BSc Production Management

Portrait Prof. Dr. Kristina Steinbiss

“Production managers are indispensable for the international success of companies. They combine high-level technical expertise with business management know-how. As a result they find solutions for work and business processes which are both technically and economically the best.”  

Prof. Dr. Kristina Steinbiß, Programme Leader BSc Production Management

Why study BSc Production Management (PM)?

... because you are interested in both economic and technical contents: You will receive an interdisciplinary training to become a qualified industrial engineer with a specialisation in production.

... because you expect an even balance between theory and practice: The course combines lectures, project work and simulation games, as well as an integrated internship. ESB Business School and its teaching staff cultivate intensive contacts to industry.

... because this programme is international focused: Lectures in English and a compulsory semester abroad at one of our many worldwide partner universities are inherent parts of the programme.

... because in addition to specialised knowledge, social and language skills are also taught: Both are important for the coordination of complex production processes.

Key facts

Length of course
7 semesters (incl. 1 internship and 1 semester abroad)
Place of study
Reutlingen and partner university abroad
Beginning of course
Summer and winter semester
Application deadline
Summer semester: 15 January
Winter semester: 15 July

Language of instruction
German and English (approx. 70/30)
Foreign languages
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Semester contribution summer semester 2019: €167.30 for regular students (Student Union fee and contribution to administrative costs) and €97.30 for exchange students

Applicants from non-EU countries: The State of Baden-Württemberg imposes fees of 1.500 € per semester for new students.

Admission requirements
(Subject related) A-levels (Abitur), entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, or an equivalent qualification as defined in the regulations for university entrance qualifications of people in employment (Berufs-HTVO)
Available places
42 summer semester
43 winter semester

This degree programme deals with questions such as...

  • How does a production facility function?
  • Which production technology, manufacturing structure and work organisation does a company need to be able to meet its targets? 
  • How can the organisation of stock, lead time or machine scheduling be optimized?
  • How much division of labour and automation does a company need? 
  • What are the customer’s needs and what is the optimum way to market the product?

Perspectives: Careers & opportunities

Graduates’ qualifications profile:

  • Industrial engineers combine technical skills with economic know-how and are therefore able to recognise interdisciplinary structures 
  • From the raw material to the customer: they organise, control and optimise the entire production and distribution chain including the securing of resources, financial planning, market analysis and sales strategy. 
  • They are able to assess the impact of their decisions on employees, technology, market and environment. 
  • They work creatively in a team, are able to lead such a team as well as present and share ideas and results professionally.

Typical industrial sectors:
For our graduates there is no “typical“ industrial sector. Industrial engineers are needed across all industries in all manufacturing companies. This is also reflected in the current employers of our graduates, which come from the following sectors:

  • Automotive (supplier) industry 
  • Electrical industry
  • Machinery and plant engineering 
  • Management consulting, consulting
  • Education and research institutions 
  • Wholesale and foreign trade

Typical corporate areas:
Our multidisciplinary programme enables our graduates to perform interface functions between technology and management. With the ability to tackle diverse problems and to integrate a technical and economic perspective, our graduates find a wide range of fields of application across virtually all corporate divisions.

  • Management functions on corporate, business division or project level 
  • Process planning, control and optimization of procurement, production and logistics with regard to new technologies and innovative solutions
  • Planning and design of production sites and warehouses 
  • Quality management and assurance 
  • Technical distribution/ marketing or purchasing
  • Production and project controlling, accounting and financing

Rankings & accreditations

ESB Business is system-accredited by the FIBAA: Within the accreditation process the internal quality assurance system of ESB Business School has been examined and awarded the seal of quality of the FIBAA Accreditation Council. All degree programmes at ESB Business School pass through this rigorous internal quality assurance system and achieve hereby accreditation. 

Current rankings:

  • Die Zeit (CHE) 2017/18, Business Management: Top group in several areas including international orientation, support during study entry phase and contact to professional practice
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  • U-Multirank 2017: Reutlingen University is awarded seven top placings e.g. for Internationality, Knowledge Transfer and Regional Engagement
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  • WirtschaftsWoche 2016, School of Business Management: Fourth spot among all universities of applied sciences.
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  • U-Multirank 2016: Reutlingen University: worldwide "Top performer" in knowledge transfer, Top group in international orientation and regional commitment
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  • Die Zeit (CHE) 2014, Department Industrial Engineering: middle group
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  • U-Multirank 2014: Best possible in the categories international orientation of the programmes, contacts with work environment, quality of course & teaching
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