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International Business and Resources in Emerging Markets (IBRE)

Study concept

The Master's degree programme is an economics-oriented degree programme that offers students a modern education in the overlapping area of modern economics, in particular modern development economics and environmental economics, and business administration, in particular international management. These areas usually have a special connection to resource-related industries. The teaching modules are designed to enable students to develop a detailed and critical understanding of the particularities, limitations, terminologies and doctrines in these areas, generating a particular understanding of the particularities of cooperation between Eastern, South-Eastern and Western Europe and emerging Asian economies on the one hand and the increasing importance of ecological interrelationships on the other. 

Students thus acquire skills for dealing with new and unfamiliar complex tasks and problems in the areas of management of international companies, in administrations and international organisations. Using the theoretical framework they have acquired, they can develop and apply new ideas and procedures and evaluate them taking into account different scientific standards of judgement. This enables them to develop strategic solutions even with incomplete information and weigh them up against each other in scenarios. This enables students to independently manage processes in the strategy-orientated professional field of international management. In these fields of activity in particular, the requirements structure is characterised by frequent and unpredictable changes.

The interactive nature of the courses aims to help students develop their personal communication and cooperation skills in the fields that are decisive for the professional field. As a result, they will be able to integrate other participants into tasks in a goal-oriented manner in a management function, taking into account the respective group situation, deal constructively with conflicts and define the expected social, economic and cultural effects and integrate them into the decision-making process.

The Master's programme IBRE has its own website - feel free to take a look there!

Web presence of the Master's programme IBRE

Please note that this is an English-language programme.



International Business & Management, HRM & Organisational Behaviour

Economics of climate change, resource management, environmental management, material flow analysis and life cycle analysis

Faculty of Business Administration (Faculty 6)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Standard period of study
4 Semester
Part-time possible
Start of studies
Winter semester
Dual Degree Description

Double deal with UPEC, Paris (France) and WUST, Wuhan (China)

Admission requirement
  • A first professionally qualifying university degree of at least six/seven semesters at a university, usually in a business degree programme.
  • Professional experience of generally at least one year
  • A letter of motivation of no more than one page explaining the reasons for applying for the Master's degree programme IBRE and developing the role of the intended Master's degree programme IBRE for future career prospects.
  • Qualification assessment procedure

Language proficiency/ GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)/ GRE (Graduate Record Examination):

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with at least 90 points or International English Language Test System (IELTS) with at least band 6.5 (a university entrance qualification obtained at an English-language school, a degree programme taught entirely in English or English as a native language can be counted as equivalent)
  • GMAT test with at least 570 points or 
  • GRE test with at least 305 points

For Bachelor's and Master's graduates of TU Bergakademie Freiberg and students from partner universities, the test may be waived in individual cases.

Course language
Professional advice
Prof. Dr. Johannes Stephan
Schlossplatz 1, Room 1.110
Johannes.Stephan [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

Typical professional fields for graduates are:

  • In companies, predominantly higher management levels with a high level of responsibility, especially with regard to the internationalization of the company, resource management, the management of ecologically sustainable technological projects, and projects in the field of environmental protection
  • In public administration institutions, graduates perform tasks, deal with international bilateral and multilateral negotiations on economic issues such as trade in goods and services, international capital transfer, domestic and foreign direct investment, international innovation networks and policy, competition law and policy, economic aspects of natural resource utilization and the environment, etc.
  • In international organizations and non-governmental organizations, graduates of this MBA program can make a difference in issues of economic development, pro-poor policies, economic aspects of natural resource use, etc.

This profile only provides a brief overview of the degree programme.

Student testimonials, tips and advice on applying, module overviews and much more information can be found on the Master's programme website!

Web presence of the Master's degree programme IBRE

Why study International Business and Resources in Emerging Markets (IBRE) at TUBAF?

This is a unique degree programme that only exists here: You will receive an education that not many have and become top experts in your field!

Interests and skills you should bring with you

They are interested in the internationalisation of the economy and want to critically examine the process of globalisation.

Presentation of the degree programme by Prof. Johannes Stephan

Presentation of the study program by Prof. Johannes Stephan