MSc in Engineering | Profile Mechatronics and Automation

Mechatronic technologies and automation are used in many sectors of industry which means there’s strong demand for specialists. With the Mechatronics and Automation profile on the Master of Science in Engineering degree programme, a wide range of career opportunities is open to you.

As a graduate with the Mechatronics and Automation profile, you:

  • Possess the specialist expertise required to apply methods and tools to process automation in a costefficient and targeted way,
  • Are able to plan, develop, analyse and implement mechatronic and automated systems,
  • Have expert knowledge of mechatronics, robotics and measurement and control technology, and
  • Possess a good understanding of signal processing, communication and data processing and security.

Master of Science in Engineering


  • Title/Degree Master of Science in Engineering | MSc
  • Specialisations Mechatronics and Automation
  • 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
  • Teaching 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
  • School School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Programme Handbook

Master of Science in Engineering


In industry, mechatronics and automation are the engineer’s core tasks, enabling companies to manufacture their products in a cost-effective and resource-saving way. However, the potential fields of application for the Mechatronics and Automation profile extend far beyond industry. Smart sensors and robots are used in aerospace, disaster protection and even rehabilitation technology.

Professional skills

This master’s degree programme equips you with the skills required to automate, optimise and enhance mechatronic systems. The systems you design perform complex manipulation tasks. Here you apply your expertise in signal processing, artificial intelligence, control technology and robotics.

Entry qualifications

Specific prior knowledge is required for admission to this profile of the master’s degree programme. Candidates holding a bachelor degree in one of the following disciplines generally meet the criteria:

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Microtechnology
  • Bachelor of Science in System Technology

An assessment of candidates’ qualifications is part of the admission process at each university of applied sciences. Candidates who do not hold any of the above-mentioned degrees will be assessed in a personal interview.


The focus of the master’s degree programme is on specialising in greater depth; two-thirds of the programme is devoted to this and is completed at a research unit of a university of applied sciences. As part of this in-depth specialisation you will write two project theses and the master’s thesis.

One-third of your degree programme focuses on theory, which is taught in modules. These theory modules are subdivided into three areas:

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

Your degree programme is planned with support from your advisor. This study advisor will also guide you on the choice of theory modules and specialisation.

We cooperate with the following institutes:

Institute for Intelligent Industrial Systems I3S

With the goal of supporting Swiss industry in building expertise, we focus on developing innovative, sustainable and cost-efficient solutions for high-performance, intelligent industrial processes. Our team is made up of experts from various specialist disciplines. Not only do we possess sound technical qualifications, but we also see ourselves as an innovation driver for integrated solutions.

Institute for Human Centered Engineering HuCE

The expertise of our Robotics Laboratory at the Institute for Human Centered Engineering extends from industrial to mobile robotics. Our research focuses on collaborative robotics.


Do you have any more questions? Prof. Dr. Norman Baier, Head of the Mechatronics and Automation profile of this master’s degree programme, will be happy to advise you personally. We look forward to hearing from you.

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.