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Master's degree programme

The Master's degree programme in Energy Science and Technology (MEST) is offered by ETH Zurich to enable future engineers to rise to the challenge of developing future sustainable energy systems.

The programme provides education in a large number of scientific disciplines. Students individually structure their own study profile by selecting from a wide range of courses across many of the ETH departments.


MEST Brochure

Gain a quick overview of the aims and benefits of the MEST programme by looking at the MEST brochure, including alumni testimonials.  

MEST Programme Director

Prof. Christian Franck is the current MEST Programme Director. He commenced in autumn 2015, taking over from Prof. Göran Andersson who is retiring shortly after many years at the ETH and leading the MEST success. 

MEST Alumni Portraits

Ifigeneia Stefanidou, in a talk in spring 2017, said that the MEST programme's high level of expertise, flexibilty and broadness were some of the many aspects that attracted her to it. An industrial internship at ABB Power Electronics led to her also doing her Master Thesis in 'Active Distribution Grids' there, followed by her first job at Axpo, in grid and power systems planning. She has since moved from being a user of smart grid technology to a company that manufactures it, Landis+Gyr, as a Smart Grid Consultant. Slides (PDF, 799 KB)

Eva Kaffe presentation

Evdokia Kaffe, talked to an audience at ETH in spring 2016 about her reasons for choosing the MEST programme and the benefits she gained. Now working for one of Zurich's electricity providers (ewz), she found the unique mix of engineering and economics / business courses studied meant that she was well prepared for the real world within a busy energy supplier. Slides (PDF, 5.9 MB)

Michael Koller

Michael Koller was profiled in the German newspaper "Die Zeit" (german only) in July 2016 following his recent appointment, at the young age of 28, as Chief Technical Officer for EKZ, the electricity provider for the Canton of Zurich. In this role, he is a key player in the energy transition, directing research and development projects and shaping the integration of renewable electrical energy in Switzerland’s power grid.

Michael was the guest speaker at the spring 2015 MEST information event for prospective students whilst still in his earlier position with EKZ as an Energy Storage Specialist. Slides (PDF, 1.4 MB)

Excellence Celebrated

A recent article in the ETH News headed Getting to know ETH's top talents showcased some of the many Masters students who have all won awards from the Excellence Scholarship and Opportunity Programme (ESOP). Two MEST students appear in the article, Hannah Cassard in a photo and Brooke Spreen in the video. 

For future applicants to the MEST programme who are interested in also applying for an ESOP award, full details are here

MEST Tutors

The tutors on the MEST programme are Professors undertaking energy-related research and span nine different ETH departments: MEST tutors.

We welcome a new tutor for 2017, profiled below. Any further additions for 2017 will be posted here shortly.

Prof. Stefan Wiemer is a Professor of Seismology and the Director of the Swiss Seismological Service (SED), the federal agency for earthquakes, based in ETH's Institute of Geophysics. The core focus of research within SED is the observation, causes and impacts of earthquakes, including induced seismicity related to GeoEnergy applications.

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