University of Stuttgart, Online Master's in Building Physics
The Online Master's in Building Physics was introduced by the Chair of Building Physics at the University of Stuttgart in 2007. It is funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts and is the first Master's course in Building Physics to be accredited by the German Accreditation Agency ASIIN. The online postgraduate course is the world's first and only Master's program to award students a Master of Building Physics. The Online Master's in Building Physics is aimed at architects and engineers working in the construction industry who wish to improve their skills in the field of building physics by acquiring a practical, comprehensive, academically solid qualification while continuing to pursue their career. The course is offered in a blended learning format with a ratio of 80 percent online to 20 percent face-to-face instruction. The days involving face-to-face instruction are kept to a minimum and arranged as blocks of classes in order to maintain the part-time nature of the program. The online phases of the course can be tailored to each student's specific interests. They require students to work through course modules and online exercises and focus on encouraging students to take a proactive and independent approach towards assimilating the course materials.