International MBA - Focus Human Resource Management

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As a student of the IBSA Dual Degree Master's Program specializing in Human Resource Management, you will spend your first semester at the IGC in Bremen. For your specialization you will continue your studies at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. The British partner program MSc in Global Business prepares you for a career in the fields of human resources and business management. In order to be ready for the challenges of your future career, the University recommends active participation in four modules. The elective courses offer you an innovative and experimental range of learning methods. An example is participation in a simulation game.

Your benefits

  • QAA-accredited HRM program
  • 1 year, 2 degrees, 2 countries: MBA & MSc
  • An international network
  • International Student Assistance (ISA)
  • Free German language course (optional)
  • Develop intercultural competencies


  • Bachelor’s degree in business (210 ECTS)
  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience after first degree
  • High English proficiency (IELTS 6.5 points or TOEFL iBT min. 90)
  • Letter of motivation
  • Funding for tuition fees and living costs
  • All documents must be in English

Key Facts - MBA

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Dual Degree
Dual Degree - MBA/MBA or MSC

Upon completion of this postgraduate management degree, you will earn your Master’s in Business Administration. The title of MBA is internationally renowned in business and stands for hands-on management education and leadership training. You will also earn a second degree from the University of Hertfordshire (MSc).

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Language - English

As the language of education is English, very good English knowledge is required. Please be advised that while it is possible to complete your degree without any German language knowledge, most local jobs will require German skills. For this reason, if you plan to work in Germany following your studies, we recommend that you take advantage of our free German courses.

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October 2022
Start - October 2022

The program begins in the winter semester. The introductory events and courses start at the beginning of October and run until the end of January. The summer semester begins after a short break in February. Starting in mid June, you can use the lecture-free period to work on your master’s thesis.

Duration & Type
3 semesters / full-time
Duration & Type - 3 semesters / full-time

You can complete your studies in two or three semesters as a full-time student. You need a bachelor's degree with 210 ECTS credits.

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Accreditation - AQAS

Accreditation of our degree programs is very important to us. For this reason, we regularly have our programs reviewed for quality by independent external agencies. The International MBA is accredited by the agency AQAS. Since 2002, this agency has accredited most of the study programs at public universities in Germany.

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Group size
About 25 students
Group size - About 25 students

Our classes take place in small groups of about 25 students. This gives you the opportunity to maintain close contact with teachers and lecturers and facilitates cooperation and intercultural exchange among fellow-students.

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Tuition fee
16,020 Euro
Tuition fee - 16,020 Euro

The tuition fee is around 16,020 euros for the entire program. At IGC, there is also an additional semester fee of roughly 390 euros per semester (as of 01/2022). The semester fee covers your student ticket that entitles you to free public transportation in Bremen, as well as to Lower Saxony and Hamburg. To learn more about financing your studies or arranging a personalized payment plan, see the menu item Support.

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Application deadline
July 31, 2022
Application deadline - July 31, 2022

The application deadline for the intake 2022 is July 31 of the same year. Admission will be granted on a rolling basis. Therefore, apply early! We look forward to receiving your application.

Semester overview

Business Analytics

This module aims to introduce students to business analytics concepts required to understand contemporary business challenges. Analytical techniques will be applied to assess and resolve some of the complex challenges faced by business professionals in global industries.



You will gain skill and confidence in developing strong marketing plans for global business. The course addresses marketing performance in a global context; assesses differences in country environments; and applies techniques for international market segmentation, entry strategies, risk analysis, and comprehensive marketing plans


In this core module, students understand strategic business planning: This module introduces students to global business challenges and the methods used to address them, through careful review of effective managerial techniques, in order to ensure a winning international business strategy.


Students investigate critical human resource management (HRM) topics within this module. The aim is to examine relevant elements of HRM as they relate to global business, organizational policies, and standard management practices.

Multinational Financial Management

The goal of the course is to train highly effective global managers who have advanced analytical and decision-making skills essential for conducting successful business across borders.


International Leadership (elective)

The main objective of the module Leadership is to give the course participants a general leadership overview, to explore their individual leadership styles and set feasible goals for developing their management skills.

Strategic Human Resource Management

While traditional Human Resource Management focuses on recruitment and retention of highly skilled employees and on fostering their advancement, the module Strategic Human
Resource Management (SHRM) goes one step further. In this module, you will learn the responsibilities of Human Resources in line with overall corporate performance and performance the goals of other departments. The module introduces you to the origin of the SHRM and explores various theoretical models as well as key topics and current discussions.

The module 'People Resourcing' aims to develop a critical knowledge and understanding of key people resourcing and talent management strategies within the wider national and international employment market. It covers attraction, selection and retention of employees and the alternative interventions that can be utilized to suit the needs of the business. Current resourcing issues such as flexibility, employee engagement, work life balance and the debate about outsourcing and off shoring are key elements of the module.

Elective: Managing Across Cultures

Managing Across Cultures provides an in-depth understanding of intercultural communication. The aim of this course is to improve the business communication skills of multicultural teams through research of various cultural theories. Upon successful completion, you will be able to work effectively interculturally.

Students will have to choose two elective courses.


Elective: Leadership and Management Development

The module begins by exploring how views on leadership and management development have evolved during the 20th and early 21st centuries. It then goes on to examine the recognition of the need for leadership at all levels in the organization from chief executives to first line managers. The module will cover the full cycle of organizational objectives, needs analysis, design, implementation and evaluation. Contribution to organizational effectiveness is an overarching theme.

Students will choose two elective courses.

Elective: Remuneration Strategy

This module is all about Employee Reward with an emphasis on strategic understanding and operational practice. The aim is to make your learning highly interactive, using a combination of teaching, discussions, exercises and student-led work, so that you can contribute your experience and questions in a stimulating environment. We also have some expert guest speakers to bring the subject to life based on their current working experience in the field. You will consider the broader theoretical concepts that underpin Reward thinking, the external and internal contexts that inform Reward decisions, learning in detail about pay, non-financial reward, benefits and pensions, Total Reward and the approaches to senior executives and expatriates.

Studying at the University of Hertfordshire (UH)

The University of Hertfordshire (UH) is located in the small town of Hatfield, England. Its close proximity to London assures an effortless commute between the peaceful landscape of Hertfordshire and the vibrant metropolitan capital. Thanks to the quick train connection, London is only 20 minutes away. In international comparison with other universities, UH enjoys a reputation as the UK's leading institution in the business sector. To ensure a compelling study experience, UH offers non-academic services such as a 24-hour-service, accommodation, memberships to clubs and associations and access to sports facilities.

Program Coordinator Contact

We offer you the world with two business degrees. Within the alliance, international students not only improve their team-work skills on a continuous basis but each student is also provided with a unique individual support suitable for his/her needs.

Prof. Dr. Frank Giesa
Prof. Dr. Frank Giesa
Program Director

Our International Student Assistance (ISA) assists you in different aspects of settling in: finding accommodation, handling visa applications, clarifing insurance queries and dealing with authorities both at home and abroad. This service is of course free of charge. Furthermore ISA regularly organizes excursions and events during your study in Bremen. They offer movie nights, sightseeing trips, a christmas party, BBQ and excursions to several cities.