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Environmental and Sustainability Management master programme

The topic of sustainable management is on everyone’s lips. At IMC Krems, you can study it! The part-time Environmental and Sustainability Management master programme provides the skills you require to assume a high-level position in Austria or abroad.

After completing your interdisciplinary degree, you will be in a position to support businesses and organisations in implementing environmentally and socially responsible strategies and initiatives. In other words, the programme shows you how companies and organisations can adopt sustainable operations, and as a result make a contribution to promoting sustainable development.

The degree programme

Become an advocate for sustainable management: you will examine trends and opportunities in environmental and sustainability management, and learn how to implement environmentally and socially responsible approaches in companies and organisations.

You will be studying alongside people from various professions on this part-time master programme. If you already have a business, technology-related or science degree, this programme is an ideal supplement.

Looking to gain an overview of the topic of sustainability? Then the Tonspur N podcast created by programme director Roman Mesicek is a great place to start (available in German only). We particularly recommend listening to episode 2 (“What is sustainable?”) and 15 (“Managing the environment”).

Get the full programme details in German

" This programme provides expertise for specialist businesses in the environmental sector. It is also aimed at training generalists who can work in a range of fields and put down markers for sustainability in their respective industries. "

Programme director Roman Mesicek

Core topics

The course contents are split into five main areas. We help you to become an expert in sustainable management.

The economy and society

Businesses play an important role in society and should be viewed as an integral part of it.

With this in mind, this subject area focuses on selected topics and issues: what ethical questions will you face when environmental, business and social considerations intersect? And what social, economic and political frameworks are in place?

You will also learn about the history of sustainable development and the concepts behind it, as well as carrying out a detailed examination of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Management systems and standards

A core question is how you can implement sustainable business practices at your company.

This subject area introduces you to all of the management systems and standards you will need for your day-to-day responsibilities as an environmental and sustainability manager.

Communication and reporting

Is sustainable management already an important principle at your company? If so, you need to communicate this to your stakeholders.

These courses show you how to manage internal communications effectively, and focus primarily on communications related to interactions with external stakeholders. There is also a detailed analysis of public relations (PR), stakeholder management and clear reporting.

Ecological and technological principles

This core subject looks at the fundamentals of ecology and technology. Courses provide basic knowledge of the ecosystem in which society and businesses operate.

You will also gain an insight into basic principles of the technologies employed in selected fields, with a focus on renewable energy and waste management.

Research methods and academic techniques

The master thesis and master examination form the centrepiece of this core area, alongside a range of research-related courses.

The thesis gives you an opportunity to contribute to the current debate in the environment and sustainability sector and develop new solutions that promote sustainable business. You can shape this budding discipline while also generating added value for the project client.

Career options for graduates

As a graduate of the Environmental and Sustainability Management master programme, you will understand and practise the concepts behind sustainability. You will be able to use resources carefully, as well as draw up plans and take action with your internal and external responsibilities in mind.

You will be able to make use of your expertise in the public, private or non-profit sectors. Potential employers include CSR and sustainability agencies, NGOs, environmental and energy management companies or businesses with in-house CSR or sustainability departments.

In your day-to-day work, you will build on your specialist knowledge of ecology and environmental management, as well as methods-based skills to independently devise solutions in multidisciplinary contexts.

  • The professional areas open to graduates include​​​​​​
  • Environmental and business consulting
  • Strategic management
  • Implementing integrated management systems
  • Environmental controlling
  • Eco-friendly product design
  • Research and development
  • Sustainability-based marketing
  • Environmental public relations
  • Training and continuing education
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Our team

Get to know the core team of our master degree programme Environmental and Sustainability Management.

  • Prof.(FH) Mag. Dr. Jan Grumiller | Programme Director Environmental and Sustainablity Management - IMC Fachhochschule Krems
    Prof.(FH) Mag. Dr. Jan Grumiller
    Programme Director Environmental and Sustainablity Management

    Programme Director Environmental and Sustainablity Management

    Prof.(FH) Mag. Dr. Jan Grumiller

  • Prof.(FH) Mag. Dr. Reinhard Altenburger
    Professor (FH) Institute Business Administration and Management

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