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Double Degree “Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability” (IMES) at TU Berlin


The Double Degree "Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability" (IMES) is a consecutive study program held completely in English. For the Double Degree, students are supposed to stay two semesters in Berlin and two semesters at one of our Double Degree partner Universities where they will also write the Master Thesis. Upon successful completion, you will be awarded the academic degrees

Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability by TU Berlin and  


Alternatively, students may opt for the Single Degree, and can collect the mandatory 30 ECTS from a study abroad from recognized foreign university or Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

The Single Degree process for going abroad is planned and managed by the students themselves.

  • Consult the International Affairs Website for appropriate programs and application procedures with Erasmus or Overseas programs. Or choose a different University as a Free Mover (completely self-financed)
  • The Master Thesis is written and supervised at TU Berlin. 



Study objectives

Students on the IMES program 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. Graduates of the program are able to tackle issues independently, assess research positions and findings competently and apply them to their own research. This is achieved by linking a range of topic areas from economics and social science.

The practice-related aspects of the program include gaining knowledge of structures, processes, legal provisions ect. Working in teams and presenting your results will be a consistent part of your studies.

The following video shows how a typical course might look like.

Studying at the Faculty of Economics and Management

After graduation

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.

Some typical professional fields include:

  • Research/development

  • Innovation management

  • Teaching and research/the academic field

  • Marketing

  • Organisation and company planning

  • Human resources

  • Resource management and environmental management

  • Sustainable management

  • Reporting about sustainability

  • Stakeholder management

  • Management consultancy

  • Corporate management

These professional fields also offer a range of starting points for setting up one’s own company later, e.g. in management consultancy or through partnerships with other companies. 

Click here to see what alumni are doing after graduation.

Structure of the Degree

A total of 120 credit points must be achieved, of which at least 90 credit points must be achieved in the modules and 30 credit points in the Master’s thesis.

Double Degree Structure: 2-year Study Plan

1st year at TU Berlin - 60 ECTS from in course modules

2nd year at Partner University - 60 ECTS in course modules and master thesis

            30 ECTS in mandatory modules

            30 ECTS in compulsory elective modules

            30 ECTS in elective modules (Partner University regulations apply)

            30 ECTS in master thesis (Partner University regulations apply)


Single Degree from TU Berlin:

1st year at TU Berlin - 60 ECTS from in course modules (mandatory + compulsory elective)

3rd semester abroad - 30 ECTS in elective course modules (see study and examination regulations for details + Learning Agreement)

4th semester Master Thesis at TU Berlin


More information are provided in the module overview.


There are no tuition fees at the TU Berlin. The university only charges a semester fee of approx. €307, including a semester ticket for the public transportation system.

The University of Twente charges an annual tuition fees: Students with EU/EEA nationalities and others who qualify for Dutch government study grants pay subsidized tuition fees, which are annually fixed by the state. For the 2016/2017 academic year these are €1,951 per year. All other students have to pay full fees about €10,849 per year. Further information you can find here.

There are no tuition fees at the Warsaw School of Economics and Higher School of Economics in Moscow. 

Further information can be found in the partner universities section.



TU Berlin in Rankings worldwide

#82 Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016

#144 QS World University Rankings 2017 

#57 World's Most International Universities 2017

#51 QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2017


Start Up University

The university has a long tradition in being a university for Entrepreneurs. The Center for Entrepreneurship is very successful in receiving financial support especially for high tech Start Up teams. The University is also funded by a governmental start up program and was awarded to be an EXIST Start Up University.

#1 Support for Start Ups at "Founder's Radar" 2017

#3 German university overall at "Founder's Radar" 2017

#2 Ranking "From Student to Entrepreneur" 2011


The Master Program in rankings

Some facts about the study program can be seen here at the CHE ranking. (formerly named Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship)

The double degree with SGH Warsaw is ranked in eduniversal under the Top 50 programs for Entrepreneurship worldwide and is considered the #1 program in Germany.

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