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, laboratories, project work and simulation games, as well as an integrated internship. At the Virtual Engineering and Training Center (VETC), you will apply state-of-the-art virtual reality technologies while working on industrial case studies. The ESB Business School and its teaching staff maintain intensive contacts with companies, using this hands-on resource to its full advantage.

... 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
The winter semester 2020/2021 starts on 5 October. Only students in their first semester start on 19 October.
Application deadline
Summer semester: 15 January
Winter semester: 20 August

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?
  • How can processes be optimised through digitalization and which digital tools can be used for production design? 
  • 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 School is accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Worldwide only five percent of all business schools bear this seal of quality. The AACSB is the largest accreditation organisation in the world with demanding quality requirements in relation to training and research at business schools.

ESB Business School has been system accredited by the FIBAA: within the accreditation process the internal quality assurance system of ESB Business School was audited and awarded the quality seal of the accreditation council. All degree programmes of ESB Business School pass through this rigorous internal quality assurance system and in this way achieve accreditation.

Current rankings:

  • U-Multirank 2020: Reutlingen University is awarded eleven top placings, e. g. in the fields of International Orientation and Student mobility. ESB Business School performed especially successfully in regard to the contact to work environments. To the ranking

  • Die Zeit (CHE) Studienführer 2020/21: Business Engineering: Top group in several areas including international orientation, support during study entry phase, support during practical semester and overall study situation
    To the ranking
  • Wirtschaftswoche 2020: ESB Business School is the leading German university for business studies and number 6 in International Business Engineering.
    To the ranking (German Article)
  • U-Multirank 2019: Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences achieves seven top rankings in the fields of research, international orientation and knowledge transfer. In addition, the university is one of the top 25 universities worldwide in the field of "Contact to work environment". To the ranking

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