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: Applied Calculus (5 CP)
- Methods: Finite Mathematics (5 CP)
- Methods: Programming in Python (5 CP)
- Methods: Applied Statistics with R (5 CP)
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: