Master’s Degree in Industrial Management

Occupational Fields

Private industry and the commercial and service companies work hand in hand which is the driving force behind a country’s economy. They are the ones that define the specifications made of an industrial manager. It is sadly true that the well-worn avenues of training no longer meet the demands of today's complex world of labour. This is why the private economy is searching for personalities who can join in the process forging the market of industry and the service economy of tomorrow.

An interdisciplinary master's curriculum in industrial management at the Mittweida University of Applied Sciences can help train these personalities to meet the needs of tomorrow’s market. Highly qualified workers with interdisciplinary skills have outstanding career perspectives in the private economy - not only in Germany but all over the world. High-growth industries such as the automobile, logistics and media sectors and particularly the hidden champions in mechanical engineering, plant construction, electrical engineering and information technology are clamouring for qualified up-and-coming workers for the demanding national and international challenges.

This environment of constantly increasing international competition and shifting production locations to growth regions all over the world is where takeovers and mergers cause an astronomical boost in the demands made of management personnel. You can't just be good at the business fundamentals. A sound knowledge of management is indispensibly linked to expertise in the candidate’s particular field. The target group for these job specifications is recruited from three main areas:

  • engineers and vocational fields in the environment of engineering with expertise closely associated to business and management,
  • economists and college degrees in the environment of economics with deficits in the technical/technological background information on the corporate processes to be managed,
  • media and social scientists with a high level of expertise in the communicative and social environment, although comparably minor experience in applying their skills to scenarios in the corporate environment.

The industrial manager of the master’s curriculum offered at the Mittweida University of Applied Sciences is aimed at meeting the needs of the interdisciplinary player on the middle-management level demanded by the private economy with a highly varied, strongly modularised and individually selected program of qualifications. This is characterised by the structural elements of:

  • broadening the student's knowledge in a fundamental complex (one of two outlines can be selected: oriented towards engineering or economics)
  • broadening the student's knowledge in one of 11 disciplines relevant to research
  • broadening the student's individual knowledge with an interdisciplinary approach

Graduates of the industrial management curriculum will be given the skills they need to take on technical and management assignments in the private economy and administration. Industrial heavyweights offer career opportunities in specific functional areas while work is generally interdisciplinary in small and medium-sized businesses. The interdisciplinary nature of this programme of training gives graduates access to the areas of work below on the national and global labour market:

  • management 
  • controlling
  • marketing
  • logistics
  • project/quality management
  • project/product development
  • planning and design
  • support and service

 

 

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Characteristics of the Study Programme

The Master’s curriculum in industrial management at the Mittweida University of Applied Sciences prepares students to take on management responsibility in middle management in private industry, the service sector or public administrations. The Master’s study programme has an individually selectable course of training in selected areas of business management, engineering and science and the media sciences to offer students a flexible training strategy with a whole range of opportunities for meeting the demands of globalisation in the labour world and the international interlinking of companies.

We have been offering the industrial management study programme since 2001 and it was accredited in 2004 and reaccredited in 2009. It is set up as an interdisciplinary programme to link all of the teaching/research expertise available at the Mittweida University of Applied Sciences. This study programme has a modular content and structured strategy that is aimed at graduates of the courses of engineering, media or economic studies who would like to broaden and enlarge upon their technical knowledge in a basic complex (either oriented towards engineering or economics) and in a discipline in proximity to the focus of their undergraduate work. This study programme is research-oriented.

The objectives of study are training engineering and business management experts and providing theoretical instruction with an extensively hands-on approach to make them sufficiently capable of applying engineering and management techniques both in small and medium-sized businesses and in industrial heavyweights while working creatively in a team and being active on an intercultural scale with a knowledge of foreign languages.

 

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Target Group

Target group for training as a Master of Science in industrial management are graduates in engineering, media science and economics. This Master’s course is aimed at persons already possessing a graduate degree who would like to follow it up directly with a second degree as well as persons from the private economy with some years of professional experience who would like to refresh their technical knowledge and broaden and enlarge upon their business knowledge base for management.

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Curricular Design

The Mittweida University of Applied Sciences offers this course of study as full- or part-time study. Full-time study includes a total of four semesters (three theoretical semesters including the student’s research and development project as well as the Master’s semester when the student has to write and defend his Master’s thesis). Part-time study divides up theoretical training over four semesters where the student has to prepare his research and development project in the 5th semester. Finally, the 6th semester is used for writing the Master’s thesis. The base semester of college work is used for broadening the student’s knowledge in one of two basic sets of requirements:

  • set of engineering requirements 1

basic management expertise

 

  • set of economic  requirements 2

basic expertise for selected key technologies represented in research at the Mittweida University of Applied Sciences

The decision will be made which set of requirements the student will take at the aptitude assessment taking into account the subject of the student’s first degree and/or whether the student has acquired professional expertise.

Each set of basic requirements includes one subcomplex I for providing a mandatory theoretical foundation and subcomplex II for an orienting set of requirements with a workload of 10 credits of each. In addition, regardless of the specific set of requirements, the student has to take two mandatory modules from module pool A for developing key competences and supplementing specific areas of economics.

 

set of requirements 1

 set of requirements 2

subcomplex I
10 credits

management

science and technology

subcomplex II
10 credits

controlling and finance

key technologies



The further course of studies has four contextual concentrations:


College work is broken down into 11 optional sets of detailed knowledge requirements from the second semester for broadening the student’s knowledge. They reflect the range of research and teaching at the Mittweida University of Applied Sciences and circumscribe the characteristics of the industrial management master’s programme that is set up as an interdisciplinary set of courses throughout the Mittweida University of Applied Sciences. The student can select from the following sets of detailed knowledge requirements: 

I.     energy management
II.    mechatronics and automation
III.   communication technology
IV.   media engineering
V.    special communication on events-sport-health
VI.   laser technologies
VII.  information technology
VIII. production and logistics management
IX.   marketing & accounting
X.    project and process management
XI.   networks and complexity

From winter semester 2016/2017 the students choose from the following specialisms:

I.          Energy Management,
II.        
Automation and Intelligent Systems,
III.       
Management and Marketing for Brands, Fashion and Media,
IV      Media Engineering,
V.      Management and Marketing for Events, Sports and Health,
VI.     Media Computer Science,
VII     Computer Science,
VIII    
Innovation and Business Expansion,
IX.     Business Management,
X.      Project and Process Management or
XI.     Real Estate and Facility Management.

This knowledge-broadening specialisation has a workload of 20 credits and is rounded off with mandatory modules measuring 10 credits from list B through list D.

2.

The Mittweida University of Applied Sciences offers students a comprehensive programme of mandatory courses broken down thematically into three module pools for individualised downstream specialisation, a total of four modules of which should be taken. These module pools comprise

list B – engineering and scientific modules for broadening knowledge
list C – media science modules for broadening knowledge and
list D – economic modules for broadening knowledge.

3.

A research and development project forms the thematic concentration of the third semester (or 5th semester in part-time study). Students are required to consolidate and broaden the theoretical knowledge they have acquired following the topics of the set of detailed knowledge requirements they have selected focusing on developing capacities and skills for interdisciplinary work in hands-on research and development.

4.

The student graduates in the 4th semester (or 6th semester in part-time study) when the student prepares and defends his Master’s thesis. It is expected that the Master’s thesis will make a contribution to the academic process of knowledge in the area selected for the set of detailed knowledge requirements.

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Study Mode: full-time or part-time study

College work is set up modularly and the normal period of time for completion of studies is four semesters in full-time study or six semesters in part-time study including the research module and Master’s thesis.

The above scheme of study is for full-time study (including taking 6 modules for 5 ECTS credits per semester in the first year of study).

Two times the study period is available for semesters 1 and 2 in part-time study (modules 1-3 in the first winter or summer semester and modules 4-6 in the subsequent winter or summer semester). 

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Admission Requirements

Whoever has at least a Bachelor’s degree with 180 ECTS credits or a higher academic degree and has a sufficient level of comprehension of German can commence college work at the Mittweida University of Applied Sciences. Knowledge of English is also required on the B1+ level in accordance with the Common European Reference Framework for Languages. The Mittweida University of Applied Sciences gives applicants an aptitude test to examine whether they meet the requirements. This test also checks whether foreign applicants meet the linguistic requirements. If they do have not a sufficient level of German language skills, they can attend a language course with a final DSH examination.

 

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