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Bachelor's degree programme in Global Management and Manufacturing (GMM)

Global management and manufacturing is all about production, sourcing, economics and management in the global market.

Introduction

The programme in global management and manufacturing (GMM) focuses on the manufacture and production of new products and services in an international perspective. In the course of your studies, you focus on four main areas: Production, supply chains, product development and management/finance.

Studying GMM

The international perspective of the programme is evident both in the teaching, which takes place in English, and when doing practical assignments. Also, you will be working with Danish as well as foreign students. Much of the teaching is project-based, and you will also be doing ancillary subjects such as mathematics and statistics.

Unique mentor scheme

GMM has a mentor scheme. As a student you will be working with a mentor company in semesters 3 to 7. This is a chance to apply the theoretical knowledge which you have acquired, and you will also be doing your final Bachelor’s project with your mentor company. Thanks to the mentor scheme, you will already be gaining some practical work experience during your studies.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor’s degree in GMM, you can work on both the Danish and the international market, for example as a production manager, quality engineer, technical manager, logistics manager, project manager or as a consultant. Many people with a Bachelor’s degree in GMM go on to do a Master’s degree programme in engineering, for example on the MSc programme in technology-based business development.

Admission requirements

In 2015, all applicants who meet the admission requirements will be offered a place on the programme.

Admission to the Bachelor’s degree in global management and manufacturing requires the completion of a qualifying examination or entrance examination to the engineering degree programs as well as the following levels:

  • English B
  • Mathematics B
  • Physics B or Geoscience A


If you do not have one of the above-mentioned subjects at the required level, you must pass the subjects as a single-subject course before you apply for admission. At the GS Danmark website (in Danish only), you can see where supplementary courses are offered. The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July of the year of application. If you are prepared to take and complete one or more of these courses, you may apply for admission. You can find more information about the courses (in Danish) here.

However, conditional admission may be offered if documentation that specific admission requirements are met is available no later than 5 September.

If you will be doing a supplementary course in the summer, you must remember to state this in your application. It is important that you submit documentation that you have completed the course by 5 September at the latest.

The course must be passed at the required subject-specific level in accordance with the course-specific rules on marking and assessment,  i.e. a mark of at least 6 (13-point marking scale) or 2 (7-point marking scale) must be achieved. Where several marks are given for the course, the requirement is only deemed to be met if an average mark of at least 6.0 (13-point marking scale) / 2.0 (7-point marking scale) is achieved. The requirement cannot be met by rounding up. This also applies if the course is part of a full qualifying examination.

Programme structure

The GMM programme provides you with the tools needed to understand the financial conditions under which businesses operate, how to develop a new product, and how to most efficiently plan production. You will be working with a mentor company, and have a chance to apply your theoretical knowledge to help solve specific problems which the company may be facing. In the 6th semester, you do an internship with your mentor company.

The diagram below shows how the programme is structured. In the diagram, you can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.


 

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations, you can read more about the requirements you must meet as a student and about the programme structure. You can also read about the types of examinations and the exam requirements.

Student life

Most of the teaching on the GMM programme takes the form of classroom instruction, but in some subjects lectures for larger groups of students may be arranged. In the lectures, the lecturers will be doing most of the talking, while you will be expected to play a more active role in class. On the GMM programme, the semesters are divided into two parts. You spend the first seven weeks attending classes on campus, and the next seven weeks with your mentor company, applying your theoretical knowledge in practice. 

Below is an example of a typical week on the first semester of the GMM programme. As a student on the GMM programme, you are expected to attend a relatively large number of lessons, but as you can see, you also spend a lot of time preparing for classes. 

Monday

08:00–12:00              Market Understanding and Product Development

12:00–14:00 Doing assignments

14:00–16:00            Tutorials: Mathematics

16:00–18:00            Preparation 

Tuesday

08:00–10:00              Lecture: Mathematics

10:00–12:00 Preparation

12:00–16:00            Drawing Understanding and Graphics Communication

16:00–18:00            Preparation 

Wednesday

08:00–10:00              Tutorials: Mathematics

10:00–12:00            Drawing Understanding and Graphics Communication

12:00-17:00            Statistics 

Thursday

09:00–15:00              Company-related Project 1

15:00-17:00            Preparation 

Friday

09:00–15:00              Project Management 

Social life at GMM

Aarhus University’s Herning Campus is characterised by a rich social life and ample opportunities for mixing with students from both your own and other degree programmes. For example, you can participate in: 

Student Activity Association (SAA)

SAA is an association for all students on Herning Campus. The association organises a lot of different events for students, for example Cultural Nights, where you can learn about other cultures. 

Friday bar

The degree programmes in Herning hold a joint Friday bar, a genuine chance to relax with your fellow students after an intense week of studying. 

Studying abroad

The GMM programme is an international programme, which focuses on the global market, and it therefore makes perfect sense to do a semester abroad. Spending a semester abroad is a unique opportunity to learn about business and industry in the country you are visiting, and to develop your language skills and cultural understanding.

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Career

A degree in GMM gives you an understanding of production and manufacturing in a global perspective. You learn how to increase production efficiency and decide when it may make more sense for a company to outsource its production activities. 

Many GMM graduates work as production managers or technical managers. You can also work as a quality engineer, or go on to manage development projects for companies. 

Doing an MSc in engineering

With a Bachelor’s degree in GMM, you are eligible for admission to the MSc programme in technology-based business development at Aarhus University in Herning. Here, you will learn to find and assess the latest technologies and implement them effectively in a company.