Technische Universität Berlin
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Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability, M. Sc.

Program overview

In the international and interdisciplinary master's degree program in Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability (IMES), students will learn about all the fundamental principles of innovation management, entrepreneurship and sustainability. This includes all issues on operative, tactical and strategic levels relevant to founding new businesses or working in R&D. The curriculum encompasses relevant social, economic, and social science issues from theory and practice.

Graduates of the IMES program receive a double degree: the Master of Science from TU Berlin and, as a second degree, one of the following:

  • Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Twente (Netherlands)
  • Master in Management from the Warsaw School of Economics (Poland)
  • Master in Governance of Science, Technology and Innovation from the Higher School of Economics (Russia)
  • Master in Management (Innovative Entrepreneurship) at the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (Russia)

You spend two semesters in Berlin and two semesters in either Twente, Warsaw, Moscow, or St. Petersburg. Alternatively, you can choose another university. However, you would then not receive a double degree, only a single degree from TU Berlin.

DegreeMaster of Science
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Credit points120
Program start Winter semester
Admission Restricted admission
Language of instruction English

Admission requirements

In order to apply to the IMES master’s program, you must provide proof of a first university degree in the fields of economics (this includes business administration), social sciences, engineering sciences, natural sciences or any related study program.

The IMES master’s program is taught in English. If your native language is not English or you did not complete your first university degree in an English-language study program, you must submit proof of language skills at the C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

A ranking list is created of all applicants who fulfill the admission requirements. It weighs both the final grade of your previous degree and awards points based on certain criteria. Up to 100 points are awarded according to the following criteria:

  • Courses in entrepreneurship worth at least 6 ECTS (20 points)
  • Courses in innovation management worth at least 6 ECTS (20 points)
  • Courses in mathematics worth at least 6 ECTS (20 points)
  • Courses in statistics worth at least 6 ECTS (20 points)
  • Courses in ecological and social sustainability worth at least 6 ECTS (20 points)

If you have taken these subjects as part of your bachelor’s degree, you will have an easier transition to this degree program, but they are not a formal requirement for admission.

Program structure

The master’s degree program in Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (IMES) is divided into three topic areas reflecting the program’s name. During the elective component, which should be spent abroad, students complete electives and courses related to the subject of study.

You complete the first two semesters at TU Berlin. During the 3rd and 4th semesters, you study at one of the partner universities listed above. This is also where you will write your master’s thesis.

There is a proposed course schedule for the IMES master’s degree program. This is a recommendation for how to complete the degree program within the standard period of study of four semesters. It provides an example of which modules to take in which semesters. While this proposed course schedule is ideal on paper, it is not mandatory. It’s simply an example of how to successfully schedule and shape your studies.

You can find the proposed course schedule in the study and examination regulations. The most current version of the regulations applies to applicants.

Examination regulations

Content and modules

The master’s degree program IMES consists of modules which combine curriculum content on a specific topic and often include various study and teaching formats like lectures, practical tutorials, seminars, and practical projects. Students are required to earn a specific number of credit points and complete certain coursework and assessments in each module.

You can find a module list which offers a current overview of all the modules in TU Berlin’s module transfer system (MTS). In this module database you have an overview of which modules are mandatory for your degree program and which are elective. Detailed module descriptions provide information about the content, learning objectives, participation requirements, workload, type of assessment, and much more.

The module list is based on the study and exam regulations.

To module database

Internships

An internship is not a required component of the IMES master’s degree program.

Stays abroad

You must spend the 3rd and 4th semesters abroad at one of our partner universities.

You can find further information on the degree program’s website.

You can obtain general information about stays abroad from the TU Berlin International Office (study abroad) or Career Service (internships abroad).

Acquired skills

As a graduate, you are able to independently investigate questions from economics and social science, competently and thoroughly evaluated research positions and results and apply these to your own research.

After your studies

Graduates of the IMES program are employed in many areas of the economy and in public service. The program’s wide range prepares them for a wide variety of professional fields, for example:

  • Research and development
  • Innovation Management
  • Teaching and research
  • Academia
  • Marketing
  • Organization and company planning
  • Human resources
  • Resource and environmental management
  • Sustainable management
  • Stakeholder management
  • Management consultancy and corporate management

These professional fields also offer a range of starting points for setting up your own company later.

Further information & downloads

Guidance and choosing the right degree program: Academic Advising Service

Questions about the degree program: Course Guidance

General questions: Student Info Services

Application and enrollment: Office of Student Affairs – Graduate Admissions

Recognition of previously acquired credits: Examination Board

Subject-specific Counseling and Services