|Start of Studies||Winter Semester|
|Application Start||April 2nd|
|Application Deadline||May 15th|
|Admission||Restricted: 50 study seats // Note: This year, 10 extra study seats are offered for students affected by the Russian war in Ukraine. Standard application requirements still apply.|
|Academic Degrees||Master of Science (+ double degree partner)|
|Standard Period of Study||4 semesters|
|Credit Points||120 ECTS|
|Structure||1st Year at TU Berlin (60 ECTS) + 2nd Year abroad / flexible|
|Language of Instruction||English (C1 required)|
|Fees||Semester fees of ca. 320€ . Additional tuition fees are charged at the University of Twente|
|History||Started in 2010, formerly named Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship|
|Study & Exam Regulations||English|
Berlin is the natural choice to study for an innovative business degree. The reunited city is considered the technological, political and start-up epicentre of Germany - attracting new talent and employers. Providing both an excellent startup and venture capital infrastructure, as well as an exciting cultural life, it is your place to feel at home and thrive.
The Technische Universität Berlin is a great place to study and renowned in Germany & around the world. In fact, it is ranked as the 140th best university worldwide overall (Times Higher Education 2020) and as the 60th best university worldwide for engineering (QS World University Ranking 2021). When studying IMES you also have the chance to engage with students from other study programs such as Business Engineering, Business Informatics, Economics and Sustainable Engineering given the interdisciplinary approach in the program elective offerings. You might also participate in one of the various student societies and the extensive sport program offerings on campus.
IMES is the most popular graduate business/economics degree at a Berlin University with over 1000 applications from 80+ countries each year. IMES brings together students from diverse international and interdisciplinary backgrounds who have excelled academically during their undergraduate studies, and often gained several years of professional experience. Generally, IMES students are passionate about tackling today’s greatest challenges and highly dedicated to making a sustainable impact in their professional career.
Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability combines highly relevant and current economic and societal topics. Expert knowledge in these fields is being demanded and graduates of the IMES program are easily employed in many areas of the economy and in public service.
Furthermore, graduates of the program are able to tackle issues independently, interpret and critique research results competently and apply them to business contexts as well as their own research.
21st century challenges require collaboration, solidarity, and the quick dissemination of expert knowledge and novel methods to solve them. The M.Sc. IMES program is intentionally designed with this international focus to broaden perspectives and strengthen network ties throughout Europe. A study abroad experience is mandatory and takes place starting in the third semester after completing 60 ECTS at TU Berlin. It is intended that students build a strong network within their cohort during their shared time at TU Berlin, and further strengthen them through shared experiences abroad.
Students make arrangements for this study abroad already during their first semester, supported by various information sessions in November with several subsequent application deadlines ranging from November to January. Students will know their double degree placements for the next Winter Semester by the end of December, while individualized placements for studies abroad are usually first known in April.
TU Berlin students join with double degree partner students on the Berlin Campus to form a highly international IMES cohort and start a shared study track. A study abroad plan is determined during the first semester with internal applications to nominate and place students at double degree partner universities. After completing the required IMES courses at TU Berlin in the first year (60 ECTS), TU Berlin students then join their double degree classmates at the partner universities to complete the final 60 ECTS, including a single jointly recognized Master Thesis in the final semester.
Deciding to study abroad at a partner University within an arranged double degree track has several benefits. Besides enjoying a first-class education from reputable European institutions and a shared study experience with cohort classmates, the existing relationships at the partner universities facilitate quick integration into the university structures and social groups, enabling students to focus on their studies, cultural immersion, and career ambitions. Lastly, by attaining a double degree, students are official Alumni of the partner institution, and often maintain ties with local classmates and faculty after graduation.
Double Degrees complement the MSc. IMES degree with strategic specialization areas:
IMES is designed as a double degree program, but students may opt-out of the double degree group and pursue a single degree to meet personal study needs. Even then, the IMES program is an international degree and it is mandatory to complete at least one semester (30 ECTS) abroad. Those students need to apply independently for any appropriate EU/Erasmus+ partner institutions of the Faculty VII Economics and Management or one of TU Berlin’s renowned worldwide partner universities. Partners of the EIM Chair are particularly suitable for IMES students. In addition, students may organize their exchange independently as a free mover.
Placement in such programs is competitive and therefore cannot be guaranteed and in some situations, students might experience delays or cancellations. In any case, students must take initiative to create and organize a study abroad plan themselves in accordance with the IMES Regulations (IMES StuPO 2016) to ensure that the complete 30 ECTS from their studies abroad will be accredited at TU Berlin to earn the single degree.
Once the recognition of the foreign credits is complete, the Master Thesis can be written under supervision at Faculty VII.
The University of Twente is one of the leading technical universities in Europe. Its special focus is on the development of technology and its impact on people and society. UT students are always challenged to look beyond the boundaries of their own field and establish links with other disciplines. This multidisciplinary approach encourages scientific and social innovation and reflects the entrepreneurial spirit of the university. The Master Thesis is completed during the final semester at UT. The Univesity of Twente charges student fees. Further Infos about the degree program can be found here. There are 30 study seats for this track.
SGH is the premiere economics and management university of Poland, and among the best in Europe. According to the Eduniversal ranking, SGH is one of the three top business schools in Eastern Europe. SGH maintains AMBA, CEEMAN, and PKA Accreditations. Double degree students from TU Berlin will advance their skills with a broad scope of modern and dynamic management courses in their first semester, and conduct research and write their master thesis in the second semester. Further information about the degree program can be found here. There are 10 study seats for this track.
NTNU is the leading technical university in Norway. The program’s focus is on business development and technology-based entrepreneurship. Double degree students from TU Berlin will advance their academic knowledge in Entrepreneurship with tailored insights for their research projects during first semester, and implement their research and write the master thesis in the 2nd semester. Further infos about the degree program can be found here. There are 5 study seats for this track.
|Application Deadline*||Name||Amount per month||Comment|
|Very Early||DAAD Nationality Specific Scholarships||varies||There are often scholarships to study in Germany, or with a double degree in Europe, given based on nationality. Please search in the database and apply early!|
|September 30||DAAD Graduate's Scholarship (North, West, South Europe)||800 - 950€||(e.g. UT, NTNU) Search: "Stipendien für ein Masterstudium im Ausland"|
|December 1||DAAD Graduate's Scholarship (Central and East Europe)||800 - 950 €||(e.g. SGH) Search: "Stipendien für ein Masterstudium im Ausland"|
|March 15||German Academic Scholarship Foundation (East Europe)||1300€ (+ up to 2000€ one time)||Very competitive scholarship, but not very well known.|
|April (recommended)||BAföG||varies||BAföG is supporting mainly German students and half of the money has to be paid back on a long term basis. According to Section 8 of the Act, foreign students may apply for financial support for educational and training purposes under specific circumstances.|
|January||Erasmus+||ca. 330€ for 10 months||for TU Berlin students|
|February/May||University of Twente Scholarship||3,000 - 22,000€ per year||Inform yourself early, and the DDP Coordinator might assist you.|
|February||University of Twente Study Holland||5,000€ per year||For Non-EEA students|
Be part of the IMES Community - for a lifetime!
The student-driven IMES Community is the strong student and alumni network of the IMES degree. The Community is led by a rotating team of new students each year and comprised of both current students and Alumni, building an ecosystem around the degree program to ensure
IMES students have a collective mindset and are eager for collaboration. They feel comfortable interacting in groups and holding presentations.
IMES students are required to communicate fluently in English with fellow students, professors, and staff. C1 language skills are required for admission.
IMES students are expected to have completed introductory modules in business, economics and research methods to be able to follow the program adequately.
IMES students are highly motivated. They seek fundamental concepts, practical methods, and nascent knowledge in entrepreneurship and innovation management that can drive immediate action for sustainable development. They thrive in new contexts and forge their own futures.
Applications are managed centrally by the Graduate Admissions Department at the Office of Student Affairs. (Service Bereich Master)
All applicants should follow the instructions as detailed on their website. However, please also pay close attention to the special requirements below.
Further application process questions can be directed to the Office of Student Affairs.
As IMES has restricted admissions limited to 50 study seats, each application phase implies a competition between applicants where the top scoring candidates are admitted. Past selection cut-off criteria (Auswahlgrenzen) provide information on the points scored in the selection process as well as the waiting period required to possibly gain a place. This may be used to estimate the chances of acceptance.
The Graduate Admissions Office is responsible for the application and enrollment process.
Please follow the instructions for your specific application provided on their website. Some cases required different documents and approvals. For example, students that are just finishing their Bachelor's Degree, but will not have the final grades or transcript before the deadline have specific instructions to follow, described here.
The IMES additional requirements are described here below.
|1||English Language Proficiency Certificate||See Approved List Below|
|2||Letter of Motivation||500 Words, Size 11 Arial|
|3||Curriculum vitae||2 Pages Maximum|
|4||Subject-Related Knowledge Declaration||Download Here|
The underlying formal admission and acceptance regulations (Zugangs- und Zulassungsordnungen) can be downloaded here. The application instructions on this site are intended to help navigate these formal requirements.
Applicants must provide proof of their proficiency in English at the C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) which may not be older than 4 years. The certificate must be submitted during the application and available upon request as an original or certified copy after commencing your studies at TU Berlin.
The following attests are accepted (minimum requirements in brackets):
For applicants having completed a bachelor program exclusively taught in English at an EU/EEA university or an institution from one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, UK, USA, New Zealand, South Africa an English language certificate from the list above is not necessary. The diploma supplement, transcript, or an additional letter from the University is required to clearly and sufficiently prove that this requirement has been met.
***Language Proficiency Test Results often have a long waiting time. Consider scheduling your exam 2-3 months before any deadlines to ensure the availability of results. Late submissions of any language proficiency test can not be considered.
The International Student Counseling Office offers counseling and practical services of all kinds in order to facilitate the transition to studies at the TU Berlin and in order to cope with all study-related topics, or social and legal formalities connected with your stay.
Initial acceptance letters are typically sent in August, and application results are typically published shortly thereafter for all applicants by the Graduate Admissions and Enrollment Office.
You may review the latest status of applications there.
The Academic Advising Service supports prospective and current students in everything related to their study program, being a student at TU Berlin, as well as personal situations. Regular virtual consultations sessions are provided and detailed on their website.
The Graduate Admission and Enrollment Department (IA) is responsible for all topics relating to the application and enrollment process. All relevant and current information is available on their website. If your question then still remains, please use the contact form.
The International Student Counseling Service offer counseling, supervisory, and practical services of all kinds in order to facilitate the transition to studies at the TU Berlin and in order to cope with all study-related or social problems and legal formalities connected with your stay. They provide a detailed International Student Guide, as well as direct consultations. The International Office (see box below) also has similar information for exchange students that might be helpful.
Please read the IMES Study & Exam Regulations (english version). This will answer most FAQs. Basic information about the study program at TU Berlin is found at the General IMES study program site.
If you still have questiosn regarding these topics, then you may submit an inquiry via the IMES contact email and it will be answered as quickly as possible.