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Master in Civil Engineering

Master students in Civil Engineering have a deep knowledge in building materials and structures; engineering works; soil mechanics and geoengineering; hydraulics and energy; transportation. Students choose one of the following specializations: Infrastructures and environment; geotechnical engineering; transportation engineering and mobility; structural engineering; hydraulic engineering and energy; geomatics; urban and rural development. These skills allow the future engineer to design, build and manage complex projects and developments, infrastructures and civil engineering systems which serve the community by taking into account the requirements of sustainable development.

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Master in Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Students in Environmental Sciences and Engineering are trained to address environmental problems and processes in a transdisciplinary approach, and develop appropriate skills to prevent, eliminate or reduce the noxious effects of environmental degradation. They will be able to: develop and implement geographic information tools and geomatics; measure and model the fate and impact of pollutants in ecosystems; achieve environmental impact assessments; remediate and restore polluted soils and sites; develop and apply innovative (bio)technological approaches to treat contaminated water; treat, eliminate or recycle solid wastes; plan and manage urban and rural sustainable development.

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Master in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Master students in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology have a sound knowledge of industrial applications of chemistry and biotechnology. Their background in chemistry and biochemistry can be applied for chemical syn¬thesis, biological, analytical and physical chemistry. Their training includes: process develop¬ment, separation processes, heterogeneous reactions engineering, biotechnology, biological systems, polymer science, electrochemical engineering, environmental technology, management of industrial production and safety of chemical processes. Their competence range from the design of chemical and biochemical processes, to that of functional systems and devices.

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Master in Applied Mathematics

Master students in Applied Mathematics are specialists in the analysis of complex problems requiring the extraction of relevant parameters, simulation of the system under consideration, forecasting and comparing expected results with quantitative data. The student has followed one of two possible orientations: “applied mathematics”, or “statistics and financial mathematics”. The study plan includes amongst other subjects: mathematical modelling, including stochastic modelling, simulation, scientific computation, probability, statistics, optimisation, operational research and financial mathematics.

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Master in Computational Science and Engineering

A student in Computational Science and Engineering is a specialist in constructing mathematical models, finding numerical solutions, constructing algorithms for approximation of physical problems and their implementation on modern computing platforms. A Master degree in Computational Science and Engineering opens opportunities to a wide spectrum of career choices in industry at the cutting edge of science and technology, where the development of simulation techniques is necessary to foster research and industrial production. The study plan includes: computational mathematics, high performance computing, computational mod¬elling for differential equations and discrete systems.

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Master in Physics

The master students in Physics have a background in both theoretical and experimental physics. They are also trained in engineering and technology and are comfortable with mathematical tools, computer modelling and simulation techniques of complex phenomena. They are able to solve diverse technical problems and contribute to the design and development of high tech products. Their study plan includes: mechanics, electrical phenomena, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, optics, nuclear and particle physics, plasma physics, solid-state physics, astrophysics, relativity and cosmology.

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Master in Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering master students focus on electricity as support for both computing and energy. Their multidisciplinary education broadens their knowledge base in three main areas, which are closely interconnected: circuits and devices (microelectronics, integrated circuit design, sensors); computer and communication engineering (acoustics, RF and micro¬waves, photonics, signal and image processing, visual information representation and processing, image analysis, multimedia commu¬nications); power and energy (production, transport, transformation, storage, devices to convert electrical to mechanical energy).

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Master in Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering master program at EPFL provides a transdisciplinary approach to solve problems linked to the design, production and control of technological mechanisms and systems; establish the specifications for a mechanical system; design and size a regulator; select appropriate sensors, actuators and related control algorithms; analyze the statics and dynamics of mechanical systems; model a production system and its logistics; model a process conceptually by identifying sub-systems, their inputs, outputs and disturbances; build, analyze and assess a discrete mathematical model of a mechanical system; instrument a mechanical system to determine its behaviour.

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Master in Materials Science and Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering is a master program providing a combination of a broad basis of knowledge with specific skills in different disciplines to understand and master the structure of matter down to the atomic scale; to understand the relationship between microstructure and structural and functional properties of materials; and to be able to design, transform and manu¬facture materials for use in leading edge technologies. In-depth optional courses are: Transformation of materials and production processes; structural materials for transportation, energy and infrastructures; materials for microelectronics and microengineering; materials for biotechnology and medical applications.

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Master in Microengineering

The Microengineering master student is a generalist in engineering, and trained towards a pluridisciplinary approach (mechanics, electronics, optics, informatics and telecommunications). He is able to understand and to take advantage of the challenges of miniaturization, and to integrate new and proven technologies into product concepts. He has the necessary product management skills and knowhow for mastering mass production challenges (design for assembly, design to cost, economic impact). His pluridisciplinary educa¬tion is broadening in one of the following domains: micro- and nanosystems; applied optics; robotics and autonomous systems; production technologies.

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Master in Communication Systems

The master in Communication Systems offers a unique education emphasizing the interplay of mathematics, physics, computer science and electrical engineering. It allows students to deepen their knowledge in an area of personal interest. The following specializations are offered: Information Security; Internet Computing; Networking and Mobility; Signals, Images and Interfaces; Wireless Communication. The official language of education is English.

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Master in Computer Science

The master in Computer Science offers a unique choice of courses ranging from foundations of computer sciences, software and computer systems to Big data and construction of software. It also includes emerging disciplines such as Biocomputing. The following specializations are available: Computer Engineering; Foundations of Software; Internet Computing; Service Science; Signals and Image Interface and Software Systems. The official language of education is English.

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Master in Life Sciences and Technology

Master students in Life Sciences and Technology receive a unique multidisciplinary training, combining extensive knowledge in basic sciences and an education merging biological sciences (biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, neuroscience) with engineering disciplines (computer science, bioinformatics, signal processing, imaging, material sciences). The student will choose specialized training in bioimaging and signal processing; bioinformatics and statistics; biomaterials; biomedical devices and drug delivery; infectious diseases; intellectual property and regulation in biomedical domain; molecular screening and automation; metabolism and nutrition; oncology.

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Master in Financial Engineering

Master in Financial engineering students are very quantitative and have broad skills in all fields of Finance and Financial Engineering. Furthermore, their competences combine modern finance therory and computational methods with a practical knowledge of the forums in which they can employ these skills. They acquire a strong knowledge in derivatives pricing, asset management, securities trading, risk management, securities trading, structuring and underwriting, corporate finance and corporate restructurings as well as in venture capital and private equity. They have the perfect profile to rapidly integrate financial institutions such as investment banks, rating agencies, consulting and auditing companies, insurance companies and online trading companies.

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Master in Management, Technology and Entrepreneurship

Students enrolled in the master Management, Technology and Entrepreneurship come from all sections of EPFL and also from technical and scientific universities in Switzerland and abroad. During the MTE Master, they acquire knowledge in company management as a complement to the program’s technological basis, which gives them a very comprehensive education. This Master truly offers an important potential for accessing positions which require excellent technological skills as well as solid expertise in management.

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Master in Digital Humanities

As data proliferate and play an ever-growing role in our life decisions, the division between engineers who design algorithms and social science experts who interpret those data cannot hold anymore. The content industry via media, entertainment and culture, together with the public make an extensive use of Big Data and Machine Learning techniques. The Master of Science in Digital Humanities offers a program of excellence in both the Data Science and Humanities fields that brings graduates to positions of responsibility in the new rich content systems of information.

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Master in Energy Management and Sustainability

Students in the master Energy Management and Sustainability have a background in engineering (electrical, mechanical, micro-technical, environmental, and civil engineering, applied physics) or architecture, with a Bachelor degree from EPFL, ETH Zurich or renowned foreign institutions. During their Master, they follow a multi-disciplinary curriculum, built around the theme of energy management and sustainability, completed by a broad range of classes in management and entrepreneurship. This new generation of engineers is trained to work in teams and to understand and work on complex systems such as smart power grids, water distribution networks, services related to the environment, and electronic systems to manage power consumption. Their profile makes them well suited to handle multidisciplinary projects where any form of energy management is of prime importance, optimizing its use while minimizing negative impacts on society.