The Bachelor's degree course ClimateEngineering is an interdisciplinary programme at the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences. It combines expertise from the fields of architecture and building physics in an innovative way, promotes interaction and concludes with a ‘Bachelor of Engineering’. The contents are oriented towards the increasingly energy related and constructive requirements in the field of architecture and urban planning. Today, a sustainable architecture with integrative technical solutions and quantitative evaluation procedures is crucial.

The aim of the Bachelor's programme in ClimateEngineering is to comprehend relevant issues in their respective complexity, to take into account a wide range of viewpoints, and to develop practical and forward-looking solutions through a methodical approach. The focus is on the architectural, structural, energy related and thermodynamic relationships and their application from a design and constructional point of view.

Application deadline

By 15 January (summer semester)

Study time

7 semesters (including practical semester), pre-study internship required

Study title

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)


Programme composition

Since the summer semester of 2011, the University of Applied Sciences has been offering a Bachelor's degree course in ClimateEngineering. Increasing energy related and constructive requirements in the field of architecture and urban planning demand sustainable architecture with integrative technical solutions and quantitative evaluation methods. The aim of the course is therefore the practical teaching and deepening of the complex architectural, structural, energy related and thermodynamic relationships and their application under design and construction aspects.

Global consumption of resources and increasing climate change must lead to a sustainable approach towards our environment. A completely new occupational field is required to act competently in complex fields of activity such as architecture, urban development, building construction, materials science, technical building equipment as well as supply concepts and new regulations such as the Energieeinsparverordnung (German energy saving regulation). The educational goal of the ClimateEngineering programme is to comprehend the relevant issues in their respective complexity, to take into account a wide range of viewpoints and to develop practical and forward-looking solutions through a methodical approach.


Technical & Scientific Basics


Construction, Design & Integrative Projects


Planning & Simulation Tools


Independent Specialisation & Bachelor Thesis

Course of studies

The seven-semester programme is divided into a basic and a main course and an ‘external project’ in the fifth semester. The module overview shows the modules and programme contents in the corresponding semesters.

Foundation programme

During the foundation phase in the 1st and 2nd semester, the basics necessary for the ClimateEngineering programme are taught. This includes on the one hand the scientific knowledge in mathematics and physics required for an engineering degree and on the other hand, basic knowledge in various topics like design, structural engineering, structural theory, materials science and presentation skills.


Main programme

In the 3rd and 4th semester of the main programme section, the previously developed basics in engineering sciences are deepened within the framework of two integrative projects. In addition, the skills to apply suitable methods and tools to problems in the field of energy-optimised planning and construction will be taught.


External project

The 5th semester integrates the ‘External Project’. It offers students two different options: complete an internship of several months in a specialised planning office or spend a semester abroad at one of our partner universities. The ‘External Project’ is supervised by the university in cooperation with colleagues in the field. The skills acquired in previous studies are applied, expanded and deepened in these accompanying practical phases. They help students to set the main focus of their studies and to plan their future career.


Main programme

In the 6th semester, skills in simulations, energy related urban planning, building analysis and building refurbishment as well as legal regulations of energy-efficient construction are deepened. In addition, the fields of architectural and cultural history and scientific work are taught.


Bachelor Thesis

Students can choose different electives. In addition, they prepare intensely for their bachelor thesis and work on it. The topic of the Bachelor Thesis can be chosen by students in consultation with their tutors. The Bachelor Thesis will close the programme with the professional qualification ‘Bachelor of Engineering’. The content of the Bachelor Thesis and especially its results are presented to examiners and students in a final half-hour statement open to all of the university.


Key aspects

Studierende arbeiten am Computer im Labor für Tageslichtplanung


Energy-optimised and resource-preserving construction

The climatic and legal requirements for the consumption of resources and energy are becoming increasingly stringent for the construction, operation and recycling of a building. One of the tasks for our students is to fulfil these complex requirements for new buildings as well as for renovations.



Energy efficiency and renewable energies

In order to limit or prevent negative effects on the environment as far as possible, comfort but also the global influence of construction needs to be taken into account in building projects. Important aspects such as total energy consumption, application of renewable energies and energy efficiency are the focus of semester tasks often based on real-life scenarios.

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Integrated Projects

Climatic concepts, architecture & supporting structure

In the third and fourth semesters, our students work on two ‘Integrated Projects’. These extensive tasks deal with building and air-conditioning issues as well as the concerns of architectural design and structural planning – always treated in conjunction with comfort, climate and energy. In some cases, this is done interdisciplinary in mixed groups with students of the architecture programme. They are intensely supervised by an interdisciplinary team of lecturers.

Special teaching model

In ‘Integrative Projects’ the methodology taught in the various semesters is applied and practised in a realistic way. Special knowledge such as simulation tools, use of passive and active renewable energy are applied and deepened under the aspects of comfort and architecture. This always takes place in a planning team.

Studierende betrachten ein Modell im Labor für Tageslichtplanung

Methodology of planning & evaluation

Develop, evaluate & simulate

The development of climate concepts is always based on ecological and economic aspects. Depending on the planning phase, the evaluation is carried out in varying degrees of detail. A main aspect of the course is to learn the methodology of different evaluation tools and to integrate it into the planning process. The range of evaluation tools ranges from simple spreadsheets to complex dynamic computer simulations.

Simulation Tools

From the 2nd to the 7th semester the methodology of dynamic simulation is acquired and deepened. Besides learning on the computer, application is practised in the ‘Integrated Projects’ and to some extent in the practical semester. The focus is on thermal dynamic simulations and daylight simulations.

Drei Studierende betrachten ein Modell

Freedom of choice

Personal priorities

For the 2019 summer semester, we have significantly expanded the possibility to set your own focus and to deepen your own interests during your studies. Ever since, all students have been able to choose from the complete range of electives offered by the Faculty of Architecture and Design – regardless of whether the subject is offered by the students’ own course or by another. The students can choose from a wide range of specialised topics selecting from the inter-faculty range as well as from other faculties.


Interdisciplinary specialisation

In these subjects, students from different programmes and semester associations come together to deepen their specialised knowledge and learn from each other. Participation in various external projects or emphasis during the stay abroad at a partner university can be honoured after consultation with the head of the course.

Practical relevance

Training at the HFT Stuttgart is traditionally characterised by a strong connection to professional practice. This applies in particular to the Faculty of Architecture and Design, whose members are engaged in practical work with their buildings, competition entries, expert opinions and more, both nationally and internationally. Numerous tutors and guest lecturers maintain an intensive real-world orientation with architectural, design and specialist engineer offices, with building authorities and research institutions. This expertise sees its direct application as an essential basis for teaching in project work and case studies.

Practical relevance of the ClimateEngineering course is strengthened through projects with partners from industry, trade, social and cultural institutions. In part-time assignments the programme’s professors work on projects at the intersection of research/development and real-world application. This results in practice-oriented teaching throughout the entire programme. Modules with a particularly high practical relevance involve tutors from engineering offices, administrations and institutes.

The programme comprises of several projects that are linked to practical tasks and real-world construction projects – most notably in the two modules ‘Integrated Project 1 and 2’ in the programme’s main section, and in the module ‘Building Renovation and Total Energy Efficiency of Buildings’. The ‘Supervised External Project’ (internship semester) is also generally completed in cooperation with external companies and institutions. These contacts to real-world application often result in topics for semester and bachelor theses, that are linked to questions from practical projects or from research. Periodic, specially organised meetings of involved parties, also in cooperation with other faculties and programmes, bring the programme's practitioners, teachers and students together. These include 'Case Study Day', an annual public event by the programme, but also events of other programmes and faculties.


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You have the opportunity to study one semester at one of our partner universities worldwide. The international office supports you in preparing for your stay abroad.

Partner universities of the programme

USAMissouri S&T | Missouri University of Science and
SwedenUniversity Dalarna,

Other possible partner universities from architecture programme

CountryInstitutionWeb address
ArgentinienUNC | Universidad National de Cordoba,
AustralienUniversity of Newcastle,
BulgarienUniversity of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy,
ChinaCUHK | Chinese University Hong Kong, Hong
EnglandCardiff University,
FrankreichEcole Nationale Superieure d'Architecture de Nantes,
FrankreichENSAP | Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Architecture et de Paysage,
IndienCEPT University,
ItalienUniversita degli Studi di Ferrara |
ItalienUniversità degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza",
JapanKIT | Kyoto Institute of Technology,
JordanienGJU | German Jordanian University,
LettlandRTU | Riga Technical University,
MexikoTEC de Monterrey | Monterrey Institute of Technology, Monterreywww.ite
MexikoUADY | Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan,
PolenCracow University of Technology,
SchwedenUniversity of Jönköping, Jönkö
SchweizHochschule Luzern,
SchweizSUPSI | Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana,
SpanienLa Salle Universitat Ramon Llull,
SpanienUniversidad de Granada,
SüdafrikaNMMU | Nelson Mandela University, Port
TürkeiITU | Istanbul Technical University,
USARISD | Rhode Island School of Design, Providence,

Prof. Volkmar Bleicher
Telephone: +49 (0) 711 8926 2691
Room 8/1.01


Online application
The application for the Bachelor's programme Climate Engineering is online. Application for the Bachelor's programme ClimateEngineering is online. You can find detailed information on the application procedure under Online Application.

Letter of motivation and curriculum vitae
It is important that you send us a letter of motivation and a curriculum vitae in addition to the above requested documents. Please also see the selection statutes.

Deadline for applications
Deadline for applications is 15 January annually for the summer semester.

Programme start
The programme starts with a preparatory week in the second week of March. Regular lectures will start mid-March.

Requirements for admission
Slots in the programme are allocated according to the university’s eligibility assessment procedure. General admission requirements according to the state’s regulations for higher education (Landeshochschulgesetz) are: German university qualification or equivalent foreign educational qualifications. Training in a state-recognised profession relating to the programme will be credited in the application procedure. An excellent degree in a professional training as well as an outstanding letter of motivation may increase in the qualification grade. Please see the admission requirements.

Pre-study internship
Proof of at least four weeks of practical experience before the start of lectures is a prerequisite for enrolment in the ClimateEngineering programme. The internship can be continued even after the application has been submitted, but must be fully documented by the start of the lecture at the latest. Eligible is either a programme-related planning office or practice in a craft business. The pre-study internship’s primary objective is to verify the intended career choice, motivation and suitability for the profession. Applicants should get to know the relevant fields of activity in offices or companies related to the programme and gain initial experience and knowledge in the realm of energy-optimised construction.

Programm Information in the Course
Telephone +49 (0)711 8926 2306
Fax +49 (0)711 8926 2539

Programme Information in the Student Office
Doris Pelzer
Telephone +49 (0)711 8926 2662

Professional qualification


Graduates of the Bachelor's degree course in ClimateEngineering close the current gap between architects working as generalists and individual, highly specialised planners. There is an overwhelming demand worldwide for this kind of planners, combining the relevant engineering expertise in building physics and a sensitivity for design and architecture. Job title and the curriculum’s composition are derived from this international demand. Leading to a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree, the programme enables students to work independently in an international context, as engineers and energy consultants in the fields of energy-optimised construction. In addition, further qualification for a Master's degree is possible.


The Bachelor's degree programme was developed in accordance with the quality guidelines of the Ministry of Science, Research and Art of Baden-Württemberg and has been accredited since the 2013 winter semester by the Accreditation Agency for Study Programs in Engineering, Computer Science, Natural Sciences and Mathematics e.V. (ASIIN).


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