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It is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary course for those who plan a career in real-estate project management and planning with a focus on implementing sustainability. In addition to their own engineering, planning, architecture or economics studies, participants will gain technical, economic and management skills tailored to the building sector and will be prepared for a management career in leadership positions across the boundaries of their own fields. In addition to sector-specific fundamentals, the programme includes project and life cycle management modules as well as a global perspective regarding different approaches to energy-efficiency. Renowned European scientists are responsible for the respective modules and will supervise the final Master's theses.
In order to transfer the theoretical knowledge to practice, a strong focus will be on interdisciplinary group projects. The programme is therefore particularly suitable for young professionals who seek a leadership position in international companies.
Educational organisationFirst semester:
- Energy Performance of Buildings (9 cr)
- Project Management (9 cr)
- Introduction Project (6cr)
- Lecture series "Building and Urban Area Structures: Modifications for Sustainability and Energy Management" (6 cr)
- Real Estate Economics (6 cr)
- Energy-Efficient Societies (6 cr)
- Interdisciplinary Project (9 cr)
- Compulsory elective: Integration of Renewable Energies (6 cr) OR Innovation and Technology Management, part I (6 cr)
- Life Cycle Management (6 cr)
- Compulsory elective: Smart Buildings (6 cr) OR Innovation and Technology Management, part II (6 cr)
- Master's thesis (18 cr)
Excursions and company visits may be part of the courses.
Lectures will usually take place during two full-time weekdays; accompanying tutorials might be held on a third weekday. Lectures and seminars take place at the EUREF Campus in Berlin Schöneberg.
Forms of assessmentWritten exam, oral exam, individual and group presentation, written project report
Course objectivesThe Master's programme in Building Sustainability offers young engineers, architects, economists and planning scholars from universities, enterprises, planning offices and public authorities the opportunity to gain interdisciplinary specialist knowledge. The programme enhances their professional skills in the area of sustainable and energy-efficient building management while taking into account the urban context of buildings, thus preparing them for specific challenges resulting from urban development and climate change. After completing the programme, graduates will be able to understand and moderate different stakeholders of a large-scale project.
Language requirementsApplicants must provide proof of their English skills: level B2 (or higher) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) (not required in the case of high school graduation from a school with English as its primary language).
Academic requirementsApplicants must have successfully completed a programme of studies preferably in civil / construction / industrial engineering, building technology, urban planning, or architecture, and must have accrued professional experience for at least one year.
All applicants must submit a written application which presents their educational and professional background as well as their reasons for wanting to pursue the programme of study. Applicants should have professional experience, preferably in the field of building or project planning or management (technical, architectural, urban), real estate, energy economy, or environmental or sustainability management.
Enrolment feesEnrolment fees apply. However, these fees are included in the tuition fees stated above. This includes a semester ticket covering public transport in the Berlin metropolitan area.
Costs of livingIn order to cover their living expenses (room and board, health insurance, books, personal costs) for the study period in Berlin, we recommend that participants budget approx. 500 EUR per month.
Job opportunitiesBecause the full-day class lectures take place only two to three days per week, professional activities may be pursued to a limited extent, such as in firms and companies at the EUREF Campus.
The Career Service at Technische Universität Berlin offers a wide array of services for students seeking employment during their studies in Berlin as well as after completion of their degree programme.