Course Content

The BaTM Bachelor’s program has been designed for students wishing to acquire scientific and practical relevant up to date competencies which are much in demand in companies nowadays. The abilities achieved by this program cover the interface between technical and business competencies. Graduates of the program will be conversional partner in their professional life because they are skilled in engineering and business issues and will be able to have an integral perception of complex business problems.

The program is characterized by special features which makes it unique:

The course content takes into account the forward-looking concepts of business digitization and “Industry 4.0” in particular.
Students will learn the German language very intensive. At the end of their study they will be able to work in German speaking companies or to join a master program at public German universities. Such an intensive language training is an important precondition to complete the internships at the end of this bachelor’s program.
Finally the program is offered by an university of applied sciences. This type of universities is obligated to convey application-oriented and practice-relevant knowledge and abilities.

The Business and Technology Management program is an interdisciplinary degree program established between economic and engineering science. The undergraduate course of studies aims to convey a wide cross sectional qualification in knowledge-intensive engineering and business administration in practical-oriented lectures, based on scientific findings and methods. The program aims further to convey professional and methodological expertise which enable graduates to independent application of scientific perceptions and experiences as well as to responsible acting in companies and society.

The generic education in engineering terms completed by business-oriented contents and key qualifications entrepreneurial areas shall enable students to acquire generalist knowledge, to understand comprehensive relationships , to react flexible and to manage work processes.

Further, students will learn to understand the rapid change of the technical improvements, to develop technical design possibilities and possible solutions and to evaluate their technical fit for purpose, to assess technical concepts economically and to use this capabilities in companies. They will be able to apply economic principles and to identify the impacts of decisions on operations, staff members and environment. These ideas will be supported by the internships integrated in the course of studies, by which the learning will be relocated from university to companies and other organizations of the modern working world.

Although, the bachelor’s program of “Business and Technology Management” notably accommodates the international interdependence of economies as well as to present and in the future much more relevant digitization. For that reason, this newly developed course provides a modern and a trend-setting learning content.

Over all, the study will qualify for generalist and cross-sectional occupations as follows:

  • Planning of business areas and products, business development
  • Planning of engineering plants, project management and project controlling
  • Innovation and technology management
  • Technical planning and controlling
  • Purchase of technical equipment, organization and logistics
  • Industrial goods marketing
  • Sales engineering
  • Controlling of technical areas
  • Profit center responsibility
  • Management of business areas
  • Business management
  • Corporate foundation

Beneath the integration of economic and engineering knowledge the education serves social scientific concepts and methods in this way the bachelor’s program “Business and Technology Management” includes an economic study to prepare students for qualified occupations in economic areas of companies and public administration, in which enhanced engineering abilities are asked for. By studying this subject the necessary professional qualification will be acquired by knowledge transfer of economic basic and advanced knowledge by learning of specific methods and the development of the ability of systematization. Further, it will promote the gaining of cross-sectional key qualifications (social competencies) which will enable for meaningful acting in leadership positions. The preparation for adopting line functions is one of the fundamental objectives of the whole education. Naturally, it takes place in technical disciplines with direct practical orientation to train the application of scientific insights and methods by means of tangible problems.

Beneath that aspect with regards to content one of the program’s objective is to strengthen the graduate ability for scientific work and to qualify them for independent scientific research. This will be realized by the content of some modules and a special didactical concept.

A substantial distinctive feature of the program is the integration of an intensive and comprehensive learning of the German language in the special study of Business and Technology Management. For this education period an amount of 900 hours is scheduled.

Such a comprehensive language training leads to two forward-looking objectives. On the one hand there is the possibility that students will carry out their internship or work as gradate in a German company in which German will be the common communication language. For creating minimal precondition for working successful during the internship or the professional life it will be necessary to have such a comprehensive knowledge of the German language. On the other hand by such an intensive language training the chance is given to achieve the capability to successfully complete a master program at a German university.

Educational Organization

The Business and Technology Management program is a seven semester program and consists of 42 modules over all. Because of the fact that students have to choose in the 4th semester between two special studies consisting each of five modules the student effort will consist of 32 modules in total.

For the program’s first six semesters, students will complete the 28 modules outlined in the curriculum. In the second half of the sixth and the first half of the seventh semester, students will do a internship in a international company.

The bachelor’s thesis is to be written in the second half of the seventh semester.
Students are strongly advised to write their Master’s thesis based on an industrial project.

  • ECTS credits: 210
  • Diploma supplement: Yes
  • Course-integrated German language courses: Yes
  • Tuition fees: under preperation
  • Enrollment fees: under preperation
  • Language requirements: TOEFL 570/230/88, IELTS .5 or an equivalent proof
  • Academic requirements: general qualification for university entranced. No working experience is required.

These modules are divided in

  • Minor subjects
    • Business administration (6 modules)
    • Natural sciences and technology (5 modules)
    • Personal and management skills (2 modules)
    • German as a foreign language (6 modules)
  • Elective special studies
    • Mechanical engineering (6 modules)
    • Energy engineering (6 modules)
  • Application oriented studies (7 modules)
  • Internship (2 modules)
  • Bachelor thesis and colloquium (2 modules)

The minor subjects serve the objective to have a fundamental knowledge and understanding of business administration as well as natural sciences and technology. Further, a comprehensive and intensive learning of the German language is integrates in this part of the study. Thereafter students will receive a deepened education in one of two specializations: mechanical engineering or energy engineering leading into a good command of the economic and technical aspects of each of the two disciplines. The application oriented studies convey more practical oriented contents which are relevant for both of the special studies. The internships are established at the end of the study, because students have to apply their self-taught knowledge and skills in the daily business in companies. It is to assume that most of the students will be carried out in German companies. Therefore very well skills in German language will be necessary. The study will be finished by compiling the scientific work of a bachelor thesis.

Study

The BaTM Bachelor’s program offered by an University of Applied Sciences provides students with a balanced combination of technological and business knowhow in addition to training essential management skills.

Upon a successful completion of the course, graduates can expect an attractive array of job opportunities, especially with globally active enterprises, thanks to the diversified knowledge they have acquired within the fields of business administration and engineering. Graduates will meet this requirements with their special skills at the interface between business administration and engineering. The course has been designed to ensure the acquired knowledge is directly applicable in practical situations.

Why study in Berlin?

Because Berlin is the best city in Europe for young people!

The organization „Youthful Cities“ recently named Berlin the best city in Europe for young people. Jobs, public transport, internet connection as well as the local film and music scene were all assessed as part of the rating. Berlin has a lot to offer in every aspect of life. Adding to its appeal is the mix of different cultures and people from all around the world. But the truly special thing about Berlin is that it still has a small town feeling: Every district has its own neighborhood and unique flair. That makes it perfect for those who want to both study and get a taste of life after finishing high school.

Even more great reasons to study at the bbw University of Applied Sciences in Berlin:

  • Affordable cost of living: Life in Berlin is cheaper for students than many other German cities.
  • Exciting student life: The countless bars, pubs and clubs in Berlin make for its legendary nightlife. During the day you can relax in any one of the city’s affordable and stylish cafés. Or you can head to the more unusual locations like the Mauerpark in Prenzlauer Berg, the beach bars in Mitte, or the Badeschiff in Treptow.
  • Music Mecca: Berlin is known worldwide for its electric, techno and house music scene. Some of the best DJs have played here, and many record companies produce their major hits in the city.
  • Fashion City: You can see it on the streets and in stores: the trends of tomorrow. Luxury and glamor can be seen side by side with new looks that challenge the status quo. The diversity here has made the city’s fashion scene internationally renowned.
  • Arts & Culture: The art scene in Berlin is constantly buzzing. Thousands of exhibitions, an impressive array of museums and cultural centers as well as innovative galleries tucked away in quiet courtyards and multicultural weekend markets are all waiting to be discovered.
  • Nature: It may be hard to believe, but Berlin is the greenest metropolis in the world! No other city has as many parks, forests, meadows, canals, rivers and lakes as the German capital.
Work and Career

The Bachelor’s degree in Business and Technology Management (BaTM) qualifies graduates to work in various industries and areas of responsibility. The international labor market currently requires the skills taught during the course, and will do so for the foreseeable future. The program goes a long way to quantitatively address that demand.

The extensive knowledge in the fields of mechanical and energy engineering respectively, coupled with the business knowledge of the methodologies and strategies involved, gives graduates the academic background they need to be successful in the various fields of professional life at the interface or the combination of business and engineering areas. More than 60,000 technicians are currently being sought on the German labor market. But even emerging economies, which are increasingly looking to sell their products in developed countries, require the knowledge of experts to help them successfully approach such markets.

Due to their technical background and business skills, graduates of Business and Technology Bachelor’s Program are extremely well positioned to head into the international job market.

Companies with a international focus are highly interested into graduates from this program. Employment chances are especially high at the companies where students have performed their internship and Bachelor’s thesis.

Finally, based on the intensive and comprehensive training of the German language graduates are well prepared to study a wide variety of postgraduate master studies.

Structure

Following the curriculum of the Business and Technology Management program is shown in a more detailed manner.

Semester 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. Minors
Business administration
G1 Foundations of Business Administration 60
G2 Cost and Activity Accounting and Controlling 120
G3 Marketing and Distribution 60
G4 Production and Investment 60
G5 Product Design and Product Management 60
G6 Business Processes 60
Natural sciences and technology
G7 Mathematics (Mathematiccs 1/ Mathematics 2 and Statistics) 120
G8 Information Sciences and Information Systems (ERP Systems) and Scientific Work 120
G9 Engineering Mechanics 60
G10 Material Sciences 60
Personal and Management Skills
G11 Project Management and Teamwork 60
G12 Management and Leadership 60
German as a Foreign Language
G13 German as a Foreign Language 1 150
G14 German as a Foreign Language 2 150
G15 German as a Foreign Language 3 150
G16 German as a Foreign Language 4 150
G17 German as a Foreign Language 5 150
G18 German as a Foreign Language 6 150
2. Special study*
2.1 Mechanical Engineering
S8WP1 Machine Development 60
S8WP2 Manufacturing 60
S8WP3 Control Techniques 60
S8WP4 Automation 60
S8WP5 Smart Production & SCA1 60
2.2 Energy Engineering
S8WP6 Environmental and Energy Management 60
S8WP7 Renewable Energy Technologies 60
S8WP8 Energy Efficiency 60
S8WP9 Energy Controlling 60
S8WP10 Smart Energy & SCA2 60
S8WP11 Smart Work & SCA3 60
3. Application oriented study
A1 Business Simulations 60
A2 Cloud Technologis and Services 60
A3 International Management 60
A4 Business Intelligence and Analytics 60
A5 Maintenance Management 60
A6 Quality Management 60
A7 Intercultural Communication 60
Internships
P1 Internship 1 x
P2 Internship 2 x
Bachelor Thesis and Colloquium
B1 Bachelor Thesis x
B2 Bachelor Colloquium x

Job Opportunities

Should you chose to work while studying, we recommend only taking on a casual or part-time job that does not require more than 10 to 15 hours a week due to the full-time nature of the course. The increasing internationalization of Berlin means more companies use English as the office language.

Requirements

Admission to the Bachelor’s programme may be requested in writing where the applicant

  • has reached a general higher education entrance qualification or holds a university of applied sciences’ entrance qualification or
  • has acquired the equivalent of a general higher education entrance qualification through a professional degree awarded in accordance to § 11 (1) BerlHG or
  • has completed at least two years of a state- or federally recognized professional training course in a field of work similar to the desired study programme, and has been active in the learned profession for at least three years (subject-related higher education entrance qualification in accordance with § 11 (2) BerlHG). In cases of insufficient professional practice and/or where the student wishes to pursue further areas of study, proof of a student’s ability to study may be derived via an aptitude test.

Good English language skills that correspond to Level B of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages are required for the course. This language proficiency can be demonstrated with the following certificates:

  • ALTE level: Level 3
  • IELTS exam: minimum score of 5 – 6
  • TOEIC: score of 541 – 700
  • TOEFL iBT: minimum score 87
  • UNIcert: minimum UNIcert II
  • Successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree acquired in a completely English-speaking program

No language certificate is required, if English is the official language of the applicant’s country of origin. German language skills are not required for the Business and Technology Bachelor’s Program. However, a visa and residence permit is necessary to study in Germany.

Application Process

You may commence the Business and Technology Bachelor’s Program in the winter semester (normally beginning October) or the summer semester (normallybeginning April). The application deadlines for each respective semester are normally as follows:

  • Winter semester:     15th of July
  • Summer semester:   15th of January

Application documents

To apply for the Business and Technology Bachelor’s Program, please print, complete and sign the application form. This document must be scanned and emailed to the University together with the following supporting (scanned) documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certificate of access to higher education (if necessary, include a translation into English or German)
  • Proof of English language skills
  • Copy of passport or identity card
Fees

The tuition fees for the entire seven-semester program are in discussion up to now. The fees are payable at the beginning of each semester.

Registration fees: None