GMIM – Global Master in Industrial Management 4.0


The Global Master in Industrial Management 4.0 (GMIM) provides students from a primarily scientific or engineering backgrounds with business skills relevant for pursuing managerial careers in international manufacturing and service industries. Students will study in up to 3 institutions across Europe and Asia: Strathclyde Business School (Glasgow, UK), MIP Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy), Beijing Jiaotong University School of Economics and Management (Beijing, China) and Toulouse Business School (Toulouse, France). GMIM is 50% CONTENT related, 50% CONTEXT related: in addition to the delivery of managerial content, the programme facilitates and stimulates the participation in the social, economic and cultural life of the host countries. The programme is offered in official collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

Language: English

Type: Full Time

Intake: September

Length: from 18 to 22 months depending on student’s choice

Glasgow (UK), Milan (Italy), Beijing, (China) or Toulouse (France)

Tuition fee:
€17.500 for EU students, €19.500 for Non-EU students

University requirements: 3-year Bachelor degree in engineering/economics or in a scientific/technical discipline (minimum 180 ECTS)

International Masters Admissions Office
Tel : +39 02 2399 2820
email : infomasters@mip.polimi.it


The programme offers a highly specialised qualification with candidates receiving the Specialising Master Degree from Politecnico di Milano (Level I) and the Master of Science in Industrial Management from Strathclyde Business School (Glasgow, UK), plus:

  • Diplôme Grande Ecole, Master in Management from Toulouse Business School (Toulouse, France)  * if third term and master thesis are conducted at TBS

Politecnico di Milano is one of the most outstanding universities in the world, ranked 17th in the world, 6th in Europe, and 1st in Italy among technical  niversities, according to QS World University Ranking – Engineering & Technology 2018. Founded in 1863, it is the largest school of Architecture, Design and Engineering in Italy.

The GMIM course places great emphasis on fostering an integrative teaching approach aimed at developing the ability of students to tackle issues in an interdisciplinary manner, while additionally providing an overview of general management concepts, such as marketing and accounting, in an industrial context. The programme also offers, through close collaboration with associated industrial and service companies, the chance for students to combine practical and relevant knowledge and skills with invaluable industry experience.

  • from 18 to 22-month course, depending on student’s choice
  • 100% in English
  • Highly international environment
  • Possibility of spending four terms in four different countries across Europe and Asia
  • Offered in official partnership with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
  • Integrative teaching approach aimed at developing students’ ability to tackle managerial issues in an interdisciplinary manner
  • Multicultural class composition, with GMIM graduates coming from 10 different countries
  • Opportunities for student participation in the cultural, economic and social life in each of the countries where study is undertaken
  • In-company consulting project during the term at MIP
  • Students prepared for the pursuance of managerial careers in internationally orientated manufacturing and service industries
  • Course designed to include topics of great relevance for technical university graduates, such as operations and supply chain management
  • First-hand experience obtained by undertaking the University-based or Company-based Master Thesis in close collaboration with European universities and companies

The master prepares students for roles in, amongst others, the following industries:

  • Aviation
  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Energy
  • Information Technology
  • Consulting
  • Fast-Moving Consumer Goods

Graduates of previous editions are now working in leading companies such as: ABB, Accenture, Arbikie Highland Estate, Arcelor Mittal, Automotive Lighting Italia S.p.A., Bombardier, Cisco Systems, CONAI – Consorzio Nazionale Imballaggi, Decathlon France, EFMD, Ernst &Young Consulting, Garuda Indonesia, GIS International, Henkel AG & Co. KgaA, Infineon Technologies, Italcementi, Lamborghini, Materialise, Medtronic Italia S.p.A,,UN, Sony,,The Lean Six Sigma Company, UPS, VivaSanté.


The Global Master in Industrial Management 4.0 is a Master programme offered by MIP Politecnico di Milano, Strathclyde Business School and one or more other renowned institutions in Europe and Asia. 50% content- and 50% context-related, it focuses on the business skills required for pursuing managerial careers in international manufacturing and service industries.

The master is entirely taught in English.
Please note that this programme is designed for fresh graduates with less than 3 years of work experience. Candidates can apply for the programme starting in September 2020 if they have completed their bachelor/master degree not earlier than 2017. Candidates who have completed their bachelor degree/master degree before 2017 can consider our International MBA programs. 

Students will spend one term in Glasgow, one term in Milan followed by a third term at one of the following destinations: Beijing, China or Toulouse, France. The fourth term is spent working on the Master Thesis anywhere in the world, either at a university or within a company.

The programme includes highly customised Career management services thanks to MIP’S Career Development Office.
Among the services offered:

  • CV Book
  • Free access to MIP’s Global Network of Career Websites
  • One-to-one careers advice meetings
  • Personal Development workshops to help students develop the soft skills necessary to be competitive in today’s job market
  • Networking events with employers, such as company presentations, company visits, recruiting on Campus events, Career Days
  • Preferential access to internship and job advertisement on the School Career Digital platform “JobTeaser

Who is eligible for the GMIM programme?

Recent graduate students with a technical, economic or scientific background.

Can students with an educational background in business apply?

Candidates with a background in Humanities/Arts are not eligible.

How long is the GMIM programme?

The programme's duration is from 18 to 22 months, depending on student’s choice.

In what language is the GMIM programme taught?

The programme is taught in English, although there are opportunities for students to learn the native language of the country of study throughout the programme.

Do I need to speak Italian?

No, as the course is entirely taught in English.

Is there an age limit for the programme?

No, but the average age of the candidates is 20-25 years.

What type of degree/title will I obtain upon graduation?

Upon graduation, candidates obtain the First Level University Specializing Master from Politecnico di Milano which is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) and it is issued under the autonomous responsibility of Politecnico di Milano. With regard to the specific meaning of the 1st level master's degree, as per Bologna process, this is a 2nd cycle programme intended to provide students with further specialization or higher continuing education after completion of the first cycle. The Master Degree of first level will release 60 ECTS/CFU credits.

Candidates are advised to check with the relevant authorities in their home countries regarding the validity/recognition of this title in their home countries.



Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Since the number of seats in class is limited, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Should the course become fully subscribed before the deadline dates, applications will close earlier.

Non-EU students are encouraged to apply at least three months before the start of the programme in order to allow enough time for the Declaration of Value (DOV) procedure for Italy and establishment of the student visa.

Please note that this programme is designed for fresh graduates with less than 3 years of work experience. Candidates can apply for the programme starting in September 2020 if they have completed their bachelor/master degree not earlier than 2017. Candidates who have completed their bachelor degree/master degree before 2017 can consider our International MBA programs. 

The ideal candidate

  • Has educational experience in engineering/economics or in a scientific/technical discipline
  • Displays a strong work and leadership ethic
  • Is prepared to meet the challenges associated with an intensive Master’s degree
  • Holds a minimum 3-year Bachelor’s degree or recognised equivalent from an accredited institution (180 ECTs).


  • Fill in the form on www.applyformasters.net
  • Upload your CV in English, Passport or ID, University Transcripts and Bachelor/Master Degree (if available)
  • Pay the Application Fee (EUR 100)


You will be contacted for the Motivational Interview in English, which will be done online.


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Two letters of recommendation (in English)
  • GMAT/GRE scores (optional)
  • Motivation letter (in English)
  • Digital photo
  • English proficiency certificate (IELTS with 6.5 overall and with no band less than 5.5 in individual modules)

What is the application date to apply for the programme?

Please note that the admissions process for the Master is on a rolling basis, therefore the sooner you apply the more chance you will have of securing your place in the class, as capacity may be reached before the final application deadlines.

Does the GMIM programme have a letter of recommendation form?

There is no specific form for the recommendation letters; however if you need any help on the ideal template for your application, please contact infomasters@mip.polimi.it and we can provide you with further assistance in this matter.


The programme costs €17.500 for EU students and €19.500 for Non-EU students. The fee includes tuition, insurance, examination and administrative services provided by each academic institution. Travel and accommodation expenses are excluded from the fee.

Applicants of the 2020 intake of the Global Master in Industrial Management 4.0 can apply for the following fee reductions.

The reductions will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early applications are encouraged.
Candidates wishing to apply for financial aid must make their request on the application form at the time of application – later requests for financial aid will not be considered.


Candidates with a high GMAT/GRE score will be eligible to run for the following contributions:

GMAT Score between 590 and 650 or GRE equivalent - €1,500

GMAT Score above 650 or GRE equivalent - €3,000


Merit-based tuition fee contributions of €4,500 are available for alumni from various master programmes of MIP and other departments of the Politecnico di Milano and the partner schools.

Write an essay where you tell how you can implement the integration of your classmates within Italian culture and lifestyle. If selected, you will be the leader in a series of activities and initiatives to favor this integration.


Candidates can apply for merit-based tuition fee reductions covering up to €3,000 by submitting an essay on the following topic: "Discuss whether banks are expected to increase or decrease the number of their employees, and why. What will be the difference in 10 years?"

The essay will be evaluated by the programme’s Directors. The essay must be submitted along with the other documents before admission to the programme.

1st place: €3,000
2nd place: €2,000
3rd place: €1,000


Candidates whose family members (brothers, sisters, spouses) have graduated from one of the International Specialising Master Degrees of MIP Politecnico di Milano are entitled to a contribution of €1,000.


As a social business, Deutsche Bildung has been supporting German students since 2007. Monthly as well as single and returning payments guarantee the completely flexible financing of almost all programmes and subjects in Germany and abroad. Additionally, the extra-curricular programme, WissenPlus, focuses on the improvement of important social and professional competencies. The repayment is income-linked: students pay back a fixed percentage of their future income over a certain period of time once they have entered their first job successfully. Online application is possible throughout the year at www.deutsche-bildung.de.

What is the cost of the programme?

The tuition fee is €17,500 for EU students and €19,500 for Non-EU students, which does not include living and travel expenses.

How do I apply for tuition fee contributions or grants for the programme?

For further information write to infomasters@mip.polimi.it .

Will I have to buy textbooks?

No, you will be provided with textbooks by the programme, with the cost included as part of the overall programme fee.

We turn the future into a part of you.

We offer highly personalised services with the objective of developing the necessary skills, tools and strategy and expanding your professional network, to help you succeed in today’s complex and competitive global job market.



Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow, UK
Founded in 1948, the University of Strathclyde Business School (SBS) is a pioneering, internationally renowned academic organisation that shapes and develops the business minds of tomorrow. Strathclyde Business School is one of four faculties forming the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. SBS, a triple accredited business school, has established international centres in Greece, Switzerland, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Singapore and Malaysia.

Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China
Beijing Jiaotong University is a national key university under the direct administration of the Ministry of Education and now is jointly supported by the Ministry of Education, the China Railway Corporation and Beijing Municipal Government.
The university has always seen a high-quality teaching team as the key to strengthening the school running ability and thus adapted a ‘talent developing’ strategy. The university regards strengthening cooperation and exchanges as an important way to upgrade the level of running school and enhance its influences at home and abroad.

Toulouse Business School, Toulouse, France
With 5 campuses located in the heart of dynamic cities, such as Toulouse, Barcelona, Casablanca, Paris and London, and alliances with top academic institutions and multinational corporations across the globe, they offer a broad core curriculum of undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
They are member of the French Conférence des Grandes Ecoles, and amongst the prestigious 1% of business schools with the “triple crown” of international accreditations: AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.

The Boston Consulting Group
Boston Consulting Group (BCG) was founded in 1963, and throughout the years it became a leader in the global management consulting field. Today the firm counts more than 90 offices in 50 different countries and more than 18.000 professionals. BCG supports worldwide clients – operating in different markets and industries – to identify the best business opportunities, and help them to face their challenges and to transform their business. To succeed, organizations must blend digital and human capabilities. Our diverse, global teams bring deep industry and functional expertise and a range of perspectives to spark change. BCG delivers solutions through leading-edge management consulting along with technology and design, corporate and digital ventures—and business purpose. We work in a uniquely collaborative model across the firm and throughout all levels of the client organization, generating results that allow our clients to thrive.
BCG has been in Italy for 30 years, with an office in Milan and one in Rome, leading also the IGTI system, which includes the Athens, Istanbul and Tel Aviv branches.

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