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MSc International Purchasing Management - Hybrid

“The range of requirements for purchasing and supply chain management is increasing rapidly and demands competency profiles which include topics such as digitisation and data analysis, e-procurement technologies, agile global organisation structures as well as intercultural management and conducting negotiations. The MSc International Purchasing Management programme bundles the central forward-looking key qualifications required for purchasing.“

Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Beyer, Executive Programme Advisor MSc International Purchasing Management

Why study MSc International Purchasing Management - Hybrid?

The programme, a combination of academic excellence, application orientation and relevant management skills, is offered by ESB Business School, which enjoys a top ranking in Germany.  A generalist and interdisciplinary perspective which goes beyond a mere purchasing function by  including related areas of competence such as engineering, controlling, finance and supply chain management.  

Key facts

Length of course

4 semesters

Place of study

Hybrid (up to 50% in Reutlingen)

Application deadline

15 July for winter semester

Language of instruction




Graduates of Bachelor programmes with 180 ECTS points can obtain a further 30 points by taking an additional module


Master of Science


24 000 €

Admission requirements
  • Bachelor degree with 210 ECTS points (with 180 ECTS points, an additional module required).
  • Basic business management knowledge
  • Good English language skills (at least Level B2)
  • Successful admission test in the form of a selection interview
Available places


This degree programme deals with questions such as...

  • What contribution to value can digitisation make to strategic and tactical decisions in purchasing and procurement? What role, for example, do purchasing and auction platforms play for efficient procurement and financing?
  • How can modern analysis processes and “big data“ be used in purchasing?
  • With which negotiating strategies and techniques can optimal results be achieved, depending on the negotiating situation?
  • How can ethical conflicts and sustainability issues in procurement be solved?
  • What should be considered when drafting international contracts?
  • What market mechanisms are predominant in procurement markets for raw materials and primary products and how are they developing?
  • What contribution can project purchasing make in development projects in order to improve products from the viewpoint of purchasing?   
  • How can international purchasing organisations be designed and international project teams managed in an efficient and agile manner?

Perspectives: Careers & opportunities

Graduates of the IPM Master programme are able to assume management responsibility in international commercial enterprises – particularly in purchasing-relevant or related functions.  

The qualification profile includes:  

  • Analysis methods, purchasing data analytics and “big data“
  • Information technologies and digitisation in purchasing
  • Product, production and quality management
  • Project management and process optimisation in purchasing
  • Negotiating techniques as well as intercultural negotiating and leadership
  • Ethical principles and sustainable purchasing
  • Supply chain risk and finance management
  • Procurement market analysis
  • Purchasing and supply chain controlling
  • International commercial and contract law

Typical industries:

  • Trading companies (e.g. food, textiles)
  • Industrial companies (automotive, mechanical engineering, etc.)
  • Public administration
  • Consulting

The skills you learn are relevant for all companies with (international) purchasing and can therefore be applied in almost all industries.

Typical company departments:

  • Purchasing
  • Supply chain management
  • Strategy
  • Project management
  • And others

Many of the management and specialist skills taught can be applied universally and cross-functionally, e.g. skills in negotiating, project management, data analytics, IT/digitisation and many others. 


The programme International Purchasing Management (MSc.) has received programme accreditation from the FIBAA.

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This programme is offered in cooperation with the Knowledge Foundation @ Reutlingen University.