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Building Energy Engineering, M.Sc.

Program overview

In the Building Energy Engineering master’s program, you study the methods and knowledge for solving technical problems in the field of building energy engineering, placing human needs at the heart of your considerations. The program combines integral concepts that view buildings as systemic units and focuses on energy and building engineering. This comprehensive approach makes it possible to design technical solutions for living spaces as large as a metropolis like Berlin. This is a one-of-a-kind approach in Germany and particularly addresses the needs of industry. In this master's program you further your knowledge in the areas heating, ventilation, and air conditioning and also acquire additional technical knowledge in the two focal areas of energy and installation engineering and indoor climate. A number of transdisciplinary specializations are available for you to choose from: lighting engineering, technical acoustics, control engineering, or renewable energy.

DegreeMaster of Science
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Credit points120
Program start Summer and winter semester
Admission Open admission
Language of instruction German

Admission requirements

As for every other master’s degree program at TU Berlin, applicants must possess a first university degree qualifying them for professional work.

Applicants to the consecutive master’s program must possess a first university degree in energy engineering and process engineering or a related field qualifying them for professional work. The responsible examination board will decide whether the content of the related bachelor’s degree qualifies the applicant for the master’s program.

The Building Energy Engineering master’s program is taught in German. If you are applying with a foreign school-leaving certificate, you must provide proof of German skills at a specific level. This is a prerequisite for admission.

Knowledge of English is useful as some courses/modules are offered in English. However, it is not a condition for admission to studies.

You should be interested in, and have an understanding of interdisciplinary approaches as the curriculum addresses complex, interdisciplinary issues.

Program structure

There is a proposed course schedule for the degree program. This is a recommendation for how to complete the degree program within the standard period of study of four semesters. It provides an example of which modules to take in which semesters. While this proposed course schedule is ideal on paper, it is not mandatory. It’s simply an example of how to successfully schedule and shape your studies.

The curriculum is taught through a mix of integrated courses, seminars, and labs. By completing the master's thesis independently, you demonstrate your ability to conduct scientific work.

You can find the proposed course schedule in the study and examination regulations of the study program. The most current version of the regulations applies to applicants.


Content and modules

The master’s degree program in Building Energy Engineering is modular in design. A module combines curriculum content relating to a specific topic. Modules often include a variety of different study and teaching formats such as lectures, practical tutorials, seminars, and practical projects. Students are required to earn a specific number of credit points and complete certain coursework and assessments in each module.

A current overview of all modules is available in TU Berlin’s module transfer system (MTS). The MTS also provides an overview of which modules are mandatory for your degree program and which are elective. Detailed module descriptions provide information on the content, learning outcomes, participation requirements, the workload, examination methods, and much more. The module catalogue is based on the study and exam regulations.


To module database

Internships

An industry internship is a compulsory component of the Building Energy Engineering master's program curriculum. The internship must last at least 6 weeks. Students are to submit proof of having completed the internship before registering for their final exam in the program. The internship is intended to provide you with professional orientation, offering you insight into how you might wish to specialize and advance your knowledge. During the internship you learn about work in industry and technology from an engineering perspective. It provides an opportunity for you to apply the knowledge and methods skills you have acquired in your studies to an industrial environment.

During your internship you are to work in more than one of the following areas:

•   (Building) planning

•   Design (planning office)

•   Construction management

•   Development

•   Assessment

•   Assembly and operation of instruments and systems

Further information is available in the program’s internship regulations.


Stays abroad

You can generally complete parts of the program abroad, either in the form of study abroad or internships. General information regarding stays abroad can be obtained from the TU Berlin International Office (study abroad) and from the Career Service (internships abroad).

Acquired skills

Our graduates are fully trained in the following areas:

•   Understanding and modeling of people’s level of comfort with consideration of gender aspects as a marginal condition for the technical design of living spaces

•   Further calculation methods for building engineering, the application of computer-supported planning aids, standards and guidelines,

•   Knowledge of technical possibilities for environmentally-friendly energy supply

•   Precise planning of technical building systems and their efficient operation

•   Energetic assessment of system solutions, integral evaluation of air-conditioning, lighting, and soundproofing concepts

•   Knowledge of integral planning approaches for the technical design of living spaces

•   Experimental and numerical methods for scientific problems

•   Knowledge of international discourse and research focuses

After your studies

With a Master of Science in building energy engineering you can work in a variety of fields in roles where you provide advisory services, plan, develop, research, or monitor as well as assume managerial tasks. Graduates are particularly needed in industry, building and engineering services, consulting, system approval and monitoring, the public sector, developmental aid organizations, and research and development.

Your degree also qualifies you to pursue a Dr.-Ing. degree.


Further information & downloads

Guidance and choosing the right degree program: Academic Advising Service

Questions about the degree program: Course Guidance

General questions: Student Info Services

Application and enrollment: Office of Student Affairs - Graduate Admissions

Recognition of previously acquired credits: Examination Board

Specific contact points for the degree program