DegreeMaster of Business Administration (MBA)In cooperation withKwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, (Ghana), King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, (Thailand), Gubkin University, Moscow, (Russia), China University of Mining & Technology, Beijing, (China), Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, (China), Catholic University of the North, Antofagasta, (Chile), Taita Taveta University College, (Kenya), Jan Evangelista Purkyne University in Usti nad Labem, Usti nad Labem, (Czech Republic)Joint Degree/Double DegreeYesCourse language(s)English
Compulsory German coursesAdmission semesterWinter semester onlyBeginningWinter semester - October
Summer semester - April (in exceptional cases)Programme durationFour semestersApplication deadlineAnnually 15 AprilCourse contentThe MBA programme in International Management of Resources and Environment IMRE offers a general education that is oriented towards economics, engineering, and science. It aims at providing students who have a first degree in engineering or natural sciences with skills in management, economics, and law. These skills will help students to solve general and specific problems in the fields of resource management and environmental protection.
The MBA programme IMRE focuses on the management of natural resources and the environment, but is concurrently a fully-fledged MBA education.
The programme is structured into the following areas:
- Economics & Law
- Business Administration
- Environmental & Resource Management
- Key Competencies
Throughout their studies, students should acquire the ability to recognise and assess scientific, technical, economic, and intellectual issues. They will evaluate technical solutions interdisciplinarily, in particular with regard to their economic, environmental, and social impacts. They will use these solutions them to develop new production processes and innovative projects. Management competences will also be acquired. Due to the general methodological knowledge obtained, students should also be able to have a career in other areas of industry outside of their more focused training. This is how competences are to be developed in order to recognise future problem areas in the economy and society and to integrate them into their own work. The focus is to work creatively in an interdisciplinary and intercultural environment both independently and in groups.
Educational organisationStudents are expected to work according to a general study plan. Additionally, they may choose further lectures on a voluntary basis to extend their knowledge and skills.
The programme representatives, professors, and research assistants will support the students and offer individual professional guidance.
Compulsory courses take place mainly in the first two semesters. These courses lay the foundations for the following core electives. The Master's thesis is expected to be completed in the fourth semester. Free electives can be taken at any time during the four semesters.
The programme is organised in such a way as to offer the best possible flexibility to students in accordance with their learning skills.
Since this is an MBA programme, students are expected to participate actively in the educational process and they are expected to prepare numerous presentations, complete many assignments and write several academic papers.Study abroad unit(s)Through exchange programmes with the sister programmes at the partner universities, students have the opportunity to study for one or two semesters at these partner universities and to graduate with a double degree in agreement with the respective examination regulations.
Within the framework of the EU-sponsored ERASMUS Programme, one semester may also be spent at partner universities in Europe or in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Norway or the USA, depending on the student's individual situation.Forms of assessmentStudents have to take written, oral and alternative examinations (assignments, presentations etc., often in team work) which are generally offered in the framework of seminars, practical training or projects. Many lecturers request active participation in the classroom. Discussions among the small group of students (typically 20 to 25) are more than welcome and enrich the learning atmosphere in the classroom.
Typically, the assessments cover clusters ("modules") of three or six credit points, depending on the workload.ECTS credits120Diploma supplementYesCourse-related German language coursesYesCourse objectivesStudents are supposed to:
- acquire abilities to recognise and assess coherence between technical, economic and social issues
- evaluate technical solutions from an interdisciplinary perspective regarding their economic, ecological and social impact and to utilise this interdisciplinary approach for new production processes and innovative products
- secure job opportunities in areas other than the core focus thanks to their general knowledge of principles and methods
- develop skills in order to detect future problems and integrate those into their own work
Tuition feesNo tuition feesEnrolment feesApprox. 90 EUR per semesterCosts of livingLiving costs amount to 500-600 EUR per month, including accommodation, insurance, food, sports, and other items.Job opportunitiesYes, but limited - mainly as research assistants in university projectsFunding opportunities within the universityThe "Deutschlandstipendium" is open to international students.
Language requirementsProof of adequate proficiency in English can be provided with one of the following:
- TOEFL with a score of at least 90 points (Internet-based)
- IELTS with a score of at least 6.5
- an equivalent English test
- Bachelor's degree
- English Proficiency
Where to applyTechnische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg
- GMAT test with a minimum of 570 points or GRE test with minimum 305 points
MBA Programme IMRE
Prof. Dr. Magnus Fröhling
Arrival supportThe International Centre provides support to new international students by assigning a mentor to each new student. A mentor is a German or international student who speaks German and English and sometimes also French, Spanish, or Russian. The mentor takes the newcomer through the first steps in Freiberg and at the university, i.e., picking the student up at the train station upon arrival, helping with enrolment, and assisting with all of the other required administrative formalities (e.g., health care, opening a bank account, administrative formalities at city hall). Students who wish to participate need to register well in advance of their arrival (http://www.iuz.tu-freiberg.de).Services and support for international studentsIntensive and individual professional advice is provided by the supervisors and coordinators of the programme. The International Centre offers support to all international students within the mentor programme, German language courses as well as information and consultation about studying and living in Freiberg.
Student initiatives offer valuable cultural services for all students and PhD students at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg and support the intercultural exchange at the university. Their activities include the international weekend at the beginning of the winter semester, the regular international corner with topical events, and trips to interesting places in Germany.
Psychological counselling is also provided to all students in need.AccommodationA limited number of places are available in the dormitories (http://studentenwerk-freiberg.de). The rent for a room ranges from 170 to 320 EUR per month. The International Centre offers support in finding accommodation on the private market (http://tu-freiberg.de/en/international/accommodation).
Course websiteAbout the universityThe TU Bergakademie Freiberg - the "University of Resources" - was founded in 1765 and is one of the world's oldest technical universities with an outstanding international reputation for its education and research following the principle of perpetual innovation. The polymath Alexander von Humboldt studied in Freiberg, and the elements germanium and indium were discovered at the university. With its four core themes - geosciences, materials, energy, and environment - it has a very distinct profile addressing the specific issues of our modern industrial society. Teaching and research reflect a practical orientation responding to the demands of industry. Thanks to its financial backing, including private sources, the TU Bergakademie Freiberg is one of the ten best research-focused universities in Germany. This guarantees a high level of education in the fields of science, engineering, and economics. In nationwide rankings, the TU Bergakademie Freiberg is regularly placed at top positions due to its outstanding conditions for studying and its intensive mentoring programmes. The university's own underground teaching mine, open to visitors, serves as a natural laboratory and allows for "hands-on" exploration of the subterranean world of Freiberg and its mining history, dating back to the 14th century. About 21% of the university's 4,500 students are international students. The campus offers numerous advantages typical of a small university. Short distances on campus and face-to-face contact between students and professors are major benefits. The university is structured into six faculties and has several research centres such as the Interdisciplinary Environmental Research Centre (IÖZ), the Scientific Diving Centre (SDC), and the Mine Water Research Centre. The Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology, which was founded by the TU Bergakademie Freiberg and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, is researching innovative ways to explore high-tech metals like gallium, indium, germanium or the elements of the noble earths. The university and student initiatives offer a large variety of cultural events and leisure activities including over 50 different types of sports activities at the university sports centre.Total number of students4,500Total percentage of international students21 %About the cityFreiberg is located in the centre of the state of Saxony in the picturesque Erzgebirge mountains, not far from Dresden. Freiberg is more than 800 years old and was founded after the discovery of silver ore in 1168. Today, Freiberg has around 40,000 inhabitants. The medieval heart of the town, which is almost completely intact, is very attractive: the Upper Market Square with its late Gothic patrician houses and Freiberg cathedral at the Lower Market Square with its famous Silbermann organ and golden portal. Along with the world's oldest town theatre, a modern multiplex cinema, and night clubs, more than a hundred restaurants, cafés, and pubs invite you to take a break and enjoy life. There are sports facilities, a modern open-air and indoor swimming pool, and a park which surrounds the town centre like a green belt. Since 2008, the mineral collection "Terra Mineralia" functions as a centre of attraction for tourists, students, and inhabitants of Freiberg. The mineral collection, one of the largest collections in the world, is shown in the refurbished castle "Freudenstein" in the town centre. The nearby "Saxon Switzerland" national park and the Erzgebirge mountains are beautiful places for a wide variety of outdoor activities including hiking and climbing in the summer and skiing in the winter. Dresden, Leipzig and Berlin are easily accessible by train and offer plenty of social, cultural, and recreational alternatives.