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Study contents

The study programme is organized in various parts:

  • Economics 
  • Integration subjects
  • Soft skills
  • Academically supported project studies and Master’s thesis

Result is the following Schedule of the programme:

Structure of the programme

The Master’s programme is modularized. The modules consist in courses and self-study parts and are completed with a module exam consisting in one or more examination performances. You will find the module description in the module catalogue of the HTW Dresden.

The credit system is the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), the common European system for the accreditation of academic achievements. All in all, the students have to attend modules with a scope of 120 credits/ 30 credits per semester. The average study hours are 900 hours per semester.


Economics

Here, the students acquire specific knowledge about leadership functions in medium-sized enterprises. Naturally, the wide-ranging basis of basic business knowledge has to be deepened in questions related to medium-sized enterprises. Specific main courses are controlling, human resources development and organization, marketing and international marketing, financial management and financing, foreign trade and globalization as well as logistics and process management.

Integration subjects

The integration subjects are about questions that are of key importance for medium-sized enterprises but cannot be solved with the knowledge of one business subject. The programme starts with teaching an integrative approach to management. In the scope of the programme, the subjects “technology management and innovation”, “international management” as well as the subject “networks and cooperation” are taught. The interdisciplinary analysis of problems is important here, the exemplary teaching of case-specific solution approaches and the integration of generalized solution strategies of problems. Knowledge of research methods and the management of research projects in the area of medium-sized enterprises are of service.

Soft skills

Here, strategies of how to determine and control the orientation of a company are taught to the future managers as well as the competences to master the complexity of their tasks. Furthermore, the students are enabled to estimate their leadership skills, strengths and weaknesses and to be aware of the impact their planning, decision making and communicating has on the company. Methodically, coaching is significant to make sure the students learn to identify challenges and potential problems as soon as possible.

Academically supported project studies and Master’s thesis

During their project studies, the students learn to integrate and implement their knowledge and skills in a practice- project of a company. Contrary to a classic apprenticeship, the topic-related project-studies are supported by a professor from the HTW Dresden working as a supervisor and teaching specific key qualifications and working techniques.

Ideally, the Master’s thesis should reflect contents of the project studies, scientifically and systematically structured and developed to scientific question processed in the Master’s thesis.

Das Leistungspunktsystem entspricht dem European Credit Transfer System  (ECTS) - Europäisches System zur Anrechnung von  Studienleistungen. Insgesamt müssen Module im Umfang von 90 Credits bzw. 30 Credits pro Semester belegt werden. Der durchschnittliche Arbeitsaufwand beträgt pro Semester 900 Zeitstunden.

The Master’s programme „Management of Medium-Sized Enterprises” has qualification objectives on various levels. In addition to the academic main course and competences, there is a special focus on preparing the students for qualified employment.

From our side, it is very important to support the student to develop their personalities. The students are encouraged in their civil social involvement. These global objectives are superior to individual goals that are implemented in the courses.

Academic aspects of the programme and scientific competences

1. The student is taught advanced business knowledge for leadership functions in medium-sized enterprises. This is implemented by deepening knowledge in subjects such as “Controlling”, “Financial Management and Financing in Medium-Sized Enterprises” requiring specific contents for medium-sized enterprises.
2. The student is able to estimate the business significance of current trends in the areas of management, technology and political economy and learns how to integrate changes in the strategies of a medium-sized enterprise.
3. The student acquires advanced knowledge of methods to conduct academic work. He/she is able to independently pick up current academic questions and implement them in research projects. He/she learns how to successfully integrate different interests of medium-sized enterprises, universities, scientific institutes and funding organizations.
4. The student is able to solve complex problems from the area of business administration and related IT- technology problems. They are able to consider commercial and strategic aspects when making important decisions and to structure and control IT- processes (purchase, implementation, and extension).
5. The student learns to comprehend business problems in all their complexity, cross-linking and dynamic and to act strategically as an entrepreneur.
6. The student learns how to apply the methods and tools that enable to constantly update their entrepreneurial competences and learn all their lives.
7. The students are able to present and communicate complex business entrepreneurial and technical facts structuredly.
8. The students learn to apply IT-knowledge on specific problems in their future activities, not only in individual work but also when controlling other employees’ activities.
9. The student is aware of how he/she is connected to other shareholders of a medium-sized enterprise and its environment and which competences achieve the integration in strategies of the company.

Skilled work, civil and social involvement and personality

10. The student shall get used to act as an entrepreneur during his/her project studies supported by the supervision of the professor from the HTW Dresden and the supervisor from the partner company.
11. The student acquires the skills to implement knowledge in a solution-oriented way.
12. The student acquires the competences to work in a team or to lead one.
13. The student is able to control complex projects independently.
14. The student has a high standard of the English language and knows the customs of international management which is important considering the increasing relevance of international activities in medium-sized enterprises.
15. The student learns how to represent and develop established business processes. This means expanding and implementing knowledge about the process-oriented organization of medium-sized enterprises.
16. The student develops awareness for the integration of social and ecological aspects in responsible entrepreneurial acting and learns to communicate and act appropriately considering personal relations in these fields.
17. The student develops competences to integrate social stakeholders.
18. The student learns to estimate his/her resources and to use them appropriately in order to develop his/her personality, to avoid work overload and to protect his/her health.
19. The student acquires the skills to implement and develop intercultural competences.
20. The student acquires the ability to decide consciously and reflectedly in situations of uncertainty in which it is impossible to come to a decision by using standardized strategies and transparent decision criteria; and in situations of stress when a manager is under a lot of pressure.

Berufsbild

Der Studiengang „Management mittelständischer Unternehmen“ bildet in enger Kooperation mit mittelständischen Unternehmen Führungsnachwuchs aus. Die Absolventen sollen die wichtigsten Voraussetzungen besitzen, um nach einem ersten Fachstudium (Bachelor, Diplom) und diesem Abschluss  die Geschäfte eines mittelständischen Unternehmens eigenständig erfolgreich zu führen. Interessierte Studenten bekommen im Rahmen dieses Masterstudiums die Gelegenheit in Kooperation mit lokalen Unternehmen Führungskompetenz für den Mittelstand aufzubauen und möglicherweise direkt den Übergang in eine entsprechende Karriere zu schaffen. Dies kann als Nachwuchsführungskraft oder in einigen Fällen als Gründer eines eigenen Unternehmens geschehen. Das Studium soll aber auch befähigen in Organisationen und Beratungsunternehmen zu arbeiten, die mittelständische Unternehmen unterstützen (Kammern, Verbände, Unternehmensberatungen) oder sich im Rahmen einer weiteren akademischen Karriere mit mittelstandsspezifischen Themen auseinanderzusetzen. 

Das Angebot richtet vor allem an Absolventen wirtschaftswissenschaftlicher Bachelor- oder Diplomstudiengänge, aber auch an Ingenieure und Absolventen anderer Studiengänge mit wirtschaftswissenschaftlichem Grundwissen.

FAQ

Wenn der erste berufsqualifizierende Hochschulabschluss weniger als 210 ECTS-Credits aufweist, können die zusätzlichen Module, mit denen die fehlenden Kompetenzen nachgewiesen werden, auch vor Beginn des Masterstudiums erbracht werden?

  • Ja. Die zusätzlichen Module können auch durch Module nachgewiesen werden, die neben bzw. nach dem ersten Studienabschluss zusätzlich erfolgreich absolviert wurden. Interessierte Bewerber können z.B. auch über den Status der Gasthörerschaft an der HTW diese zusätzlichen Module im Wintersemester belegen, um sich damit für das im darauffolgenden Sommersemester beginnende Masterstudium zu bewerben.

Wann werden die Zulassungsbescheide verschickt?

  • In der Regel in der 5. Jahreswoche, d.h. Anfang Februar

Ist es möglich zum Sommersemester und zum Wintersemester zu beginnen?

  • Nein, der Studiengang startet nur im Sommersemester

Wie sind die Bewerbungsfristen?

  • Bewerbungen sind bis 15. Januar eines Jahres möglich

Gibt es eine Beschränkung der Kapazität der Studienplätze?

  • Ja. Die Aufnahmekapazität ist auf 20 Plätze beschränkt. Die Auswahl der Bewerber erfolgt auf der Grundlage der Duchschnittsnote des ersten berufqualifizierenden Hochschulsabschlusses.

Ist es möglich sich zu bewerben, obwohl die Bachlorarbeit noch nicht abgeschlossen und im Zeugnis eingetragen ist?

  • Ja. Das Bachelorzeugnis muss der HTW bis zum 15.4. nachgereicht werden. (d.h. bis dahin müssen alle Prüfungen inkl. Verteidigung der Bachelorarbeit abschlossen sein und das Zeugnis ausgefertigt und doppelt unterschrieben worden sein).
Last changed: 24.01.2019