The M.Sc. Sustainable Management and Technology is a program of the TUM School of Management in cooperation with the TUM Campus Straubing.
Increasing social interest in sustainability-oriented business, changes in consumer behavior toward renewable and regenerative products, and political agreements and regulations with stricter environmental and climate targets have as a consequence that companies are now more than ever in demand to master the technological change toward climate-neutral and sustainable resource and technology management.
This structural change requires specialists with a business education based on sustainability concepts as well as knowledge in energy and process technology, biotechnology, and material sciences, for example, in order to be able to redesign internal company production processes towards resource-saving and sustainable supply chains. This also includes approaches to the circular economy. The aim is to develop holistic approaches for the comprehensive use of renewable raw materials and waste and to be able to evaluate and optimize these in terms of their benefits. In addition, a global perspective is necessary, since companies are in international competition and should be enabled to contribute to the achievement of global sustainability goals.
The interdisciplinary master’s program in Sustainable Management and Technology bridges the gap between business and technical areas of enterprise and trains the leaders of tomorrow’s sustainable economy who can understand and shape entrepreneurial developments and their impact on society and the economy in the necessary depth and complexity.
The Sustainable Management and Technology master’s program is offered with two options for specialization:
Major in Biotechnology and Material Sciences
Major in Sustainable Management
Each major is divided into four areas: Fundamentals in Sustainable Management, Electives in Management and Technology, Specialization in Engineering and Natural Sciences, and the Master’s Thesis.
In Fundamentals in Sustainable Management (30 ECTS) students gain depth knowledge in the areas of economics, sustainability, and research methodology.
Electives in Management and Technology include modules from the fields of social sciences, economics, engineering, and natural sciences. Here, students can expand their knowledge in these areas and sharpen their skills profile. In addition, students can also choose a project study. This creates the opportunity to transfer theoretical knowledge into practice in engineering and science-related companies. For the Major in Biotechnology and Material Sciences at least 30 ECTS, for the Major in Sustainable Management at least 45 ECTS are required in this area.
In the elective area Specialization in Engineering and Natural Sciences, the technical and scientific fundamentals along with the value chains up to the utilization of residual materials are taught. Students gain and expand knowledge from the field of key technologies in sustainable chemistry and energy management, biotechnology, material sciences, and digitalization. Training in various disciplines creates a link between scientific and engineering fundamentals and management decisions. For the Major in Biotechnology and Material Sciences at least 30 ECTS, for the Major in Sustainable Management at least 15 ECTS are required in this field.
The Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS).
Competencies and skills
For the rapidly growing fields of sustainability, managers are needed who know the special features and challenges of sustainability-oriented companies and value chains and can implement these incorporate strategies and management concepts. They should be able to think in economic and material cycles, as well as have basic knowledge of chemical-material and energetic utilization paths of biogenic and regenerative raw materials and be able to develop these further.
The Master’s program in Sustainable Management and Technology trains innovative managers who have an understanding of the necessary entrepreneurial structural change and are able to shape the increasingly complex tasks of technological change at this interface between entrepreneurial activities and technical, natural, and life science functions.
The students acquire competencies for the construction, organization, planning, coordination, execution, and control of sustainable systems in areas such as raw material procurement, technology development, production and logistics, marketing and sales or controlling and accounting, taking into account business, macroeconomic, ecological and social effects. They can use their acquired technical and scientific fundamentals of the individual stages in the value chains – from cultivation to recycling – including key technologies of sustainable chemistry and energy management, biotechnology, material sciences, and digitalization to analyze the basis for management decisions and their effects from a technical and scientific perspective.
They will also gain insight into other disciplines in order to be able to acquire knowledge independently in the future so that they can use this independently in the subject- and discipline-specific as well as interdisciplinary forms of problem-solving and decision-making. As business is not only regionally or nationally limited, but embedded in a globally networked and digital society, students are empowered to be able to work in international teams on solutions to sustainability issues.
With the skills acquired in the course of study, graduates of the Master’s program Sustainable Management and Technology are able to analyze, develop, implement and disseminate the sustainable idea in companies in all economic sectors of industry, trade, finance, and consulting and in all operational functions (such as research and development, purchasing, production, sales and controlling) in a methodologically sound and innovative manner as analysts, innovators, and mediators across functions and disciplines.
This includes in particular the analysis and identification of current weaknesses and development potentials in companies with regard to sustainability and corporate responsibility and the ability to address this in an interdisciplinary and international environment and to develop implementable solution proposals. Graduates are thus able to grasp the interaction of new bio-based and sustainable processes, products, and technologies and their diffusion with the ecosystems in which they are embedded, to identify future developments, and thus to design holistic sustainable solutions in the company.
They will be able to combine and quantify environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and technological opportunities with the ideas of business efficiency and market acceptance in their decision-making.
Evidence of adequate English language skills.
a qualified bachelor’s degree of at least six semesters obtained at a domestic or foreign university or a degree of at least equivalent value in the fields of technology and management-oriented business administration, bioeconomics, business administration, economics, or comparable courses of study.
Passing the aptitude assessment.