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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 Business Engineering and Production, Energy and Environment, Industrial TechnologiesInformation and Communication Technologies and Civil Engineering and Building Technology (CEBT)

At a glance

CompletionMaster of Science in Engineering ZFH with special emphasis on (specialist subject)
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: German, English
CostsCHF 720 per Semester + additional study costs
Specialist fields: Business Engineering and Production / Energy and Environment / Industrial Technologies / Information and Communication Technologies / Civil Engineering and Building Technology (CEBT)
Curriculum design: Curriculum structure, theory modules, in-depth specialisation, Master's thesis

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 spe-cialisation 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.


Full- and Part-time studies

The Master's degree course is offered both as a full-time programme with a duration of three semesters and as a part-time programme with a duration of six semesters. 

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.

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