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 University of Applied Sciences. 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 University of Applied Sciences 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.
Above diagram provides an overview of the programme.
The programme is delivered in equal parts by HFT Stuttgart and Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences at their respective campuses. Lectures during the first two semesters alternate between HFT Stuttgart (winter semester) and Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences (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 two partner universities have different admission criteria. The first semester (or a preparatory semester) is therefore 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).