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Study contents and study structure

The degree program in Industrial Engineering is modular and conveys content from seven areas of competence. The practical transfer takes place in the various modules and in cross-programme projects.

Study contents

You benefit from a practice-oriented generalist education. The program includes seven areas of competence and two areas of knowledge transfer.

  • Engineering skills
  • Systems engineering
  • Product engineering
  • Information technology
  • Business skills
  • Methodological skills
  • Communication skills
  • Industrial projects
  • Individual knowledge transfer


The degree program is modular, so that modules are completed after each semester. Students can design their own curriculum flexible to a large extent. In addition to the obligatory compulsory and basic modules, students can largely customize their studies by choosing of elective modules.

  • Compulsory modules: must be taken and successfully passed by all students
  • Basic modules: must be taken by all students
  • Elective modules: serve the individual study design and can be chosen or deselected flexibly


You can complete the Industrial Engineering degree program full-time in six semesters (three years) or part-time in eight semesters (approx. four years). The part-time option allows you to combine work and study. With the eight-to-nine-semester option, you usually take two classroom lessons each week and on an evening or a Saturday morning. This allows for the recommended employment level of 50 to 70%. Employment is also possible with the full-time option, but at a significantly lower level.

In the upper semesters, students can deepen their knowledge in one area and focus their study profile. By choosing predefined module combinations, students gain additional areas of specialisation, which are also reflected in the final diploma. In principle, it is also possible to study without specialisation. The choice of specialisation is only made during the course of study.

Three specializations are offered at the two locations Rapperswil and St.Gallen. Students have access to the specializations of both locations.


  • Smart Products and Data Science
  • Value Chain Networks and Additive Manufacturing
  • Smart Factory and Robotics


  • Business IT
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Data Science