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Master’s programme in Building Physics


>> Key data | Short description | Programme | Prerequisites | Prospects | Internationality | Accreditation | Contact

Key data <<  
Programme start date: Winter semester (at HFT Stuttgart)
Summer semester (at Technical University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim)
Deadline for applications: January 15th (registration for the summer semester)
July 15th (registration for the winter semester)
Standard duration: 3 semesters
Qualification: Master of Engineering (M. Eng.)

Short description <<

The new master’s programme in Building Physics is a cooperative programme run by the Building Physics and Climate Engineering departments at HFT Stuttgart and the Energy & Building Technology, Wood Building & Construction, and Interior Engineering departments at the university’s external partner Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences (THRo). From an organisational perspective the programme is situated in Faculty B at HFT Stuttgart.

The master’s programme enables graduates from the bachelor’s programmes in Building Physics and Climate Engineering at HFT Stuttgart and the bachelor’s programmes in Energy & Building Technology, Wood Building & Construction, and Interior Engineering at Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences (THRo) to seamlessly continue their academic careers. Graduates from similar programmes at other seats of higher education are also welcome to apply, and in particular those whose previous studies focused on science and engineering (especially construction engineering). The resultant broad spectrum of students in the programme corresponds with the diverse range of tasks that accompany the sustainable construction of buildings and districts in accordance with contemporary requirements in terms of building physics, building services, and energy efficiency.

The master’s programme enables students to gain a combination of substantiated knowledge and practical skills in the field of theoretical and applied building physics. In addition to an in-depth examination of acoustics/sound insulation and associated measuring technology, the programme also places special focus on the scientific and mathematical concepts behind models and simulation tools applied in the fields of thermal building physics and sustainable energy systems. The intensive research engaged in, by all participating departments, not only feeds cutting-edge, know-how, and expertise back into taught content, but also gives students an invaluable introduction to the world of research and development.


Programme structure <<

The programme is delivered in equal parts by HFT Stuttgart and THRo at their respective campuses. Lectures during the first two semesters alternate between HFT Stuttgart (winter semester) and THRo (summer semester). Each individual module represents a stand-alone block and does not build upon other modules, thus enabling students to start the programme in the semester of their choice. Depending on their chosen topic, students can write their master’s thesis at HFT Stuttgart, Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences, or an external organisation.

The first semester is designed to ensure that all students push off from the same foundation when they start the second semester. In addition to their core lectures, students also have the opportunity to redress any deficits concerning their knowledge of the fundamentals of mathematics, natural science and/or, engineering. This involves attending lectures included in relevant bachelor’s programmes at the respective university. The amount of catching up required is defined by the respective admission criteria.

The two advanced semesters expand on knowledge of mathematics and physics gained at bachelor’s level and offer specialized pathways/majors in the fields of energy and acoustics. In addition to gaining a strong grasp of the theories involved, students also spend a significant amount of time in the lab tackling practically oriented exercises. Students are required to select one of two majors when choosing their compulsory elective lectures and interdisciplinary study projects: Acoustics & Sound Insulation (A) or Thermal-Hygric Building Physics & Energy Technology (E). The following diagram provides an overview of the programme


Study projects involve research-based or practically oriented tasks that are either allocated to or selected by students themselves. Projects are carried out and supervised either internally or, in the case of work carried out as part of wider projects, at external partner companies, engineering firms, or research institutes.


Master’s thesis

The master’s thesis requires students to draw up a practically oriented piece of work on a topic dealt with during the programme. The thesis must be written independently, within a specified period (generally 6 months), while using academic methods. The topic selected should provide the student with an opportunity to develop their own ideas. After completing their thesis they are required to present the key elements of their work in a clear, well-structured manner as part of a 20-minute public presentation followed by a specialist discussion.


Prerequisites <<

The master’s programme in Building Physics is open to prospective students who have already obtained a professionally oriented university-level qualification (bachelor’s degree, German “Diplom” or equivalent) in Building Physics, Climate Engineering, Energy & Building Technology, Wood Building & Construction, Interior Engineering or an engineering discipline in a related field. Their university-level qualification must be comprised of no less than three-and-a-half years of full-time study (210 ECTS-compliant credit points (CP)), including an overall grade of no less than 2.5 (according to the German grading scheme).

Specialized mathematical knowledge (12 CP), fundamental knowledge of physics and/or building physics (15 CP), and fire protection (2 CP) are also required. Prospective students who do not possess adequate knowledge at the time of application can still begin the programme as first semester students provided they deliver evidence of having gained the following minimum number of credit points:

- Mathematics: 8 CP

- Fundamentals of physics and building physics: 12 CP

Students admitted onto the programme on this basis are required to catch up on the missing credit points during their first semester.


Prospects <<

The opportunities for Building Physics graduates in the job market can generally be described as extremely positive, not only, because of the current political commitment to national and international climate protection legislation, considerable demand for action and advice on issues of energy policy exists among public authorities, construction firms, industrial companies, energy providers, trade associations and end consumers alike. Rising standards in terms of comfort and protection coupled with increasing population density are also leading to growth in demand for specialist planners and consultants in the fields of building and room acoustics. Political circumstances are likely to continue to drive this trend in the future.

Given the current situation in the job market, graduates can reasonably expect to be able to find suitable employment immediately after completing their programme. Previous graduates have acquired positions as engineers responsible for planning and consulting at engineering firms, large players in the construction and energy sectors and town planning, and building control departments at municipal authorities. Others have been recruited as development engineers by manufacturing companies. Their expertise in specialized disciplines in the fields of technical acoustics and building services engineering also opens the door to attractive research roles at universities and research institutes.


International partner universities <<

Students of the master’s programme in Building Physics enjoy the benefits of a network of partner universities around the globe. The International Relations Office is on hand to provide you with support as your prepare for your time away. A current list of partner universities is available on the HFT Stuttgart website.


Accreditation <<

The Building Physics programme holds accreditation awarded by the ASIIN (an accreditation agency for programmes in the field of engineering, computer science, natural sciences and mathematics). The programme therefore fulfils the high qualitative requirements defined by the new two-stage European system of higher education.


Contact <<

Tel. +49 (0)711 8926 2676
Fax +49 (0)711 8926 2761