Technische Universität Berlin
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Nachhaltiges Management, B. Sc.

Program overview

Increasing consumption of resources, climate change, the steady loss of biodiversity, opportunity and income inequalities, and unhealthy working conditions - companies face these and many other challenges while simultaneously attempting to secure their long-term economic future. Catching-up processes in developing and emerging countries and a steadily growing world population are intensifying the urgent need for a sustainable economic system. The bachelor’s study program provides a high-quality education in business administration that is oriented towards the demands of a sustainable economic system and different interests. The curriculum includes basic principles of economics as well as topics from the social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. Aside from a methodological and business administrative foundation, you will learn about the economic framework conditions necessary for the sustainable management of a company. Furthermore, you will have an opportunity to further your knowledge in ecological, normative, and technical fields of sustainability.

DegreeBachelor of Science
Standard period of study 6 semesters
Credit points180
Program start Winter semester
Admission Restricted admission
Language of instruction German

Admission requirements

Like every other bachelor’s degree program at TU Berlin, applicants must possess a university entrance qualification certificate to apply to the Sustainable Management program. Generally, the Abitur serves as the university entrance qualification certificate. If you do not have a formal university entrance qualification, you may still be able to study at TU Berlin if you can provide proof of certain professional qualifications.

The Sustainable Management bachelor’s program is taught in German. If you are applying with a foreign school-leaving certificate, you must provide proof of German skills at a specific level.

As some courses/modules are offered in English, it is useful to have English skills. However, it is not a condition for admission for studies.

As this study program is significantly made up of content from math and statistics, you should have basic knowledge of these areas. If you have taken these subjects as part of your Abitur, you will have an easier transition to this degree program, but they are not a formal requirement for admission.

Program structure

The Sustainable Management bachelor’s degree program is divided into three primary sections: basic principles (compulsory modules) encompassing 78 credit points, advanced modules with 30 credit points, and a focus area (compulsory elective). Additionally, there is a practical component, an elective component, and the bachelor’s thesis. Each of these three components is worth 12 credit points. 

In the basic component, you will learn business administrative and methodological fundamentals as well as the economic and legal framework conditions needed for sustainable company management. In the advanced component, you have an opportunity to further your basic knowledge of business administration. The focus component consists of two sections: social affairs and values, and ecology and technology. Many interdisciplinary courses are offered that contribute to a holistic understanding of sustainable company management and development.

There is a proposed course schedule for the Sustainable Management bachelor’s degree program. This is a recommendation for how to complete the degree program within the standard period of study of six 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 bachelor’s degree program in Sustainable Management consists of various modules. A module combines curriculum content relating to a certain topic. A module includes various study and teaching formats such as 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 lasting at least eight weeks is required as part of the compulsory elective component. Students have the option of completing a further advanced module and a so-called “Prepare-Praxis” seminar instead. We recommend completing the internship, however.

Detailed information about the internship can be found in the Internship guidelines.

Stays abroad

Some parts of the curriculum can be completed through semesters and/or internships abroad. You can find more information on the TU Berlin Office of International Affairs (study abroad) and Career Service (internships abroad) websites.

Acquired skills

In the Sustainable Management bachelor’s study program, you will acquire fundamental theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for sustainable business management. You will strengthen your power of judgment by exercising scientific thinking. Sustainability will be a crucial element of your mission statement in your corporate activities. You will master economic and methodological basic principles and your advanced skills in different basic and cross-sectional business functions will help you stand out. You are well aware of the varying dimensions of sustainable development and the subsequent demands for sustainable company management. You are capable of understanding the relationships between your corporate activity and the environment and society, shaping value creation processes economically, ecologically, and socially, all while taking technical framework conditions into consideration. You are familiar with the methods and ways of thinking and working in other disciplines and can mediate among different interests, collaborate with professionals from other disciplines, and work on interdisciplinary problems.

After your studies

As a graduate of the Sustainable Management bachelor’s study program, you can work in diverse economic fields, consulting, or in science. The variety of possible fields of employment reflects the study program’s breadth:

  • Controlling/accounting
  • Production
  • Logistics, purchasing, marketing, and sales
  • Human resources
  • Resource management
  • Finance
  • Organization
  • Consulting on sustainability topics
  • Corporate Social Responsibility.

The areas of work also offer many starting points for later setting up your own business.

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 – Undergraduate Admissions

Recognition of previously acquired credits: Examination Board

Subject-specific Counseling and Services