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Bachelor of Science - Undergraduate Program

Industrial Engineering & Management (IEM) - The Program

Industrial Engineering is one of the most versatile and flexible branches of engineering. It has been said that engineers make things, whereas industrial engineers make things better. The B.Sc. Industrial Engineering & Management (IEM) program deals with both the creation and the management of systems that integrate people, materials, and energy in productive ways. It covers topics such as process engineering, operations research, supply chain management, engineering design, logistics, project management, and others. During their studies at Jacobs University, students are equipped with the essentials of both the management and the engineering business functions and thus they are prepared for successful careers in industry. The Bachelor program Industrial Engineering & Management has received excellent results in the most recent university ranking conducted by the Center for Higher Education (CHE).

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Career Perspectives

The combination of management and engineering modules of the study program equips IEM graduating students with an attractive and versatile skill set for a variety of career options. Jacobs University graduates successfully work in logistics management related fields for top industry and tech companies.

Key Facts

Program Start Date 2021:

last week of August (orientation week), first week of September (classes)


€ 20,000 per academic year
+ € 8,000 living expenses


All applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships of up to € 15,000 per year.
EU students are eligible for a minimum guaranteed scholarship of €4,000.

Application Deadlines 2021:

June 1 (global) and July 20 (for applicants who do not need a visa)


3 years full-time


Financing Options:

Each admitted candidate will receive an individual financial package.

5 Reasons

5 reasons why you should study Industrial Engineering & Management (IEM) at Jacobs University

  1.  Acquire a most versatile skill set of combined management and engineering skills
  2. Benefit from individual career services to plan and start your personal career at a leading company or organization
  3. Benefit from our employability focus approach with access to top interships and study abroad options
  4. Enjoy high academic standards in small classes, favorable student-to-teacher rations and approchable faculty
  5. Live and learn on an international campus with talents from more than 100 nations


The three-year undergraduate program involves six semesters of study with a total of 180 ECTS credit points (CP). The curricular structure follows an innovative and student-centered modularization scheme - the 3C-Model - that groups the disciplinary content of the three study years according to overarching themes:


Study program structure

The first study year is characterized by a broad offer in disciplinary education that builds on and extends the students’ entrance qualification. IEM Students select introductory modules with a total of 45 CP from the CHOICE area of a variety of study programs, of which 30 CP will be from their intended major.

Students can still change to another major at the beginning of the second year of studies if they have taken the corresponding modules of the study program in the first year of studies.

IEM students take the following CHOICE modules:
  • CHOICE Module: General Industrial Engineering (7.5 CP)
  • CHOICE Module: General Logistics (7.5 CP)
  • CHOICE Module: Introduction to International Business (7.5 CP)
  • CHOICE Module: Introduction to Finance and Accounting (7.5 CP)
Thus, students will learn the fundamentals of industrial engineering, industrial management, manufacturing technology, logistics systems and supply chains as well as the important business functions in the globalized world.


In their second year, students take modules with a total of 45 CP from in-depth, discipline-specific CORE modules. These modules aim to extend the students’ critical understanding of the key theories, principles, and methods in their major at the current state of knowledge and best practice.

IEM students take 45 CP from the following CORE modules:

1) "Advanced Industrial Engineering”, consisting of the modules:
  • CORE Module: Production Planning & Control (5 CP)
  • CORE Module: Product & Production System Design (5 CP)
  • CORE Module: Process Modelling & Simulation (5 CP)
This unit takes an in-depth look into production systems, providing the students with understanding product development and design activities, production planning and control methods, as well as modeling and simulation of the entire manufacturing processes.

2) “Advanced Industrial Management”, consisting of the modules:
  • CORE Module: Operations Research (5 CP)
  • CORE Module: Lean Supply Management (5 CP)
  • CORE Module: Production & Technology Management (5 CP)
In this unit, students will learn to model decision making problems, to develop purchasing strategies, to employ advanced lean methods for the elimination of waste in industrial processes, as well as to manage innovation and technologies.

3) “Project & Strategic Management”, consisting of the modules:
  • CORE Module: Applied Project Management (7.5 CP)
  • CORE Module: International Strategic Management (7.5 CP)
This unit prepares students to set up, organize, manage and control projects as well as to evaluate and design strategies in international management.


During their third year, students prepare and make decisions for their career after graduation. To explore available choices fitting individual interests, and to gain professional experience, students take a mandatory summer internship.

The 5th semester opens also a mobility window for ample study abroad options. Finally, the 6th semester is dedicated to fostering the research experience of students by involving them in an extended Bachelor thesis project.

IEM students take 15 CP of major-specific and major-related Specialization modules to consolidate their knowledge at the current state of research in areas of their choice.

IEM students choose 15 CP of the following Specialization Modules:
  • Specialization: Industry 4.0 and Blockchain Technologies (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Advanced Product Design (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Supply Chain Design (2.5 CP)
  • Specialization: Integrated Decision Making in Supply Chain Management (2.5 CP)
  • Specialization: Distribution & E-Commerce (2.5 CP)
  • Specialization: Law of Transportation, Forwarding and Logistics (2.5 CP)

As a core element of Jacobs University’s employability approach students are required to engage in a mandatory internship. Gaining practical experience is especially important for the IEM program, therefore students will complete a 4-month program-specific internship (30 CP) in the 5th semester of study. This curricular component gives students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in a professional environment, apply their knowledge and understanding to a professional context, reflect on the relevance of their major in employment and society, reflect on their own role in employment and society, and find professional orientation. The internship can also establish a contact for the Bachelor’s thesis project or further employment after graduation. The module is completed by career advising and several career skills workshops throughout all six semesters that prepare students for the transition from student life to working life as well as for their future career. As an alternative to the full-time internship, students interested in setting up their own company can apply for a startup option to focus on the development of their business plan.

The Jacobs Track, an important feature of Jacobs University’s educational concept, runs parallel to the disciplinary modules across all study years and is an integral part of the study program. It reflects a university-wide commitment to an in-depth training in scientific methods, fosters an interdisciplinary approach, raises awareness of global challenges and societal responsibility, enhances employability, and equips students with extra skills desirable in the general field of study. Additionally, it integrates (German) language and culture modules.

Methods and Skills modules
Methods and skills such as mathematics, statistics, programming, data handling, presentation skills, academic writing, and scientific and experimental skills are offered to all students as part of modules within the Methods and Skills area. Students are required to take 20 CP in the Methods/Skills area.

IEM students take the following Methods modules:
  • Methods: Calculus and Linear Algebra I (5 CP)
  • Methods: Finite Mathematics (5 CP)
  • Methods: Programming in Python (5 CP)
  • Methods: Applied Statistics with R (5 CP)
Language modules
Jacobs University supports its students in acquiring and improving these skills by offering a variety of language modules at all proficiency levels. Emphasis is put on fostering German language skills of international students as they are an important prerequisite for non-native speaking students to learn about, explore, and eventually integrate into their host country and its professional environment.
All students take four language courses in the first and second year.

The curriculum of the study program is outlined in the schematic study plan:


THE Young University Ranking 2019 Jacobs University has been top-ranked # 26 of 351 universities worldwide younger than 50 years, #11 in “Teaching” among the young universities worldwide as well as #1 in “International Outlook” and “Teaching” in Germany

CHE Ranking 2020 The program achieved top results in the CHE ranking 2020, especially in the category “ support at the beginning of studies”. The most detailed university ranking in the German-speaking region not only takes into account facts on the range of courses but also questions students themselves.

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