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Industrial Engineering and Management

Study concept

Industrial engineers are all-rounders, as their wide-ranging scientific, engineering and business management training means they can be deployed in almost all areas. They work at the interfaces, understand specialists in the various disciplines and build bridges between the individual areas. This means that not only engineering expertise is required of them, but also an understanding of economics and the ability to quickly familiarise themselves with new areas. The industrial engineering degree programme builds on this goal by combining economics modules with engineering disciplines to impart a broad knowledge and in-depth understanding. The Master's degree programme in Industrial Engineering offers students the opportunity to further expand and deepen the basic knowledge acquired in the Bachelor's degree programme. Through a wide range of courses in the fields of economics and engineering, students can focus on specific subjects and thus follow their own interests. The degree programme comprises two semesters of on-campus study and one semester of a Master's thesis.


Study fields

Geotechnical degree specialising in oil and gas extraction from conventional and unconventional deposits (including heavy oil, mine gas, gas hydrate). The ever-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 degree specialising in the exploration and extraction of solid raw materials of all kinds. Immense quantities of energy raw materials (coal), hard rock (including granite), ores, salts, etc. are required. 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 friendly, safe and effective extraction of raw materials from the seabed will also be an important field of activity.

Engineering degree specialising in machines and systems as well as energy technology. In addition to dimensioning and designing machines and systems in all areas of industry, students can acquire process engineering skills, e.g. in the field of processing technology. Energy engineering deals with technologies that are necessary to provide and utilise electrical energy, heat or another form of energy in an environmentally friendly, efficient and economical way.


Engineering degree programme with a focus on the construction of traffic routes, in particular roads and tunnels. In addition to the dimensioning and construction of roads, bridges and tunnels, students can also acquire in-depth knowledge of construction management aspects. A further aim of the specialisation is to impart knowledge of the processes and economic interrelationships as well as management skills in construction companies and construction projects.


Process-orientated degree course with a focus on physical, chemical and biological material conversion. The course is broadly diversified and provides knowledge of the generation and utilisation 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.

Materials engineering specialisation with a focus on inorganic, non-metallic materials. This specialisation, which is unique in Germany, focuses on the production of glasses, ceramics and natural materials. We encounter these materials every day and their use seems completely natural. Nevertheless, building materials such as concrete, bricks and insulating materials must be constantly developed, improved and also recycled. Glass as a bottle or window pane, or the crockery we use every day are now high-tech products. The variety of applications is the reason for the large number of future fields of activity for graduates of this specialisation.


Metallurgical degree programme with a total of five specialisations: Foundry and forming technology, materials engineering, and steel and non-ferrous metallurgy. High-performance steels in cars can save our lives in an emergency, lightweight construction materials save millions of tonnes of crude oil and modern communication systems would be inconceivable without high-performance materials. In order to manufacture 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 manufactured.

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

Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the TU Bergakademie or at least an equivalent professionally qualifying university degree with at least 7 semesters

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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 employment opportunities in large companies as well as small and medium-sized enterprises in the following sectors, among others: Automotive industry & supply industry, basic materials industry & chemical industry, mechanical and plant engineering, energy suppliers, construction and environmental protection.

Graduates of the Industrial Engineering and Management degree programme have a wide range of professional fields. Typical applications for technical problem solving based on business management requirements include: project management, production / manufacturing, transport / traffic / logistics, marketing / sales, consulting and controlling.

After graduating from high school, I decided to study industrial engineering 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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Introduction to the degree programme