Management (TUM) - joint international programme

Get a unique position for your future career by combining engineering, management and a new cultural experience in a different learning environment. This programme will boost your CV with a cutting-edge programme in management from two leading technical universities. In addition, you will study abroad at two internationally acclaimed universities, in two great cities, spend one year abroad, and gain a unique specialization focusing on management in an engineering context.

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A master’s programme in management from a technical university ensures you a unique position after your studies. You will be able to combine engineering knowledge with management skills.

The DTU-TUM 1:1 offers you a two-year intensive exchange stay for MSc students enrolled at either DTU or TUM. You will spend one year at TUM and one year at DTU.

The Management programme focuses on the interesting interplay between management and engineering. Working with management in an engineering context requires a wide range of quantitative as well as qualitative tools. Combining strategy and innovation, management science, and management disciplines, the Management programme distinguishes itself by being highly interdisciplinary.

The integration of knowledge of the different areas of the programme is an important goal. In a complex and global setting in which most engineers find themselves, these skills will be key attributes to deliver decisive management in engineering-related industries. This programme brings together the best of the Management programmes at TUM as well as at DTU.

Following successful programme completion, you will receive a master’s degree from the university you are enrolled in. Your diploma will bear the logos of both universities and will be supplemented by a special insert which describes your participation in the DTU-TUM 1:1 master’s programme.


The main focus of the programme is themes such as:

  • Operations Management
  • Strategy
  • Innovation
  • Operations Research
  • Management

Studying abroad kick-starts your career as employers are always looking for graduates with an international outlook and intercultural competencies. Upon graduation, you are eligible to enter a PhD programme, but you are also qualitied for demanding positions in industry.

Career opportunities
In almost any field of industry, engineers are faced with the challenge of dealing with managerial tasks. This gives an exceptional field of interesting career opportunities to engineers with a management program.

Increased product complexity and ever shorter time to market put a focus on innovation, development and production. It becomes essential to have the technical background and the right management skill to lead and manage the organisation.

As a graduate from this Master’s programme you will be qualified to work within consulting, planning, project management, analysis, optimization, analytics, research, teaching, and management to name but a few. Some of the most typical areas are consulting, manufacturing management, logistics and supply chain in a vast range of sectors.

Graduating from the MSc programme with a high grade point average may also qualify you for admission to PhD studies—either as an industrial PhD with concurrent employment in a company, or as a regular PhD student.

Read more about DTU's PhD programmes

Application deadlines

1 December - for start in the fall semester

The DTU-TUM Dual Degree Master's programme is only open to students, who have been formally admitted to DTU's regular MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management programme. Therefore, it is not possible to apply for admission directly the dual degree program. 

How to apply

  1. Fill in the application form
  2. Hand in the application form + supporting documents to DTU International Affairs Office
  3. DTU International Affairs Office will register and forward the applications to the Programme coordinator
  4. The Programme coordinator will consult their counterparts and select the most eligible students
  5. The Programme coordinator will inform DTU International Affairs Office about their decision
  6. DTU International Affairs Office will inform the students and issue Nomination Letters


  • Motivated and dedicated students
  • Above average GPA
  • Strong English Language skills. 

Pre-approval of courses

Courses taken abroad must be approved by the DTU professor responsible for the individual 1:1 programme.

Periods abroad

For DTU students a standard period of two consecutive semesters is taken at the host institution. This must be in the 2nd year of the MSc. The master's thesis is conducted at the host institution.

The standard period of study is four semesters which corresponds to 120 ECTS credits, consisting of three semesters of course work and a master’s thesis.

Students starting at DTU must pass a number of general competence courses adding up to 30 ECTS credits and a number of technology specialization courses adding up to 30 ECTS credits. All courses are conducted at DTU.

Study plan

As part of their application for the 1:1 MSc programme, students are asked to prepare a study plan. The study plan must be approved by both programme coordinators. The programme coordinators from each institution must approve the study plan of each student involved in the programme. The study plan will comprise 120 ECTS with 60 ECTS from DTU and 60 ECTS from TUM and follow the guidelines described in this section.

The student must pass 30 ECTS General Competences and 30 ECTS Technology Specialization, the majority of which should be taken during the first year at DTU, but some courses can be transferred to the second year at TUM. All 30 ECTS General Competences must be passed at DTU. Both 42112 Mathematical Programming with Modelling Software and 42413 Simulation in Production and Services must be passed; one will count as General Competence and the other as Technology Specialization. This means that at least 5 ECTS out of 30 ECTS within Technology Specialization will be done at DTU.

In the third semester at TUM, the students have the opportunity to attend lectures and at the same time to establish the research project, they will pursue for their Master's thesis. If students attend courses at TUM from the Operations & Supply Chain Management or Innovation & Entrepreneurship lists during the second year, they will be able to gain ECTS points counting towards DTU’s Technology Specialization during that period, before concentrating on their Master’s thesis research during the fourth semester (second half of the second year). The student may enroll in the “Project Studium” at TUM. This will count as an elective course.

Master's thesis

The master thesis is usually conducted during the fourth semester of the programme. The thesis will be conducted with co-supervision from both institutions. The Master’s thesis is worth 30 ECTS. The students have a main supervisor at DTU and an external supervisor at TUM.

For DTU students, the thesis must be presented at an oral defense according to the rules and regulations of the university where the master thesis has been conducted and with the participation of both supervisors.

For DTU students, the master thesis is graded using the 7-point grading scale, with the grade appearing on the Master degree diploma. The grade will be determined by the DTU thesis supervisor, the co-supervisor and an external examiner according to the Danish rules and regulations on examination.

Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s top universities.

It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education, and the active promotion of promising young scientists. The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world.

TUM regularly ranks among the best European universities in international rankings.


Michael Bruhn Barfod

Michael Bruhn Barfod Associate Professor Department of Technology, Management and Economics Phone: +45 45251540