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the spirit of the future.

Patrick Aebischer What would the society of the future look like without sciences that
President of the EPFL are able to anticipate and react rapidly to intellectual and technological
challenges? What will sustain it without talented and responsible engineers,
capable of both rigor and creativity ? These are the issues to which we wish
to make a significant contribution. The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de
Lausanne is a world-class institution, consistently in the top 20 in most
scientific and technical rankings – but this is not the whole story. Our school,
which has existed in its current form since 1969, blends its recently established
history with a long tradition of Swiss excellence.
Today, EPFL is a campus with more than 7,500 students – albeit on a human
scale – and a high-tech institution with a reputation for basic research,
as well as for its contribution to the great scientific and environmental
adventures of tomorrow. We benefit from a special kind of environment.
That of Lake Geneva, one of the most cosmopolitan areas in Europe, on
whose shore stands our main campus. And an entrepreneurial dynamic,
exemplified by the 20 or so start-up directors, students, graduates and
young scientists, who each year launch their companies on to the market.
No better example of this than Daniel Borel, the former graduate of EPFL
who created Logitech – the giant of the computing mouse – more than 30
years ago. And finally, a spirit of openness, expressed by the magic waves
of our flagship building, the Rolex Learning Center : a new kind of library
and living space for our students who come from all over the world.
An astonishing space where it feels good to work and socialize, and
which stimulates the imagination.
This is just as well. Because you’re going to need your creativity, as much
to complete your Master studies – reputed as being demanding – as to
make a good start to your professional life. Our teachers, who spend
their time between their laboratories and lectures, are there to help you
in this respect. Numerous services are at your disposal including valuable
coaching and advice programs. With your first diploma in hand, you have
an opportunity to build your future. If you see EPFL as the next destination
for your Master studies, you can be assured that, in choosing Lausanne
over other renowned destinations across the world, you are opting for a
very particular philosophy, marked by futurism and humanism. A youthful
spirit within a secular tradition.

about epfl

A stunning campus.
EPFL FACTS école Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
is a prestigious institute of technology, located
7,500 students of which
1,800 are doctoral students in full view of the Alps on the north side of Lake
320 faculty members,
Geneva, one of Europe’s most beautiful spots. From
900 teachers and educators its foundation in 1853, EPFL has evolved into an inter-
111 nationalities represented on campus nationally renowned institution that attracts the
best intellects in the world. With state-of-the-art
250 laboratories
facilities, bright, motivated students, and outstanding
over 100 start-up companies on campus faculty, EPFL’s reputation as a top-rate teaching and
language center offering research institution continues to grow.
free courses in :
French, English, German, Italian About 12,000 people interact daily on EPFL’s campus. For instance,
the Rolex Learning Center, EPFL’s new library and architectural landmark,
library with 400,000 volumes ;
offers a unique setting for students to interact, study, and relax ; the sports
campus-wide online access to
numerous databases and over
center is ideally situated on the lakefront and offers a wide array of activities ;
6,000 scientific journals ; worldwide the Satellite is a unique bar-club-theater with regular live performances ;
interlibrary loan agreements several student associations and clubs bring people together around their
favorite hobbies. Agepoly, the student association of EPFL, sets the pace of
7 restaurants and 10 cafeterias social life on campus and also helps with the integration of new students.

82 sports clubs and activities

Lausanne - A student’s city
78 student exchange agreements Perched on the arc of Lake Geneva, the small, vibrant city of Lausanne is a
throughout the world
great place to live and work. Nearly 25,000 of the city’s 135,000 inhabitants
member of university networks :
are students. The city center is a thriving creative zone with lively nightlife.
CLUSTER, T.I.M.E., CESAER, WEF-Gulf Residents enjoy a wide variety of arts, culture and sporting events. Thanks
to the metro, the city center is only 11 minutes from EPFL, ensuring rapid
connections with national and European trains and the Geneva International

Lake Geneva area, a cosmopolitan environment

International, sophisticated, highly-skilled, cultured, dynamic : these are
the typical adjectives used to describe the population living on the shores
of Lake Geneva, between Geneva and Montreux. An area in the heart of
Europe with an extraordinary quality of life, it offers social peace, political
stability and access to quality education and healthcare. No wonder it became
home of a multitude of international organizations such as the UN, WPO,
HCR, CICR, CIO, WTO, WHO or the CERN, as well as for many multinational
companies. Lake Geneva is an economically dynamic region offering
excellent professional and academic career prospects to motivated and
ambitious young scientists and engineers.

and innovation on
the frontiers
of knowledge

innovation and

Shining throughout the world.

By all metrics used for international comparisons,
Switzerland has consistently remained a global
leader for its focus and investment in research
and education. EPFL represents the quintessence
of Switzerland’s innovation forces, reflected
daily with the results and distinctions obtained
by its researchers, the vitality of home-grown
entrepreneurs and in the international networks
established with other centers of excellence
throughout the world.

Scientific activity
EPFL is pursuing an ambitious strategy to offer the ideal conditions for
undertaking fundamental research on the frontiers of traditional scientific
disciplines. Multi-disciplinary research projects are encouraged either by
creating new research institutes or by participating in National Centers of
Competence in Research (NCCR) and in international research programs.
For instance, EPFL hosts the headquarters of the NCCRs in : Mobile Information
and Communication Systems, Quantum Photonics, Chemical Biology, Robotics
and the Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases.
This innovative spirit coupled with the excellent infrastructure available has
attracted leading scientists from around the world to EPFL, and resulted
in a spectacular growth of its scientific output: the number of scientific
publications was multiplied by 3 during the past 10 years. At the same time,
the growth in external financing demonstrates the institutional capacity
of EPFL to attract projects on a competitive basis. It’s no accident that
between 2007 and 2010 EPFL was awarded the highest number (24 !)
of competitive funds from the European Research Council.
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Shaping the future through strategic research initiatives
Besides its commitment to developing transdisciplinary research, EPFL
plays a key role in coordinating a range of high-profile, high-impact
research initiatives.
For instance, the The Blue Brain Project is the first comprehensive attempt
to reverse-engineer the mammalian brain in order to understand brain
function and dysfunction through detailed simulations. It started with a
partnership between IBM and EPFL that had global impacts. The Blue Brain
Project draws computational resources from a 56 TeraFlops BlueGene/P
supercomputer, using 16,384 processors for its simulation needs. It can
perform simultaneous simulations of up to 100,000 neurons, to connect
neurons to form biologically realistic microcircuits with up to 100 million
synapses. Advanced visualization capabilities allow to “ image ” and
analyze neural microcircuit behavior.

An entrepreneurial spirit
Incubators and laboratories for small business and large multinationals,
start-ups, investors and management training : EPFL’s innovation ecosystem
offers companies a full range of options and an ideal environment to develop
and grow their business ideas. It is supported through four units :
• SRI (Service for Industry Relations) EPFL’s Technology Transfer Office.
• Alliance, the Industry Liaison Program for French-speaking academic
• Support for start-up creations provided through the Innogrants.
• Partnerships with large international companies, including the installation
of corporate R&D activities on EPFL’s Innovation Square.

Technologies with an impact on our lives

The 3D sound of the future. Christof Faller, a young scientist at the
Audiovisual Communications Laboratory at EPFL, has focused his efforts
developing algorithms for technologies that enhance human auditory
perception. He developed a new principle for surround sound coding that
is now applied to the new generation of audio coders, including MP3 Sur-
round and the new MPEG Surround standard. Faller continued to develop
new technologies for treating audio signals, spawning nearly 20 patents,
some of which have been licensed and sold. For instance, he developed
a technique for enhancing the MP3 audio format, giving this popular audio
file compression format an unprecedented level of amplitude and control.
This innovative technology has been transferred to the market via the
Fraunhofer Institute, MP3’s inventor, where it is being promoted for
international standardization.
EPFL’s incredible entrepreneurial spirit finds its origins to the idea-generating
attitude that is cultivated in its students’ minds right from the start.
Since 1994, an average of 12 start-ups per year were created by EPFL’s
researchers and students. Currently, there are over 100 start-up companies
at EPFL’s Innovation Square.

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A vision for a flexible and mobile education.

The EPFL has established exchange EPFL has clearly stated its ambition to be a source
programs with universities around
the world, and research is stimulated of talent ON the international scene. It offers
by co-operation agreements with demanding curricula and welcomes students from
40 countries. EPFL is also an active
member of several international the most prestigious universities in the world.
academic networks dealing primarily There is no gender, race or socioeconomic barrier
with research and education, such as :
FOR the development of talented students.
With world-class faculty, outstanding learning
Consortium Linking Universities facilities, access to the research labs and strong
of Science and Technology for
Education and Research industrial ties, EPFL offers a learning experience
in a highly motivating environment through
coursework, projects and labs.

European University Association

Teaching at EPFL is organized into five open and
transdisciplinary Schools PLUS the College of Ma-
nagement of Technology and College of Humanities.

School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC)

Architecture – Civil Engineering – Environmental Engineering

School of Engineering (STI)

Mechanical Engineering – Microengineering – Materials Science
and Engineering – Electrical and Electronic Engineering

School of Computer and Communication Sciences (IC)

Communication Systems – Computer Science

School of Basic Sciences (SB)

Mathematics – Applied Mathematics – Physics – Applied Physics
– Nuclear Engineering – Molecular and Biological Chemistry – Chemical
and Biochemical Engineering – Computational Science and Engineering

School of Life Sciences (SV)

Bioengineering – Life Sciences and Technology

College of Management of Technology (CDM)

Management, Technology and Entrepreneurship – Financial Engineering

Master’s programs consist of 90-120 ETCS credits (1 to 2 years of study).

They begin with coursework and culminate in a major final research project
(Master’s thesis). All programs start at the winter term, which is mid-September
of each academic year.

Tailor-made curricula
Language A Specialization consists of a set of courses allowing students to gain deep
Although the official language of knowledge in a specific sub-domain of their discipline (Major). A Specialization
the Lake Geneva area is French requires obtaining an additional 30 ECTS credits.
and some Master’s programs are A Minor consists of a group of compulsory and optional courses offered
French-based, most courses at the by one or several sections (disciplines). Disciplinary and transdisciplinary
Master level are taught in English. Minors are designed to add flexibility and depth in the education of its
Updated information about the engineers. Interdisciplinary Minors either tackle a multidisciplinary topic
teaching language of each Master or offer complementary education to the classical engineering curriculum,
program is available on our website. thus opening up educational and career perspectives. Disciplinary Minors
are open to virtually all students and they are designed with the necessary
flexibility to match career goals and interests. Students have the option
to choose one of these Minors as a complement to their Major. A total of
30 ECTS credits must be earned during the anticipated study period to
complete a Minor. Specializations and Minors are duly mentioned in
the Diploma Supplement.
EPFL’s engineering programs have been
accredited by the following Swiss and Interdisciplinary Minors* Disciplinary Minors*
French accreditation agencies :
Urban Planning & Territorial Development Architecture
Energy Civil Engineering
Space Technologies Environmental Sciences & Engineering
Computational Science & Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Biomedical Technologies Microengineering
Biocomputing Materials Science & Engineering
Management, Technology & Entrepreneurship Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Contemporary Asian Studies Computer Science
Information Security
Computer Engineering
Chemical & Biochemical Engineering
Life Sciences & Technology

*The list of disciplinary or interdisciplinary Minors for each program is available on

master curriculum


60 or 90 ECTS 30 ECTS Master 90 ECTS

Core of Master Master
Thesis Master 120 ECTS
30 ECTS Project Master 90 + 30 ECTS
Specialization or Minor Specialization or Minor

All students following an engineering program need to complete an internship
in a company. This placement is an integral part of the study program.
It provides a practical immersion in a company of the same domain as the
student’s training and fosters their professional development. The internship
is usually done in well-known companies in Switzerland and abroad and lasts
between 8 and 25 weeks. It must take place before the Master’s thesis.

An outlook to research
Throughout their studies, and in particular during their Master’s thesis,
students have the opportunity to participate in research projects in the
campus’ 250 laboratories and research groups. For those interested in
getting involved deeper in academic research, the Doctoral School offers
19 PhD programs across the various research institutes of EPFL.


Anyone holding a Bachelor’s degree from a reputable university can apply

to an EPFL Master’s Program. Candidates should be aware that admission
MASTERS PROGRAMS: is competitive and only candidates with excellent academic records and
references have a good chance to be accepted. The application process is made entirely online. Further information and
access to the application procedure can be found on our website:
Useful practical information for
all EPFL students:
Application deadlines January 15 and April 15 every year
Response from EPFL 6 weeks after the application deadline
Immigration and visas
Intensive French course 3 weeks before the beginning of
Depending on your country of origin, the Masters programs
you might need a visa to study in Beginning of academic year Mid-September
Switzerland before entering
the country. Candidates who need a visa are strongly advised to apply for the January
deadline to allow sufficient time for visa procedures.

General information on epfl
Tuition fees CHF 633.- / semester
and students services
Application fee CHF 110.-
EPFL Estimated cost of living CHF 10,000.- / semester
Student Services
BP Building
Station 16
CH-1015 Lausanne Lausanne is situated in a multicultural part of Switzerland and the official
language of the area is French. The EPFL Master’s programs are taught in
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English or French, some in both languages. Students are advised to have a strong working knowledge of both French and English.
A 3-week intensive French language course is offered before the start
of the academic year to the international Master’s students.
Free language courses are offered on campus to all students during
the academic year. Language Center website :

There are several student residences in Lausanne. Students can also rent
a room through private landlords. However, there is a strong demand
for housing and students should make sure they start looking for
accommodation early.
The Student Affairs of EPFL can help you to find a suitable accommodation.
Also refer to the housing website :

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Master of Science in

A Master’s degree for architecture.

Course structure architecture Students at EPFL enjoy exceptional
teaching as well as logistical and tutoring condi-
2-year program 120 ECTS
tions such as individual workspace in the workshops,
Compulsory subjects 20 ECTS
an IT infrastructure with computers and a plotter
Projects and studio 26 ECTS room, a fully-equipped modeling studio and last
Optional subjects 44 ECTS but not least, the key support from advisory staff.

Included in the 44 credits Objectives

is the possibility to choose
a 30 ECTS Minor in : The Master’s program in architecture perpetuates the tradition of
polytechnic training for design and practicing architects with a solid
• Urban Planning and Territorial
theoretical background. The project at the architectural, urban and
territorial scale builds on contributions from theory, history, sociology,
• Management, Technology and economy, construction, structural studies, applied physics in building,
Entrepreneurship visual arts and diverse forms of illustration and modeling.
• Other Minors are possible, see page 9
The multidisciplinary character of the training incorporates humanistic,
structural and technical aspects through close collaboration with the
Master’s thesis 30 ECTS sister programs within our school : Civil Engineering and Environmental
Sciences and Engineering.
Teaching language

Career prospects
Although the usual practice in an architectural studio is still essential,
the field of architecture has broadened throughout the years. Architects
now have excellent career prospects in the areas of management of
cultural traditions, site restoration, real estate appraisal or urban studies.

Entry requirements
Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from an esteemed
university and should also have 12 months of practical experience of which
at least 6 consecutive months took place in the same architecture unit.
Candidates are requested to submit a portfolio (A4 size) presenting various
projects they have made in the course of their studies or practice. A strong
command of French is required for this program.

Master of Science in
CIVIL Engineering

Project, link and build the future.

Course structure civil engineerING has the challenge of satisfying
the vital needs of society by designing, building,
2-year program 120 ECTS
managing and maintaining complex infrastructure
Theoretical core courses 10 ECTS
Practical project work 22 ECTS

Master’s thesis pre-study 3 ECTS Objectives

The Master’s program in civil engineering will give the students the
Optional courses 55 ECTS
required knowledge to face a huge challenge : create the infrastructures
necessary for economic prosperity, hence guaranteeing the whole
included in the 55 ECTS credits is population an adequate standard of living.
the possibility to choose a 30 ECTS
Specialization in :
High priority is given to transdisciplinary teaching in the ENAC School,
by bringing together civil engineers, architects and environmental
• Infrastructure and Environment
engineers through the program “ Design and Build Together ”.
• Geotechnical Engineering

• Transportation and Mobility

Career prospects
• Structural Engineering

• Hydraulic Engineering and Energy

An EPFL Master of Science in Civil Engineering will lead the young
graduate to a stimulating career in an engineering consulting firm,
• Monitoring and Modelling
a construction company or a government agency, or allow him/her
of the Environment
to open his/her own civil engineering consulting firm.

or a 30 ECTS Minor in :

Entry requirements
• Urban Planning and Territorial
Development Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from
• Energy a reputable university.
• Management, Technology
and Entrepreneurship
• Other Minors are possible, see page 9

Master’s thesis, 30 ECTS

including an 8-week
compulsory internship

Teaching language


Master of Science in
Sciences and

Protecting the environment for

Course structure a sustainable future.
The major future challenges FOR planet
2-year program 120 ECTS
earth are climate change, limited resources,
Compulsory subjects 22 ECTS pollution, human population growth and loss
Specific courses 25 ECTS of biodiversity. The modern and competitive
Optional subjects 43 ECTS
Environmental Engineering Program at epfl
prepares students for the multidisciplinary
Students are requested to deepen nature of environmental engineering problems
their training either with a Minor or and educates future engineers to address
a Specialization (30 ECTS, included
in the total 120 credits). the complexities and uncertainties of natural
• Envirochemical and Bioprocess and engineered systems.

• Natural Water, Soil and Ecosystems

Engineering Objectives
• Monitoring and Modeling This program emphasizes contemporary issues related to complex
of the Environment interactions taking place in built and urban environments. It integrates
modern geomatic engineering to address landscape-scale design and
or a 30 ECTS Minor in :
management questions and provides ample opportunities for hands-on
measurements and information gathering as well as interpretation, design
• Urban Planning and Territorial
courses, and in-depth laboratory experiences.
• Energy

• Other Minors are possible, see page 9 Career prospects

Graduates in Environmental Sciences and Engineering will be proficient
Master’s thesis 30 ECTS in modern scientific computing, possess mathematical skills and be
qualified to work with large data bases and to effectively use modern
The program includes an 8-week informatics tools and resources. They will be prepared to professional
compulsory industrial internship. life in academia, government or industry anywhere in the world.

Teaching language
Entry requirements
French and English
Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering
or related areas. Students with knowledge of geographical information
systems are particularly encouraged to apply.

Master of Science in

Give form to your dreams.

Course structure Building up on a thorough and multidisciplinary
curriculum, the teaching provided within the
2-year program 120 ECTS
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Semester projects 26 ECTS
program emphasizes the acquisition of broad
Optional courses 64 ECTS knowledge and skills while offering various
specialization opportunities.
In the 64 optional credits, students
can specialize in one of the following
concentrations : Objectives
• Aero- and Hydrodynamics Based on fundamental scientific knowledge and engineering know-how,
• Control Systems the program develops competences in fluid and solid mechanics,
• Biomechanics
biomechanics, automation, production systems and energy-related
topics. It also fosters skills in advanced computation modeling and
• Design and Production
problem solving techniques.
• Energy

• Solids & Structure Mechanics

Career prospects

and complete a 30 ECTS Minor in :

Mechanical engineers can significantly contribute to sensible uses of natural
resources, especially energy transformation, safer production of essential
• Biomedical Technologies
goods and transportation issues. The progress of healthcare and other
• Computational Science & Engineering developments for our society also provides diverse career opportunities.
• Energy The Master in Mechanical Engineering is an excellent gateway to careers
in the private sector or to scientific research activities.
• Materials Science

• Space Technologies

• Contemporary Asian Studies Entry requirements

• Management, Technology Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering
and Entrepreneurship from a reputable university.
• Other Minors are possible, see page 9

Master’s thesis 30 ECTS

The program includes a compulsory

8-week industrial internship.

Teaching language

French and English

Master of Science in

Making small smaller.

Course structure Microengineering is the art and science of creating,
designing, integrating and manufacturing miniature
1 -year program 90 ECTS
components, instruments and products. The main
Projects and laboratory 30 ECTS
characteristic of this domain is its multidisciplinary
Optional courses 19 ECTS nature: a microengineering system integrates
Orientation 11 ECTS electronics and mechanics together with
computational, chemical and optical elements.
Students can choose one
of the following orientations
(11 ECTS) :
• Applied Optics The EPFL Master of Science in Microengineering offers four orientations :
Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Production Technologies, Applied
• Micro- and Nanosystems
Optics and Micro-and Nanosystems. It is a unique education for students
• Production Techniques with an interest in technology, a scientifically oriented mind and an aptitude
• Robotics and Autonomous Systems for synthesis to gain global visions of modern technology.

Master’s thesis 30 ECTS Career prospects

The Master of Science in Microengineering of EPFL opens a wide range
Possibility to follow an additional of career opportunities for young engineers. It is an ideal training towards
30 ECTS Minor in : innovative applications in highly attractive sectors such as portable
• Biomedical Technologies communications, biomedical devices or the watch industry.
• Energy

• Space Technologies
Entry requirements
• Contemporary Asian Studies
Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in microengineering from
• Management, Technology
a reputable university and excellent academic records.
and Entrepreneurship
• Other Minors are possible, see page 9

Teaching language

French and English

Master of Science in
materials science
and Engineering

Mastering matter.
Course structure The Master in Materials Science and Engineering
integrates fundamental knowledge of materials
1 -year program 90 ECTS
synthesis and processing, materials microstructure
Projects in materials and 28 ECTS
and materials properties of polymers, ceramics,
social sciences
metals and alloys, and composites. This knowledge
Core subjects 24 ECTS
is then used to improve the performance of engineeR-
Optional courses 8 ECTS ed products and to design unique new materials
in other programs
for next-generation applications, such as optical
and electronic materials and biomaterials with
Students must build up their
study plan according to one emphasis on sustainable development.
of the following orientations :
• Transformation of Materials and
Production Processes Objectives
• Structural Materials for use in This Master’s program provides students with deep scientific and technical
Transport, Energy and Infrastructure knowledge that will allow them to grasp the structure of matter down to
• Materials for Microelectronics the atomic scale. Students will understand the relationship between
and Microengineering microstructure and the structural and functional properties of materials
• Materials for Biotechnological and master the design, transformation and fabrication of materials for
and Medical Applications cutting-edge technological applications.

Master’s thesis 30 ECTS

Career prospects
Possibility to choose an additional A Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering is the gateway
30 ECTS Minor in : to a career in a wide variety of industries ranging from the production of
• Biomedical Technologies
materials to the manufacturing of finished products such as watches, sports
equipment, aeronautics, foods, metallurgy, automobiles, electronics and
• Energy
multimedia. It also provides ideal training for the innovative application of
• Space Technologies advanced materials in areas such as bio- and nanotechnology as well as
• Contemporary Asian Studies a strong foundation for those who wish to pursue a PhD degree in Materials
Science or a related field.
• Management, Technology
and Entrepreneurship
• Other Minors are possible, see page 9 Entry requirements
Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in materials science,
The program includes a compulsory physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, life sciences, electricity
industrial internship with a minimal or microengineering from a reputable university and have excellent
duration of 8 weeks. academic records.
Teaching language

Mainly English, some courses in French

Master of Science in
and electronic

The ability to dream, the power to create.

Course structure The Master’s program in Electrical and Electronic
Engineering responds to the growing needs of in-
1 -year program 90 ECTS
terconnected sectors of science and technology
Credits in the chosen 15 ECTS
and will educate highly competitive researchers
orientation (Electronics and
Microelectronics, Information and professionals in the fields of electrical
Technologies or Power and Energy)
and electronic engineering.
Projects and labs in 15 ECTS
electrical engineering
Project in human 6 ECTS
Three orientations are offered : Electronics and Microelectronics,
and social sciences
Information Technologies and Power and Energy.
Optional subjects 24 ECTS In addition to attending regular lectures offered by our internationally
acclaimed professors, students will gain valuable practical experience
Master’s thesis 30 ECTS
with laboratory activities and research projects. This degree covers both
The program includes an 8-week theoretical foundations and practical aspects of the discipline.
industrial internship.

Career prospects
Students can choose to extend their
Master’s degree to 120 ECTS either by
Students will be prepared for a wide variety of careers in academia
a complementary 30 ECTS Minor in : or in industry, such as electronics and microelectronics, information
technologies (RF-engineering, photonics, signal & image processing),
• Biomedical Technologies
telecommunications, multimedia, mechatronics, power systems,
• Energy biomedical instruments, electric drives and aerospace.
• Space Technologies

• Contemporary Asian Studies

Entry requirements
• Management, Technology
and Entrepreneurship Candidates should have excellent academic records and a Bachelor’s
degree in electrical engineering, electronics, telecommunications, computer
• Other Minors are possible, see page 9
science, physics, microengineering or any related field from a recognized
or a 30 ECTS internship (4-6 months),
instead of the 8-week internship

Teaching language

English or French, depending on

the orientation

Master of Science in

Creating a connected world.

Course structure The Master’s program in Communication Systems
offers prospective candidates a unique education
2-year program 120 ECTS
emphasizing the global interplay of mathematics,
Projects 18 ECTS
physics, computer science and electrical engineering.
semester project 12 credits
project in humanities 6 credits Research in this program is focused on building and
Core courses and options 72 ECTS
demonstrating technologies that will be required
core courses 30 credits in next-generation systems and their integration
options 42 credits
into operational communication systems.
Master’s thesis 30 ECTS
Students can choose the 42 optional The internationally diverse faculty is composed of world-renowned
credits in the course catalogue or opt visionaries in their fields. The research programs cover almost all aspects
for a 30 ECTS Specialization or Minor.
of modern communications, including theoretical foundations, security,
signal processing, vision, networking, computer engineering and systems.
Specializations in :
• Wireless Communications The extensive list of our industrial contacts favors fruitful interplay between
• Signals, Images and Interfaces
our cutting-edge research and its transfer into real world situations, and
helps students gain valuable industrial experience during their studies.
• Networking and Mobility

• Internet Computing

• Information Security
Career prospects
Graduates from the program in Communication Systems will be ready
Minor in : for careers in fields such as development, research, operations and
• Biocomputing management. Numerous graduates have also launched their
• Biomedical Technologies own companies.
• Space Technologies

• Contemporary Asian Studies Entry requirements

• Management, Technology
Motivated students with a strong analytical background and excellent
and Entrepreneurship
academic records may apply, providing they have a Bachelor’s degree
• Other Minors are possible, see page 9 in mathematics, physics, electrical engineering, computer science or
a related field from a reputable university.
The program includes an 8-week
industrial internship.

Teaching language


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Master of Science in

Ubiquitous Computing.
Course structure The Master’s Program in Computer Science offers
a unique choice of courses that covers all aspects
1 -year program 90 ECTS
of the discipline, ranging from advanced digital
Projects 18 ECTS
technologies to distributed information systems
Courses 42 ECTS and security. It also includes emerging disciplines
• core courses : at least 15 ECTS such as biocomputing and service science.
• options : remaining amount of credits
OUR SCHOOL has RECRUITED several world-class
Master’s thesis 30 ECTS professors performing CUTTING-EDGE research at
the core of Computer Science, offering students
Students may also choose to the best computer science curriculum in Europe.
do a 120 ECTS program by
adding 30 ECTS either with
a Specialization in : Objectives
• Foundations of Software
This program will train excellent scientists who will become top professionals
• Signals, Images and Interfaces in their own specific domain and drive industrial, scientific, and market
• Industrial Informatics innovation. Graduates will lead research and development teams in industry,
• Internet Computing which critically depends on information technology. Strong reasoning skills
wll be developed to make successful decisions in key management and
• Computer Engineering
marketing positions.
• Service Science

• Software Systems
Career prospects
Or a Minor in :
Our graduates traditionally enjoy a very wide range of employment
• Biocomupting opportunities : from the banking industry to companies developing
• Biomedical Technologies software and hardware, from consulting to all areas of human endeavor
• Space Technologies
where information technology is a critical component. Employers include
large global corporations as well as small companies and international
• Contemporary Asian Studies
and local start-ups. The Master also paves the way for a research career
• Management, Technology at EPFL or in any top university or research center in the world.
and Entrepreneurship
• Other Minors are possible, see page 9
Entry requirements
The program includes an 8-week Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, physics,
industrial internship, which can be electrical engineering, computer science or a similar field from a reputable
extended up to 6 months. university. Only motivated students with excellent academic records have
a good chance to be admitted.
Teaching language


Master of Science in


Course structure EPFL is a leading center for mathematical education
and research. It comprises three institutes and
1 -year program 90 ECTS
a research center devoted to the major areas of
Optional courses 36 ECTS
pure and applied mathematics. The research
Projects in mathematics 18 ECTS program in mathematical sciences has a strong
Project in human 6 ECTS international reputation and collaborations
and social sciences between research groups and other universities
Master’s thesis 30 ECTS offer interesting interdisciplinary challenges.

The program offers two orientations : Objectives

1. Fundamental Mathematics : algebra, The level and variety of subjects studied provide mathematicians with
analysis, number theory, probability,
an excellent command of fundamental mathematical tools and abstract
geometry and topology
reasoning. The core subjects are analysis, algebra, geometry, topology
2. Applied Mathematics : applied and number theory. The Master of Science in Mathematics offers a high
analysis, numerical analysis, level of education, either in pure mathematics or in applied mathematics.
probability, statistic and
Career prospects
Students can choose to extend their Being trained in the analysis, abstraction and reflection necessary to
Master’s degree to 120 ECTS by a
solve complex problems, graduates in mathematics are highly esteemed
complementary 30 ECTS Minor in :
professionals. They will will be qualified for various careers in private
• Contemporary Asian Studies companies, governmental institutions or in academia.
• Management, Technology
and Entrepreneurship This Master’s program also provides an excellent foundation for students
planning to follow a PhD program in mathematics.
• Other Minors are possible, see page 9

Teaching language
Entry requirements
Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or an equivalent
Mainly English, a few courses in French
degree. Students from related backgrounds (physics, computer science,
engineering, etc.) may also apply provided they are highly motivated and
possess outstanding mathematical qualifications.

Master of Science in

EPFL is a leading center for mathematical education

Course structure and research. It comprises three institutes and
a research center devoted to the major areas of
2-year program 120 ECTS
pure and applied mathematics. The research program
Optional or 36 ECTS in mathematical sciences has a strong international
compulsory courses
reputation and collaborations between EPFL
Projects in Mathematics 18 ECTS
research groups and other universities offer
Project in human 6 ECTS interesting interdisciplinary challenges.
and social sciences

Industrial internship 30 ECTS Objectives

Master’s thesis 30 ECTS This program concentrates on learning advanced mathematical methods
and applications of mathematics. The core subjects are analysis, applied
probability and stochastic processes, statistics and data analysis,
The program offers two orientations :
optimization and operations research, numerical analysis and scientific
1. Statistics and Finance : theoretical computing and financial mathematics. The students learn how to approach
and practical training in statistical diverse modeling problems and gain hands-on experience in an industrial
methods and probability models setting during the internship.
2. Applied Mathematics : broad training
in a variety of mathematical topics
Career prospects
It is possible to combine this program Graduates will be prepared for an attractive, diverse and growing job market.
with a Minor, see page 9. They will have a high level of competency in formulating and analyzing
complex models and will learn how to extract relevant parameters, to
Teaching language simulate the system under consideration, make forecasts and to compare
Mainly English, a few courses in French expected results with factual data. Recent graduates have found jobs in
banks, engineering companies, the automobile industry, governmental
offices, pharmaceutics, consulting companies and in the nutrition industry.
The Master of Science in Applied Mathematics is also an excellent foundation
for students planning to follow a PhD program in applied mathematics,
financial mathematics or statistics.

Entry requirements
Candidates usually have a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. However,
students with an adequate mathematical training and ability from other
quantitative backgrounds (physics, computer science) may also apply.

Master of Science in
Physics and
Applied Physics

A comprehensive interrogation of the universe.

Course structure The training of a physicist is not limited to a list of
specific subjects, but rather a set of conceptual
1 -year program 90 ECTS
(MSc in Physics) tools which have united scientific communities for
centuries, across a broad spectrum of research
Optional courses 38 ECTS
activities. Physicists define themselves more by
Projects and research 22 ECTS
the manner with which they approach a problem,
rather than the nature of the problem itself.
Possibility to opt for
an additional 30 ECTS Minor in :
• Biomedical Technologies
• Energy Through basic training in mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics,
statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics, the physicist develops an
• Space Technologies
inclination for a quantitative approach to the understanding of physical
• Contemporary Asian Studies phenomena, a strong degree of abstraction and the search for common
• Management, Technology characteristics of universal problems. The most outstanding aspect of
and Entrepreneurship our Master’s program is the involvement of the students in the research
• Other Minors are possible, see page 9 laboratories or in the institute of theoretical physics. Each student takes
part in a research group one day per week.

Career prospects
2-year program 120 ECTS
(MSc in Applied Physics) An EPFL Master’s degree in Physics opens doors to various industries in
private or public sectors. EPFL physicists have landed fruitful careers with
Optional courses 38 ECTS companies involved in computer technology, materials sciences, aerospace,
banking, insurance and the watch industry. A physicist’s activities focus on
Projects and research 22 ECTS fundamental and applied research, R&D or management.
Industrial internship 30 ECTS
Entry requirements
Master’s thesis 30 ECTS
Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from a reputable
Teaching language university and excellent academic records. They should have a training in
French and English calculus, linear algebra, general physics, quantum mechanics, solid state
physics, statistical mechanics, high energy physics. Candidates also should
have followed advanced courses in mechanics (Lagrange, Hamilton) and
electromagnetism and have basic training in numerical physics.

Master of Science EPF Lausanne
- ETH Zürich in

Towards sustainable energy supply.

Course structure Clean, affordable and reliably available energy
is of paramount importance for the well-being of
2-year program 120 ECTS
industrialized economies and the development of
Core courses 62 ECTS
emerging countries. Nuclear power is one of the
compulsory courses 32 credits
electives 30 credits principal options for closing the growing energy
Free elective courses, 12 ECTS
gap in a mid-term perspective and, depending on
including a 2 ECTS course the availability of new generations of nuclear
in Entrepreneurship
facilities and technologies, also a potentially
Semester project 8 ECTS crucial resource in the long-term.
Industrial internship 8 ECTS
Master’s thesis 30 ECTS
The program in Nuclear Engineering aims to :
Teaching language • provide in-depth knowledge on the fundamentals and technology
English of harnessing nuclear fission for energy supply
• present the basic principles and challenges of controlled nuclear fusion
Program pages • provide knowledge on nuclear techniques in medical research and industry
• present a view on the complete nuclear energy conversion system
and the entire fuel cycle from uranium mining to the back-end
• offer the background necessary to integrate nuclear energy into
energy systems as a whole
Students will spend the first semester at EPFL, the second at ETH Zürich,
and the third and fourth principally at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI).

Career prospects
Holders of the Master of Science EPF-ETH degree in Nuclear Engineering
will qualify for an interesting, multidisciplinary profession with excellent job
opportunities in industry, research and national authorities. Tasks that are
on the agenda represent scientific and technical challenges for motivated
young engineers and researchers.

Entry requirements
Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree from a reputable university
and excellent academic results. The strong interdisciplinary character of
the Master in Nuclear Engineering is reflected in the fact that the program
is open to a wide range of Bachelor’s degree holders in exact sciences and
engineering. Candidates are expected to have a solid background in
mathematics, physics and a good engineering foundation.

Master of Science in

From molecules to life.

Course structure Modern science is continuously leaning towards
chemistry. In life sciences, materials or environ-
1 -year program 90 ECTS
ment, researchers realize that pertinent answers
Compulsory course 2 ECTS
are hidden at the molecular scale. Key activities
in management
spread across the chiral synthesis of molecules
4 specialization modules 24 ECTS
to choose in the following streams :
with biological interests, elucidation of biological
mechanisms, molecular conversion of energy,
• Bioanalytical Chemistry
catalytic processes, and biosensors and develop-
• Biological Chemistry & Biophysics

• Computational Chemistry
ment of new analytical tools In the heart of this
• Inorganic Chemistry process, chemistry at EPFL benefits from an
• Organic Chemistry international environment with more than 70 %
• Physical Chemistry of research fellows from abroad.

1 advanced module 6 ECTS Objectives

in the following list :
The Master in Molecular and Biological Chemistry is a research program
• Advanced Inorganic Chemistry with a strong focus on practice in laboratory.
• Advanced Organic and
Students also follow advanced courses in current research domains
Bioorganic Chemistry
such as analytics, target synthesis, biological chemistry, computational
• Advanced Physical Chemistry chemistry, etc.

1 free module 6 ECTS

Career prospects
Projects 22 ECTS The Master of Science in Molecular & Biological Chemistry prepares
the students for a career in research, combining theoretical understanding
Master’s thesis 30 ECTS of the molecular world and hands-on experience in laboratories.

Students can choose to extend their

Master’s degree to 120 ECTS by a Entry requirements
complementary 30 ECTS Minor in : Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree from a reputable university
• Contemporary Asian Studies in chemistry and excellent academic results.
• Management, Technology
and Entrepreneurship
• Other Minors are possible, see page 9

Teaching language

Mainly English, French documentation

is available.

Master of Science in

innovative, better, safer and eco-friendly.

Course structure Scaling up from a laboratory reaction to an
industrial process is the main challenge for che-
2-year program 120 ECTS
mical engineers. This is a complicated optimization
Compulsory courses in: 19 ECTS
problem at many levels : environmental impact,
• Chemical Engineering
energy consumption and cost must be minimized
• Processes and Technology
and the quality and process safety maximized.
• Management

2 or 3 specialization modules 18 ECTS Objectives

to select in the following fields: This Master’s program focuses on several important tools such as innovative
• Biochemical Engineering processes and separation techniques, biological engineering, biotechnology,
• Biotechnology catalytic engineering and polymers, and chemical process safety.
• Computational Chemistry

• Polymer Sciences Career prospects

• Energy and Environment The Master of Science in Chemical & Biochemical Engineering prepares
• Green Chemical Engineering the students for a career in industry requiring solid knowledge of
the methods in chemical processes, development, biotechnology
and safety processes.
1 free module 6 ECTS

Laboratory & projects 17 ECTS

Entry requirements
Industrial internship in 30 ECTS Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree from a reputable university
chemical engineering in chemical engineering and excellent academic results.

Students can opt for a 30 ECTS Minor

instead of the internship in industry,
preferably in :
• Contemporary Asian Studies

• Management, Technology
and Entrepreneurship
• Other Minors are possible, see page 9

Students who choose a minor in

academia must do their Master’s
thesis in industry.

Master’s thesis 30 ECTS

Teaching language

Mainly English, French documentation

is available.

Master of Science in
Science and


Course structure Computer simulation has revolutionized THE
research tools of engineers and is nowadays,
2-year program 120 ECTS
besides theory and experiments, essential to many
Core courses 30 ECTS
scientists. While the development of high perfor-
Computational Modeling 10 ECTS mance computing (HPC) started many decades ago
Based on Differential Equations
and has provided powerful computing capabilities,
Computational Methods 10 ECTS it has recently been recognized that integrating
Based on Discrete Systems
HPC to mathematical modeling, numerical algorithms
Numerical Methods, Algorithms, 10 ECTS and large scale data bases of observations will
High Performance Systems
lead to a new paradigm in science and engineering.
Semester projects 30 ECTS
(including an industrial internship)
Master’s thesis 30 ECTS
The curriculum is designed to provide students with basic skills in
Teaching language computational sciences. It is divided in core courses and courses
oriented towards applications in science and engineering.
Core courses include scientific computing, numerical methods, algorithmic
Program pages and software engineering, advanced tools for HPC, image processing,
visualization and multiscale-multiphysics modeling. Application courses in various areas of science and engineering such as chemistry, biology,
civil, environmental or mechanical engineering with a strong HPC
component are offered.
Students will complete an 8-week industrial internship during the summer
or during the Master’s thesis. The program is concluded by a scientific
thesis in a research lab or in collaboration with an industrial partner.

Career prospects
The Master in Computational Science and Engineering opens the doors
to industry in software engineering, environmental engineering, financial
services, chemical and pharmaceutical R&D. It is also a strong asset for
a PhD in Computational Science.

Entry requirements
Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in basic sciences or engineering
and should have a solid mathematics and programing background.

Master of Science in

Engineering solutions for life.

Course structure Training in the MASTER OF SCIENCE IN Bioengineering
focuses on research and development of techno-
2-year program 120 ECTS
logies applied to life sciences. Students gain solid
Core courses and projects 12 ECTS
technical training by studying bioengineering.
Laboratory and industry 30 ECTS

Specialization or Minor 30 ECTS Objectives

Specializations of bioengineering include the disciplines of mechanics
Students can opt either for of biological systems, transport phenomena, biomimetics and tissue
a Specialization in Bioengineering engineering. It is also possible to opt for a Minor in Biomedical Technologies
or a Minor in : or in Biocomputing. These minors are offered in collaboration with the
• Biocomputing
sections of Computer Science and Microengineering. The former prepares
for the mastering of technologies for diagnosis, cutting-edge analytical
• Biomedical Technologies
methods and medical equipment. It gives students the opportunity to be
involved in projects related to the application of nanotechnologies to living
Additional options 18 ECTS organisms. The latter orients students towards the modeling of biological
systems and bioinformatics.
Master’s thesis 30 ECTS

The program includes a compulsory Career prospects

8-week internship in industry.
Graduates will be well prepared for a career in industry, fundamental research
Teaching language and development, services or academia.

Entry requirements
Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree from a reputable university
and excellent academic records. The curriculum requires a solid background
in sciences and technology, (mathematics, physics, chemistry, signal
processing, electronics and electrical systems, computer sciences)
biosciences and medical physiology.

Master of Science in
and technology

Where Life Sciences meet with Technology.

Course structure The MASTER OF SCIENCE IN LIFE Sciences and
Technology focuses on important aspects of
2-year program 120 ECTS
current biomedical research and applied
Core courses and projects 12 ECTS
engineering technologies for fields such as
Laboratory and industry 30 ECTS molecular medicine, neurosciences and
Specialization or Minor 30 ECTS biocomputational sciences.

Students can opt either for Objectives

a Specialization in :
Neurosciences and molecular medicine courses deepen the knowledge
• Molecular Medicine
acquired during the bachelor such as the understanding of brain function,
• Neurosciences biological systems, fundamental mechanisms of cancer origins and
infectious diseases. Thus, they give students knowledge related to new
therapeutic strategies and associated technological tools to identify
or a Minor in :
new therapeutic targets or biomarkers.
• Biocomputing
Biocomputing, as its name suggests, is concentrated in biological systems
modeling, as well as understanding the various modern computational
Additional options 18 ECTS approaches necessary for the operation of large databases such as those
of the human genome.
Master’s thesis 30 ECTS

The program includes a compulsory

Career prospects
8-week internship in industry.
A Master of Science in Life Sciences and Technology provides a strong
Teaching language foundation for a PhD or a career in research in the pharmaceutical industry.
English It also opens doors to services and consulting careers in the medtech and
biotech industries.

Entry requirements
Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree from a reputable university
and excellent academic records. The curriculum requires a solid background
in sciences and technology, (mathematics, physics, chemistry, signal
processing, electronics and electrical systems, computer sciences)
biosciences and medical physiology.

Master of Science in

Course structure To meet today’s business challenges successfully,
professionals must be able to bridge the worlds
2-year program 120 ECTS
of technology and management, understand
Core courses 26 ECTS
the functioning of modern business organizations
Orientation 20 ECTS in a holistic manner, manage a variety of internal
processes and engage with external stakeholders.
Choice between 2 orientations :
• Operations Management Objectives
& Systems Modeling: Supply Chain
Management, Project Management, The Master in Management, Technology and Entrepreneurship is a new
Quantitative Systems Modeling and exciting curriculum for scientists and engineers. This unique program
Techniques in Europe provides fundamental training in strategy, finance, accounting,
human resource management and economics. Furthermore, students can
• Strategy, Innovation &
Entrepreneurship : Technology & choose to specialize either in Strategy, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Innovation Management, or in Operations Management & Systems Modeling.
Entrepreneurship & New Venture
Students round-off their education with a Minor in a specific technical
Strategy, Corporate Strategy
discipline, as well as with elective courses according to their preferences
and specific future employment goals.
Options 14 ECTS

Specialized Minor 30 ECTS Career prospects

Students must acquire
additional expertise in their
The Master of Science in Management, Technology and Entrepreneurship
original field of study (Bachelor). will bridge the worlds of technology and business. Graduates will have
a unique and highly marketable profile that will prepare them for careers
Master’s thesis 30 ECTS in various kinds of organizations from small technology start-ups to large
established companies, consulting firms or public organizations in the fields
Teaching language of Production and Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Logistics, Project
Mainly English
Management or Innovation Management.

Depending on the student’s original field

of study, the specialized minor might be Entry requirements
in French.
Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in engineering or natural
Program pages sciences from a reputable university with excellent academic records.

Master of Science in


Course structure Over the past decades the financial industry
has become increasingly complex and volatile.
2-year program 120 ECTS
Specialists with a solid analytical background
Foundation courses 34 ECTS
are urgently needed to understand past develop-
Provide students with in-depth
coverage of key concepts ments and to drive financial innovation forward.
and topics that every finance
professional needs.
the events of the last few years have exposed
new needs in risk measurement and management,
Advanced courses 44 ECTS
Cover important aspects of derivatives pricing and hedging, portfolio manage-
finance and financial engineering. ment, model validation and corporate finance.
Electives 12 ECTS
Students can choose
a number of elective courses
to tailor-make the program The Master’s program in Financial Engineering (MFE) provides financial
to fit their particular needs. education at the forefront of both academic thinking and industry practice
and is the result of a multidisciplinary effort involving the Swiss Finance
Master’s thesis 30 ECTS
Institute at EPFL, the College of Management of Technology and faculty
To be conducted as part of
members from mathematics, statistics, computer science, operations
a 6 month internship in
the financial industry.
research and communications. The curriculum of the MFE is broad but
also specific because it offers an extensive range of electives so students
Teaching language can tailor-make the program to correspond to their career goals.

Career prospects
Program pages
MFE graduates have the perfect profile to integrate rapidly in financial institutions such as investment banks, rating agencies, consulting and
auditing companies, insurance companies and online trading companies.
Alternatively, MFE graduates can enter top level PhD programs in finance
or financial engineering, such as the Swiss Finance Institute PhD program
at EPFL.

Entry requirements
Holders of a Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline such as mathematics,
physics, computer science, engineering or economics are eligible to apply for
admission into the MFE. Applicants should have a high level of intellectual
ability and exceptional analytical skills as well as a strong interest in finance.
They should also have a solid background in mathematical analysis, statistics
and probability theory. In addition applicants to the MFE should command
either one formal computer language such as C, C++ or Java, or a high-level
language such as Matlab or Mathematica.

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