Packaging Technology and Sustainability is the first part-time Master’s Degree Program in the DACH region that deals with the interdisciplinary subject of packaging technology. This scientific technical degree program with economic elements is held in English. The students deepen their knowledge in the fields of packaging technology, sustainability, management and science and research. With advanced competencies in communication, research and project management, they are prepared for a leadership position in the packaging industry.
Silke WiesbauerVienna BioCenterHelmut-Qualtinger-Gasse 2, OG3.F.071030 WienT: +43 1 606 68 77-3590F: +43 1 606 68 firstname.lastname@example.orgMap Vienna Biocenter (Google Maps)
Office hours during semesterMon to Wed, 9.00 a.m.-12.00 p.m. and 1.00 p.m.-3.00 p.m.
Ihre E-Mail wurde versendet
Application period for academic year 2021/22
1st November 2020 to 30th June 2021
tuition fee / semester:
+ ÖH premium + contribution2
1 Tuition fees for students from third countries € 727,- per semester
2 for additional study expenses (currently up to € 83,- depending on degree program and year)
You would like to work in an area that deals with key issues of the future, such as the avoidance of food waste or the conservation of our resources. You have a technical and scientific background and are interested in the interdisciplinary subject of packaging technology. You want to deepen your knowledge of manufacturing and processing methods for packaging materials. In addition, you show strong interest in the optimization of production processes in terms of environmental, economic and social aspects. You are able to think in a networked manner and have a well-structured and organized approach to problems. You aspire to a leadership position in a company in the relevant sectors.Work experience and employment are beneficial, but not a prerequisite for the degree program.
The master degree program was developed together with renowned companies in the packaging industry and with professional associations of the Austrian Economic Chambers. In teaching and research we also cooperate with the University of Munich, the Technical University of Vienna and the Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry and Technology as well as numerous renowned companies in the packaging industry. This network, which is constantly being expanded, allows us to attract outstanding lecturers, develop R&D projects and make excursions to industrial facilities. This provides you with excellent opportunities to make valuable contacts for your future career already during your studies. The degree program is offered at the Campus Vienna BioCenter with modern lecture halls and fully equipped laboratory space at the renowned Life Science campus. Part-time: The degree program is part-time and has a high share of e-learning. Thus, it can be completed by people both living in Austria and abroad. Even though it is a “part-time” degree program, that does not mean you need to be employed.The university that offers more: In addition, you will benefit from FH Campus Wien as a multidisciplinary university. For example, the Molecular Biotechnology degree programs conduct research in the field of cell-based test systems. The Industrial Packaging Technology degree program is also involved here, testing packaging for hormone activity and genotoxicity. As part of the open courses, you have the opportunity to attend courses on interdisciplinary topics. The Campus Lectures also explore current and diverse topics with prominent experts from the industry and FH Campus Wien regularly invites you to join these public lecture evenings.
This master degree program will optimally prepare you for work in the development and production of packaging, in the industry, in packaging-related purchasing and sales, in the consulting sector or in retail. You will learn how to conduct cost-effectiveness analyses and optimizations in companies as well as how to independently plan and conduct life-cycle analyses. This tailor-made education, in which you will also acquire English technical language, puts you in a position to play a leading role in the international packaging industry.
The course is divided into four main topics: Packaging Technology, Sustainability, Management and Science and Research. You will learn about the latest technologies for production and testing as well as the filling and packaging process for a wide variety of packaging materials. The topic of sustainability is incredibly significant for packaging technology and will be explored extensively throughout the degree program. Presentation techniques, moderation and conflict resolution techniques, leadership as well as scientific work and research management round out your education and prepare you for a leadership position. As part of your master’s thesis, you will conduct scientific work on a topic relevant to the professional field.
- Conventional as well as novel technologies and concepts, - selected topics in packaging technology, - digitalisation and linking of all partners in the supply chain, - materials, production and filling, - hygienic design and decontamination.
Continuous assessment Continuous assessment (including assessment methods such as preliminary test, intermediate test, homework, students´ collaboration, and final exam)
Blended learning (including learning methods such as frontal teaching, distance learning, exercises, work tasks, students´ presentations, etc.)
- Life Cycle Assessment, - environmental Impact Categories, - processes, - flows, - functional unit, - system boundary, - ISO 14040/44, - comparative LCA, - product Environmental Footprint, - management of LCA projects, historical background of LCA
Overview on selected methods in resource management: - Waste management systems, resource saving and waste prevention - Ecodesign - Environmental management systems (EMS) - Material flow analysis (MFA)
Continuous assessment Continuous assessment (including assessment methods such as preliminary test, intermediate test, homework / exercises, students´ collaboration, and final exam)
- Definition of presentation goals, - selection of information, - choice of media and message, - designing a compelling presentation structure, - dealing with stress, - handling questions from the audience.
- Project Management Basics - Project Management Tools - EU funded projects - Evaluation of research proposals - Joint development of full research proposal (applicable for international and national funding)
Continuous assessment Continuous assessment (homework, students´ collaboration, development of project)
The SEiPT I course is all about communicating: communicating science and technology, communicating in English... which means we will be discussing, presenting and reflecting upon current topics relevant for packaging technologists. Topics will be chosen which align with the aims of the degree programme and by working closely with other lecturers will complement the content of courses running in parallel.
Continuous assessment Continuous assessment (including assessment of all spoken and written in-class and independent tasks, both as individuals and as members of teams, collaboration)
Student-centred methods: discussions, presentations, self-assessment/-reflection tasks, written individual and group tasks, blended learning.
- Literature survey databases - How to prepare a scientific text - Citation of scienitific literature - Avoiding plagiarism - Presentation techniques - Basics in design of experiment (DoE)
- Data description (mean, median, standard deviation, IQR) - probability calculation using normal distribution - confidence interval - Inference for categorical data (chi-squared test) - Inference for numerical data (t-Test) - correlation and regression, - A short introduction to Design of Experiment practical working using Excel and GeoGebra
Blended learning (including learning methods such as frontal teaching, distance learning, exercises, work tasks, students´ presentations, etc)
- Identify traps in communication and situations prone to conflict - Conflict Escalation and De-Escalation - How to criticise: constructive vs. destructive criticism. Non-violent criticism. Rules for feedback - The potential within the conflict: learning constructive cooperation through solving the conflict - Conflict resolution methods This programme is designed to develop your capabilities in interpersonal communication: avoiding unnecessary conflicts as well as conflict management and helping to settle conflicts.
Concise presentation of the theoretical background. “As much theory as necessary as little as possible”. Topic-centred group work. Peer consultation, peer coaching. Feedback from lecturer and peers. Simulations of challenging situations.
- Sources of innovation, - business model innovation, - new business development, - entrepreneurial selling, - managing a start-up or small business, private equity & venture capital
- Students are able to understand the principles and systems of - personal leadership profiles, - methods of self-perception and perception of others (feedback), - leadership styles and their application, - communication styles, - team work - systems of handling diversity.
- Sustainable development and the law - Environmental values and principles - Climate Change - Environmental regulations and policies in the European Union - Waste regulations - Circular Economy - Extended Producer Responsibility - Packaging waste, plastic waste
- Investigation of existing LCA studies on packaging - Operating OpenLCA and Ecoinvent - Realization of an LCA study
Continuous assessment Continuous assessment (including assessment methods such as homework and a final group report)
- Conventional and novel testing systems and technology, - chemical, physical and microbial tests, - non-destructive testing systems and technology, - specific material testing procedures for packaging made of paper, board or plastic - test programs and parameters, - interpretation of test results
Continuous assessment Continuous assessment • Online test • Homework – preparation for the laboratory course • Laboratory protocol
Blended learning - frontal teaching and presentations - distance learning and online courses & tests - laboratory exercise - writing of a laboratory protocol
The SEiPT II course consolidates and extends the knowledge and skills relevant for packaging technologists from the previous SEiPT I course. Topics will be chosen which align with the aims of the degree programme and by working closely with other lecturers will complement the content of courses running in parallel.
- Definition and principles of sustainability, - Integration of environmental, social and economic acting, - Strategies in sustainability, - Reuse and recycling, Sustainable business strategies
This course provides a broad introduction of the major theories and models of financial management, which are offered as aids for the understanding, evaluation and resolution of financial managers' problems. The course contents will cover the following subjects: - Financial reporting - Working capital - Financial statement and cash flow analysis - Capital structure - Sources of capital - Investment and project evaluation - NPV and IRR - Financial planning - Risk management
Managerial economics refers to the application of economic theory and the analytical tools of decision science to examine how an organisation can achieve its aims and objectives most efficiently. The course, aimed at business students as well as practitioners, will teach you a comprehensive and strategic approach to management of a firm or organisation, from the perspective of optimisation. The topics covered in the course are: - demand and supply, - elasticity of demand and supply, - competitive markets and economic efficiency, - cost, including opportunity cost and sunk cost, - market power, monopoly, oligopoly, - pricing policy, strategic thinking, - externalities, asymmetric information, incentives and organization.
Continuous assessment Continuous assessment (including assessment methods such as intermediate test, homework, students´ presentation, and final exam)
Mix of teaching methods: frontal teaching, exercises, assignment, student presentation.
- Short introduction on Packaging Materials for Pharmaceutical Products function and contribution to the product - Reasons for increasing Quality Focus on packaging materials for Pharmaceuticals - Describing the Procedures to get marketing authorization focusing on packaging material EC and USA - The Involved Authorities - The Legal Framework, sources, documents and guidelines (overview) - The Quality Issues behind the procedure - Sources of Quality Specifications for selected packaging materials - Short abstract on Foodstuffs and Cosmetics regulatory procedures
Continuous assessment TEST (WRITTEN)
Blended learning (including learning methods such as frontal teaching, distance learning, exercises, work tasks, students´ presentations, etc.) PRESENTATION
- Basic principles in toxicology - Toxicological test methods (in-vivo & in-vitro) - Regulatory requirements - Environmental toxicology - Toxicological risk assessment - Extractables/Leachables from packaging material - Toxicological hazard of plastic material
Insights about current packaging trends and potentials for innovations and future markets from key note speakers along the value-added chain (packaging producers, manufacturer of branded goods, service providers, science, etc.)
Continuous assessment Continuous assessment by accomplishing partial performances incl. questionnaires, online exam, online exercises, participation, term paper, peer feedback and pitch presentation.
Blended learning approach • Lecture format: key note speeches, activating teaching and learning methods • Work packages & exercises: – Compulsory literature: basic understanding of current trends in the packaging industry, serves as preparation for key note speeches, encourages independent research and analysis of current trends for further problem identification and prospective solution proposals – Online-exam: exam about compulsory literature in Moodle – Questionnaire: Students prepare on their own individual questionnaires with up to 5 questions prior to key note speeches, which serve as basic research for their term paper – Online exercise: online exercise in Moodle about global trends in the packaging industry in conjunction with SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) – Term paper: Students work individually on a self-elected or a predetermined topic including research, description, problem identification and solution proposals (trends, innovations) in the packaging industry by composing all findings in a term paper. This serves for a deep knowledge acquisition of current popular topics in the packaging industry as well as for a deep dive along the value chain. Furthermore, it facilitates structure and constitution of a scientific paper. For detailed information regarding structure of a term paper please see “DO_PTS_Guide for the preparation of a seminar paper” in Moodle. – Peer-Feedback: Evaluation and critical review of one term paper of a fellow student via Moodle. Selection will take place via a random generator. – Presentation/Pitch: individual 5 minutes pitch presentation about own term paper including topic introduction, description of current situation, problem identification and proposals for potential solutions/innovations for the according field of the packaging industry. Selection of various support material for presentation and visualization is at your own choice (PPT, Flip-Chart, poster, video, etc.). This part mainly encourages preparation, structure, creativity and advancement of presentation techniques for pitches / key note speeches.
Within des Master curriculum Packaging Technology and Sustainability students need to complete 9 ECTS credits of elective courses: - Advanced Filling Technologies (2 ECTS) - Digital Transformation in the Packaging Industry (2 ECTS) - Ethics (2 ECTS) - Industrielle Verpackungen (2 ECTS) - INNOVATION IN THE BUSINESS CONTEXT - Track 1 (3 ECTS) - INNOVATION IN THE BUSINESS CONTEXT - Track 2 (3 ECTS) - Research Project Management - Implementation ILV (2 ECTS) - Waste prevention and preservation of resources in packaging (3 ECTS)
Continuous assessment -
Students have to conduct a Master thesis (16 ECTS) in English, present the topic and results within the Master seminar (3 ECTS) and pass a final Master's exam (2 ECTS). For the Master seminar, students have to prepare a presentation of their Master thesis and to present it to a scientific audience.
Continuous assessment Mandatory participation
Students have to conduct a Master thesis (16 ECTS) in English, present the topic and results within the Master seminar (3 ECTS) and pass a final Master's exam (2 ECTS). The Master thesis serves the evidence that the student is able to work on a scientific topic independently. The selected topic has to be related to packaging technology and/or sustainability.
Final exam Module exam
- Introduction to packaging development and design, - Introduction to Strategy and Implementation design principles - Design Thinking / Client centricity (practical unit) - Understanding and reproducing briefing information (The value of information) - Transfer of briefing information into project tasks - Holistic approach to Packaging (practical unit) - Introduction to aligned working principles (Packaging Wheel)
Continuous assessment three consecutive assignmentsin combination with continuous assessment of students’ collaboration
Integrated learning (including frontal lecture, remote learning, individual exercises & work tasks, Group work, students´ presentations, client centicity research)
Electives in the curriculumAs part of the curriculum, you must attend 3 elective courses worth 3 ECTS each. The elective courses may be from any program offered at FH Campus Wien, but must be related to packaging technology or sustainability. The possible electives and attendance of the courses is based on the number of available places. Some electives may require a separate admission procedure.
Teaching times15 to 16 days, split over 4 to 5 blocks, per semester; attendance for the whole day requiredSupported by E-learning activitiesLanguage of instructionEnglish
With an annual turnover of more than 10 billion euros and more than 35,000 employees, the Austrian packaging industry is an important factor in the Austrian economy. In the long term, the packaging industry is growing and will require even more qualified personnel, especially internationally. As a graduate of this master degree program, your economic and technical background will make you the ideal specialist for packaging technology. Your main fields of work are the manufacture of packaging, the production of goods, the trade in intensive packaging and the supply environment of the packaging industry.
Regulations for students from third countries (german document, PDF 294 KB)
Information on the authentication of foreign document (PDF 145 KB)
To apply you will require the following documents:
Please note:It is not possible to save incomplete online applications. You must complete your application in one session. Your application will be valid as soon as you upload all of the required documents and certificates. In the event that some documents (e.g. references) are not available at the time you apply, you may submit these later via email, mail or in person by no later than the start of the degree program.
Do not worry, for those interested in studying, the videos are available to watch on YouTube.
If you have any questions regarding accessibility or if you have a specific need in the admission procedure due to an impairment, please contact Mag.a Ursula Weilenmann for organizational reasons as early as possible email@example.com.
Since we try to take into account individual needs due to disabilities when conducting the written admission test, we ask you to indicate in your online application to Mag.a Weilenmann in which form you require support.
Your contact person in the department Gender & Diversity ManagementMag.a Ursula Weilenmann, Mitarbeiterinbarrierefrei@fh-campuswien.ac.athttp://www.fh-campuswien.ac.at/barrierefrei
Head of Sustainable Management of Resources, Industrial Packaging Technology, Packaging Technology and Sustainability T: +43 1 606 68 firstname.lastname@example.org
New study location from winter semester 2022/23 The Department of Applied Life Sciences will move to the newly built House of Science & Engineering at Favoritenstraße 222, 1100 Vienna in the summer of 2022.
Head of Sustainable Management of Resources, Industrial Packaging Technology, Packaging Technology and Sustainability
Head of Competence Center for Sustainable and Future Oriented Packaging Solutions, Stadt Wien Endowed Professor for Sustainable and Future-Oriented Packaging Solutions
Information Folder Packaging Technology and Sustainability Master (PDF 98 KB)
Folder Applied Life Sciences (PDF 816 MB)