18 months
1390 EUR/year
1390 EUR/year
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The Master's degree programme in Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) at ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology provides future-oriented education in Mathematics, Computer Science and at least two fields of application from the natural and engineering sciences


 Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) graduates from ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology will be able to understand a problem from the scientific and technological point of view and have the requisite skills to perform a computer-based analysis. They will be capable of working and thinking in an interdisciplinary way.

Profile and educational objective

 Computational science and engineering means mathematical modelling, numerical solution techniques and the use of computers to analyse and solve scientific and technological problems. Besides studies in the fields of application from science and engineering, students will learn how to use the most important mathematical methods and computer tools.

CSE is different from both computer science and the traditional science and engineering. It represents a third scientific way in addition to theory and experiment. In brief, computational science and engineering is interdisciplinary, application oriented, focused on problem solving, and based on computer simulation. 

RW/CSE graduates are able to communicate with specialists from the areas of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, engineering and computer science and work together with them in finding solutions to complex practical problems. 

The interdisciplinary education the RW/CSE curriculum provides in mathematics, computer science and application is an ideal basis for a career in industry and business.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Advanced Numerical Methods
  • Computational Statistics
  • How to write Fast Numerical Code
  • Optimization for Data Science

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

An application to the MSc programme CSE at ETH Zurich is pointless, unless your academic record clearly states that you had an education (course) in

  • basic mathematics (calculus and linear algebra)
  • programming (C, C++, FORTRAN, etc); fluency in C++ prior joining CSE is important
  • basic numerical methods
  • foundations of physics
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Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1390 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 695 EUR per semester during 18 months.
  • National

    1390 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 695 EUR per semester during 18 months.
    • tuition fee: CHF 730 per semester

Living costs for Zürich

1920 - 2572 CHF /month
Living costs

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