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Industrial Engineering and Management

Study concept

Allrounder - that's the right description for industrial engineers, as they are versatile in almost all areas due to their broad scientific, engineering and business education. They are expected to understand specialists from various disciplines and bridge the gaps between different areas. This requires not only engineering expertise but also economic understanding and the ability to quickly grasp new fields.

The interdisciplinary bachelor's degree programme primarily provides the fundamentals of business administration and engineering disciplines. The programme consists of six semesters of full-time study, one semester of practical training and the bachelor's thesis. In the first two semesters, students from all study tracks go through a common orientation phase where they acquire mathematical, scientific, engineering and business knowledge. In the 3rd and 4th semesters they enter an aptitude phase, where they specifically attend courses based on their chosen study track. The subsequent specialization phase in the 5th and 6th semesters focuses on providing specific knowledge in the chosen specialization. The acquired knowledge is applied in the practical training, where students work on a typical professional task and complete their bachelor's thesis (7th semester).

Please note that the language of instruction is German. At TUBAF we offer various Master's degree programmes taught in English.


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Study fields

Geotechnical field of study with a focus on oil and gas extraction from conventional and unconventional deposits (including heavy oil, mine gas, gas hydrate). The still increasing demand for these raw materials is to be covered by modern and environmentally friendly extraction methods. Another concern is the economic breakthrough of deep energy for the generation of electricity and hot water from geothermal energy.


Geotechnical field of study with a focus on the development and extraction of solid raw materials of all kinds. Immense quantities of energy raw materials (coal), hard stones (including granite), ores, salts, etc. are needed. In addition to the exploration, development and extraction of raw materials, the recultivation of former industrial sites is also becoming increasingly important. In the future, the environmentally sound, safe and effective extraction of raw materials from the seabed will also be an important field of activity.


Engineering technology field of study with specialisations in machines and plants as well as energy technology. In addition to dimensioning and designing machines and plants in all areas of the economy, process engineering skills can be acquired, e.g. in the area of processing technology. Energy technology deals with technologies that are necessary to provide and use electrical energy, heat or another form of energy in an environmentally friendly, efficient and economical way.

Engineering field of study with a focus on the construction of traffic routes, especially roads and tunnels. In addition to the dimensioning and construction of roads, bridges and tunnels, in-depth knowledge of construction management aspects can also be acquired. Another concern of the specialisation is to impart knowledge about the processes and economic contexts as well as management skills in construction companies and construction projects.

Process-oriented field of study with a focus on physical, chemical and biological material conversion. The education is broad and imparts knowledge of the generation and use of heat (e.g. in power plants). Other topics include the production of various materials and chemicals (e.g. plastics) and the use of microorganisms to purify air and water. This knowledge can be used in the development of environmentally friendly and economical processes.


Metallurgical field of study with a total of five specialisations: Foundry and Forming Technology, Materials Technology, as well as Steel and Non-ferrous Metallurgy. High-performance steels in automobiles can save lives in an emergency, lightweight materials save many millions of tonnes of crude oil, modern communication systems would be inconceivable without high-performance materials. In order to be able to produce these products, the properties of the materials used must be matched to the respective application. To do this, it is important to know what influences the material properties and how materials with the desired properties are produced.

Faculty of Business Administration (Faculty 6)
Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.)
Standard period of study
7 Semester
Part-time possible
Start of studies
Winter semester
Summer semester
Admission requirement

Abitur (German secondary school leaving certificate) or a subject-specific higher education entrance qualification, or a recognized equivalent access authorization

Course language
Professional advice
Prof. Dr. Alexander Leischnig
Schlossplatz 1, Room 1.105
Alexander.Leischnig [at]
Central Student Advisory Service
Central Student Counselling Service
Prüferstr. 2, 3rd floor, room 3.405
studienberatung [at]
Student Council
Student Representatives Faculty 6
Schlossplatz 1, ground floor 202
fsr6 [at]
Job opportunities

Universal job opportunities in large companies as well as small and medium-sized enterprises, among others, in industries such as automotive industry and suppliers, basic materials industry and chemical industry, mechanical and plant engineering, energy suppliers, construction and environmental protection.

Graduates of the Industrial Engineering and Management programme have versatile career opportunities. They are typically employed for technical problem-solving based on business requirements, including areas such as project management, production/manufacturing, transportation/traffic/logistics, marketing/sales, consulting and controlling.

Studying at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg gave me the opportunity to gain not only theoretical but also practical experience. Among other things, I was given the opportunity to complete an internship at Hydro Aluminium Rolled Products GmbH in Grevenbroich and to write my Bachelor's thesis at Acciaieria Arvedi in Italy.

Dipl.-Ing. Birgit Schmole - Forming technology engineer, quality engineer at Schmiedewerke Gröditz

I decided to study industrial engineering after graduating from high school because I found the combination of business and technology interesting. I liked the specializations at the Bergakademie, as there was also deep drilling technology and materials technology in addition to traditional mechanical engineering. I found that exciting. During my studies, I learned how to structure myself. This helps me in my day-to-day work, as I usually have to solve many problems at the same time. I have only positive memories of my time at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. I would study there again in a heartbeat!

Marie Moses - Industrial engineer, process engineer in the copper rolling mill at Elcowire AB in Helsingborg

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Programme Presentation (in German)

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