MSc in Mechanical Engineering

Program’s Objectives

The mechanical engineering program provides training in both general concepts and specialised subjects. For example, you could learn how to analyse the air flow around the wing of an airplane, help create a better prosthetic knee or work with a team of interdisciplinary involved in exciting projects.

As a general guideline, the Master in Mechanical Engineering at EPFL consists of two components equalling 120 credits. The first 90 credits provide the foundation of your engineering knowledge from a choice of courses and projects in specific DOMAINS called “concentrations” and the last 30 credits are related to a Master’s thesis project.

Every student must choose 74 credits (or 44, in case they do a 30 credit minor), the last 16 credits are to be done in the “Project” block. If the students wish to follow a specialization, they must choose at least 18 credits in the course list recommended by the corresponding specialization and have their Master Course selection form validated and signed by the Orientation advisor, before they hand it in to the SGM Secretariat.

More information on the Master’s Mechanical Engineering page.

Double degrees

Two agreements on a double degree reached

lead to the creation of two additional orientations, respectively in aerospatial and automotive engineering.

Multi-disciplinary Degree

For students wishing to obtain a multi-disciplinary degree, the Master program in Mechanical Engineering also gives the option to complete a minor by taking 30 credits in one of the minors offered in other complementary programs at the EPFL. The ME Section recommends the seven following minors :

Detailed outlines of these minors are available on the registration office’s (SAC) web page and the catalogue of courses available below for downloading

On completion of this program, students will be awarded with a “Master of Sciences in Mechanical Engineering” degree.


In case of specific questions about this program,
please contact the Mechanical Engineering Section: Prof. François Gallaire
+41 (0)21 693 78 34

Read the brochure (PDF)

See the program’s structure (PDF)