The continuing education course combines theory with laboratory practice.

Surface Technology continuing education course

Improve your chances of getting ahead in a booming part of the chemistry sector. The Surface Technology continuing education course is the perfect foundation for launching your career or taking your next career step in surface and materials chemistry.

After only five weeks you will be ideally placed to tackle challenging duties in the surface and materials chemistry sector. With a blocked format running from mid-June to the end of July, combining the course with your work or current degree programme could not be easier.

The course: Surface Technology

This course provides you with an additional qualification in surface and materials chemistry. Participants will develop theoretical and practical skills in coating chemistry, polymer chemistry and related industrial segments.

The course puts participants in a position to address topical issues in surface chemistry by building on their chemistry expertise. They look at basic principles and special materials science techniques, as well as enhancing their know-how in production, manufacturing technologies and characteristics of important productssuch such as paints, resins, coating materials, pigments, additives and ahesives. Participants can then test their knowledge in practice in the lab.

The course has been developed in conjunction with the Association of the Austrian Chemical Industry

Funding possibilities for students

Active students, who apply for this course with a start in June 2021, will be supported by the chemical industry with a scholarship of 2,000 euros. This will ensure a targeted professional qualification of young chemists in a field of the chemical industry that is of central importance for Austria. In addition, the optimal involvement of students can create a better connection between academia and industry and thus facilitate research projects.

Information brochure

" The topics addressed in our Surface Technology course are hugely significant for all parts of the chemicals industry. We’re convinced that students who complete the course will reap the rewards on the job market. The close involvement of the Association of the Austrian Chemical Industry in designing the programme reflects the course’s quality and how well it has been received. We’re proud to have convinced respected experts from the chemical industry to teach on this highly attractive programme. "

Course director Uwe Rinner


What subjects will you be studying? Take a look at the curriculum for an overview of the contents.

For more details, click on the individual courses.

  1. CourseECTS
    Advanced Physical Chemistry and Materials Science
    Advanced Physical Chemistry and Materials Science – Lecture 3
    Advanced Physical Chemistry and Materials Science – Exercise 1
    Materials Science and Engineering
    Materials Science and Engineering – Lecture and Discussion 5
    Materials Science and Engineering - Laboratory 4

Career paths and prospects

Put simply, surface and materials chemistry is one of the most important parts of the Austrian chemical industry. However, the sector is facing a shortage of qualified experts. As a result, this course will open a host of doors for you.

After completing the course, you will be in a position to plan and carry out analytical testing procedures, as well as industrial and large-scale processes in the surface and coatings chemistry segment.

Graduates of related degree programmes have the opportunity to participate in research projects focusing on topics connected with surface and material properties, or to perform such research independently.

If you already work in the chemical industry, the course gives you the skills you need to manage teams at chemical companies, in particular those specialised in fields related to surface chemistry and materials chemistry. The course also offers valuable content linked with sales and distribution of chemical industry products.

Plan ahead: block courses

Next expected start: 21 June 2021

This continuing education course has a compact blocked format covering just a few weeks. 

An overview of the planned schedule will be published here as soon as the dates for the start of the course in June 2021 are fixed.

" The Surface Technology continuing education course is the first of its kind in Austria and gives chemistry students and people working in surface technology the opportunity to obtain a high-quality, supplementary university qualification. It is aimed at users and processors of surface technologies in the raw materials, paint and coatings industries, as well as other, related sectors. Recognised industry experts are a guarantee of top-quality training that brings together essential basic knowledge from the fields of surface physics and applied chemistry. And the course satisfies the industry’s long-standing desire for training that prepares our employees for the future. "

Hubert Culik, chairman of the Association of the Austrian Chemical Industry (FCIO)

Applying for the course online

What are the requirements for admission to the course?

This supplementary module is open to chemistry students as well as chemical industry employees with relevant professional experience.

Prospective participants who are currently studying a chemistry degree programme

  • Proof of general university entrance qualification (Matura or equivalent qualification)
  • Completion of courses on a chemistry degree programme with a workload of 90 ECTS, of which laboratory practicals account for at least 15 ECTS
  • current confirmation of enrollment

Prospective participants with relevant professional experience

  • Proof of general university entrance qualification (Matura or equivalent qualification)
  • At least one year of professional experience in the chemical industry
  • 375 hours of laboratory work
Next start of the continuing education course: 21 June 2021
Start date for applications: 1 March 2020
Closing date for applications: 1 June 2021
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    1. Registration

    To access the online application system, send your details by e-mail to admission(at)

    • Course title
    • Gender
    • First name
    • Last name
    • Date of birth
    • E-mail address

    We will complete the registration for you and send you a link by e-mail that allows you to access the online application system and start preparing your application.

    You can save your online application at any time and continue the application procedure later by clicking on the link.

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    2. Application

    Complete the online application form and upload the required documents. 

    The following documents are required:

    • Curriculum vitae (in tabular form)
    • Application photo - a passport-sized photo (EU standard recommended)
    • Passport (scan of the ID page containing the data on the passport holder)
    • Proof of general university entrance qualification e.g. High School Diploma / A-Levels or equivalent secondary school leaving certificate (full scan of the document including all pages, stamps, signatures and date of issue)
    • Proof of fulfillment of entry requirements:
      • Holders of related degrees: Transcript of records of a relevant chemistry degree programme with a workload of at least 90 ECTS
      • current confirmation of enrollment
    • or
      • Relevant professional experience: Proof of at least 1 year of relevant professional experience (including confirmation of at least 375 practical laboratory hours)
    • Letter of motivation (The letter of motivation is an integral part of the online application. Please mind the question asked and the limit on the number of characters for the input form.)

    Prepare digital copies (i.e. scanned; max. 5 MB per document) of all the documentation required for your application. Please use only the following document formats: PDF or JPEG/JPG. If you need to scan documents with multiple pages, please send all pages in a single file.

    We will confirm receipt of your application by e-mail. Please note that we will only accept complete applications submitted before the closing date.

  3. 3. Information on data protection at a glance

    Responsible: IMC Fachhochschule Krems GmbH, Piaristengasse 1, 3500 Krems an der Donau

    Contact: datenschutz(at)

    Processed data: those that are disclosed in the context of the application

    Legal basis:
    a.)  Article 6 paragraph 1 lit. b DSGVO - Fulfilment of the (pre-)contractual legal relationship
    b.)  Article 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO - legitimate interests of those responsible

    a.)  Processing the application
    b.)  Marketing Interests

    You can find the details in our data protection statement ("Student Application Data", "Data Subject Rights" and "Marketing").

What happens after you submit your online application?

Once we have received your application, we will check to see whether it is complete, the details are correct and the required documents have been uploaded.

Then you will be invited to an interview with the course director. The interview enables us to build up a picture of your professional expertise, your personal attributes and your reasons for applying for the course.

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

    Programme Director Applied Chemistry

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

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