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Applied Chemistry bachelor degree programme

Are you interested in waste recycling or in developing new active agents in the pharmaceutical industry? As a graduate of our Applied Chemistry bachelor degree programme, you will be able to find groundbreaking solutions to problems facing society today.

For graduates, in-depth knowledge of chemistry is essential. But employers also expect expertise in process analysis and process management due to the wider application of networked IT systems. You can meet these expectations by becoming an expert in cutting-edge chemistry at IMC Krems.

The degree programme

IMC Krems’ Applied Chemistry bachelor degree programme is taught in English and is aligned with the requirements of today’s chemicals industry.

For instance, the curriculum places a strong emphasis on chemometrics – the application of statistical methods in the planning, development and selection of chemical processes and experiments – and the related IT-supported analysis of large volumes of data (big data analysis).

Both of these are becoming key aspects of quality assurance and online process optimisation.

The modelling of molecules and simulation of experiments using computer-aided techniques is also crucial for efficient drug design in the pharmaceuticals industry.

In addition, the innovative programme skilfully combines this with comprehensive training in chemistry as well as groundbreaking topics such as the use of renewable raw materials, and waste recycling and reuse. 

By linking chemistry subjects with the study of computer-based methods, students acquire the competences for which industry demand will become stronger and stronger.

A particularly attractive option is that students with an excellent academic record (performance in examinations and other assessments) have the opportunity to receive a merit-based scholarship from Fachverband der chemischen Industrie. You’ll receive all the information you need about this on the programme.

Would you like to learn more about the degree programme? A podcast episode with our programme director Uwe Rinner and one of our students provides additional insights into the study programme.

Student stories

Applied chemistry

Interdisciplinary thinking is extremely important in the natural sciences. An approach that draws on knowledge from diverse fields is necessary to efficiently solve problems and find the answers to challenging problems.

When we designed this programme, we made sure that the content of individual subject areas was carefully integrated so that the links between different sub-disciplines are explicitly addressed and students develop an interdisciplinary mindset.

The basic subjects of chemistry are general, analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, and biochemistry. Mathematics, computer science, statistics, physics and chemical process engineering are related disciplines that also play an important role in chemistry.

During the bachelor degree, you receive a solid grounding in all these fields, meaning you can specialise in an area that you find particularly interesting when you graduate.

Complex course content is reviewed together in the course of practical exercises which serve to highlight potential applications and place interdisciplinary knowledge in the foreground. Students work in small groups, which facilitates close contact between students and lecturers and ensures personal support.

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" The Applied Chemistry degree programme is a direct response to the changing skills profile of chemical industry professionals and satisfies the new requirements faced by the industry by means of practical training. We guarantee you a fixed workspace in the laboratories in each semester of this innovative degree. This enables us to integrate the content of different courses, which is key factor. You aren’t placed on any waiting lists or held back, and can graduate on schedule after six semesters. "

Programme director Uwe Rinner

A formula for success: theoretical knowledge + practical experience

The programme is built on three pillars.

  1. 1

    1. The basics

    Semesters 1-4

    At the beginning of the programme you do courses covering the basic subjects of chemistry and related disciplines. You receive a solid foundation in general, analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, as well as biochemistry.

    You’ll also study mathematics, computer science, statistics, physics and chemical process engineering. The theoretical knowledge you acquire is consolidated in the course of practical exercises, and you receive hands-on training in the chemistry lab.

  2. 2

    2. Practical experience

    Semester 5

    You complete a 22-week internship in semester 5, giving you the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge you have acquired in your lectures. We provide you with support before and during your internship: we’ll help you to select your placements and offer you special coaching sessions.

    You can do your internship in Austria or abroad. Choose whether you want to gain experience of working at a university or in the chemicals industry – it’s up to you. IMC Krems has partnerships with internationally respected research institutes and prominent chemical companies, meaning that you can benefit from this well-established network.

    The internship makes up the practical element of your bachelor paper and also helps many students on their way to building a subsequent career at their chosen research institute or a company. 

  3. 3

    3. Electives

    Semester 6

    Towards the end of your degree you will study familiar topics in more depth and opt for one of the two electives: Instrumental Analysis and Chemometrics or Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

    The Instrumental Analysis and Chemometrics elective covers the statistical analysis of measurements, multidimensional data analysis and experimental design. So you’re ideally prepared for solving problems related to product safety, and environmental, pharmaceutical, forensic and polymer analysis.

    In the Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry elective, you acquire advanced skills in computer-aided simulation of reactions and chemical processes. This expertise is especially important in the pharmaceutical industry and essential for the production of fine chemicals.


What can you expect from your studies? The curriculum provides an overview.
Click on the individual courses for further information.

  1. CourseSWSECTS
    Applied Informatics for Chemists
    Applied Informatics I
    Applied Informatics I: Information Technology and Data Management 44
    General and Inorganic Chemistry
    Chemical Calculations - Stochiometry 23
    Mathematics for Chemists
    Applied Mathematics I
    Applied Mathematics I 46
    Physics for Chemists
    Physics I
    Physics for Chemists I - Theory 34
    Physics for Chemists I - Laboratory 22
    Inorganic Chemistry
    General and Inorganic Chemistry
    General and Inorganic Chemistry - Theory 57
    General and Inorganic Chemistry - Laboratory 44
  2. CourseSWSECTS
    Analytical Chemistry
    Analytical Chemistry I
    Analytical Chemistry I: Basic Principles and Qualitative Analysis - Theory 23
    Analytical Chemistry I: Basic Principles and Qualitative Analysis - Laboratory 44
    Applied Informatics for Chemists
    Applied Informatics II
    Applied Informatics II: Chemistry-Related Applications 22
    Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry
    Physical Chemistry
    Physical Chemistry - Theory 34
    Physical Chemistry - Laboratory 22
    General and Inorganic Chemistry
    Inorganic Chemistry I
    Inorganic and Applied Inorganic Chemistry I 34
    Mathematics for Chemists
    Applied Mathematics II
    Applied Mathematics II 33
    Physics for Chemists
    Physics II
    Physics for Chemists II 23
    Organic Chemistry
    Organic Chemistry I
    Organic Chemistry I 45
  3. CourseSWSECTS
    Analytical Chemistry
    Analytical Chemistry II
    Analytical Chemistry II: Quantitative Analytical Methods - Theory 23
    Analytical Chemistry II: Quantitative Analytical Methods - Laboratory 33
    Applied Informatics for Chemists
    Applied Informatics III
    Applied Informatics III: Introduction to Programming 12
    Organic Chemistry
    Organic Chemistry II
    Organic Chemistry II - Theory 35
    Organic Chemistry II - Laboratory 66
    Inorganic Chemistry
    Inorganic Chemistry II
    Inorganic and Applied Inorganic Chemistry II 33
    Scientific Methods and Tools
    Scientific Methods and Tools I
    Scientific Skills and Writing 22
    Chemometrics and Data Management
    Chemometrics and Data Management: Applied Statistics and Advanced Methods 22
    Spectroscopic Methods and Structure Elucidation
    Spectroscopic Methods and Structure Elucidation 34
  4. CourseSWSECTS
    Inorganic Chemistry
    Material Sciences
    Industrial Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Polymers and Material Sciences 34
    Physical Chemistry - Advanced
    Advanced Physcial Chemistry
    Advanced Physcial Chemistry 34
    Biochemistry and Bioanalytics
    Biochemistry and Bioanalytics - Theory
    Biochemistry - Theory 34
    Bioanalytics - Theory 11
    Biochemistry and Bioanalytics - Laboratory 33
    Toxicological and Environmental Aspects
    Sustainability in the Chemical Industry
    Current Issues I: Green Chemistry, Renewables and Sustainable Methods in the Chemical Industry 11
    Quality Managament in the Chemical Industry
    Quality Managament in the Chemical Industry I
    Quality Control, GMP and GLP 11
    Chemical Engineering and Process Control
    Chemical Engineering and Process Design 34
    Analytical Chemistry
    Analytical Chemistry III
    Analytical Chemistry III: Instrumental Analysis - Theory 34
    Analytical Chemistry III: Instrumental Analysis - Laboratory 34
  5. CourseSWSECTS
    Practical Training Semester
    Practical Training (22 weeks à 30 hours) 028
    Practical Training Coaching Seminar 12
  6. CourseSWSECTS
    Elective 1: Instrumental Analysis and Chemometrics
    Multivariate Data Analysis (MVDA) and Design of Experiments (DoE) 23
    Data Mining and Visualisation 22
    Elective 2: Advanced Organic Chemistry
    Advanced Organic Chemistry Theory - Heterocycles and Molecules of Life 23
    Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory - Method Development 33
    Toxicological and Environmental Aspects
    Toxicology and Aspects of Ecology
    Toxicology and Aspects of Ecology 23
    Quality Managament in the Chemical Industry
    Regulatory Affairs and Industrial Quality Management
    Regulatory Affairs and Principles of Quality Assurance 12
    Current Issues II: Business Models 11
    Scientific Methods and Tools
    Scientific Methods and Tools II
    Bachelor Seminar and Bachelor Paper 18
    Bachelor Exam 02
    Elective 2: Computational Chemistry
    Computational Methods and Molecular Modelling 23
    Elective 1: Applied Analysis for Food, Environmental Issues and Pharmaceuticals
    Applied Analysis for Food, Environmental Issues and Pharmaceuticals - Seminar and Laboratory
    Applied Analysis for Food, Environmental Issues and Pharmaceuticals - Seminar 12
    Applied Analysis for Food, Environmental Issues and Pharmaceuticals - Laboratory 23
    Applied Analysis for Food, Environmental Issues and Pharmaceuticals - Theory 34
    Elective 2: Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Sciences
    Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry: Traditional Drugs and Biopharmaceuticals 23
    Pharmaceutics 12

Key features

What makes our Applied Chemistry programme so special? Here’s an overview.

Outstanding job prospects

For a start, this new programme has been carefully designed to meet the requirements of today’s chemicals industry – and this makes it unique. As a result, graduates have great career opportunities.

Applied Chemistry students can make contact with companies at a very early stage so graduates have excellent prospects when they enter the job market. They are also perfectly prepared for finding work abroad, as the programme is taught in English and has a very strong international focus.

Cutting-edge course content with direct input from industry

Right from the start, the programme develops your fundamental knowledge of chemistry in tandem with a focus on forward-looking methods. Computer-based modelling and statistical methods for optimal data collection and processing feature prominently on the curriculum.

Thanks to the seamlessly integrated course design, you approach topics from a variety of perspectives in your courses. This helps you to identify the links between different disciplines more easily. The staff teaching the up-to-date content include lecturers from industry, meaning that you gain the latest industry insights.

Practice makes perfect

Comprehensive practical training in the lab forms the cornerstone of the programme. We place a strong emphasis on the synthetic production of substances in direct combination with modern analytical techniques, chemical databases and software tools.

This lays the foundations for completing professional tasks in the field of synthesis – such as active ingredient synthesis in the pharmaceuticals industry and synthesis of materials in the polymers and materials sector – as well as analytical areas such as quality assurance. You are also well prepared for duties in the environmental and pharmaceuticals sector, and at regulatory authorities.

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Key skills

When you graduate from the bachelor programme, you will have developed broad-based professional and theoretical expertise, as well as strong practical skills.

Research plays an essential role in the Applied Chemistry programme. This is why we help you to develop academic skills that allow you to understand and successfully participate in research processes.

Chemistry employs knowledge from related disciplines such as mathematics and physics. Interdisciplinary perspectives and joined-up thinking therefore help you to tackle problems and drive forward research.

The programme shows you how to exploit computer-based methods as effectively as possible. The aim is to give you the skills to analyse, visualise and interpret large volumes of data, so your experiments in the lab can be conducted more precisely.

This approach saves time and resources, and is sure to be highly appreciated by your future employer.

This new programme has been designed with a clear focus on the requirements of industry and prepares you for careers in both industry and research. You learn how to apply your wide-ranging theoretical knowledge in the lab and employ cutting-edge research and work methods.

Career paths

The English-language Applied Chemistry bachelor degree programme opens many doors. Thanks to its strong international focus, graduates have excellent job opportunities abroad as well as in Austria.

With this degree you will be able to start out in the chemicals industry on a firm footing. You will have the choice of entering the profession or enrolling for a chemistry or a related technical science postgraduate programme.

  • Potential entry-level positions
  • the pharmaceuticals industry
  • the food industry
  • environmental authorities
  • polymer chemistry
  • bulk chemicals
  • chemical recycling plants 
  • renewable raw materials processing
  • basic research (with additional postgraduate education)
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Our Team

Get to know the core team of our bachelor degree programme Applied Chemistry.

  • Prof.(FH) Priv.-Doz. DI Dr. Uwe Rinner | Head of Institute Applied Chemistry / Programme Director Applied Chemistry - IMC Fachhochschule Krems
    Prof.(FH) Priv.-Doz. DI Dr. Uwe Rinner
    Head of Institute Applied Chemistry / Programme Director Applied Chemistry

    Head of Institute Applied Chemistry / Programme Director Applied Chemistry

    Prof.(FH) Priv.-Doz. DI Dr. Uwe Rinner

    Core Competencies
    • Habilitation (Organic Chemistry)
  • DI (FH) Anita Koppensteiner
    Research Assistant / Department of Science and Technology
  • Clemens Trost, MSc
    Research Assistant/ Laboratory Technology
  • Prof.(FH) Dr. Christian Klein
    Professor Department of Science and Technology
  • Prof.(FH) Mag. Dana Mezricky
    Professorin Department of Science and Technology
  • Prof.(FH) DI Dominik Schild
    Professor Department of Science and Technology
  • Dr. techn. Dipl.-Ing. Sarita Paudel
    Professor Department of Science and Technology
  • Prof.(FH) MMag. Christopher Schwand
    Head of Institute International Trade and Sustainable Economy /...

Application and admissions – the next steps

You've found a course that's a perfect fit? Great – you’ve already taken the most important step! We’ve put together an overview to guide you through the next steps.

What are the admission requirements for bachelor programmes?

To qualify for admission to a university of applied sciences bachelor degree programme, you must have an Austrian school-leaving certificate or an equivalent qualification.

Do you have a school-leaving certificate issued outside Austria?

We’ll check to make sure it’s equivalent to an Austrian certificate in accordance with section 4 of the University of Applied Sciences Studies Act (FHG) when you’ve sent us all the relevant documentation via our online application tool. If it is not an equivalent, you’ll receive information on the supplementary examinations you’ll need to pass. In a nutshell, you will have the option of completing a summer school and the necessary supplementary examinations at IMC Krems or look for an external provider. In that case, you might consider our cooperation partner, the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria: It offers a one-year International Foundation Programme which provides you with all the necessary qualifications you need in order to start your studies in Krems.

What proof of your language skills is required for our English-language bachelor degree programme?

We’ll assess your English language proficiency at your interview, so there is no need to provide additional evidence of your English skills. 

Do you still need to complete your military or alternative service?  If you’re a male Austrian citizen, we strongly recommend completing your compulsory national service before beginning your studies. This will allow you to finish your degree with no interruptions and start your career without delay afterwards.


Application interview

We would like to get to know you as a person:
As part of the online application you will have to write a statement of motivation and a short essay on a topic relevant to the degree programme. Predefined questions about your motivations as well as the requirements and topics for your essay can be found in the online application. You choose one of the suggested topics, conduct research to broaden your knowledge, deal with the issues and bring your own point of view to the essay. Your answers are to be entered in the fields provided.

Your statement of motivation and your essay form the basis for your application interview. Every applicant has an opportunity to introduce themselves in a face-to-face discussion, usually with the degree programme director. In addition to the personal introduction and your motivation to study, the applicant and the interviewer discuss the topic selected and the arguments used in the essay, as well as the topic’s relevance for the degree programme.

The application interview is held in the language of instruction of the degree programme and can take place either online via Microsoft Teams or in presence.

After the application interview, your statement of motivation, the essay and your performance throughout the interview are assessed on the basis of the content-related remarks, the manner in which they express themselves and the arguments used.

Interview dates

There is usually a selection of dates to choose from, with quotas allocated for each date. You can select a preferred date and time slot for your admission interview during the online application process. In order to still benefit from the full selection of dates, we recommend that you submit your application in good time.

Get an overview of the dates for your programme.

Admission Interview

After you have successfully completed your online application, your application will be checked for completeness and correctness. As soon as this process is completed, we will inform you by e-mail and confirm the date for your admission interview. We will send you the Microsoft Teams Meeting Link in a separate e-mail a few days before the application interview date.

Application deadline for EU nationals 15/04/2023
Application deadline for non-EU nationals 15/04/2023
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