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GLOBAL MANAGEMENT AND MANUFACTURING (GMM)

About the programme
Quota 1 2019: All admitted   |   Quota 2 2019: -  
Language
: English  | Place of study: Herning  |  Commencement: August / September

Introduction

The Bachelor’s degree programme in Global Management and Manufacturing (GMM) takes a global perspective on innovation, management, business processes and the development of new products and services. During the programme, you will be focusing on four main areas: innovation, operations (production and service processes), management and international business optimisation. 

Studying GMM

GMM is an international programme with English as the language of instruction. Many of your fellow students come from countries other than Denmark, and you will develop a good cultural understanding and good international collaboration skills. Much of the teaching is project-based and takes place in collaboration with companies in Denmark or abroad. You will also be doing ancillary subjects such as mathematics and statistics.  

Career Opportunities

With a Bachelor’s degree in GMM, you can work in fields such as innovation, management, operations, logistics, sustainability and digital transformation, etc. You will be able to work on the Danish or international job market and assume positions such as factory manager, technical manager, head of logistics, project manager or consultant. You can also go on to do a Master’s degree in engineering, for example on the MSc programme in Technology-Based Business Development, which is also offered in Herning. 

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Yunis Wirkus tells why he chose Global Mangement and Manufacturing
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Jasper and Gabrielė tells about Global Management and Manufacturing

Unique company collaboration

The GMM programme is based on intensive and unique company collaborations. From the 2nd to the 7th semester, students are affiliated with a company - which might not necessarily be the same one throughout their studies. The collaboration develops into a kind of mentorship programme between the student and the company. The students are responsible for finding their own mentor companies. In other words, it is up to the students to decide what company they would like to work with. There are many ways to structure the company collaboration - and students can also collaborate with a company abroad. The possibilities are almost endless.

In the company-related project, you will be putting the latest theory and knowledge into practice within the following fields:

  • 1st semester: project work focusing on operations and quality in our production laboratory
  • 2nd semester project work focusing on operations and quality management
  • 3rd semester: project work focusing on operations and quality management - technology/management/finance
  • 4th semester: project work focusing on procurement and project development
  • 5th semester: project work focusing on supply chain and strategy
  • 6th semester: internship
  • 7th semester: Project work/Bachelor's project on a topic of your own choosing.


Former students have collaborated with companies of all sizes such as:

  • LEGO
  • Bang & Olufsen
  • Siemens Gamesa
  • Vestas
  • Grundfos
  • Arla
  • Bestseller
  • The regional hospitals
  • Retap ApS
  • Jysk Aluminiumsindustri
  • Insero
  • Gemina Termix

Admission Requirements

Admission area number: 22965

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
  • At least 7.0 grade average in the qualifying examination (GPA)*

as well as the following levels:

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

If you are applying for admission on the basis of admission courses for the engineering degree programmes, you can only apply for admission via quota 2. You must remember to apply no later than 15 March.

If there are some subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses. Read more about supplementary courses.

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

*In case you do not fulfill the requirement of at least 7.0 grade average in the qualifying examination (GPA) you must apply for admission before 15 March in order to be evaluated in quota 2.

In 2020, a new admission requirement of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 7.0 on the Danish 7-point grading scale is introduced in quota 1. However, this does not apply to the Bachelor's degree programme in The Bachelor’s degree programme in Global Management and Manufacturing (GMM) (in Herning) until 2021.

Quota 2 criteria

 

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are admitted following an objective assessment based on the objective criteria listed below. This means that applicants who are given the highest assessment based on the objective criteria are admitted until all places are taken.

Objective criteria

  • Mathematics B with a minimum mark of 10
  • Mathematics A
  • Motivation letter (4,800 character limit) in which the applicant explains the motivation for applying for admission to this degree programme. Emphasis is placed on the applicant being able to explain that the choice of degree programme is the result of a particularly strong interest in precisely this degree programme and the subsequent profession, and that this strong interest is based on knowledge of the degree programme and profession in question.
  • In addition to the personal statement, the overall assessment places emphasis on activities including relevant education, work experience (including military service) and periods spent abroad.

Please note that only activities (including work experience) covering a total period of 12 months is included. Marks and specific levels of qualification from your qualifying examination are not included in the 12 months.

Meeting to match expectations

From the 2019 intake, the Bachelor’s programme in Global Management and Manufacturing offers a meeting to match expectations for all applicants who apply for admission in quota 2 – that is applicants who apply no later than 15 March at 12 noon.

The purpose of the meeting is to give you an understanding of the programme and its contents as well as to match expectations between you and the university before a possible start of studies. Furthermore, this – optional – meeting also has the purpose to give you the chance to ask questions regarding the programme and the place of studies.

The meeting is expected to be held in April or May and takes place either through a meeting at the place of studies or via Skype for example.

Please note that the meeting to match expectations is optional and it will not have any influence on the admission process.

Regarding admission 2021

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

1. Average of particularly relevant subjects (quota 2 subjects, see below)

2. Other particularly relevant documented qualifications

Quota 2 subjects:

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

Programme structure

The degree programme is structured in a way that allows you to work with both theory and practice throughout your studies. Until the 5th semester, each semester is divided in two. For the first eight weeks, students will receive theoretical teaching on campus. This is followed by eight weeks of problem-based work in the mentor companies.

The courses on GMM provide you with tools that allow you to understand the company’s financial conditions, how to work innovatively, how to develop a new product, and how to structure the company’s production most efficiently. This means that you can offer your mentor company a strong theoretical foundation. At the company, you also get to apply your theoretical knowledge to help solve specific problems that the company may be facing. You will spend the entire 6th semester doing an internship, and on the 7th semester, you get the opportunity to write your Bachelor's project at the company. This means that you will get work experience during your studies, and that you can add company internship and project work to your CV when you have graduated.

Academic Regulations

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

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.


 

Student Life

Most of the teaching on the GMM programme takes the form of classroom instruction. However 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. As mentioned before, the semesters on the GMM programme are divided into two parts. For the first eight weeks, you attend classes on campus. For the next eight weeks, you work at the mentor company applying your theoretical knowledge in practice.

Below you can see an example of a typical week on the first semester. The GMM offers a relatively high number of lessons up to and including week 43. From week 44 and until the end of the first semester, you will be working with the theories and applying them to solve practical tasks in the university’s production laboratory. 

Monday:

8-14: Operations and Quality Management

Tuesday:

8-12: Mathematics

12-14: Exercises mathematics

Wednesday:

8-11: Statistics

11-13: Exercises statistics

13-15: Teambuilding

Thursday:

8-14: Operations and Quality Management

Friday:

8-12: Technical drawing and how to read technical drawings 

Social Life at GMM

The degree programmes at Herning Campus are located in close proximity to one another. This offers students  ample opportunities for a rich social life and for mixing with other students across degree programmes.For instance, you can join: 

Student Activity Association (SAA)
SAA is an association for all students across the degree programmes in Herning. The association organises a lot of different events for students.    

GMM Association

GMM Association is a student association for GMM students. The association organises various social events for students and also aims to create a strong network between students and companies. Read more (http://gmm-engineer.dk)

Friday Bar

The degree programmes in Herning hold a joint Friday Bar, which is open Thursday and Friday afternoon. Here students can relax with a game of table football, other games, good music and good company after a busy week of studying. 

Studying Abroad

GMM is an international degree programme focusing on the global market. For that reason, it is an obvious choice to study abroad for one or two semesters - you can even write your Bachelor's project on the 7th semester abroad. This means that you are able to spend the final 1 1/2 years of the GMM programme in a country other than Denmark. During your stay abroad, you gain an insight into the business community in the country you are visiting, and you develop your linguistic skills and cultural understanding. 

Student life in Herning

 

Herning is known for hosting major concerts and sporting events, but the city offers so much more. Almost one in every five people in Herning is an upper secondary or post-secondary student. This means that the city is full of young people and offers everything that young people need. In Herning, nature is right outside the door, and a selection of lovely beaches have been established by the lakes, which are just a bike ride away from the university. What’s more, when you start life as a student in Herning, you don’t need to worry about finding a roof over your head. The Municipality of Herning har a lot of student flats. This allows you to stay in ultra-modern one or two bedroom flats/student housing at a low rent, and if you are moving more 30 km to study in Herning, you will be first in line for the next available flat. Herning offers more than 20 bars, cafés and places to go out - as well as a number of cultural events throughout the year. These include everything from large concerts with international artists in Boxen to smaller concerts at the local music venue Fermaten.

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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 make decisions on what to manufacture and what to source from the supplier network.

Many GMM graduates work in production management or similar functions supporting the relationship between product development and production. You can also work as a quality engineer, as a purchaser, or as a technical specialist. 

Doing an MSc in Engineering

With a Bachelor’s degree in GMM, you are eligible for admission to the MSc 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.