One Of A Kind
Energy Systems Engineering offers a unique, progressive degree program tailored specifically to meet modern society’s needs. As such, students participate in a bachelor’s degree program that interlocks electrical, mechanical and environmental engineering expertise, with business excellence. As a modular and practice orientated degree program, students have direct contact with companies and industry experts, as well as with the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research on campus. The multicultural nature of the degree program, both from students and faculty, brings together a broad range of international experience enhancing innovation.
This interdisciplinary skill-set ultimately prepares students to assess energy systems comprehensively and be ready for business around the world. Furthermore, graduates are qualified to enter various Master programs from General Engineering, to Energy Engineering and Environmental Engineering, as well as Business Administration.
Particular study features include:
- Interdisciplinary approach in theory and practice
- Competencies in work methods developed and applied in project modules
- Close cooperation with Swiss-based companies
- Insight into the Swiss Federal Energy Program 2050
- Extensive collaboration with local and international degree programs
- Integrated international and Swiss student body
- One of a kind Bachelor Engineering degree program in Switzerland, taught entirely in English
For admission into the degree program Energy Systems Engineering at the School of Engineering and Architecture, the following criteria must be fulfilled:
Prospective students need a higher secondary education certificate that qualifies them for studies at university level in their country of origin (e.g. Switzerland: Federal Vocational Baccalaureate or Confederate Matura Diploma; Germany: High-School degree or technical college qualification; United Kingdom: A-Level or BTEC or International Baccalaureate). Diplomas or certificates of other studies/ vocational training and additional examinations that qualify for admission to a university of applied sciences are also considered.
Degree programs at the Lucerne School of Engineering and Architecture require students to have completed practical training in industry prior to the commencement of their studies. This experience is typically attained in the form of a one year internship in a relevant study related occupation, or other practical work experience in a different field. In the latter case, students will be expected to complete an additional 18 week long technical training program throughout the duration of their studies, supported by the School of Engineering and Architecture.
Prospective students must be a native English speaker or have a language proficiency of at least a CEF Level C1, IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL IBT 90 (other equivalent certification may also be accepted). A copy of the corresponding certificate is to be submitted with the application. In the case that applicants do not possess an appropriate language certificate, an online English assessment will be sent by the school after provisional acceptance. Applicants who do not reach the appropriate level on the first attempt may also retake the assessment at a later date; however a pass grade must be reached at latest by the beginning of the 1st semester.
Modular Degree Program
The study curriculum is built up on four different module categories including core, project, related and minor modules. More specifically:
- Core modules account for about 50% of the total study efforts, delivering the most critical specialized skills and methodology competencies.
- Project modules confront students with challenging, real-life problems. Taking up approximately 30% of the study modules, these are typically provided by partner companies or research teams.
- Related modules allow students to become familiar with topics that belong to the extended scope of their future jobs. Here, students develop their individual areas of concentration and extend their specific disciplinary competences. These modules take up about 10% of the study efforts.
- The remaining 10% are minor modules, which cover non-disciplinary competences and enable students to integrate their knowledge and skills into the larger societal, cultural, ethical and economic context.
During the advanced year, students have the option to choose specialization modules to earn an individual profile. The bachelor degree program Energy Systems Engineering offers the following two specialization options:
- Technology and Environment
- Business Applications
Flexible Time Models
Total flexibility in time models enables students to undertake the degree program in both full-time and part-time enrolment patterns. It is also possible to switch between models part way through the program at the end of each semester. Students typically start the program in the fall semester (September), however starting in the spring semester (February) is also possible. Depending on the time model, the bachelor’s degree is earnt after three to five years.
Multi-Disciplinary Practical Experience
Project modules form a central part of the degree program, allowing students the opportunity to gain invaluable practical experience for their future career. Here, students apply base theoretical knowledge to both practical simulations and projects with actual external partner companies. This practical experience is further enhanced by participation in interdisciplinary modules, such as cross-functional basic modules and cross-functional competitions, involving students from electrical, mechanical, and/or business engineering. During the final year of study, students work closely again with companies or researchers on a challenging project as part of their bachelor thesis.
Throughout the duration of the degree program, students are constantly exposed to international environments. These opportunities enhance the overall study experience, offering a wider perspective of the whole energy sector. This is provided through meetings and projects with partner companies, the possibility of international student exchange semesters and the overall study experience with fellow multi-cultural students and faculty members with diverse backgrounds.
Interested persons are invited to attend classes or to speak with current students and faculty. Please email Marion Meissner, Senior Assistant Energy Systems Engineering, for further information and preferred visiting dates.
Consecutive Master Programs
The internationally recognized degree «Bachelor of Science Hochschule Luzern/ FHZ in Energy Systems Engineering» qualifies students for admittance into a consecutive Master of Science in Engineering, as well as the Master of Science in Business Administration (provided the respective business modules have been successfully completed). Options to enter master programs at partner universities are also open to graduates.