Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering

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The Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering provides students with a solid foundation in theoretical knowledge. In addition, students are taught the methodology required to conduct research in the disciplines of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.

The degree "Bachelor of Science ETH in Mechanical Engineering" allows students to continue in Master's Degree programs at ETH Zurich or other universities in Switzerland or abroad.


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Compulsory Courses

Compulsory Courses in the first year

Examinations on the Compulsory Courses are held for the first time in the so-called first year examinations during the examination period at the end of the second semester. Credit points are only awarded when an entire examination block has been passed.

The first year examination is assessed based on the weighted average of the results from the various areas of examination:

First year examination:
Analysis I + II
Chemistry 3
Informatics I 4
Linear Algebra I + II 6
Machine Elements + Innovation Processes 8
Kinematics and Statics + Mechanics of Materials 11
Engineering Materials and Production I + II 8

Additional courses in the first year

In addition to the Compulsory Courses in the first year, the following courses must also be completed:

  • Innovation Project
  • Technical Drawing & CAD


Additional Compulsory Courses during the program

Additional Compulsory Courses are assessed through examination blocks which are held during examination sessions.

The examination blocks are composed as follows:

Examination Block 1 Weighting
Analysis III 3
Dynamics 6
Dimensioning I 3
Thermodynamics I 4
Control Systems I 4
Examination Block 2
Physics I + II 10
Electrical Engineering I 3
Fluid Dynamics I 6
Thermodynamics II 4
Examination Block 3
Fluid Dynamics II 3
Thermodynamics III 3


Electives increase theoretical and methodological aspects of fundamental knowledge. Six electives must be chosen to achieve the necessary 24 credit points.

Courses offered in the Spring Semester:

  • Computational Methods for Engineering Application I
  • Manufacturing
  • Introduction to Chemical Engineering
  • Dimensioning II
  • Control Systems II
  • Introduction to Quantum Mechanics for Engineers
  • Bioengineering

Courses offered in the Fall Semester:

  • Computational Methods for Engineering Application II
  • Signals and Systems
  • Mass Transfer
  • Stochastics
  • System Modeling
  • Introduction to Process Engineering
  • Managerial Economics
  • Electrical Engineering II
  • Leichtbau

Focus Specialization: Recommended Electives (PDF, 94 KB)

Engineering Tools

Engineering Tools are computer-aided engineering methods which are taught in block courses in the afternoons of the first weeks of the semester.

The following Engineering Tools are mandatory for all students:

  • Second semester: Engineering Tool I: Computer-based Mathematics
  • Third semester: Engineering Tool II: Numeric Mathematics
  • Fourth semester: Engineering Tool III: FEM-Programs or Engineering Tool III: Object oriented Programming with C++

Students in the fifth and sixth semester choose one Engineering Tool per semester from the course catalogue. For the participation in the five Engineering Tools, 2 credit points (respectively 0.4 credit points per tool) will be awarded.

Laboratory Practice

During Laboratory Practice the students learn about measuring methods, use of the appropriate equipment and their practical use in research.

In the fourth and fifth semesters, students will be offered various opportunities for Laboratory Practice. Ten labs must be passed, of which at least four must be in physics. A total of 2 credit points will be awarded.


Positions in these lab courses are offered and administered via the D-MAVT Laboratory Pracitce Database. An information event on the application process is offered in the first weeks of the semester, after which the database will be opened for registration.

Workshop Training

The workshop training aims at providing you practical experience with the production of components as well as knowledge and understanding about materials and their machining and finishing. The training duration is for at least five weeks and takes place in a company.

For all information concerning the Workshop Training please click here.

Compulsory Electives in Humanities, Social and Political Sciences

Courses in Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (GESS) allow students to apply their knowledge in a social and economic context. 6 credit points must be acquired. Compulsory Electives in Humanities, Social and Political Sciences are determined by D-GESS.



Students choose either a Focus Specialization or a Focus Project. The Focus Specialization and the Focus Project are equivalent options spanning a two semester program worth 20 credit points.

Focus Specialization

The focus study is composed of Compulsory Courses and electives. A focus coordinator is responsible for each area of focus (see Focus Sheet).

Course-based Focus Specializations – Focus Sheet:

Courses which are not listed as Focus Specializations may be accepted only with the consent of the focus coordinator.

Focus Project

Teams of 3 to 8 students work during two semesters on the realisation of a product. Based on market-oriented need, all processes in product development are conducted in a realistic manner: marketing, conception, design, engineering, simulation, prototypes, and production.

Focus Projects start in the Fall Semester. The full range of projects is listed in the respective Fall Semester ETH Zurich course catalogue. Students can also suggest their own projects, however they must be supported and supervised by an ETH Zurich professor.

Focus Project structure:

  • Focus Project (14 credit points)
  • Courses, individually defined by the project coordinator (6 credit points)


  • First year examinations passed
  • Block 1 and 2 examinations passed

Detailed Regulations on the Implementation of Focus Projects (PDF, 110 KB)

Presentations of the Focus Projects (PDF, 32.9 MB)

Focus Roll-out

Bachelor's Thesis

The Bachelor's Thesis, worth 14 credit points, marks the culmination of the Bachelor's program. Subjects for the thesis are listed by the D-MAVT professors, or, alternatively, may be individually agreed with professors. The supervisor establishes the conditions for the Bachelor's Thesis.

Bachelor's Thesis (151-0001-00L) supervisors may be:

Bachelor's Thesis supervisors for Focus Specialization Management, Technology and Economics (151-0071-00L) may be:


The first year examinations, the additional courses in the first year and the blocks 1 and 2 examinations must be passed.

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