Study Programs Structure

The MSc capitalizes on achievements made during undergraduate studies by increasing student specializations. The EPFL MSc expand students’ theoretical learning by confronting them with practical projects in multidisciplinary environments and gives them the opportunity to build a personalized curriculum.

Depending on the program, the graduate will have the right to use the title of Engineer, Mathematician, Physicist, Chemist, or EPF-qualified Architect. EPFL’s master’s programs are designed to be flexible and give students the opportunity to customize their curricula according to their aspirations. They consist in two steps: the master cycle (60 or 90 ECTS depending on the program) followed by a one-semester master’s project (30 ECTS).

Specializations are mentioned in the Diploma Supplement and correspond to 30 ECTS courses proposed in a very specific field of the basic discipline of the master, whereas an orientation is more of a general grouping of courses in the same field. Minors are also mentioned in the Diploma Supplement and consist of a group of 30 ECTS compulsory and optional courses offered by one or several programs. Interdisciplinary minors either tackle a multidisciplinary topic or offer complementary education to the classical engineering curriculum, thus opening up educational and career perspectives. Students can therefore choose from a wide range of minors in various fields in order to complement their major.

This experience provides them with a practical immersion and fosters their professional development.

An extension to 25 weeks is possible if the master’s project is carried out in an industry milieu, which
allows for an early immersion in a professional environment.