Frequently asked questions

Curriculum

What is the difference between the residential and the distance learning track?

While both tracks will lead to the same degree and focus on the areas in management and engineering, the mode of delivery differs. The residential track is probably similar in terms of delivery to your bachelor degree. That is, most courses will be delivered on-campus in Aachen where you will be spending most of your time. In terms of pedagogy, “traditional” lectures will be combined with state-of-the-art digital teaching methods to ensure the best learning experience possible.

The distance learning track, on the other hand, will allow you to complete the degree from your home location (or any location of your choice) with the help of digital teaching methods. This will include video lectures that you can watch largely at your own pace but will also involve interactive features such as group projects, group debates, and case study discussions – all completed through and supported by digital media.

What is the Cambridge Ecosystem Practicum?

The Cambridge Ecosystem Practicum is one module within the management electives. The Practicum focuses on a project work throughout the entire summer semester and includes a one-week training course on-site in Cambridge, UK at the beginning of the semester. The one-week training course consists of lectures and workshops on innovation systems. You will also have the opportunity to visit some companies in the Silicon Fes. The accommodation during this period in Cambridge is already covered by your study fees. But you will have to cover visa and flights expenses by yourself, as it is an elective course.

Will I get a separate certificate for the course in Cambridge?

Upon completion of Cambridge Ecosystem Practicum, you will receive 5 ECTS points towards your final transcript and also a separate certificate from Cambridge University.

How often do we have to travel to Cambridge during this course?
Are travel and accommodation expenses covered by the study fees?

If you choose the Cambridge Ecosystem Practicum as an elective, you will have to travel to Cambridge, UK once for a one-week training course. You will not have to pay any additional fees for the course and accommodation, but you will have to cover your visa and travelling expenses on your own.

When does the Management boot camp at RWTH Business School start? Is it necessary to attend this course?

The boot camp will be held before the start of the semester. It is an MOOC, so you can do it completely online from home. This is a compulsory course for those students who lack management basics and will help them to prepare for the more advanced management courses. You will be notified in your admission letter if you need to complete the boot camp or not.

What is the ‘blended learning program’?

Blended-learning is a mixture of online and offline study methods. In this program, you will have various opportunities and formats to collect your credit points. Some of the study methods used in the MME-TIME program are online lectures, summer schools, on-campus lectures etc.

If I choose to do the entire program from home and part-time. What would be the ideal time to complete the program
under these circumstances?

If you opt to do the program from home and part-time, you can comfortably complete it in six semesters (three years). However, you may also complete the program in considerably less time depending on the workload you intend to take up per semester.

Are there any additional fees that I will have to pay if I happen to take more than three semesters to complete the course
(full-time)?

There will be no additional cost if you complete the program within 6 semesters. You will only have to pay the enrolment fees of approx. 250 € to RWTH Aachen University every semester. However, from the 7th semester onwards you will have to pay an additional fee of 1500 € per semester.

Is an internship a compulsory part of the program?

No, an internship is not a compulsory part of the program. Depending on your plans, however, it may be a good idea to complete an internship sometime during the program. Internships are very common in the German education system. So, if you plan to apply for a job in Germany after completing the program, an internship may be good “entry ticket” into the German job market.

Study Modes (Residential vs. Distant, Full-time vs. Part-time)

Which study mode is preferable – residential or distant learning?

As each study mode has its own set of advantages, it’s really up to you to decide which of the two study modes aligns best with your goals and preferences. If you want to experience Germany and close-knit study groups to the full extent, then you are probably better off with the residential track. If, on the other hand, you do not want to leave your home country and/or your current job, then the distant learning track may be the better choice. Here, you will be able to complete a Master degree parallel to your current professional/social life. The study advisors at RWTH Business School will be happy to help you assess which option is preferable for you.

Which study mode is preferable – full-time or part-time?

Again, this depends on your goals and preferences and the workload you want to complete each semester. Having said that, we would also assume that most students choosing the residential track will also choose to study full-time, hence completing the program in three semesters. The choice between full-time and part-time may also depend on your parallel commitments. If you plan to work full-time during completion of the program, the full-time study load of the MME-program may be too much and you may better off spreading the study load over more than three semesters.

When do we need to decide on our study mode?

You should probably make a decision after you receive your final admission letter. At this point, we are glad to offer an individual advisory sessions where we can jointly design your personal study plan. An important note to Non-European students: Your chosen study mode also defines your visa requirements so you probably do not want to delay that decision for too long.

European Credit Transfer System

How many ECTS credit points does the MME-TIME course comprise?

The MME-TIME comprises 90 ECTS points to be completed in three semesters (full-time) or six semesters (part-time).

What are the possible job profiles that an MME-TIME graduate can expect?

An MME-TIME graduate qualifies for technology or engineering consulting jobs or marketing positions or even the possibility to establish a start-up in any of these fields. International companies are in need for new digital strategies and are hence looking for graduates that have qualifications in both management and technology.

Position Description
Engineering or Management Consulting Responsible for planning and implementing complex consulting projects in technology or management fields
Product Management Responsible for the development of technical products or service systems
Business Development Responsible for the development and implementation of new business models and ideas
Technology and Innovation Management Responsible for the R&D and the strategic innovation process
Technology Marketing and Sales Responsible for the creation of marketing and sales strategies for high-tech products and services
Project Management Supervision and responsibility of complex technical projects
Or become an entrepreneur Start your own business drawing on your expert knowledge in management and technology

 

Micromaster

If I take the RWTHx Micromaster Credentials, will I be admitted to the MME TIME Program?

Upon completion of the RWTHx MicroMasters Credential, participants are eligible to apply for the MME-TIME program. Participants will be credited 15 ECTS for having completed the Credential, which will count towards the 90 ECTS required for graduating with the MME-TIME degree.

Admission to the MME-TIME is highly selective with the number of applications typically exceeding the number of places available by a factor of more than 10. That said, completion of the MicroMasters and strong performance therein will definitely be a Plus in the application process, provided all formal requirements (e.g., STEM degree at bachelor level or higher) are met.

Which modules from the MME TIME program does the Micromaster Credential cover?

The two MicroMasters courses "Managing Disruptive Change" and "Thinking and Acting like an Entrepreneur" will be considered as jointly equivalent to the TIME Essential "Entrepreneurial Management"

The two MicroMasters courses "Strategic Management: From Inuition to Insight" and "Strategic Management: From Insight to Decision" will be considered as jointly equivalent to the TIME Essential "Strategic Management"

The two MicroMasters courses "Customer-Centric Innovation" and "Innovation & Creativity Management" will be considered as jointly equivalent to the TIME Management Elective "Managing the Innovation Process"

How much do I have to pay for the MME TIME Program, if I took the Micromaster Credential?

The tuition fee will be reduced proportionally from 30k EUR to 25k EUR for all admitted students that have formally passed all six MicroMaster courses. Please note that the early-bird discount for MicroMaster graduates will be 1k EUR.