International Logistics Management

International Logistics Management (ILM) is a course offering an academic foundation with a practically oriented focus, leading to a Bachelor of Science qualifying you to work in the international shipping business. ILM is an international course of study with two integrated semesters spent abroad. The normal length of the degree course is seven semesters.

The last of four semesters of basic studies is spent overseas at one of our partner universities (in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, South Africa or Hong Kong, for example), and is followed by practical semester (work placement) within a foreign company. The bachelor thesis which completes the course maintains the practical relevance, since it is normally written in co-operation with a company. The interchange of academic and applied ideas is of benefit to both student and company.

The aim of the course is to produce graduates with interdisciplinary managerial competence, able to work at the economic and technical interface within the complex field of the shipping business.

Course Plan

Semester 1 2 3 4 * 5 * 6 7
Basic Transport Operation Management Economics Introduction to Logistics Marketing Practical semester

30 CP

Project Studies in Logistics

10 CP

Practical semester

18 CP

European Transport Economics Technical Basics Transport Management Inter-Trade Solutions in Logistics
Information Technology Basics Information Technology Application International Transport Policy Business English Warehouse and Layout Planning
English English (logistical) Operations Research in Logistics Operational Information Management Organisation and Management
Business Mathematics Cost and Performance Accounting Dangerous Cargoes Elective Profile 2** International Quality Management Bachelor Thesis

12 CP

and Private
Statistics Elective Profile 1** Elective Profile 3** Controlling

Each lecture comprises 5 ECTS credits ("CP"), unless otherwise noted.

* If you chose the elective profile "International Transport Management", you will spend the 4th and 5th semester abroad.

** Students may choose between the following elective profiles:
International Transport Management (ITM)Intercultural Key Qualifications, Semester abroad (including compulsory lectures in economics and logistics), Practical semester abroad
Project Logistics:Introduction to Project Logistics, Production and Logistics in Plant Engineering, Seminar in Project Logistics
Logistics in Automotive
Introduction to Automotive Industry, Production and Logistics in Automotive Industry, Seminar in Automotive Logistics

Career prospects

Particular attention is given to ongoing changes in the world economy. Increased productivity in developing national economies; changes in the division of labour, the globalisation of markets, obligatory specialisation on the one hand and an ever-increasing variety of products on the other – all these characterise this radical change in the economy. A particular aspect of this development is “just in time” production”, a system in which the in-house manufacturing depth is reduced while at the same time suppliers deliver single parts to be used in the production process punctually, i.e. just in time. All these factors have led to an increase in transport volumes, but also to smaller batches for delivery, which in turn has led to a disproportionate increase in individual shipments by all carriers and on all modes of transport. This development means that the logistic operations of a company are increasingly seen as key competencies.

Our ILM graduates have found jobs with the following companies:

  • Logistics companies (e.g. Lufthansa, Kühne + Nagel, Stute Verkehrs GmbH, Buss Port Logistics, IDS)
  • Freight forwarding and transport companies (e.g. Hapag Lloyd, Kraftverkehr Nagel, Maersk, Hamburg Süd, OOCL)
  • The logistics departments of industrial and business corporations (e.g. Daimler, Volkswagen, Tchibo, Philips, IKEA)
  • Consultancy firms/financial service providers (e.g. Nordcapital, DNV GL)
  • Transport authorities/associations (e.g. Chamber of Industry and Commerce)

In view of the continuing above-average growth expected in the international transport business, the career prospects for ILM graduates are excellent.

The bachelor degree can be followed by a Master’s degree in Maritime Management.