Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBA

This Master’s program is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary course for those who plan a career in real estate project planning and management with a focus on implementing sustainability and acknowledging the relevance of different urban contexts.

The concept of the German „Energiewende“ – literally, energy transition – has gained international attention. It includes a variety of measures that aim at making Europe’s largest economy free of fossil fuels and nuclear energy. In order to attain this, all areas of energy production and consumption will have to go through a transition process. Besides mobility and industry, buildings are therefore one of the key factors for a successful Energiewende.

The MBA program in „Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency“ comprises skills, methods, and concepts to consider different approaches, to understand them, and to align them for reaching sustainable solutions. Such competencies are indispensable in every building, construction and real estate project that takes energy efficiency and other sustainability criteria as balancing economic, social, ecological and cultural aspects in responsibility for future generations into account.

In this regard, students will learn a lot from experts and from each other and hopefully enjoy the international, interdisciplinary teamwork as well as Berlin’s urban and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

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Curriculum

The master program is taught over a period of three semesters. The first semester covers the technical, economic, entrepreneurial and legal foundations for management decisions in the building sustainability sector; the second semester deepens this view through the Interdisciplinary project, Management, and the lecture series modules; the third semester broadens the view while simultaneously focusing on practice according to student’s individual interests. All semesters include lectures, tutorials, seminars as well as Excursions /presentations, online materials related to practice and extracurricular activities. The master thesis due in the third semester concludes the program.

Program structure

Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBA

Module Description

M01 Technology (9 ECTS)

In this module, students review and gain more in-depth general technical knowledge and knowledge of energy technologies and systems in the context of current developments taking into account social responsibility and sustainable development. The module also covers the most important technological insights, and the technological foundations of the subsequent modules are explained. Students will be able to define and evaluate various procedures, apply them to selected cases in the construction sector and present options for optimizing them.


M02 Economics (6 ECTS)

This module is an introduction to economics. It covers the most important principles of economics taking into account social responsibility and sustainable development. The module engages with the latest research and encourages a critical and reflective approach in providing a grounding in economics for subsequent modules. Students are able to employ specialized knowledge and aspects of economics and to compare general and selected cases from the construction sector.


M03 Business (9 ECTS)

This module is an introduction to business studies. It covers the most important principles of business studies taking into account, social responsibility and sustainable development. The module engages with the latest research and encourages a critical and reflective approach in providing a grounding in business studies for subsequent modules. Students will be able to define the main features of business studies, apply problem-solving skills to case studies using different fields of knowledge and, depending on the focus of their studies, present options for optimizing the construction sector.


M04 Law (6 ECTS)

This module is an introduction to legal principles and the legal framework for real estate at an international, European and national level. Students will be able to use their own initiative to combine legal knowledge and skills in solving complex problems, evaluate cases independently and analyze and summarize legal situations.


M05 Management (12 ECTS)

Students are able to independently identify, analyze, and design strategic approaches taking into account the consequences of environmental changes for planning, management, and controlling. They do this by incorporating interdependent technological, economic, business and legal processes in companies and organizations and taking into account social responsibility and sustainable development. Students will be able to define the main features of management in the construction sector, apply problem-solving skills to case studies using different fields of knowledge and present options for optimizing the building sector.


M06 Lecture series (6 ECTS)

The students will be able to follow and identify key facts from expert presentations on the technological, economic, social, and environmental dimensions of problems in energy-focused planning and construction processes in individual buildings and across neighborhoods.


M07 Interdisciplinary Project (12 ECTS)

This module combines a number of subject-specific competencies in one project. The students will be able to evaluate and analyze buildings from an energy and economic perspective and implement new and innovative concepts in improvement and optimization strategies. This module offers insights into the planning, implementation, and operation of technologies (software, communications, and hardware) in building monitoring, control, and automation, with a particular focus on energy management. Students will gain a basic understanding of flexible and smart energy management in modern living environments. With the view of achieving a holistic energy balance, the students will develop a detailed knowledge of internal factors such as building configuration, user/usage, monitoring, control/automation, and decentralized generation. From the perspective of a smart building, they will also understand the relationship with external factors such as energy procurement, (regenerative) energy supply, legal and market frameworks for construction and operation. Students will also gain a basic understanding of the thermophysical principles of HVAC systems and the role they play in the energy management of a building. Graduates will be able to identify and assess the energy efficiency impact of options for smart building design and implementation, and compare these with other measures (e.g. smart heating compared with changes to the building envelope).


M08 and M09 Compulsory electives (6 ECTS each)

Two of the following modules must be selected:

  • Compulsory elective:Energy-Efficient Societies
  • Compulsory elective: Sustainable Urban Development
  • Compulsory elective: Integration of Renewable Energies
  • Compulsory elective: Efficiency Management A
  • Compulsory elective: Efficiency Management B
  • Compulsory elective: Managing Sustainable Innovations A
  • Compulsory elective: Managing Sustainable Innovations B

M10 Master thesis (18 ECTS)

Lecturers

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 program includes project and life cycle management modules as well as a global perspective regarding different approaches to energy-efficiency.


Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBA
Prof. Julian Wékel
Technische Universität Berlin
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Prof. Dr.-Ing. M. Norbert Fisch
Technische Universität Braunschweig
www.tu-braunschweig.de
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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Müller-Kirchenbauer
Technische Universität Berlin
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Prof. Dr. Georg Erdmann
Technische Universität Berlin
www.ensys.tu-berlin.de
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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nicole Riediger
Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft
www.htw-berlin.de/campus/
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Prof. Dr. Dodo zu Knyphausen-Aufseß
Technische Universität Berlin
www.strategie.tu-berlin.de
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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Krämer
Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft
www.htw-berlin.de
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Prof. Dr. Dr. Dres. h.c. Franz Jürgen Säcker
Technische Universität Berlin
http://www.fjsaecker.de/
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Prof. Dr. Tetyana Morozyuk
Technische Universität Berlin
www.ebr.tu-berlin.de
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Daniel Freund
Technische Universität Berlin
www.dai-labor.de
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Dipl.-Ing. Martin Schnauss
Renewables Academy AG (RENAC)
www.renac.de
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Dr. Maren Borkert
Technische Universität Berlin
www.entrepreneurship.tu-berlin.de
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Julian Alexandrakes
Technische Universität Berlin
www.entrepreneurship.tu-berlin.de
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Dr.-Ing. Carolin Schröder
Technische Universität Berlin
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Experts

Lecturers are full time professors of TU Berlin, expert professors from cooperating international universities, senior industry managers with a strong academic background, or senior executive staff of regulatory bodies.

Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBA
Zsuzsa Besenyöi
Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft
www.htw-berlin.de
Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBA
Bettina Brockmann
San José State University, California, US
www.sjsu.edu
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Sarah Elsheikh, M.Sc.
Danish Refugee Council / Dansk Flygtningehjælp
www.drc.ngo
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Uli Hellweg
IBA Hamburg and Urban Planner
Hellweg Urban Concept
www.stadtbauen.de
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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Holm
Forschungsinstitut für Wärmeschutz e.V. München
www.fiw-muenchen.de
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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Katzenbach
Technische Universität Darmstadt
www.tu-darmstadt.de
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Dr. Jens Libbe
DIFU Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik
www.difu.de
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Hilmar von Lojewski
Der Deutschen Städtetages
www.staedtetag.de
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Reiner Nagel
Vorstandsvorsitzender – Bundesstiftung Baukultur
www.bundesstiftung-baukultur.de
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Oliver Rosebrock
Technische Universität Braunschweig
www.tu-braunschweig.de
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Jessica Schönebeck, M.Sc.
G2Plus GmbH
www.g2plus.de
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Thosten Schulte
ARCADIS Germany GmbH
www.arcadis.com
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Christoph Vornhusen
Bencon Energies
www.benconenergies.com
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jörn walter
Oberbaudirektor Hamburg
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Andre Wolff
CEO of G2Plus
Authorized Officer of Gegenbauer
www.g2plus.de
www.gegenbauer.de
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Prof. Dr. Christoph Zöpel
Freier Publizist
Technische Universität Dortmund
www.christoph-zoepel.de/

Advantages & Opportunities

The Master’s program in Building Sustainability is intended to give young engineers, architects, economists and planning scholars from Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBAuniversities, enterprises, planning offices and public authorities the opportunity to gain interdisciplinary specialist knowledge. The program 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.

In order to transfer the theoretical knowledge to practice, a strong focus will be on interdisciplinary group projects. The program is therefore particularly suitable for young professionals who seek a leadership position in international companies. It requires at least one year of postgraduate working experience.

Learning and studying in small groups of up to 30 students allows for individual and excellent learning conditions.

 

Quality Assurance

Part of sustainability is quality management. Quality should not be left to chance, but be the result of a continuous improvement process. The TU Berlin changed its quality focus from the quality assurance of individual study programs to the evaluation of the university as a system. The TU Berlin has designed its quality assurance procedures in such a way that the participating actors can develop themselves in a responsible manner and in dialogue with each other. System accreditation leads to the accreditation of all study programs offered by a university.
“The subject of system accreditation is the internal quality assurance system of a university in the field of study and teaching. The structures and processes relevant for teaching and studies are examined to ensure that they achieve the achievement of the qualification objectives and the high quality of the courses, whereby the requirements of the Conference of Ministers of Education (KMK) are the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ESG). and the criteria of the Accreditation Council apply.

A positive system accreditation certifies the university that its quality assurance system in the field of study and teaching is suitable for ensuring the achievement of the qualification objectives and the quality standards of their degree programs. Degree programs that are set up according to the specifications of the accredited system or have already been subject to internal quality assurance according to the specifications of the accredited system are thus accredited.” (Own translation after German Accreditation Council of 20/02/2013.)
Currently, the final phase of the accreditation process has started and received the label of the system accreditation in the near future is possible. Please visit the webpage Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency ZEvA for more information.

Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBA

Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBA


Tuition Fees

The tuition fees for the master program amount to 15,000 Euro (5,000 per semester) including the regular administration (enrolment/registration) fees of currently 307.54 Euro per semester.

The administration fees include the so-called semester ticket for using the public transport Service in Berlin (tariff zones ABC).

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Testimonials

European and International Energy Law (MBL)

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Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBAThe MBL in European and International Energy Law at the Euref Campus Berlin was a terrific opportunity to fully untangle the intricacies of the fast-paced changing energy sector.

The Master’s program combined a multidisciplinary approach (law, economics, and technical knowledge) together with various lecturers ranging from academia, public institutions and the private sector, which provided me with a solid and wide-ranging knowledge base of the energy industry.

I believe that this unique, empowering and inspiring experience kick-started my professional career in the energy sector as I was then hired for a traineeship at the European Commission Director-General for Energy.Adriano Capitanelli, (Italy), MBL (2016-17)

Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBAPrior to attending TU, I was working in an Oil & Gas Company in Ankara, Turkey. I decided to undertake MBL and choose to study here because of its unique curriculum with technical, economical and legal aspects of energy. The course offers not only theoretical knowledge but also practical information with its excursions. The lecturers have impressive academic and professional experiences. The classes are very interactive and relevant to what is happening globally in the energy industry.

Also, I have found a great chance to improve my German language skills, thanks to TU’s language school. I definitely recommend the MBL Programme and encourage people to apply for a place, too.Seher Cirak Ates (Turkey), MBL (2015-16)

Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBAThe energy sector is a growing and complex area and the European and International Law MBL program at the TU Berlin strives to place energy law in a multidisciplinary and international context. Coming from a legal background, I have enjoyed developing my understanding of the economics of the energy sector. A further strength of the program is its practical focus with many of the lecturers being industry professionals and experts in their respective fields and we have had some interesting excursions to energy companies and energy-efficient power plants. There is a diverse mix of students from around the world with different perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that the energy and renewable sector face.

The TU EUREF Campus is a great place to study with many different energy and renewable companies and start-ups situated here (and as an added bonus has some nice restaurants!).Kristen Ellerker (Australia), MBL (2015-16)

Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBAI chose the master course on European and International Energy Law offered by the Technische Universität Berlin because of its outstanding reputation, highly qualified lecturers, course preference compared to other universities, and proximity to my country, Spain.

I wanted to combine my interest on European and International Law with Energy Law, specifically renewable energy issues, and I feel that the course successfully merges the two. The course offers an extremely solid base on competition law, regulatory law and economic fundamentals. The general vibe and dynamic structure of the modules is really enjoyable since we are constantly debating and discussing different issues. I loved the International Regulatory Law classes in particular wherein lectures were delivered by professionals practicing in the field. Lecturers are able to teach you the theory and at the same time tell you about how it works in real life.

Looking back, teaching and constant supervision have been excellent so far.

Making this Master in Berlin definitely means outstanding networking opportunities that come with being in the financial, cultural and political center of Europe. My experience at the Technische Universität Berlin has prepared me to take on the challenge of establishing a career in international law.Jacobo Fraile (Spain), MBL (2015-16)

Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBAWonderful experience during the Energy Law Master program! Challenging topics and interesting lecturers. Meeting people from all over the world! Since February 2019 I am working as a Junior Expert at Bulgaria’s Energy and Water Regulatory Commission and putting into practice most of the experience from the MBL program on European and International Energy Law.Velina Kozareva (Bulgaria), MBL (2017-18)
Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBABefore studying the Master in European and International Energy Law I was working in an Oil and Gas company and teaching Law in the same field at a University in Colombia. My motivation to do the Master was widening my expertise to other sources of energy as well as to study the midstream and the downstream market.

The master was far beyond my expectations! A mix between the most highly regarded academics and practitioners from the most important universities, institutions and firms, pictures the complete spectrum of the energy market focusing on competition law and regulation. Besides, Berlin has an amazing atmosphere and a rich cultural life that makes this experience really enjoyable. Tomás Restrepo (Colombia), MBL (2015-16)

Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBAThe program helped me gain a deeper understanding regarding the impact the energy transition has on climate change. The modules about the economy, regulatory and competition law allowed me to learn how energy markets behave under certain circumstances, which has helped me understand the different conditions Latin American countries have. This knowledge has been very useful in my role in EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services division. The visit to different facilities and the contact to other international students made the experience complete.Laura María Salazar Kruse (Costa Rica), MBL 2016/2017
Energy Management (MBA)

Energy Management MBA

Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBAThe Master Program Energy Management at TU Berlin has been a truly fantastic 1 ½ year experience. The major strength of the MBA proposed at TU Berlin is the transverse knowledge proposed in the program. Technical issues, economical assessments, and regulatory aspects are all three core elements that are necessary to gain a deep understanding of energy topics in a globalized world and to build a valuable analysis for public and private energy projects. I particularly enjoyed studying these topics in an international class with professionals coming from all over the world with different backgrounds and points of view. Our differences challenged us on a daily basis and participated to enlarge our comprehension of the world. For all these reasons, I am pleased to enthusiastically recommend this program!Manish (India)
Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBANow in this first semester of the Master Program in Energy Management at TU Berlin, I am thrilled and excited to meet and work with people from all around the world with diverse backgrounds in a very friendly and challenging environment. The campus truly has a buzz with many start-ups and established companies experimenting with the latest tech and ideas. The courses are great with excellent internationally recognized professors from academic as well as industrial backgrounds. I thoroughly enjoy the highly interactive sessions, and the supervisors put in a great effort at creating a relaxed environment for the students to get acquainted with all aspects of the subject. I am eagerly looking forward to the next semesters and can highly recommend this program!Xavier (France)
Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBAThe MBA program Energy Management is very well structured and thought through. Professors and lecturers come from various energy backgrounds and are highly involved academically, politically and economically into Germany´s Energiewende. I can apply my acquired knowledge directly at my workplace but also actively engage in the large and inspiring energy scene in Berlin and Germany. Excursions give us insights regarding relevant market players and opportunities to connect with future employers. It is particularly inspiring to study with such an international student crowd since we can share and critically discuss our diverse knowledge and experiences in the energy field from many different regions in the world.Ulrike (Germany)
Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBAThe broadness of its carefully selected content makes this program perfect for student’s career growth into global business leadership and policymaking in the energy sector. It is truly multicultural and provides additional opportunities through close collaboration with both transnational and startup energy companies. Technical University Berlin is a world-class scientific academic environment, allowing interdisciplinary initiatives, encouraging teamwork with experts’ supervision, offering frequent and relevant seminars and excursions to boost the practical experience. Students enjoy superb and individual support from both the academic and administrative staff. Oladipupo (Nigeria)
Since January 2018 I am working with Uniper and putting into practice most (if not all) the experience from the MBA program Energy Management.” Gonzalo (Colombia)
Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBA

Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBA

Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBAThe master’s in building sustainability program at TU Berlin was a great opportunity to work closely with the Germany industry in an academic setting. I loved how the program was designed to let students work in projects with external industry partners. Combined with great professors and teaching staff, the overall learning package let students take control of their learning and dive deep into their interest areas. The program also provided me the flexibility to work at CBRE GmbH throughout the study duration. Having worked in the German real estate sector for a few years now and looking back at the program, it was a great stepping-stone in my career.Manan (India)
Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBAI studied MBA building sustainability, which give me wide insights to the broad topic of energy transition in building sector from architecture to building facilities and real estate up to urban and regional planning. Having lecturers with different energy related backgrounds builds an ideal atmosphere for cross sectoral discussions in energy and sustainability fields in built environment. Locating in a dynamic environment of the Euref campus in one side, and high range of international students from the other side prepare a proper networking opportunity for the students.Nastaran (Iran)
Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBAThe Building Sustainability program opened my eyes to the different aspects that comprise what we call sustainability. As an architect, I found the perfect added value I was looking for. The master’s degree gives you the tools to technically support construction projects from an economic, social and environmental point of view.
The MBA provides you an international and interdisciplinary environment, which allows you to expand your personal and professional horizons. The master counts with experts in the different areas of the program and the coordination team will always be there to support you in any situation. I am currently working in the area of sustainability for an architectural and engineering company in Berlin and I believe that I owe this in large part to the Master’s program.Andrés (Mexico)
Sustainable Mobility Management (MBA)

Sustainable Mobility Management MBA

EUREF in Berlin, Germany is a thrilling place for the future of mobilityBassem (Lebanon)
The experiences from students from around the world helped me a lot to understand the challenges of the transition towards sustainable mobility in a global context.Alex (Germany)
If you’re looking to understand the future of mobility and play a role in shaping the transition towards better city living, then this international program is what you’re looking for.Nabil (Germany)
A truly diverse student body – in background, nationality, and interests.Karen (China)
The program puts contemporary mobility issues under spotlight through analysis of real life examples.Amit (India)

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Team

Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBA
Prof. Julian Wékel
Academic Director
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Mariam Elsheikh, M.Sc.
Academic Coordinator
Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBA
Phillip Hebert
Academic Coordinator
Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBA
Laura Lehmann
Administrative Coordinator

Application

The application deadline is April 30th of each year for a start in October of the same year.
You can send us your application documents from February through April 2020 for the next academic year 2020/2021 starting in October 2020.

Required application documents:

  • Motivation letter in English (max. 1 page A4)
  • Tabular Curriculum Vitae with information about educational and professional background
  • University degree(s) recognized by German universities (at least 210 ECTS)
  • Proof of working experience of at least one year (preferably in the relevant working areas of energy) after completion of studies
  • Proof of knowledge of the English language at level B2 (or higher) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) – not required for high school graduation with English language
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – only if available

The number of students is limited to 30 per year. An admission committee will decide about selection based on results of former studies, the study profile, and further relevant qualifications that were attained outside university.

For more information, please check The Application and Admission Regulations. (English translation, German version binding)

If you have any questions regarding the application procedure, please contact us: contact@master-in-energy.com

 

Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBA

Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBA