Study program International Management and Engineering, Master of Science

The master's program in International Management and Engineering (IWI) is specifically targeted toward ambitious engineers who want to acquire business management knowledge and management skills. Graduates are particularly suited to work at the interface between management and technology.


Fact sheet

Study program International Management and Engineering
Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Study length: 4 Semester
Credit points according to ECTS: 120
Language: German (some modules in English)
Type of study: Full-time study
Start of study: Winter semester (October)
Application period: June 1st – July 15th
Admission requirements: University entrance qualification, Bachelor's Degree, further requirements
Admission restriction: Yes
Dual studies possible: Yes

What characterizes this study program?

The IWI at TUHH offers graduates of engineering bachelor's programs the opportunity to acquire these management skills – while simultaneously deepening their engineering qualifications – in a four-semester master's program.

The demand for university-educated engineers with sound economic knowledge as well as management and leadership skills increases constantly. Therefore, the TUHH offers a Master of Science in International Management and Engineering (IWI), designed according to leading international examples. This master's program bases on knowledge from a bachelor's degree in engineering science, which can, for example, also be obtained at the TUHH.

All bachelor degree programs at the TUHH provide first insights into the business and management sciences. The IWI master's program builds on this, as it expands and deepens the study contents in management sciences and technology.

How is the program structured?

The two-year program's curriculum is divided into four semesters. In each semester, students acquire 30 ECTS credits, which corresponds to a workload of about 900 hours.

The curriculum and the module manual can be found here.

In terms of content, the study program is divided into three areas:

  • Compulsory modules in the core area of business studies/management (42 ECTS credits) and one elective module (6 ECTS);
  • Elective modules for individual in-depth study in the field of business studies/management (24 ECTS credits); and
  • Elective modules within the framework of engineering specialization (12 ECTS credits) to expand the specialist knowledge acquired in the bachelor's program.

The subjects in these three areas are taught within larger modules, each of which is worth 6 ECTS credits; as a result, students can concentrate on five modules in each semester. This enables students to acquire in-depth knowledge of the material, and teachers to use modern teaching and learning methods such as problem-based learning (PBL). Moreover, the examination load is significantly reduced. Further components of the program are:

  • Project seminar (6 ECTS credits): The seminar requires the independent development of a topic or a concrete problem solution and thus deepens the practical orientation of the IWI master's program;
  • Supplementary courses (6 ECTS credits): These courses cover topics ranging from European cultural history and philosophy to the interfaces between the humanities and natural sciences, thus broadening the students' horizons beyond the core subjects; and
  • Master's thesis (30 ECTS credits): Students have six months to work independently on an industrial engineering topic, which will usually be closely related to the research work of the supervising researcher.

Sample courses of the IWI degree program, which also mirrors the profiles currently offered in the area of business administration specialization, can be found under the following link: Sample Progressions Profiles.

Other subject combinations are also possible, as long as the courses taken do not overlap.

The following sample courses are of interest to students who plan a stay abroad and can be found under the link: Sample courses abroad.

Students receive a sound theoretical education in the IWI program. Furthermore, a study stay at a renowned foreign partner university of the TUHH is possible, which additionally promotes international competence. At the same time, incoming students from partner universities visit the TUHH and contribute to emphasizing the international character of the Industrial Engineering and Management studies on campus at the TUHH. With its innovative teaching methods including case studies, business games, and problem-based learning, which are otherwise mainly found in MBA courses, the IWI Master of Science also supports the development of soft skills such as teamwork. Moreover, the practical relevance that many companies desire also forms part of the IWI Master of Science's study program.

What job can I take?

Students in the IWI degree program acquire the skills and competences in the interdisciplinary field of industrial engineering and management that are necessary for professional activities in a national and international context.

They have a scientifically sound specialist knowledge of economics and engineering as well as in-depth knowledge of engineering and business administration. They are therefore qualified to work independently at the interface between business and technical areas in companies and are furthermore able to perform management functions in different companies. These include not only technology-oriented companies, production companies, industrial service providers, and management consultancies but also activities in science and research.

Graduates are capable of applying, critically questioning, and further developing the methods and procedures required to solve economic and technical problems. They have a solid basis that enables them to act responsibly in their professional activities, always taking into account ethical principles.

You can find a detailed presentation of the study objectives as well as the knowledge, skills, and competences acquired in the course of study here.

What are the requirements?

The IWI curriculum is aimed at bachelor's graduates in engineering and, in exceptional cases, in the natural sciences who wish to qualify for challenging cross-sectional tasks in leading positions in industry, think in an interdisciplinary manner, are open to new ideas, and strive for an international profile. Already graduated engineers can certainly also be admitted to the course.

If you want to work at the interface of business administration and technology and if you want to qualify yourself with a sound economic education specifically for future management tasks in industry and business, you are a prospective student and should apply to TUHH. Please note, however, that the study of International Industrial Management and Engineering places high demands on students' flexibility and commitment due to the breadth of the subject matter. Students are therefore required to be extremely committed in order to successfully complete the course.

How do I apply?

You can apply annually for the winter semester in the period from June 1st to July 15th. A start in summer semester is not possible.

The prerequisite for a successful application is a successfully completed undergraduate degree in engineering sciences with related professional requirements, which corresponds in breadth and depth to the bachelor's degree in Engineering at the TUHH. Furthermore, applicants must have a basic knowledge of economics/business administration and a fundamental understanding of economic interrelationships. Moreover, due to the program's international orientation and the large number of English-language courses, a very good command of English is required. These are to be proven by a valid, relevant test result (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate; for details, see the TUHH's Statutes of Study). You can find a detailed description of the required professional and personal competences as well as the study requirements here. You can also find more detailed information on the admission requirements in Appendix 2 of the Statutes of Study and on the following pages of the Student Service:

Portal for Prospective Students

With the exception of the Logistics and Mobility course, the bachelor's degree programs at the TUHH do not or no longer (from winter semester (WS) 2014/2015 onward) consistently meet the requirements in the field of business studies/economics. Each student in this area must earn and prove at least eight credit points in order to ensure professional suitability. Here you can find out which nontechnical elective courses (NTA) are available at the TUHH to meet the requirements. In addition, further requirements – according to Annex 2 of the Statute of Studies – apply. Students of Techno Mathematics in particular are also advised that they must earn at least 40 credit points in ONE engineering specialization, otherwise they do not meet the requirement for professional aptitude here either.

We conduct an online application procedure.

Further questions?

How to start?

To make it easier for you to start your studies at the TUHH, you will find various offers here:

  •     New@TUHH provides you with information on starting your studies, registration at the library and at the computer center.
  •     The Student Counseling Center (put link) offers an orientation session for incoming students of the German-language master's programs
Can I include a semester abroad?

A semester abroad is planned and possible in the third semester. Support is provided by the International Office.

Can I study in the dual program?


Yes, you can! All Master of Science degree programs at the TU Hamburg can be studied dual. Since 2003, the Technical University of Hamburg has also offered its Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in a dual study variant in cooperation with more than 50 cooperating companies.

The study concept combines complete university studies with professional practice in the engineering field. The students are employed by one of our cooperating companies and, as cohorts across study programs, represent the entire spectrum of engineering sciences.

The program is rounded off by seminars on the development of social skills, so that graduates can face the challenges of the working world in a responsible manner.

You can find more information about the dual study program at the TU Hamburg here:  


What are my options to do a PhD?

A completed master's degree in International Management and Engineering also qualifies you for a doctorate. Further information is available here.

How is campus life?

The TU Hamburg is one of the youngest universities in Germany. On the clearly arranged and cozy campus you will quickly get to know your new fellow students and in spring and summer numerous seating areas and green spaces invite you to linger together in the fresh air. In an almost familiar atmosphere, we celebrate our summer festival every year in June, where our TU's own beer brewing group "Campusperle" also offers its creations. Of course, you can also get involved in our numerous AGs, which also organize regular events, e.g. screenings of the cinema AG, concerts of SingING or SymphonING or the participation of the HULKs in international robot soccer championships.

If you decide to study at TUHH, you also decide for Hamburg, the metropolis on the Elbe, Germany's second largest city and certainly its most beautiful. Hamburg combines urbanity and the maritime and is also Germany's greenest megacity. You'll never get bored here: rowing on the canals during the day or jogging in the city park, sunset on the Elbe, a concert in the Elbphilharmonie or a pub night on the Schanze and the fish market at dawn. Here you will find everything for the enterprising, but also numerous quiet places to pause. Together with your fellow students you will certainly explore Hamburg and its treasures quickly and get to know your new favorite place.

How do I start my career?

Career Center and Alumni Network TU&You

The TUHH Career Center supports students and graduates in the transition from university to work. The services offered include company contact fairs, the TUHH-PraxisPlus internship program for prospective TUHH master's students, case study workshops and job application training. The alumni network TU&YOU offers the opportunity to make contact with former TU members while still a student through a variety of events such as research afternoons, homecoming events and anniversaries.

Where can I find the relevant regulations?

All modalities for admission to the Master's program are regulated in the Statutes on Studies.

The framework conditions for examinations at TUHH are defined by the General Study and Examination Regulations (ASPO) and the Subject-Specific Study and Examination Regulations (FSPO). The Module Handbook describes the concrete design of the modules provided for in the curriculum and their learning objectives. They also provide information on content, recommended prior knowledge and literature for preparation.

All regulations relevant to the study program can be found here.

Whom can I contact?
  • Student advisory: PD Dr. Meike Schröder, Institut für Logistik und Unternehmensführung, E-Mail: meike.schroeder(at)
  • Questions about admission requirements, enrolment etc.: Student secretariat of the TUHH, Am Schwarzenberg-Campus 3 (Building E), 21073 Hamburg, E-Mail: study(at)


Sibylle Kronenwerth
SDW Studiendekanat Management-Wissenschaften und Technologie
  • Studiendekanat Management-Wissenschaften und Technologie
Am Schwarzenberg-Campus 4 (D),
21073 Hamburg
Building D, Room 1.006
Phone: +49 40 42878 4417

The study program "International Management and Engineering" is thematically located in the research field Logistics, Mobility & Infrastructure.


The study program "International Management and Engineering" is accreditated.