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Welcome to IMES! The International M.Sc. in Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship & Sustainability

The M.Sc. IMES is an interdisciplinary graduate business program equipping future leaders with expert knowledge on Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability.

IMES is designed as a 2-year double degree program in which students complete their second year in a complementary partner university program that further specializes in Management, Entrepreneurship or Governance. The M.Sc. IMES is conferred by the TU Berlin, while a second master's degree is conferred by the associated partner university. 

“A demanding, highly interactive and international master degree like no other in Germany!”

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International Studies

The IMES student cohort and the program design are both highly international. It is mandatory to complete at least one semester (30 ECTS) abroad. It is strongly recommended to participate in the double degree program with our renowned program partners (60 ECTS abroad).

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Innovative Course Offer

Innovation does not stop when it comes to teaching! Courses are highly collaborative and students can customize their study path according to preferences with a perfect mix between modern theoretical foundations, expert knowledge and practical insights from local and international partners (e.g. consulting firms, corporates, social startups, research institutes).

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Student and Alumni Network

The 100% student-driven IMES Community ensures you have a meaningful study experience in Berlin and stay in touch throughout your professional life. Students and alumni get connected among each other and engage with professional partners and faculty through inspiring extracurricular online and offline events.

We cannot wait to welcome you as a part of our Community!

Key Information

Start of StudiesWinter Semester (October)  
Application StartApril 2nd, 2021  
Application DeadlineMay 15th, 2021  
Study SpotsRestricted Admission: 50 via TU Berlin (excluding partner double degree students)  
Applicants per Study Spot27 (in 2020)  
Academic DegreesM.Sc. at TU Berlin (+ degree at double degree partner)  
Standard Period of Study2 years (4 semesters)  
Credit Points120 ECTS (Total)  
Structure1st Year at TU Berlin, 2nd Year Abroad  
Language of InstructionEnglish (C1 required)  
Tuition FeesNone at TU Berlin (only semester fees of c. 320€) - at partners: Tuition fees are only charged at University of Twente  
LocationTU Berlin main campus (Berlin - Charlottenburg)  
HistoryStarted in 2010, formerly named Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship  

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Study and Examination Regulations


Live in Berlin - Germany’s vibrant capital

Berlin is the natural choice to study 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. 

Study at a leading technical research university

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.

Be part of highly a motivated group of students

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 for tackling today’s greatest challenges and highly dedicated to making a sustainable impact.

Study today to make an impact tomorrow

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.

International Studies

Double Degree Program

The program is designed so that students participate in the double degree with renowned program partners (60 ECTS abroad) to specialize further in
Management (Warsaw School of Economics SGH, University of Twente),
Entrepreneurship (NTNU Trondheim, St. Petersburg Polytechnic), or
Governance of Science and Technology (HSE Moscow).

M.Sc. in Business Administration at University of Twente

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 Univesity of Twente charges student fees. Further Infos about the degree program can be found here. There are 30 study seats for this track.

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Magister in Management at Warsaw School of Economics

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.

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Master in Governance of Science, Technology and Innovation at Higher School of Economics Moscow

HSE is one of largest universities in Russia and a National Research University. It is the highest ranked university for business and management studies in Russia (QS ranking). Double degree students from TU Berlin will focus on management, innovation and technology or government and policies during their first semester, as well as take part in a research project seminar intended to support the master thesis in the following 2nd semester. A 10 week internship is also embedded in the study program. Further infos about the degree program can be found here. There are 5 study seats for this track.

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M.Sc. in Management at St.Petersburg Polytechnic University

Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University is a leading research and educational institution in Russia. The program centers around innovative entrepreneurship in an international environment. Courses are highly interactive and may include company visits and workshops. Double degree students from TU Berlin will study coures to develop competencies and modern scientific approaches to managing innovative projects while conducting research and writing their master thesis in the 2nd semester. Further infos about the degree program can be found here. There are 2 study seats for this track.

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M.Sc. in Entrepreneurship at NTNU Trondheim

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.

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Single Degree Track

IMES is designed as a double degree program. Still, a single degree may be an option under specific circumstances. Even then, the IMES program is an international degree and it is mandatory to complete at least one semester (30 ECTS) abroad. If the study abroad is not done with a double degree partner university, students must find, finance and arrange their own study abroad semester. Those students need to apply independently at either one of the EU/Erasmus partner institutions of the Faculty VII Economics and Management or one of TU Berlin’s renowned worldwide partner universities. In addition, students may organize their exchange independently as a free mover. In any case, students need to ensure that the complete 30 ECTS from their studies abroad will meet IMES criteria and be accredited at TU Berlin.


Scholarships for double degree studies

Application Deadline*NameAmount per monthComment
September 30DAAD Graduate's Scholarship (North, West, South Europe)800 - 950 €-
November 1DAAD Graduate's Scholarship (Russia and CIS)800 - 950 €-
December 1DAAD Graduate's Scholarship (Central and East Europe)800 - 950 €-
March 15German Academic Scholarship Foundation (East Europe, Russia)1300 € (+ up to 2000 € one time)Very competitive scholarship, but not very well known.
April (recommended)Federal Education and Training Assistance Act (BAföG)variesBAföG 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. More Information
April 30Promos (outside of Europe)300 € for 3 monthsMore Information
May 26GO EAST Scholarship (Russia)variesIs issued by the university.
*There are several scholarships for students going from a German university to another country. The above is giving an overview with some deadlines. Please note that the deadlines might change.

IMES Community

IMES Community

Be part of the IMES Community - for a lifetime!

The 100% student-driven IMES Community is the strong student and alumni network of the IMES degree. The team consists of current students and is building an ecosystem around the degree program to ensure

  1. a meaningful experience when studying in Berlin (student life),
  2. the regular exchange within the startup, innovation and sustainability community in Berlin (career opportunities) and
  3. the continuous improvement of the IMES degree (program development) in collaboration with the EIM Chair.

Please see the IMES Community Website and follow the LinkedIn Page for further details.
Of course, once admitted you can engage and become part of the IMES Community team.

How to Apply?

What Makes a Good IMES Candidate?

Thriving Teamplayer

IMES students have a collective mindset and are eager for collaboration. They feel comfortable interacting in groups and holding presentations.


Excellent English

IMES students are required to communicate fluently in English with fellow students, professors, and staff. C1 language skills are required for admission.

Academic Excellence

IMES students are expected to have completed introductory modules in business, economics and research methods to be able to follow the program adequately.

Maturity and Motivation

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.

Where to Apply?

For All Applicants!

Applications are managed centrally by the Graduate Admissions Department at the Office of the Student Affairs.

All applicants should follow the instructions as detailed on their website. 


Required Documents

Standard Application Documents

The Graduate Admissions Office is responsible for the application and enrollment proccess. 

Please follow the instructions for your specific application provided on their website. Some cases required different documents and approvals.

The IMES additional requirements are described here below.

IMES Additional Application Documents

1English Language Proficiency CertificateSee Approved List Below  
2Letter of Motivation500 Words, Size 11 Arial  
3Curriculum vitae2 Pages Maximum  
4Completed Declaration FormSee in Downloads Below  
*Digital Application - High Quality Color Scans & PDF Files ONLY

English Proficiency Requirements

Recognized English Language Proficiency Certificates

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):

  • TOEFL Internet-based Test Score (min. 95 Points) Can be sent from ETS to uni-assist directly via institution code: 2727.
  • IELTS- Academic Module (Level: min. Band 7.0) Upload with the verification code.
  • ZEMS C1 CEFR English for Academic Purposes: Current TU Berlin students only. Certificates must be submitted with your application before the deadline.
  • UNIcert – Business English – (min. level III)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations: (min. Certificate in Advanced English - CAE, Grade C; Certificate in Proficiency in English - CPE, Grade C)
  • Duolingo English Test: (120 Overall with no less than 115 in any band score). Print/Save a PDF of the Test Results page to be submitted during the application. Also, transmit results directly via the Duolingo portal to Technische Universität Berlin. 

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.

***Test Results often have a long waiting time. Consider scheduling your exam 2-3 months before the May 15th deadline to ensure the availability of results. Late submissions of any language proficiency test can not be considered.

Double Degree Partner University Selection (2nd year)

  • After a successful admission and enrollment into the M.Sc. IMES program at TU Berlin, the placement at one of the double degree partner university programs will be decided during the first semester at TU Berlin.
  • Although preferences are considered during program-internal applications and interviews, study seat limitations imply some students may not get their first choice. 
  • Please see the partner overview section to understand these limitations  Of the Partners, the University of Twente has the largest capacity of study seats, but levies a tuition fee. When joining the program, students are prepared to pay this tution fee. 
  • Applicants should consider the requirements of the program: a 1 year study abroad (outside of Germany) at a partner university, and motivation, capability, and financial ability to meet these study requirements.

Visas, Health Insurance, and Moving to Berlin

The International Student Counseling Officeoffers 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. 



Application Status

Application Results are typically published by September at the Graduate Admissions and Enrollment Office.

You may review the latest status of your application there

If you are accepted, they will notify you with an official letter and provide further instructions to complete the enrollment.

Questions and Contacts


Advice or Help

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.

Application, Admission Status, or Enrollment

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.

Visas, Health Insurance, Moving to Germany

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 also has similar information for exchange students that might be helpful.

Program, Course Offer, and Double Degree

If you have carefully read this website, the General IMES study program site, as well as the IMES Study & Exam Regulations and your question is not answered yet, then you may submit an inquiry via the contact form and it will be answered as quickly as possible by the IMES advisory team.