without having to focus strongly. The profile appears after successful graduation with the title "Master of Science in Engineering ZFH in (name of profile)".

Collaboration with industry partners

The institutes and centres of the School of Engineering engage in research and development projects together with industry and business partners. You will benefit directly from this. In the specialisation work and Master’s thesis, you will work on your own topics in close collaboration with industrial companies and service providers.

Studies abroad and double degree

The master’s degree programme can be combined with a period of study abroad. This can also involve students writing their master’s degree thesis abroad (information for Incoming exchange students).

The ZHAW School of Engineering now also has a double-degree agreement with Washington State University. Under this arrangement, MSE students can complete a combined course of study in Switzerland and the United States. You complete your first two semesters in Switzerland along with fellow students from America. During this time you study one of the areas of specialisation offered in the Master of Science in Engineering curriculum. You then complete your third and fourth semester in the United States, where you study one of three corresponding areas of specialisation (Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering) and write your master’s degree thesis. In addition to your Swiss university of applied sciences degree you also receive a university degree from Washington State University. This means that you have full access to the US university system, including the possibility of writing a PhD in the United States.

"The year overseas was a very good personal experience for me. I learned to adapt to a new environment and to flexibly address new challenges each day."

Dominic Thaler, graduate of the Double Degree programme and Structures Design Engineer at Aurora Swiss Aerospace
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Full- and Part-time studies

The master’s degree can be completed both as a full-time course lasting three semesters and as a part-time course lasting four to six semesters. As a part-time student, you can be employed by any employer of your choice. The combination of part-time studies and employment as a scientific assistant at one of our institutes or centers is also popular.

Annual schedule

The study programme is geared to the academic calendar, with some adjustment possible due to individual project situations. By contrast, the teaching times and examination sessions are fixed. It is possible to start your studies in either the spring or autumn semester.

Information events and application

Study Application

Registrations for the autumn semester (starting in September) are possible from the beginning of February until the end of April. For the spring semester of the next year (starting in February) from the beginning of August until the end of October.

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