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MSc in Energy Building Design

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The Programme

The Programme

Energy and its sustainability will always be a key global issue for modern contemporary societies. As the world population urbanizes, the planning and design of resilient, resource-efficient, healthy cities and metropolitan regions is of the outmost importance. Buildings are responsible for a large share of our global energy use. Energy use is in fact the main determinant of a building’s global environmental footprint, considering its total life span. In order to really stand out, young professionals need education that is interdisciplinary: technical as well as economics/management/law related.

The International Hellenic University offers just such a diverse MSc in Energy Building Design programme that is open to candidates from different academic disciplines. Leading academics from prestigious academic institutions from Greece and abroad, together with instructors from public authorities and key players from energy-related organizations, will teach in this programme.

The programme has been developed to equip graduates of Engineering, Geotechnical and Natural Sciences departments with an in-depth understanding within the area of energy-efficient and environmental building design in order to significantly contribute to and influence the design, building or renovation of energy-efficient buildings, taking into consideration the architecture and environment, the inhabitants' behaviour and needs, their health and comfort as well as the overall economy.

This programme is designed for University graduates in engineering as well as graduates of other study programs with a suitable qualification who wish to deepen and extend their knowledge in the Energy Design of buildings, such as Engineering, Geotechnical and Natural Sciences departments.

Τhe School of Science and Technology is currently on a a 3-year educational collaboration funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), with Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH - Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg) in order to provide common courses in their respective Masters of Science in the field of Energy.

In the frame of this collaboration, students of the MSc in Energy Building Design will be given the opportunity to follow an elective course in TUHH, which will be specifically developed and offered in the academic years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 to Master students of both universities. Similarly, master students of TUHH in the field of Energy will also be able to follow a specifically developed elective course at IHU. The course offered by the School of Technology of IHU will focus on Modelling and Simulation of Building Integrated Solar Energy Systems and will be available in the spring semester.

Furthermore, students of IHU will be given the opportunity to visit TUHH for 3 months and conduct their MSc thesis in Germany. All travel costs, living expenses and accommodation for students in Greece and Germany will be covered by the Greek-German collaboration project.

Furthermore during the 2018-2019 academic year students will have the opportunity to join the “Spiti Project”, which is the first ever participation of a Greek University to the final stage of the Solar Decathlon competition that will be held in Hungary.

Students will be able to participate in various aspects of designing, simulating and building a Solar House as members of the Universities student team.


The Structure

The MSc in Energy Building Design (full-time) is a 14-month programme taught over three terms. Lectures mainly take place on weekday evenings. The MSc in Energy Building Design programme is also available in part-time mode over 26 months for those who cannot commit to a full-time programme either for work or other reasons.

During the first term, students are required to follow five mandatory core courses. During the second term, students are required to follow three mandatory core courses tailoring their programme further by two elective courses. Finally, in the third semester, work is dedicated exclusively to the Master's dissertation. The Master's dissertation provides a good opportunity to apply theory and concepts learned during the year to a real-world problem or challenge.


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During the second term students tailor their programme further by choosing elective courses. The choice of elective courses must sum up to 12 ECTS (2 courses). Some of the elective courses may not be offered in a particular year, depending entirely on student demand.


1st Term Core Courses


2nd Term Core Courses


2nd Term Elective Courses

During the second term students tailor their programme further by choosing elective courses. The choice of elective courses must sum up to 12 ECTS (2 courses).




During the third semester, students work on their Master’s Dissertation project, the thematic area of which is relevant to their programme of studies and their interests. The dissertation provides a good opportunity to apply theory and concepts learned in different courses to a real-world energy-related problem or challenge. Students are supervised throughout their projects by a member of the academic faculty and the academic assistants. After submission of the dissertation, students present their projects to classmates and faculty at a special event.

In the frame of the DAAD-funded collaboration program with Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), it is possible for a number of students to conduct part of their MSc thesis at TUHH in co-supervision from faculty members of both universities.

In collaboration with our academic associates and their supervisors, a number of students in the past have managed to succeed in publishing their dissertation projects in peer-reviewed journals or presenting them at international conferences. An indicative list of student publications includes:

  • G. Martinopoulos, G. Tsalikis, (2018) «Diffusion and adoption of solar energy conversion systems – The case of Greece», Energy, Volume 144, Pages 800-807
  • C. Andreadou, G. Martinopoulos, (2018) «CAPE-OPEN simulation of waste-to-energy technologies for urban cities», International Journal of Sustainable Energy, 37(1), pp. 96-104
  • N. Apergis, G. Vouzavalis, (2018), Asymmetric pass through of oil prices to gasoline prices: Evidence from a new country sample, Energy Policy,Volume 114,Pages 519-528
  • S. C. Akcaoğlu, G. Martinopoulos, and C. Zafer, (2017) «Experimental Analysis of the Potential Induced Degradation Effect on Organic Solar Cells», International Journal of Photoenergy
  • C. Antoniadis, G. Martinopoulos, (2017) «Simulation of Solar Thermal Systems with Seasonal Storage Operation for Residential Scale Applications», In Procedia Environmental Sciences, Volume 38, 2017, pp. 405-412
  • C. Antoniadis, G. Martinopoulos, (2017) «Optimization of a Building Integrated Solar Thermal System with Seasonal Storage», 1st International Conference on Building Integrated Renewable Energy Systems, Dublin
  • P. Bampou, (2017). Green buildings for Egypt: a call for an integrated policy. International Journal of Sustainable Energy, 36(10), 994-1009.
  • Ziogou, I., Zachariadis, T., (2017) “Quantifying the water–energy nexus in Greece”, International Journal of Sustainable Energy, 36 (10), pp. 972-982.
  • A. Zachopoulos, E. Heracleous, (2017), “Overcoming the equilibrium barriers of CO2 hydrogenation to methanol via water sorption: A thermodynamic analysis”, Journal of CO2 Utilization, Volume 21, Pages 360-367
  • E. Kontopoulos, G. Martinopoulos, D. Lazarou, N. Bassiliades, (2016) «An ontology-based decision support tool for optimizing domestic solar hot water system selection», Journal of Cleaner Production, 112, pp. 4636-4646
  • Anastaselos D.A., Oxizidis S., Manoudis A., Papadopoulos A.M. (2016), Environmental performance of energy systems of residential buildings: towards Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Cities and Society, 20, 96-108.
  • K. Rossios, K. Sardi, G. Martinopoulos, (2015) «Numerical Simulation of LNG Evaporation Inside Semi-Trailer Trucks Used For the Transportation of LNG to Small Scale Terminals and Refueling Stations: Parameters and Implications», 8th GRACM International Congress on Computational Mechanics, Greece.
  • Ipsakis D., Kraia T., Fylaki P., Ouzounidou M., Papadopoulou S., Voutetakis S. and Marnellos G., "Design and feasibility study of an integrated process for the exploitation of H2S from the Black Sea for energy and H2SO4 production", Proceedings of the 10th Panhellenic Chemical Engineering Conference, Patra, 4-6/6/2015
  • Ziogou I. and Zachariadis T., Quantifying the Water-energy Nexus in Greece, Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology Rhodes, Greece, 3-5 September 2015
  • Dogan K., Martinopoulos G., “Blade Element Momentum Theory and CFD modeling as a tool for optimizing wind turbine blade design” World Renewable Energy Congress WREC XIII, London, 2014.
  • D. Dimitriadis, D. Missirlis, G. Martinopoulos, “Investigation of the performance of a horizontal axis wind turbine with the use of blade element momentum theory and CFD computations”, European Wind Energy Association Conference 2014 – Barcelona
  • G. Martinopoulos, G.Tsalikis, "Active solar heating systems for energy efficient buildings in Greece: A technical economic and environmental evaluation", Energy and Buildings, Volume 68, Part A, January 2014, Pages 130-137.
  • Anastasiou F. and Martinopoulos G., “Solar Air Conditioning Systems As A Step Towards Nearly Net Zero Energy Buildings”, 10th Conference on Renewable Energy Sources, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2014 (In Greek)
  • Martinopoulos G. and Tsalikis G. (2014) “Active Solar Heating Systems for Energy Efficient Buildings in Greece: A Technical Economic and Environmental Evaluation”, Energy and Buildings, Vol. 68, Part A, p. 130-137.
  • Bitos C. and Kiartzis S., “Energy Demand Analysis and Energy Saving Potentials in the Greek Road Transport Sector”, 7th International Scientific Conference on Energy and Climate Change, Athens, 2014
  • Kanellakis M., G. Martinopoulos and T. Zachariadis (2013). European Energy Policy–A Review. Energy Policy, Vol. 62, p. 1020-1030
  • Charalampous, G. & Madlener, R. (2013). "Risk Management and Portfolio Optimization for Gas- and Coal-fired Power Plants in Germany: A Multivariate GARCH Approach," FCN Working Papers 23/2013, E.ON Energy Research Center, Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior (FCN).
  • Charalampous, G. & Madlener, R. (2013). "Risk Management and Portfolio Optimization for Gas- and Coal-fired Power Plants in Germany: A Multivariate GARCH Approach," Proceedings of 14th IAEE European Energy Conference, Rome, Italy.
  • Τ. Dergiades, R. Madlener, and G. Christofidou, "The Nexus between Natural Gas Spot and Futures Prices at NYMEX: Do Weather Shocks and Non-Linear Causality in Low Frequencies Matter?," FCN Working Papers 17/2012, E.ON Energy Research Center, Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior (FCN)




Students make extensive use of our recently set up Energy Lab. Facilities include a brand new computer-controlled Photovoltaic system, a computer-controlled Solar Thermal system, a computer controlled PEM Fuel cell, a computer controlled stirling engine, a 15kW organic Rankine cycle, a wind tunnel as well as an IR camera and environmental meters that students use during their studies and dissertation research.


Career paths

Career paths

There is a considerable focus on addressing low carbon energy building and building integrated renewable energy technologies and graduates of this program can expect to be highly sought after by employers.

The following indicative employment opportunities are available to our graduates after the completion of the MSc in Energy Building Design:

  • Senior technical positions in the construction/renovation sector
  • Managerial positions in the booming Renewable Energy sector as well as Utilities management
  • With Government policymaking

In addition to technical skills gained through study, our students benefit from the University's excellent Careers Office in order to attain essential Soft Skills (e.g. communication skills, interview preparation, CV writing etc.) to better prepare for the job market.