MSc in Engineering: Profile Mechanical Engineering

With a Master’s degree in Engineering with a specialisation in Mechanical Engineering, you will appraise products based on their life cycle, also considering their environmental and social sustainability.

This degree programme focuses on the design, development and production of components and systems. 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.

Start your studies in spring or in autumn.


  • Title/Degree Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering
  • Specialisations Mechanical Engineering
  • 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 Burgdorf
    Core modules: Zurich, Biel, Burgdorf, Lausanne, Lugano
  • School School of Engineering and Computer Science

Focus areas

You will gain in-depth knowledge and skills in the development, manufacture, use and optimisation of machines, materials, systems and products.

What you will gain with your degree

You will become a sought-after expert and leader in the implementation of Industry 4.0 in the MEM sector. Here you will design complete products and systems, considering design-related and functional requirements. In-depth management skills round off your profile perfectly.

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 from all over the country. You carry out your project assignments and master’s thesis in an industrial or academic setting geared to your interests.

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:

  • Process optimisation in manufacturing
  • Control of high-speed processes
  • Embedded systems
  • Applied fibre technology
  • Laser surface engineering
  • Materials technology and heat treatment
  • Plasma surface engineering
  • Thin films and surfaces
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Dosing systems
  • Print systems
  • Fluidics
  • 2D, 2.5D and 3D printing
  • Statistical data analysis and design of experiments
  • Data science
  • Operational research
  • Signal processing

Career prospects

With a Master’s degree with a specialisation in Mechanical Engineering, you will take on a managerial position or leadership responsibilities in the areas of research, development and production. You will find career opportunities in industry, science or the regulatory environment – the choice is yours. You have strong methodological and management skills that enable you to further the development of organisations in one of the strongest export sectors of the Swiss economy.

Ready for leadership and expert roles?

Professionals in the field of mechanical engineering are highly sought-after by employers in the MEM sector.

Our graduates work in the following fields:

  • Development engineer
  • Calculation engineer
  • Production manager
  • Quality manager
  • Project manager
  • Supply chain manager
  • Product manager
  • Business developer
  • Managing director
  • Appraiser for insurance companies
  • Consultant
  • Self-employed

Graduation Theses

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.

It is possible to complete 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 three modules, i.e. 9 ECTS credits.
FTP modules provide long-term knowledge capital and train abstract thinking skills.

Overview of recommended FTP modules:

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.

  • RR: Rehabilitation Robotics | MTE7124
  •  IoT: Internet of Things | MTE7117

  • OFDPA: Optical fiber design, production and applications | MTE7702

  • ISA: Image Synthesis and Analysis | MTE7901

  • TIFP: Turning Ideas into Funded Projects | MTE7119

  • SMLDM: Simulation, Machine Learning and BI for Decision Making | MTE7120

  • Weitere Angebote aus «EVA» | Ergänzende Veranstaltungen

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 Mechanical Engineering, Microtechnology, Automotive Engineering, Industrial Design Technology, Material and Process Engineering, System Technology or a comparable Bachelor’s degree in Engineering.
  • a comparable bachelor’s degree.
  • at least 60 points in the Grade Point Average (GPA) of BFH or an overall grade 5.0 (in the Swiss numerical grading system)

  • an equivalent Swiss or foreign degree with a very good to excellent academic standard

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

Professional prerequisites

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

  • Work experience in a technical field of expertise
  • Work experience in the field of economic expertise

Detailed admission requirements are set out in the Study and examination regulations 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.


  • 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.

Admission to the study programme is granted to applicants who satisfy the following criteria:

  • B2 level of proficiency in German or French according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), if the educational qualifications were acquired neither in German nor in French,
  • C1 level of proficiency in English according to the CRFR, in the case of a foreign educational qualification,

Further information:

The MSE Admissions committee of BFH may conduct an interview and an oral or written aptitude assessment after successful registration. You will be contacted to arrange an appointment for this.

If your GPA is only slightly below 60, you may still be admitted, providing you meet the requirement worked out specifically for you within the specified period, have relevant work experience and can clearly demonstrate your motivation for these studies.


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

Application deadlines

Application deadline

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

Study start

19 February 2024 (spring semester)
16 September 2024 (autumn semester)

Brief explanation of online application

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

Online Application Guide

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
  • Letter of motivation
  • 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.


At BFH, different fees apply for programmes and examinations.

Application (per application)*

CHF 100


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.


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.

Locations + facilities

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

Study in Biel

Pestalozzistrasse 20, Burgdorf

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Study in Burgdorf

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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