Master's in Precision Engineering

The new and innovative master's program provides comprehensive knowledge in precision engineering, both in terms of scientific research skills and for professional qualification and application and is offered in two specializations.

Graduates are prepared for industry and research positions, and entrepreneurship to perform engineering tasks in an interdisciplinary context, and bridge multifarious professional fields. The MSc Precision Engineering accepts applications with a bachelor's degree in a range of scientific fields from a University or University of Applied Sciences. Successful graduates receive a full Master of Science degree from the University of Bern and Bern University of Applied Sciences that enables to pursue further research within a PhD program. Due to the master's close connection to leading national and international research, graduates have access to a valuable network and excellent career prospects in both research and industry.

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Basic information

Master of Science in Precision Engineering, University of Bern and Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH (MSc PrE), with special qualification in either:

  • Ultraprecision Engineering
  • Optical Engineering
Number of credits: 120 ECTS credits
Degree programs: Mono 120 ECTS credits
Combination possibilities: -
Duration: 4 semesters
Language: English
Beginning studies: Fall semester

Basic Courses

All students are required to take the six basic courses in the first semester to learn new or consolidate established knowledge. The courses add up to 30 ECTS credits. 

Advanced Course I & II

During the second and third semesters, students are required to select a specialization for their advanced course; Ultraprecision Engineering or Optical Engineering. The advanced courses are to be attended either in the same semester or before taking the Creative Engineering Lab I & II courses, respectively. 

Creative Engineering Lab I & II

During the second and third semesters, students are required to work in the Creative Engineering Lab I & II, and expand on their practical skills and knowledge.

Electives I & II

Students are required to choose four electives, three courses out of the selection offered by the MSc Precision Engineering and one course offered by the MSc Biomedical Engineering. 

Complementary Skills I & II

Mandatory during the second and third semesters, students attend complementary skills courses and acquire additional skills to prepare for academia, industry and entrepreneurship. 

Master Thesis

During their fourth semester, students select a topic for their master thesis, that consists of a written paper and a public oral presentation. The time frame of the thesis is six months, resulting in 30 ECTS credits, and two supervisors are assigned to each master's thesis. 

The MSc Precision Engineering is a specialized joint master's program from the University of Bern and Bern University of Applied Sciences. There is no forerunner bachelor's degree; hence admission is granted to applications from diverse field of studies. 

Please refer to the schedule overview for more information.

The following academic qualifications entitle the holder to admission to a mono degree in Precision Engineering:


 Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from a Swiss university or a university of applied sciences out in the subsequent branches of studies or fields of studies with the minimum unrounded grade of 5.0 or grade C of the ECTS grading scale can be admitted:

a) Automotive and vehicle technology
b) Chemistry
c) Chemical engineering
d) Electrical engineering
e) Energy and environmental engineering
f) Mechanical engineering
g) Materials science
h) Medical technology
i) Microtechnology
j) Photonics
k) Physics
l) Systems engineering

b) Also admitted to the study program will be those who 
a) hold a bachelor’s degree from a Swiss university or a university of applied sciences with the minimum unrounded grade of 4.5 or grade D of the ECTS grading scale in accordance with above listed branches of studies or fields of studies and
b) have demonstrated in a standardized interview the study suitability.

Foreign bachelor's degrees are proved for equivalence by the study committee. If the equivalence is not clear from the submitted documents, a standardized interview occurs.

Application and admission

Admission requirements
Application deadlines

Current UniBE students

Apply for a change to the M Sc in Precision Engineering, Universität Bern by self-service as part of the re-registration for the next semester.
Renewal of semester registration → Self-service
Recognition of academic achievements
Procedure and timing of the renewal of semester registration

Application with a Swiss degree

Online application
Steps from application to registration

Application with an international degree

Online application
CHECKLIST - documents for your application / important information
Steps from application to registration

For further questions regarding the application and admission procedure, please contact the Admissions Office.

Both specializations of the MSc Precision Engineering provide state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in a profession with excellent job prospects in industrial, academic, and entrepreneurial environments.

The unique Creative Engineering Lab simulates the multidisciplinary work and communication and project implementation and management, thus preparing the students to confidentially pursue their careers.

Through close connections with leading national and international institutions from industry and research, the master's program offers access to a broad network. The successful completion of the MSc Precision Engineering allows participants to continue their education towards a PhD degree.