Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Introduction

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

EPFL is located on the shores of Lake Geneva and brings together over 10,000 people on a single campus, including 7,200 students and 320 faculty members. Since it was founded in 1853, EPFL has become a world-renowned international institution with more than 110 nationalities on campus.

The School has a unique organization to foster cross-disciplinary research and promote partnerships with other institutions and with companies. Its more than 340 laboratories and research groups enable EPFL to rank among the world’s most innovative and productive institutions in terms of technology and science. EPFL offers 15 Bachelor's complete and 22 Master's programs in engineering, basic sciences, computer and communication sciences, life sciences, architecture and the environment, and management of technology. The EPFL Doctoral School enables PhD students of the same subject to work together, transcending the boundaries of their own labs. Students attending the EPFL School of Continuing Education have the opportunity to strengthen and update their skills and knowledge, giving them a competitive edge in a rapidly evolving professional environment.

Typical Academic Year


The academic year at EPFL is divided into two (autumn and spring) semesters of courses, 14 weeks each, followed by 2 to 3-week (winter and summer) exam sessions.


O Autumn semester course schedule : mid September to end December
O Winter exam session : last three weeks in January
O Spring semester course schedule : mid February to end May
O Summer exam session : mid June to beginning of July

Planning Your Time


Our study programs are designed for full-time studying to obtain 30 credits per semester. The information provided during lectures may be substantial as from the start of term, which is why you should schedule practical work and exam preparation as from the onset of the courses. Both the winter and summer exam sessions are usually punctuated by 2-3 weeks’ revision time during which there are no lectures. These weeks are not holidays and should be used to complete reports on practicals and projects and revise for the exams which are within a three week period.


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Programs

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MSc

Master of Science EPF Lausanne-ETH Zurich in Nuclear Engineering

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 Switzerland Lausanne

The Master in Nuclear Engineering is jointly granted by the 2 Swiss institutes of technology: EPF Lausanne and ETH Zurich, two of Europe's leading science and engineering schools. [+]

Master of Science EPF Lausanne-ETH Zurich in Nuclear Engineering

towards sustainable energy supply

 

The Master in Nuclear Engineering is jointly granted by the 2 Swiss institutes of technology: EPF Lausanne and ETH Zurich, two of Europe's leading science and engineering schools.

 

Clean, affordable and reliably available energy is of paramount importance for the well-being of industrialized economies and the development of emerging countries.  Nuclear power is one of the principal options for closing the growing energy gap in a mid-term perspective and, depending on the availability of new generations of nuclear facilities and technologies, also a potentially crucial resource in the long-term.... [-]


Master of Science in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 Switzerland Lausanne

The Master’s program in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering focuses on several important tools such as innovative processes and separation techniques, biological engineering, biotechnology, catalytic engineering and biomaterials, including chemical process safety. [+]

Master of Science in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

innovative, better, safer and eco-friendly

 

Scaling up from a laboratory reaction to an industrial process is the main challenge for chemical engineers. This is a complicated optimization problem at many levels: environmental impact, energy consumption and cost must be minimized, and the quality and process safety maximized.

 

The Master’s program in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering focuses on several important tools such as innovative processes and separation techniques, biological engineering, biotechnology, catalytic engineering and biomaterials, including chemical process safety.... [-]


Master of Science in Communication Systems

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 Switzerland Lausanne

The Communications Systems Master program offers prospective candidates a worldwide unique education emphasizing the interplay of Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering. [+]

Master of Science in Communication Systems

creating a connected world

 

The Communications Systems Master program offers prospective candidates a worldwide unique education emphasizing the interplay of Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering.

We offer specializations in the following technical disciplines: Wireless Communication; Signals, Images and Interfaces; Networking and Mobility; Internet Computing; Information Security, as well as options for minors in management; space technology; bio-computing; computer engineering.

 

We have an internationally diverse faculty composed by world-renowned visionaries in their fields. Our research programs cover almost all aspects of modern communications, including theoretical foundations, security, signal processing, vision, networking, computer engineering, and systems.... [-]


Master of Science in Computational Science and Engineering

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 Switzerland Lausanne

This master aims at educating holders of a Bachelor degree in basic sciences and engineering in the interdisciplinary field of simulation-based engineering science. [+]

Master in Computational Science and Engineering

a new paradigm in R&D

 

Computer simulation has revolutionized the research tools of engineer and is nowadays besides theory and experiments, essential to many scientists. While the development of high performance computing (HPC) started many decades ago and has provided many scientists with powerful computing capabilities, it has recently been recognized that integrating HPC to mathematical modelling, numerical algorithms and large scale data bases will lead to a new paradigm in science and engineering.

 

The Master in Computational Science and Engineering at EPFL aims at educating holders of Bachelor degrees in Basic Sciences and Engineering in the interdisciplinary field of simulation-based engineering science. The presence of the CECAM (Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire), the new CADMOS centre (Center for Advanced Modelling System) in the Lake Geneva region, as well as the future development of HPC at EPFL form an exciting environment for the enrolled students.... [-]


Master of Science in Computer Science

Campus Full time 3 - 4 semesters September 2017 Switzerland Lausanne

The Master Program in Computer Science offers a unique choice of courses that cover all aspects of the discipline, ranging from advanced digital technologies to distributed information systems and security, including ... [+]

Master of Science in Computer Science

ubiquitous computing

 

The Master Program in Computer Science  offers a unique choice of courses that cover all aspects of the discipline, ranging from advanced digital technologies to distributed information systems and security, including emerging disciplines such as biocomputing and service science.

 

The program will train excellent scientists to become top prefessionals in their own specific domain and drive industrial, scientific, and market innovation. Graduates will lead research and development teams in industry.

The school of computer science has recently strengthened its faculty by recruiting several world-class professors performing cutting-edge research at the the core of computer science, offering students the best computer science curriculum in Europe.... [-]


Master of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Campus Full time 3 semesters September 2017 Switzerland Lausanne

The Master’s program in Electrical and Electronic Engineering responds to the growing needs of interconnected sectors of science and technology and will educate highly competitive researchers and professionals in the fields of electrical and electronics engineering. [+]

Master of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering

 the ability to dream, the power to create

 

The Master’s program in Electrical and Electronic Engineering responds to the growing needs of  interconnected sectors of science and technology and will educate highly competitive researchers and professionals in the fields of electrical and electronics engineering. 

 

Three main orientations are offered:

Electronics and Micro-electronics Information Technologies Power Conversion and Systems

In addition to attending regular lectures offered by our internationally recognized professors, students participate in various laboratories and group projects. The Master's program in Electrical and Electronic Engineering covers both theoretical foundations and practical aspects of the discipline.... [-]


Master of Science in Energy Management and Sustainability (MES)

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 Switzerland Lausanne

The Energy Management and Sustainability (MES) degree is a unique interdisciplinary opportunity fully geared towards achieving lasting advances in a world where the issue of sustainability has become paramount. [+]

Master of Science in Energy Management and Sustainability (MES)

 

The Energy Management and Sustainability (MES) degree is a unique interdisciplinary opportunity fully geared towards achieving lasting advances in a world where the issue of sustainability has become paramount. Students receive theoretical and practical training, using state-of–the-art environmental and sustainable research & development framework.

 

The objective of this innovative Master program is to educate engineers with a multidisciplinary profile, capable of mastering real-world thinking and complex problem solving. The degree is earned after obtaining 120 ECTS over a two-year study period. The first year is completed at EPF-Lausanne, Switzerland, while the second year is held at EPFL Middle East, Ras Al Khaimah, U.A.E.... [-]


Master of Science in Financial Engineering

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 Switzerland Lausanne

The Master in Financial Engineering is the result of a multi-disciplinary effort, involving the College of Management of Technology and other programmes such as Mathematics and Computer Science. [+]

Master of Science in Financial Engineering

innovate the financial world

 

The Master in Financial Engineering is the result of a multi-disciplinary effort, involving the College of Management of Technology and other programs such as Mathematics and Computer Science. Its curriculum is designed to provide students a combination of skills in areas such as finance, mathematics, economics, statistics, market design, risk management, etc.

 

Candidates should have a solid background in mathematical analysis, statistics and probability theory. Holders of a Bachelor's degree in sciences and engineering from a reputable university can apply to the Master in Financial Engineering.... [-]


Master of Science in Management, Technology and Entrepreneurship

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 Switzerland Lausanne

The Master in Management, Technology and Entrepreneurship offers a new and exciting curriculum designed for future engineers and scientists to acquire substantial strength and depth in conceptual and analytical foundations of management. [+]

Master of Science in Management, Technology and Entrepreneurship

connecting knowledge

 

The Master in Management, Technology and Entrepreneurship offers a new and exciting curriculum designed for future engineers and scientists to acquire substantial strength and depth in conceptual and analytical foundations of management. The program is open to holders of a Bachelor degree in Engineering or in Natural Sciences.

 

This is a unique program in Europe offering fundamental training in strategy, finance, accounting, human resource management, economics, and a specialization in either Strategy, Innovation & Entrepreneurship or in Operations Management & Systems Modeling.... [-]


Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

Campus Full time 3 semesters September 2017 Switzerland Lausanne

The Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) program integrates fundamental knowledge of materials synthesis and processing, materials microstructure and materials properties. [+]

Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

mastering matter

 

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) integrates fundamental knowledge of materials synthesis and processing, materials microstructure (from electrons to crystals) and materials properties (from physical to biological) of polymers, ceramics, metals and alloys, optical and electronic materials, composites and biomaterials. This knowledge is then used to improve the performance of engineered products and to design unique new materials for next-generation applications, with emphasis on sustainable development.

 

Modern approaches to MSE, as practised at EPFL, focus on a fundamental understanding of the key issues in processing, structure, properties and performance that unite all classes of materials and are the basis for their intelligent use. MSE is thus an enabling discipline for all other fields of engineering and is a unique blend of the basic and engineering sciences. A Masters degree in MSE from EPFL is the gateway to a wide range of career opportunities in industry, and as a complement to a Bachelor in other fields of engineering can broaden professional opportunities. MSE is also an ideal training for the innovative application of advanced materials in areas such as bio- and nanotechnology.... [-]