MSc in Engineering | Profile Business Engineering

From the purchasing of materials to the finished product and from market analysis to product launch: with the Business Engineering profile in the Master of Science in Engineering degree programme, you’ll be ideally equipped to successfully take on challenging roles in industry or the services sector. You can focus on the following topics in the Business Engineering profile: business analytics, supply chain management, production and operations management, entrepreneurship and innovation management and sustainability and life-cycle management.

As a graduate with the Business Engineering profile, you:

  • Design, develop and implement effective products and services,
  • Develop, implement and manage innovative business models,
  • Coordinate, support and evaluate a product from design stage through production and onto market launch as a product manager,
  • Plan, analyse, improve and manage relevant industrial production or logistics systems, and
  • Carry out project management for sub-tasks within a team of developers.

Master of Science in Engineering

Factsheet

  • Title/Degree Master of Science in Engineering | MSc
  • Specialisations Business Engineering
  • Mode of study Full-time | max. 3 semesters
    Part-time | max. 7 semesters
  • Start date Week 8 and Week 38
  • Application deadline 31 July | autumn semester
    31 December | spring semester
  • ECTS credits 90 ECTS credits: Total
    30 ECTS credits: Theory modules
    60 ECTS credits: Profile specialisation
  • Study language German and English, or French and English (in each case at least language level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
  • Location Biel, Burgdorf
  • Department School of Engineering and Computer Science

Contact

  • Programme Handbook

Master of Science in Engineering

Overview

The Master of Science in Engineering degree programme with the Business Engineering profile will open up future career opportunities in industry and the services sector as well as with consultancy firms. Your future field of employment lies in product and service development as an innovation manager, in quality management, production, process and project management. You will manage the technological development and implementation of innovative products, services and business models. The focus can also be placed on production management in this specialisation. This will open up employment opportunities in production management where you’ll assume operational responsibility for production systems.

Areas of expertise

As a Business Engineer with a master’s degree you will be responsible for the management of industrial goods and services. You are familiar with the analytical methods and opportunities involved in the manufacture and use of industrial goods or systems, particularly in the fields of logistics, supply chain management and the lifecycles of plants, products and business models. You are able to find sound solutions to technological and business problems and to implement them cost-efficiently.

Entry qualifications

Bachelor of Science in business engineering – or a comparable bachelor degree in a technical or business discipline.

Content

The degree programme consists of a theory component (30 ECTS) and a focus component (60 ECTS). The focus of Business Engineering is on specialising in greater depth: two-thirds of the programme (60 ECTS) is devoted to this and is completed at our Industrial Engineering and Management Science research unit at Bern University of Applied Sciences. As part of this focus component you will write two project theses and the master’s thesis.

The following focus areas are currently available – the advisor responsible is indicated:

  1. Business analytics, simulation modelling of complex systems with a focus on clean technologies and the circular economy (Prof. Dr. Stefan Grösser)
  2. Supply chain management and logistics, strategic procurement, sustainable/circular supply chains, SupplyChainTech (Prof. Dr. Jörg Grimm)
  3. Production and operations management (Prof. Dr. Cédric Bessire)
  4. Entrepreneurship and innovation management including design thinking (Prof. Dr. Stefan Grösser)
  5. Sustainability, life-cycle analyses and circular economy (Dr. Maria Franco)

A further third of your degree programme (30 ECTS) is dedicated to theory modules. These modules are subdivided into three areas:

  • Technical Scientific Modules | TSM
  • Fundamental Theoretical Principles | FTP
  • Context Modules | CM

Your flexible degree programme is planned with the support of an advisor. They advise you on your choice of theory modules and projects. General questions about the degree programme can be sent to Prof. Dr. Stefan Grösser, head of the specialisation.

We cooperate with the following laboratories:

Business Lab

The Business Lab innovates through research, lecturing and application-led projects in future-oriented fields – it plays a key role in the development of projects in the Business Engineering specialisation.
There is a culture of cooperation in the creative and modern workplace environment which is fostered by methods, tools and technologies. A wide range of software and hardware solutions are available to students for their application projects. The Business Lab gives students an ideal grounding for their future working environment through application-oriented learning and a high degree of individual responsibility.

Industry Lab

Together with a leading industry partner, a production plant was developed combining state-of-the-art components, flexibility and future-oriented technologies. Students experience automation up close and gain their first experience in the world of industrial production, providing excellent preparation for their future career paths.
The Industry Lab is available to students as a training and research facility. The Industry Lab contains a physical production plant through which students can experience, design and develop cyber-physical systems of Industry 4.0. The emphasis is placed on automation, robotics and production data acquisition.

Contact

Do you have any more questions? Prof. Dr. Stefan Grösser, Head of the Business Engineering profile of this master’s degree programme, will be happy to advise you personally. We look forward to hearing from you.

Head of Division and Research Group Leader
 

Research topics | topics supervised

Simulation modelling of complex systems, business modelling and business analytics, management of critical infrastructure, life-cycle calculations, socio-economic analyses.

Previous research projects

‘CIRCUSOL’ Circular Economy, Medicine Shortages, Prosumer Lab, Use-It-Wisely.

Professor of Logistics & Supply Chain Management
 

Research topics | topics supervised

Circular economy in purchasing and supply chains, Swiss SupplyChainTech (innovative technology and applications for the management of supply chains), optimisation of intralogistics systems, development of express logistics solutions for the last mile.

Previous research projects

Compliance with sustainability standards in multi-tier supply chains, sustainability in public procurement (PPA/OPPO), design and set-up of supplier management systems (including sub-suppliers).

Research Group Leader HuCE
 

Research topics | topics supervised

Sensor and diagnostic technologies and process and manufacturing technologies with the focus on optical imaging and plasma surface technologies.

Previous research projects

Optical analysis of products, plasma surface treatment, microfluidics sensors, liquid sensors, optical analysis of blood cells.

Research topics | topics supervised

Circular economy, life-cycle management, CO2 impact analysis

Previous research projects

CIRCUSOL - Circular Economy

Research topics | topics supervised

Machine Learning, Predictive Maintenance, Decision Support Systems

Previous research projects

Probabilistic Intraday Forecasting of Photovoltaic Power Generation for the Swiss Plateau (SNF, 2021-2024)
Real-time Production and Maintenance Planning: New Services to Increase the Revenues of Wind Farms (Innosuisse, 2021-2023)

Master of Science in Engineering

The Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering covers a wide range of specialist skills. They are currently divided into 14 profiles throughout Switzerland. The Master of Science in Engineering can be obtained from Bern University of Applied Sciences in ten profiles.