Department of Building, Energy & Society

Energy and Transport Management

My Studies

 

Why Energy and Transport Management?

Climate change, increasing pressure on the environment and resource scarcity are all confronting regions and cities with major challenges for the future. Strategies to manage climate change need to be developed if we are to ensure that cities remain liveable for generations to come. Join us and help shape these solutions. During your studies you will focus on strategies in the fields of sustainable energy supply, innovative mobility and environmentally-friendly urbanisation. If you are striving for a career which focuses on the technological aspects of environmental protection, then this degree programme prepares you optimally for tomorrow’s world of work.

Key subject areas

Obligatory module: Environmental management and climate protection

Global warming, energy transition, smart mobility: these and many other developments, whose full impact we cannot yet predict, will shape the decades to come. This uncertainty demands that we prepare our students to face a variety of challenges and enter a flexible, project-based working environment. A key element in this preparation is the obligatory module in which all students explore the key factors influencing our future. You will consider climate change and its effects, aspects of environmental process engineering, big data simulations, issues related to sustainability managment and reporting, as well as case studies in the fields of strategic and sustainability management.

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Basic introductory module

In order to open up the programme to students from a wide range of disciplines, we offer graduates of Bachelor’s degrees with no relevant background a basic introductory module in industrial and engineering management during the first semester which will prepare them for the Master’s degree programme.

Focus: Sustainable energy technologies

In this specialisation module we examine a broad portfolio of sustainable energy technologies: from renewable energy generation to industrial energy efficiency. Furthermore, you can explore special topics related to energy network planning and maintenance, as well as modern energy and drive technology in more detail. In our fully equipped Energy Analytics Lab you will take a practical approach to issues of innovative energy generation, distribution and storage, with a particular focus on smart technologies and prosumerism. You also have access to state-of-the-art laboratory technologies and work spaces for your project and Master’s thesis.

Focus: Innovative mobility technologies

Mobility is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, not only in Austria but around the world. Play your part in shaping tomorrow’s sustainable and climate-friendly mobility by addressing innovative mobility and transport solutions in both urban spaces and rural areas. This specialisation focuses on international trends in mobility, modern transport technologies and mobility infrastructure, smart city and regional planning, as well as the psychological impacts of mobility options. Practical traffic simulations, telematics and planning projects are part of the curriculum in our Mobility Lab.

Expand your interdisciplinary skills!

Highly topical elective subjects

Thorough training in a variety of specialisms is needed in order to shape our future living environment. We offer you a varied elective module which gives you every opportunity to expand your horizons and strengthen your interdisciplinary skills.

You can choose courses amounting to a minimum of 34 ECTS credits to enhance your specialist knowledge. We offer electives in the subjects of sustainable building management, environmental analytics and resource planning, autonomous driving, crisis communications and coaching, innovation and change management, as well as international energy markets. Determine the areas in which you wish to specialise, and benefit from an interdisciplinary approach in today’s and tomorrow’s business environment.

International focus

Cities all around the world are growing, facing planners with ever greater challenges in urban contexts. How do you supply tomorrow’s cities with sustainable energy? Which forms of mobility need to be established? How can challenges such as particulate matter emissions and global warming be managed in an innovative and creative manner? The core issues of this programme are relevant worldwide, and are ideal for discussion in an international context. Working on supervised projects you will develop solutions for the future together with students of different nationalities.

We also enable our Master’s students to spend a voluntary semester abroad at one of our partner universities. Learn about international approaches to energy technology issues, environmental protection and mobility, and network with international experts.

Study mode, self-study and attendance

Study mode

The course is organised in a work-friendly format, which means lectures only take place on three week days subject to organisational requirements. Absences resulting from professional commitments can be discussed individually and approved where appropriate. Examinations must be taken on the FH JOANNEUM campus. During the semester lectures are held in the time between 8.45 and 18.30. This enables you to work part-time while studying.

Self-study

The success of independent study depends on a student’s level of commitment and ambition. Naturally, the Master’s degree programme is not only taught in the lecture halls, but also in the form of excursions, project workshops, and online courses and individual e-learning assignments. Independent course preparation and follow-up as well as exam preparation are key aspects of self-study.

Attendance

In principle you are required to attend all lectures and classes at FH JOANNEUM. You will be officially excused for periods of illness on producing a medical certificate. You may miss a limited number of units per semester and course; if you miss more units than specified in the syllabus your performance will be judged as unsatisfactory and you will be disqualified from sitting the first examination. Final judgement on the implications of absence and on exceptions to the attendance requirement will be made by the head of degree programme.