MSc in Engineering: Profile Computer Science

As a Master of Science in Engineering graduate with a specialisation in Computer Science, you develop innovative ICT systems and architectures in close cooperation with end users and stakeholders.

In this specialisation, you apply yourself to applied research and development as well as technology management. Integration into a research unit working closely with industry ensures a high degree of practical application. The programme can be completed full-time or part-time.

Knowledge transfer guaranteed: students offer insights into the MSc Engineering programme.

Factsheet

  • Title/Degree Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering
  • Specialisations Computer Science
  • Mode of study Full-time (3 semesters)
    Part-time (7 semesters)
  • Start date Spring semester week 8
    Autumn semester week 38
  • Application deadline Spring semester 31 December
    Autumn semester 31 July
  • ECTS credits 90 ECTS credits
  • Teaching language German/English or French/English
    (Theory modules are taught in one language)
  • Location Biel
    Core modules: Zurich, Lausanne, Lugano
  • School School of Engineering and Computer Science

Focus areas

You acquire in-depth knowledge and skills in software engineering and technologies, distributed information systems, cybersecurity, advanced user interfaces, embedded computing and communication systems.

What you will gain your degree

Your skill in analysing and evaluating new technologies and research strategies for innovative solutions will make you a sought-after professional in the job market. You write your project assignments and master’s thesis in laboratories furnished with modern equipment.

A network made up of industry partners, business partners and every Swiss university of applied sciences provides access to highly relevant and up-to-date engineering expertise nationwide.

Focus areas

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Combining theory and practice in research projects

Lecturing, practical application and research are all closely linked. You can gain experience in the following research fields on the programme:

  • Business Information Systems Engineering
  • Identity and Access Management
  • International Management
  • Management Science, Innovation, Sustainability and Entrepreneurship
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence
  • FinTech Security
  • E-voting
  • Security and Privacy
  • Wireless Communications and Secure Internet of Things

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Career prospects

As a master’s graduate specialising in computer science, you create forward-looking ICT systems and architectures that comply with all applicable security, quality and regulatory requirements.
In addition, you strengthen the management skills required to lead development teams and assume responsibility for the management of IT infrastructure.

Ready for leadership and expert roles?

Professionals in the field of computer science are highly sought-after by employers across all industries and types of companies.

Our graduates work in the following fields:

  • Chief Information Officer
  • Chief Digital Officer
  • Chief Security Officer
  • ICT-Evangelist
  • Senior System/Software Developer
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Founder / CEO
  • IT Architect
  • Software Architect
  • Software Consultant

Graduation Theses

Abschlussarbeiten MSc in Engineering

The “Books” are published every year in autumn. The publications series include the final theses of our bachelor, master and continuing education programmes of the respective year. The Books are a compelling testament to the innovative capacity, commitment and motivation of our graduates.

Duration + content

Choose the mode of study that suits you best professionally and personally. The master’s programme can be completed full-time or part-time and in German/English or French/English.

Full-time or part-time?

The full-time programme takes three semesters.
The part-time programme can be completed in seven semesters.

You also have the option of doing a fellowship study programme:
With the Fellowship Master, you acquire 60 ECTS credits in the first year as with full-time study; in the second year of the course, you work on a master’s thesis extended to two semesters. This form of study is a full-time study programme extended by one semester.
For the Fellowship Programme, you will be employed at the BFH as a research assistant.
To be admitted to the Fellowship Programme a Fellowship position must be vacant and you must be be admitted to the MSE.

Industry Fellowship programme

For this, you or the BFH bring in a company contact who is willing to mentor you as a working student. While studying, you will be employed as a research assistant at the BFH. All the projects you work on are commissioned by the company and have an applied research character.

Research Fellowship programme

If you find a BFH-TI research laboratory that is willing to finance your studies and you have achieved a GPA of at least 75 during your BSc, the BFH-TI will also offer you this type of study. All projects you work on are commissioned by the Institute.

Programme schedule

The MSE is a full-time programme divided into three semesters. In the first third of the course, the focus is on theoretical and scientific aspects, and in the final third, with the master’s thesis, on purely practical implementation. In addition to full-time study, the MSE is also offered part-time, the form chosen by the majority of students.

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Download / Curriculum

The foundation courses are provided jointly by the Swiss universities of applied sciences at the central locations in Lausanne, Zurich and Lugano and comprises three groups of theoretical modules:

•    Technical scientific modules TSM
•    Extended fundamental theoretical principles FTP
•    Context modules CM

The module group abbreviations CM, TSM and FTP refer to the English terms and are used throughout Switzerland. Each module comprises 3 ECTS credits. The basic training earns you 30 ECTS credits in total.

You can complete the specialisation at a research unit – usually the BFH institute to which your workplace is assigned. The specialisation course comprises 54 ECTS credits and includes the following components:

•    Project assignment 1: 9 ECTS credits
•    Project assignment 2: 15 ECTS credits
•    Master’s thesis 30 ECTS credits

You will acquire knowledge and experience through challenging projects. With the master’s thesis, you demonstrate the ability to independently complete a comprehensive piece of work that meets high methodological as well as conceptual and/or scientific standards.

You will also learn to present the results verbally and in writing in a clear and professional manner. The practical relevance and currentness of the specialisation projects and the master’s thesis are vital; the projects are geared towards making a significant contribution to a solution.

Supplementary events – courses, seminars and/or colloquia run by BFH and other MSE partner universities – provide the opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge in areas that cannot be covered in the main theory modules due to the high degree of specialisation. This training course comprises a total of 6 ECTS credits.

Programme modules

The study programme is modular and consists of three types of modules in the basic training plus EVA complementary modules. Below is an initial selection that can be individually adapted based on specialisation.

You must complete at least two modules, i.e. 6 ECTS credits.
The Context modules build knowledge and skills in the non-technical areas of management, communication and culture.

Overview of recommended Context modules:

You must complete at least two modules, i.e. 6 ECTS credits, as part of supplementary events.

  •  IoT: Internet of Things | MTE7117
  • CAVP: Computer Architecture and Virtual Prototyping | MTE7905
  • ISA: Image Synthesis and Analysis | MTE7901
  • HBSP: Hardware Based Signal Processing | MTE7903
  • TIFP: Turning Ideas into Funded Projects | MTE7119
  • SMLDM: Simulation, Machine Learning and BI for Decision Making | MTE7120
  • Other EVA courses | Complementary modules

Admission requirements

You bring with you a high level of commitment, a good foundation from your Bachelor’s degree programme and a keen motivation to learn about innovative and advanced technologies.

Academic requirements

You will be admitted to the degree programme with:

  • a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science or a comparable Bachelor’s degree.
  • at least 60 points in the Grade Point Average (GPA) of the BFH (C grade or overall grade 5.0)
  • an equivalent Swiss or foreign degree with a good to very good academic standard

Admission based on your academic background and performance (‘sur dossier’) is the rule.

Professional prerequisites

Any one of the following areas of professional experience qualifies you for the Master of Science in Engineering degree programme, Computer Science profile, at the Bern University of Applied Sciences:

  • Professional experience as a computer scientist
  • Work experience in a technical field of expertise
  • Professional experience in the field of economic expertise

Detailed admission requirements are set out in the Study and Examination Regulations (SPR) for the MSE degree programme.

Supplementary information on admission

A degree in a different discipline can also qualify you for admission to the master’s degree programme. Depending on your educational background, you may be required to earn 9 to 15 ECTS credits by attending courses in the bachelor’s degree programme.
Enrolment in the bachelor courses is possible only once admission to the MSE programme has been granted. Your advisor can be involved in the selection of the bachelor courses.

Registration

  • After applying as usual for the MSE course, you first send us your certificates and documents (language certificates in the case of foreign languages).
  • We use these documents to verify your admission to the MSE degree programme (average grades, formal requirements as specified by the study regulations, etc.).
  • We determine bilaterally which subjects are required (depending on your chosen MSE specialisation).
  • The documents are presented to the MSE Approval Commission of the BFH. The commission decides on the admission and on the bachelor courses to be attended.
  • The conditions of admission are set out in a contract. You can start the MSE programme provisionally and take the agreed bachelor modules in parallel. Once the additional conditions have been fulfilled, you are admitted definitively to the MSE course.

German and English or French and English (in each case at least Language Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

BFH’s MSE Admissions Committee will carry out an aptitude assessment once the application has been accepted. If necessary, a supplementary interview can be arranged.

If your GPA is only slightly below 60, we can still admit you if you meet the post-qualification worked out individually for you, have relevant professional experience, and can clearly explain your motivation for studying.

Application

Secure your place early.
You can always submit any missing documents later.

Application deadlines

Application deadline

31 July (autumn semester)
31 December (spring semester)

Study start

18 September 2023 (autumn semester)
19 February 2024 (spring semester)

Start your studies in spring or in autumn.

Brief explanation of online application

You can only apply online. Our Online Application Guide explains how it works, step by step.

Application documents

You will need to make PDF or JPG copies of the following documents:

Mandatory requirements:

  • ID or passport
  • Passport photo that meets international passport requirements

Other documents (certificates, etc.)

  • Diplomas and university entrance certificates (e.g. vocational baccalaureate/specialised baccalaureate with grades, baccalaureate, Abitur or equivalent, Bachelor certificate for master’s degree programmes)
  • Swiss federal VET diploma with grades
  • Employer references and/or internship certificates
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Additional documents may be required, depending on your educational background

The costs for the programme comprise application, tuition and examination fees plus the cost of course materials and excursions.

Costs

At BFH, different fees apply for programmes and examinations.

Application (per application)*

CHF 100

Matriculation**

CHF 100

Tuition fees (per semester)

CHF 750

Tuition fees for international students*** (per semester)

CHF 950

Examination fee (per semester)

CHF 80

Fee for social, cultural and sport offerings (per semester)

CHF 24

Membership fee for the Bern University of Applied Sciences Student Association (VSBFH) (per semester)

CHF 15

* plus CHF 10 processing fee if paying by paying-in slip/paper invoice.
** If the application leads to matriculation, the matriculation fee is covered by the application fee.
*** International students are defined as persons of foreign citizenship who at the time of obtaining their university entrance qualification were domiciled under civil law neither in Switzerland nor the Principality of Liechtenstein. This rule applies as of the 2018/19 autumn semester.

Loans and grants can help finance your studies.

Information page on support options

The following foundations offer funding specifically to BFH students and students at universities of applied sciences:

Advice + information

Still have questions about the programme? The head of the degree programme, lecturers and students will be able to answer your questions at one of our information events.

Advice

Choosing a degree programme is an important decision. We will be happy to arrange a face-to-face chat to answer your questions and advise you on the requirements for your chosen programme.

Information event

Visit one of our information events and find out all about the degree programme, the admission requirements and your career prospects. Our students will share their experiences of university life with you.

Location(s) + facilities

The practical part of your master’s degree (project assignments and master’s thesis) takes place in modern laboratories in Biel.

The Biel site – Quellgasse 21

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Studying in Biel

The MSE master’s degree is a programme run jointly by all Swiss universities of applied sciences. Graduating with the MSE master’s degree means you obtain the highest academic degree available at such a university in Switzerland.

The direction of the degree programme is determined by the profile and structured in detail by the choice of modules and topics with the support of advisors.

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