Taught course

International Master in Industrial Management (IMIM)

Heriot-Watt University · Edinburgh Business School

Entry requirements

  • Curriculum vitae (Europass CV Format)
  • Bachelor degree or recognised equivalent from an accredited institution (minimum 3 years full-time study) in a scientific or technical discipline, including management engineering courses

English language requirements

  • High proficiency in the English language as evidenced by one of the below (current*)
  • TOEFL IBT (minimum score: 90)
  • IETLS (minimum score: 6.5, no areas lower than 6.0)
  • Cambridge New (minimum score: 176-184)
  • Cambridge Old (minimum score: CAE -grade C)
  • Duolingo English Test
  • IELTS Indicator
  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

* English certificate needs to be dated within 2 years of the start date of the studies, so if a candidate is starting in September 2022 the oldest we could accept would be September 2020.

If you have completed undergraduate or postgraduate studies at university within two years with English as the language of instruction, then we may also be able to accept this as evidence of your English proficiency.

Please contact the IMIM admissions team with details of your English proficiency for further information.

  • Recent GMAT or GRE scores (optional)
  • Recommendation Letter
  • Motivation Letter
  • Digital Picture

Months of entry


Course content

The International Master in Industrial Management (IMIM) is a unique multisite Masters programme offered through a strategic partnership of leading universities in the area of industrial management.

This 24-month programme starts at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) for Semester 1, followed by Semester 2 at Heriot-Watt University (HWU) in Edinburgh, then your choice of Heriot-Watt Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Politecnico di Torino (Italy), Northwestern Polytechnical University of Xi'an (China) or Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico) for Semester 3.
Semester 4, the Master Thesis, can be studied 'anywhere in the world' at a university with links to the IMIM Consortium or other industrial or public organisations - it is organised for you as part of the programme and gives you the opportunity to put your learning into practice.
The overall aim of the program is to equip students with a science or engineering educational backgrounds with business skills relevant for pursuing managerial careers in internationally orientated manufacturing and service industries.
After the programme completion, you will be able to grasp the complexities of industrial organising and leadership. You will be able to analyse, diagnose, propose, develop and implement solutions to a range of inefficiencies in complex organisational settings. The programme will introduce you to a range of latest tools and techniques that can be applied in most types of organisations. The program structure offers both diverse and coherent set of pathways beginning with the principles of management in today's world through to the value chain and the operations within it. In addition, you are able to specialise in one of three key fields of management – innovation in industry and services; technology and entrepreneurship; or the challenges of projects execution.
Another key feature of the program is its integrative teaching approach aimed at developing the ability of students to tackle managerial issues in an interdisciplinary manner. The fourth semester is entirely devoted to industry-related project work in close collaboration with companies, forming the basis for a master thesis to be submitted towards the end of the semester.
The international education of IMIM students is a valuable asset to be spent in global companies and makes it easier for our graduates to find a job in one of the 27 EU Member Countries, or outside Europe in companies linked with Europe. IMIM alumni are developing their careers in different functional roles, different industries and different geographical locations.
Successful candidates will receive both an MSc in Industrial Management (International) from Heriot Watt University and an International Master in Industrial Management from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
For further information, please visit Master IMIM.

Fees and funding

See University website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Office