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Applied Chemistry bachelor degree programme

Do you enjoy working in the lab and find chemistry experiments fascinating? Do you think that environmental protection, recycling, waste recovery and renewable resources are important topics that will shape the future? Or are you more interested in combating diseases and developing new drugs and biotechnological processes?

With a bachelor degree in Applied Chemistry from IMC Krems, you will be well placed to start a career that involves groundbreaking research or finding solutions to problems facing society today. You will be plotting a course for a career in industry or laying ideal foundations for entry into the world of academic research. On this programme you will work in small groups and learn how to tackle problems from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The degree programme

The IMC Krems Applied Chemistry bachelor programme was launched in 2018. It is taught entirely in English to give you the best possible preparation for entering the increasingly interconnected world of work.

Chemistry is everywhere

Without modern chemistry, high-performance medicines, advanced materials produced from renewable sources, and many solutions to environmental problems would still be pipe dreams. In other words, chemistry is everywhere.

As a graduate of our Applied Chemistry programme you will be ready to embark on challenging careers in the chemical industry or a variety of other fields such as biotechnology, process engineering or environmental science.

Forward-looking curriculum and strong practical focus

The Applied Chemistry programme will give you a solid foundation in the diverse fields and disciplines of chemistry. Your courses will cover inorganic, analytical and organic chemistry as well as physical chemistry and biochemistry. The curriculum features an ideal combination of theoretical subjects and practical training in the lab. At IMC Krems we place a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary education – it’s the best way of identifying and understanding the connections between various different phenomena.

We supplement the chemistry subjects with applied informatics, statistics and process engineering courses to give our graduates the best possible springboard into today’s job market.

Individual support

Personal supervision and direct contact between students and lecturers ensure that you will be ideally prepared for the day-to-day challenges of the workplace. You will meet speakers and guest lecturers from a variety of companies and several different universities. This will enable you to build up a valuable network of contacts and learn how to look at problems from a range of perspectives.

International appeal

Gaining experience abroad is important for your professional and personal development. The majority of our students travel to other countries to complete internships and exchange semesters. We will help you to find an internship place and organise your stay abroad, meaning you can take advantage of our international network of partner universities, institutions and businesses.

Green chemistry and environmental protection

We take safeguarding the environment very seriously on the Applied Chemistry programme. This is why it includes lectures on green chemistry, renewable resources and recycling. We also highlight and discuss the environmental aspects of the topics you study at every opportunity. 

Student stories

Applied chemistry

Chemistry is one of the basic sciences and deals with the properties of compounds, their reactions and the changes they undergo. 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 questions.

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.

Advances in modern chemistry have enabled us to manufacture important medicines, develop new materials, start to tackle crucial problems such as the climate crisis, and address key energy-related issues.

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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.

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)

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.

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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 / Extended application deadline 17/04/2024 / 15/08/2024
Application deadline for non-EU nationals
Application for the next study year possible from 01/12/2024
Please note that the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems reserves the right to close the extended application period at any time without prior notice. We therefore recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.
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