Next to expert technical knowledge, content from the management and leadership, as well as communication competences are conveyed, which will allow successful interactions within global projects. Furthermore, the students have to assess construction processes and building projects under the aspects of sustainability (e.g. under consideration of the aspects of ecology, economics and social compatibility) in a life cycle-oriented manner.
The studies conclude with the internationally recognized degree Master of Engineering (M.Eng.). Regular period of study is 4 semesters. The degree program includes 120 ECTS. The completion leads to senior civil service and/or to a doctorate. After a successful completion, the graduates receive in addition to the Master's degree a final certificate for the qualification as an 'Energy consultant' and for the further presentation with the Federal Office for Economy and Export Control (BAFA).
The degree course conveys the necessary knowledge for the handling of the following topics:
- Resources, worldwide scarcity of energy, raw materials and building land
- Environment, worldwide increase of climate catastrophes and the resulting damage.
- Society, demographic change.
The degree course is structured into four study phases:
1st semester: Knowledge preparation
2nd semester: Knowledge enhancement
3rd semester: Project application
4. Semester: Final degree
Additional qualification energy consultant
In the frame of the degree course 'Sustainable Structures' special expert knowledge is conveyed on site for energy consulting.
The content of the training meets the requirements of the rules booklet 'Energy efficiency' expert list for funding programs of the federal states.
After a successful completion, graduates can receive additionally to their master's degree a final certificate for the presentation with the German Energy Agency (dena).
Additional information: Guidelines (German only) about the support of the consultation of rational and economical use of energy on site
4 Semester, full-time
ECTS credit points
Summer and winter semester
by ACQUIN e.V. till September 30, 2026 (PDF).
Modularization during the studies is a study structure, in which courses such as lectures, exercises, practical internships, excursions, excursions or seminars about certain topics are combined in modules. The structure of a module is determined by the competence, which is to be achieved upon completion of the module.
The module manual entails information on the duration, credits, type of examination, requirements, study results, workload, type of learning, content, literature, and the representative of the module of a degree course. Further information can be found in the guideline on modularization and credit point awarding of the federal commission. The module overview and the study content can be downloaded in form of a PDF.
Application deadline for German academic degrees: February 15, for the summer semester; September 15, for the winter semester; for foreign academic degrees: October 15, of the previous year.
Receipt of the admission applications by February 15, for the summer semester; February 15, for the winter semester.
Access the academic calendar.
(1) The prerequisite for admission to the program is a professionally qualifying university degree in a course of study with a standard period of study of at least six semesters with at least 180 ECTS credits from the fields of architecture, civil engineering, or other construction-related courses of study, in which at least 10 of the required credit points (CP) in the field of building construction and at least 10 of the required credit points in the field of building physics and building materials science are included, and an overall grade of at least 2,0 has been passed. For applicants with an overall grade lower than 2,0 and better than 2,8, the procedure according to paragraphs 6 to 12 applies. The current examination regulations can be found here.
The admission application must be officially submitted within the application deadlines published on the Internet by the institution of higher education. The proof of the completion of a degree course is to be included. Additionally, a letter of motivation of at least 5000 characters describing the reasons and goals for choosing this degree course must be included. The specific knowledge and skills for a master's degree course shall also be described.
Profile of the applicants
Target group are graduates of Bachelor and diploma degree courses in architecture, civil engineering, geomatics and public works or respective construction-related degree courses.
Due to the different subject and entry qualifications, the professional construction perspective is further interdisciplinary extended during the studies. There is the opportunity of the development of a subject-related in-depth knowledge.
Work fields and occupational opportunities
The Master's degree course Sustainable Structures qualifies graduates for manifold tasks in civil engineering. The areas of activities of the graduates include the entire spectrum of building and planning.
Fields of employment allow:
- Engineering, architecture and planning offices,
- construction companies,
- technical administrations of the federal government, federal states and municipalities,
- service companies in the field of facility management
- and organizations of technical development aid.
During the studies competencies and skills
- for autonomous planning and implementation of complex building projects,
- for the development and implementation of sustainable future concepts,
- for company and employee leadership,
- for an integral planning understanding
- and for the collaboration in interdisciplinary teams is acquired.
Entry requirements (German only) in accordance with the HASG (Hessian Architect and Urban Planning Law)