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M.Sc. Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (IMES) Double Degree

Key information
Start of studies
Winter term
Admission restriction
Local selection process
Standard study period
4 semesters
Number of ECTS credits
120 (60 ECTS from TU Berlin + 60 ECTS from international Partner University)
1st year at TU Berlin
2nd year at Double Degree Partner University
Academic degrees
1. Master of Science at TU Berlin 
2. Master of Science or Master of Management at one of the partner universities
Teaching language
Started in 2010
Formerly named Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship

About IMES

The Double Degree "Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability" (IMES) is a consecutive study program held completely in English. Students study two semesters at TU Berlin, and two semesters at one of the complementing Double Degree Partner University programs* where they will also write the Master Thesis.

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

2. A second degree:

Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Business Administration
University of Twente (UT) in Enschede, Netherlands
Master in Management (Magister)
Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) in Warsaw, Poland
Master in Governance of Science, Technology, and Innovation
Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow, Russia
Master in Management - Innovative Entrepreneurship
St.Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) in St. Petersburg, Russia
Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Entrepreneurship
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. 

 *Please review partner University information for tuition fees, living expenses, and course information and plan your budget for living in Berlin as well as while studying abroad accordingly. Students´ financial budget while abroad is expected to be covered by personal income or savings, loans (e.g. BAföG), or self-organized scholarships.Upon successful completion, you will be awarded the two academic degrees.



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)


More information are provided in the module overview.


The TU Berlin charges a semester fee of approx. €307, that includes your required semester ticket for the public transportation system.

During your study at the partner university, you might be reimbursed for your transportation semester ticket at TU Berlin.

The University of Twente charges an annual study fee, as of 2020:

Further information you can find here.

Please note: study seats at other Double Degree Partner Universities are limited.





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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