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Building Systems Engineering

The study programme "Building Systems Engineering" will be offered for the first time beginning winter semester 2018/19!

In the Diploma programme Building Systems Engineering we offer you a coordinated education between fundamental knowledge and practice-oriented skills, as well as the mastery of the integral engineering-technical coordination of system components. After an 8-semester standard period of study, you finish your studies as
Diplomingenieurin / Diplomingenieur (FH),

With the knowledge acquired in this study programme, our graduates can find careers in the fields of: development and construction (planning) of energy systems and media supply systems of all kinds, in particular in buildings and engineering structures; in the planning of utility supply systems for industry and trade; in the facility management, as well as energy consulting or appraising.


You are well placed to succeed in industry, research and service sectors.

Course schedule

The study programme begins each winter semester and can be completed in full-time study.
In full-time study, the first four semesters at the HTW Dresden are completed in the form of classroom learning and self-study. The fifth semester is an internship semester, which is usually completed outside the HTW Dresden in a suitable company. The sixth and seventh semesters are again completed at the HTW Dresden in the form of classroom learning and self-study. In the eighth semester, the course is completed following the standard period of study. During this time, the main emphasis is on the completion of the diploma thesis.
Knowledge is imparted and skills are developed in lectures, exercises and laboratory work.
The study programme is structured into modules. The modules consist of self-contained courses, each defined by learning objectives described as competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities. Each module is assigned credits (credit points).
The credit system complies with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) - the European Credit Transfer System. Credits are the quantitative measure of a student workload. A credit usually corresponds to a student workload of 30 hours.

Core Studies

The study programme begins with the teaching of core engineering principles:

  • Core maths, science and technology subjects (Mathematics, Experimental Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Technical Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, etc.)
  • Engineering subjects (Design Theory, CAD, Production Technology, Material Technology, Statics, Strength Theory, etc.)

Specialisation Studies

The study programme conveys the subject-specific foundations of the chosen field of study, e.g.,

  • Energy and Media Transport
  • Building Climate / Construction
  • Cycle Processes / Heat Transfer
  • Thermal Energy Generators
  • Heating Technology / Heat Supply
  • Sanitary Technology / Gas Technology
  • Ventilation Technology / Air conditioning Technology
  • Electrical Equipment
  • Building Automation
  • Energetic / Economic Assessment
  • Building and System Simulation
  • Heat, Sound and Fire Protection
  • Energy Technology
  • Sustainable Construction and Operation
  • Management / Planning / Construction

An extensive range of optional courses ensures the students' professional orientation for a predominantly technically or organisationally oriented career, eg:

  • Energy Management
  • Vacuum Technology
  • Engineering and Planning Law
  • Facility Management
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Cryogenics
  • Special Problems of Heat and Mass Transfer

The course will be completed with the DIPLOMA EXAM, including DIPLOMA THESIS.

Last changed: 22.06.2019  |  Author: G. Naumann