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Sustainable Chemistry and Digital Processing* master degree programme

*Subject to approval by AQ Austria
Sustainable chemistry is driving the transformation in the industrial production of chemicals and materials, always aiming for resource efficiency and minimal environmental impact. Expertise in this field positions you for success in an evolving landscape!

Our master degree programme in Sustainable Chemistry and Digital Processing responds to this trend with a novel study offering in the field of applied chemistry. Upon completion of your studies, you will be qualified to develop innovative projects at the intersection of chemistry, sustainability and digitalisation, lead multiprofessional teams and tackle complex interdisciplinary challenges.

The degree programme: Master of Science (MSc)

Sustainability meets digital solutions

In modern chemistry, sustainability aspects and the increased use of information technologies are gaining in importance, leading to innovative solutions and new perspectives.

In the field of sustainable chemistry, your studies will involve exploring topics such as Green Chemistry, the utilisation of renewable resources, the implementation of efficient chemical recycling processes and the promotion of the circular economy. Additionally, regulatory and legal aspects are integrated into the curriculum.

In your studies, you will also learn how to optimally support and enhance your chemical projects through digitalisation and new technologies, as digitalisation is revolutionising the modern chemical industry and enabling a more sustainable circular economy. The focus is on the utilisation of chemistry-specific software solutions, artificial intelligence (AI), and computer-aided process planning. Additionally, you will gain insights into how major chemical corporations employ AI and powerful supercomputers – such as BASF’s Quriosity – to optimise their processes.

In this interplay between chemistry, sustainability and digitalisation, specialised expertise is highly sought after in the industry, contributing significantly to enhancing efficiency, conserving resources, and fostering innovation.

Unique in Austria

The English-language master degree programme in Sustainable Chemistry and Digital Processing spans 4 semesters and aims to educate future experts in chemistry with a focus on sustainability and digitalisation – a combination unparalleled throughout Austria.

The international study environment prepares you effectively for an increasingly globalised market.

At IMC Campus Krems, Wing U, our students enjoy an excellent learning and research environment facilitated by the newly established laboratory infrastructure.

Close collaboration with the professional association of the chemical industry

The master degree programme is tailored to the needs of the chemical industry. To ensure this, the programme was developed in collaboration with experts from the chemical industry and the professional association of the chemical industry in Austria, among others.

As a graduate, you can, therefore, make a sustainable and practice-oriented contribution to the industry, ensuring that the chemical industry continually evolves through innovations.

Likewise, you will benefit from excellent connections to the chemical industry and numerous opportunities for collaboration during your studies and beyond.

Exceptional opportunities for career advancement and PhD pursuits

Upon completion of the programme, numerous avenues will be available to you. Due to the international focus of the course, job opportunities arise in both the domestic and global chemical industry, as well as in various PhD programmes at home and abroad.

" The chemical industry is currently facing significant challenges and changes. Our master degree programme in Sustainable Chemistry and Digital Processing equips you optimally for the future demands of this sector. "

Programme director Uwe Rinner

Core topics

Applied chemistry at the cutting edge: Throughout your studies, you will discover how to integrate sustainable aspects and digital solutions into chemical projects. Explore the key focus areas here.

Chemical competencies

As a graduate, you will possess expertise in the application of advanced concepts and methods of applied chemistry, coupled with practical knowledge in organic chemistry, instrumental analysis, and laboratory techniques. Simultaneously, you will demonstrate a keen awareness of environmental and sustainability issues within the chemical industry.

Interdisciplinary problem-solving and innovation competencies

Throughout the programme, you will acquire knowledge and methods at the intersections of environmental chemistry, ecology, toxicology, circular economy, and applied materials chemistry. You will be capable of applying this knowledge to address complex interdisciplinary challenges.

Competencies in digitalisation and data sciences

Upon completion of the programme, you will be capable of independently conducting experiments, accurately analysing data and interpreting results. Additionally, you will effectively apply computer-based methods and artificial intelligence (AI) for the precise optimisation of chemical processes.

Competencies in research ethics and regulatory aspects

As a graduate, you will possess a thorough understanding of ethical concepts and regulatory requirements in the realms of applied chemistry, sustainability, and digitalisation. You will adeptly apply these principles in the pursuit of good scientific practice.

Leadership and personal skills

Following the programme, you will demonstrate leadership qualities and teamwork in multiprofessional and intercultural settings. Serving as a bridge between the fields of applied chemistry, sustainability and digitalisation, you will effectively communicate complex scientific concepts, methods, and results in a targeted and audience-specific manner.

Career options

As a graduate of the master degree programme in Sustainable Chemistry and Digital Processing, you can explore a range of diverse career opportunities.

With your core competencies of chemistry, sustainability and digitalisation, you always have your finger on the pulse.

After completing the programme, you also have the option to pursue a PhD at an Austrian or international university.

  • The professional areas open to graduates include
  • Polymer chemistry: The integration of expertise and methods in organic chemistry, chemical process engineering, quality management and computer-assisted methods opens up diverse perspectives in the field of polymer chemistry.
  • Basic materials industry: Expertise in organic and analytical chemistry, as well as chemical regulations, qualifies you for roles in the basic materials industry.
  • Pharmaceutical industry: With comprehensive knowledge in organic and analytical chemistry, regulatory affairs, quality management and computer-based methods, you can pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry after completing the programme.
  • Environmental agencies: As a graduate, you can work in environmental agencies, applying your in-depth knowledge and expertise in ecotoxicology, chemical law and regulatory affairs.
  • Research institutions: Universities, universities of applied sciences and research facilities dedicated to chemical research and data analysis also present themselves as exciting workplaces after completing the programme.
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Our team

Get to know the core team of our master degree programme Sustainable Chemistry and Digital Processing.

  • 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 master programmes?

To qualify for a master programme, you must have completed a bachelor degree – with a workload of at least 180 ECTS and lasting at least six semesters – in a related subject, or hold an equivalent degree from a recognised Austrian or foreign higher education institution.

If your undergraduate studies are not sufficiently relevant, for instance if you’ve completed a degree in an unrelated subject, your qualifications will be assessed after we have received your completed application.

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Application interview

Everything revolves around the students on our Master degree programmes. That’s why we’d like to get to know you personally.

As part of the online application you will have to write a statement of motivation. Predefined questions about your motivation can be found in the online application. In your answers, which have to be entered in the provided input fields of the online application, you deal with the questions and explain your motivation to study the selected Master degree programme

Your statement of motivation and your CV (curriculum vitae) form the basis for your application interview. The admission interview is a one-to-one interview, usually with the degree programme director.
In addition to getting to know you personally, your motives for the Master degree programme will be discussed, as well as your professional background and the skillset you have acquired so far. Special attention will be paid to your previous academic and professional experience, your methodological and language skills and your general suitability with regard to your intended Master degree programme.

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

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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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 15/05/2024
Application deadline for non-EU nationals 15/04/2024
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