MSc Digital Industrial Management and Engineering

"The four semester international research master's programme is an innovative, attractive master’s programme focussing on applied research. The research is in the form of a cooperation with one of the most prestigious universities on the African continent, Stellenbosch University in South Africa."

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Vera Hummel, Dean of Studies MSc Digital Industrial Management and Engineering

Why study MSc Digital Industrial Management and Engineering?

… because you work on the latest research topics from the fields of digital industrial management and engineering. This is done in close exchange with your supervising professor and you become an active member in the research group.

… because you will be able to develop a deeper theoretical know-how in the field of your research topic through the accompanying specific lectures in the fields of management science, supply chain management, information and communication technologies, as well as the smart factory and logistics in the context of Industry 4.0.

… because with your master thesis, a research project and a public colloquium, you will be ideally prepared for challenging tasks in industrial research and development as well as for an optional subsequent doctorate.

... because you can benefit from the experience of Stellenbosch University and Reutlingen University in one degree programme.

Key facts

Length of course
4 semesters including at least one semester abroad (compulsory)
Place of study
Reutlingen and Stellenbosch (South Africa)
Beginning of course
Summer semester (March - August)
Application deadline
15 January
Language of instruction
German and English
Master of Science (MSc) in Digital Industrial Management and Engineering from Reutlingen
University and Master of Engineering (MEng) in Engineering Management from Stellenbosch University based on a joint programme

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
First degree programme (Bachelor of Science) completed with 210 ECTS in the field of mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, process engineering, manufacturing engineering or suitable field of engineering science (depending on the research-oriented specialisation)

Excellent command of written and spoken German and English
Available places
5 per term within the pilot phase with the first international partner Stellenbosch University

This degree programme deals with questions such as...

  • How do I tackle scientific problems of applied research in depth and develop applicable solutions?
  • How do I critically question and represent research results? Additionally, I learn to assume  responsibility for research and development projects and the results achieved.
  • How do I comprehend and present complex research topics, even for the non-experts?
  • What competences and abilities do I need to develop and strengthen in order to successfully work in a culturally diverse environment?
  • What positions at the interface between research and development and product realisation in an international work environment am I qualified for having completed this markedly interdisciplinary and research-oriented education?

Perspectives: Careers & opportunities

Graduates of the course have competences in digitisation and engineering management as well as soft skills, team skills, intercultural competence, (leadership) responsibility and ability to act. In accordance with the chosen specialisation, they have in-depth, up-to-date and interdisciplinary knowledge in the areas of Digital Industrial Management and Industrial Engineering for industry.

They are particularly well qualified for interdisciplinary research and development tasks at the interface between business and technology. After graduating, they are able to plan, develop and validate solutions for topics related to industrial digitisation in a holistic manner.

The "Research Master MSc Digital Industrial Management and Engineering" is a step towards a future in research and development in industry or research facilities or for a doctorate in the field of digitisation in industry.

The applications of graduates are diverse within research and development in the area of:

  • digital global logistics system planning
  • Smart Factory and Logistics
  • design of international production networks
  • business and production process optimisation
  • international management

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:

  • Wirtschaftswoche 2019: ESB Business School is the leading German university for business studies and number 5 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
  • Studycheck University Ranking 2019: Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences ranks 6th among the "Most Popular Universities of Applied Sciences 2019" and is awarded the title "Top University of Applied Sciences in Germany". To the ranking

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