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.
Lector: Univ.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Manfred Tacker
- 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.
Formative assessment (including assessment methods such as preliminary test, intermediate test, homework, students´ collaboration, and final exam) Duration of final exam : 1 h Total points: 100 points, final exam: max. 40 points, activities during the course: 60 points Grading scale: greater or equal to 90 points…grade 1, 89-80 points…grade 2, 79-70 points…grade 3, 69-60 points…grade 4, less or equal to 59 points…grade 5
Blended learning (including learning methods such as frontal teaching, distance learning, exercises, work tasks, students´ presentations, etc.)
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Bernhard Wohner, BEd
Definition of Life Cycle Assessment ('LCA') Basics of conducting LCA (Goal and scope, life cycle inventory, life cycle impact assessment, interpretation) Standards regarding LCA (ISO 14040/14044; Product Environmental Footprint) Conducting "Mini-LCA studies" on your own
Participation Prestentation Exam
Lecture Practical exercises Presentations Tutorial videos
Lector: DI Bernd Brandt
Overview on the most important methods in resource management: - Life cycle assessment, - Ecodesign, - environmental management systems, - waste management systems, process management, - material flow management, - supply-chain management, - logistics.
Formative assessment (including assessment methods such as preliminary test, intermediate test, homework, students´ collaboration, and final exam) Total points: 100 points, final exam: max. 40 points, activities during the course: 60 points
Lector: Martin Musil
- Definition of presentation goals, - selection of information, - handling of media, - presentation structure, powerful start and successful final, - draft and design of powerful slides, - confident and self-assured appearance.
Formative assessment (including assessment methods such as preliminary test, intermediate test, homework, students´ collaboration, and final exam)
Lector: Mag. Daniel Spichtinger, MA, DI Rainer Svacinka
In this course an overview is given of the most important research project management techniques and their practical application, in particular in the context of EU funded research & development and educational projects (Horizon 2020 and Erasmus +). The course starts with an overview of EU research policy and project management basics and then continues with a detailed analysis of the structure of EU project proposals. Based on the description of real life projects, students will work on creating their own proposals and develop structured project plans. The final part covers the practical implementation of a project, from Kick-off to close-down.
Integrated course with immanent examinations. 100 points, 60 points to pass
Blended learning consisting of lectures, workshops, student presentations and E-learning-units.
Lector: Dr.in Mary Grace Wallis
The course content / timetable for this semester will be discussed during the first lesson. See also our Moodle course.
Your command of English, both spoken and written, will be continuously assessed during the semester and will be reflected in the final semester mark. Moreover your active participation in the lessons will also contribute to the overall mark. See also our Moodle course.
Lector: FH-Prof.in Dipl.-Ing.in Dr.in Silvia Apprich, FH-Prof.in DIin DIin Dr.in Victoria Krauter
Literature survey databases How to prepare a scientific text Citation of scienitific literature Avoiding plagiarism Presentation techniques Basics in design of experiment (DoE)
Formative assessment (including assessment methods such as preliminary test, intermediate test, homework, students´ collaboration, and final exam) Code of Conduct 10 points Scientific literature search 15 points Peer review & DoE 15 points DoE calculation 15 points Power point presentation 15 points Final Exam 35 points Grading scale: 90 points and more…grade 1, 89-80 points…grade 2, 79-70 points…grade 3, 69-60 points…grade 4, less than 60 points…grade 5
Blended learning including learning methods such as frontal teaching, distance learning, exercises, work tasks, students´ presentations, etc.
Lector: DI Mag.(FH) Reinhard Zeilinger
Introduction to Data Summarizing Data Distribution of Random Variables Exploring data with graphs in Excel Foundations for inference Introduction to linear regression o Fitting a line by least squares regression o Types of outliers Inference for numerical data o t-distribution o Difference of two independent means Inference for categorical data o Chi-square-distribution o Difference for two proportions Design of Experiment
The maximum achievable points in this course are 100 points. They are composed as follows: Tasks 1 to 3: 10 points each = 30 points total. 2 intermediate tests: 15 points each = 15 points total. At the end of the module, a 60-minute final exam will be held. Final exam: 40 points. The grading is according to the examination regulations of the FH Campus.
Class based attendence and rated homework.
• 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
Presence, participation, contribution.
Concise presentation of the theoretical background. “As much theory as necessary as little as possible”. Topic-centred group work. Peer consultation, peer coaching. Trainer and peer feedback.
Lector: Mag. Gernot Marecek
- Sources of innovation, - business model innovation, - new business development, - entrepreneurial selling, - managing a start-up or small business, - private equity & venture capital
Lector: Mag. Jacqueline Dyadio
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.
2 home assignments, each worth 50 points (50%) of total course points (100 points / 100%).
Blended learning (including exercises, work tasks, students´ presentations).
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Peter Hodecek, MBA, Mag., LLM Clemens Konrad
- Environmental values and principles, - Environmental regulations in the European Union, - Climate Change, - Waste regulations, - Circular economy.
Lector: Lisa Ehm, MSc
Short recap of contents presented in 'Life Cycle Assessment 1". Using life cycle assessment (LCA) to independently evaluate and understand the environmental performance of different packaging options
Presence and active participation Submission of assignments
Lecture Training with LCA software (OpenLCA, Ecoinvent)
Lector: Dipl.-Ing.in Elisabeth Pinter, BSc, Bernhard Rainer, MSc
- Conventional and novel testing systems and technology, - polymer testing (rheological, thermal and mechanical methods) - migration testing - migration simulation - interpretation of results and data - selected topics
Your command of English, both spoken and written, will be continuously assessed during the semester and will be reflected in the final semester mark. Moreover your active participation in the lessons will also contribute to the overall mark.
See our Moodle course.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Werner Frühwirth, MSc
• Definition and principles of sustainability, • Integration of environmental, social and economic acting, • Resources – global development, • Circular economy, • Material flow accounting, • Material flow cost accounting, • Sustainable business strategies
clef: maximum achievable points in this lecture are: 100 written examination / attendance and active cooperation / evaluating the Exercises 0 to 59 points = Not enough (5) from 60 points = Sufficient (4) from 70 points = Satisfactory (3) from 80 points = Good (2) from 90 points = Very good (1)
Within des Master curriculum Packaging Technology and Sustainability students need to complete 9 ECTS credits of elective courses > Strategies of the prevention of waste and methods for resource conservation in packaging (6 ECTS) > Big Data and Digitalisation in the Packaging Industry (3 ECTS) > Advanced Filling Technology (3 ECTS) > Competences in Industrial Project Management (3 ECTS) > Packaging and Sustainability from a philosophical point of view (3 ECTS)
Lector: Mag. Zewar Germiany
- Capital structure, - sources of capital, - working capital, - NPV and IRR, - investment and project evaluation, - financial statement and cash flow analysis, - financial planning, - risk management, - financial reporting
Lector: Dr. Wolfgang Koller, Mag. Ronald Scheucher
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, competitive markets and economic efficiency, market power, costs, monopoly, pricing policy, strategic thinking, externalities, asymmetric information, incentives and organization.
Written exam (40%), Active participation/discussion (20%), Assignment/student presentations (20%), Homework/Test (20%).
Mix of teaching methods: frontal teaching, exercises, assignment, student presentation.
Lector: Mag. Pharm. Ulrich Czypionka
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
Lector: Dr. Nina Macho, MSc, Dr. Silvio Wuschko
Basic principles in toxicology, Test methods (in-vivo & in-vitro), Environmental toxicology Regulatory requirements Toxicological risk assessment (esp. extractables/leachables) Toxicological hazards of plastic associated chemicals.
Formative assessment (including assessment methods such as preliminary test, intermediate test, homework, students´ collaboration, and final exam) Duration of final exam : 1 h Total points: 100 points, final exam: max. 40 points, activities during the course: 60 points Grading scale: ≥ 90 points…grade 1, 89-80 points…grade 2, 79-70 points…grade 3, 69-60 points…grade 4, ≤ 59…grade 5
Lector: Viktoria Helene Gabriel, MSc, Barbara Zottl, BSc MSc
Insights about current packaging trends and potentials for innovations and future markets from key not speakers along the value-added chain (packaging producers, manufacturer of branded goods, service providers, science, etc.)
The course evaluation takes place via formative assessment. During the entire semester points for several tasks can be achieved which affords following advantages: - Workload is distributed equally among the entire semester - Evaluation does not only represent a snap-shot. - Learning methods can be adapted during the semester. - Students take responsibility on their own towards their learning outcomes and an individual scope of action is granted - Encouragement of independent research and work - Encouragement of writing a term paper independently Total score: 100 points This course consists of the following partial performances: Partial Performances Points Bonus Points Online exam: compulsory literature 10 Questionnaires 12 Online exercise: SDG Mapping 10 Term paper 50 5 Peer-Feedback 8 Presentation/Pitch 10 5 Total 100 10 Grading key Points Grade 1 100-90 Grade 2 89-80 Grade 3 79-70 Grade 4 69-60 Grade 5 ≤ 59
• 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.
In this course, students practice a nature-inspired analogy-based innovation process by moving through the four phases of Biomimicry Thinking: scoping (defining function the innovation should fulfill in the end), discovering (nature-based scientific research to find models in nature), creating concepts and prototyping (emulating the strategies nature uses for surviving and thriving), and evaluating the proposed innovation against the sustainability benchmark of the 26 Biomimicry Life Principles. Research steps include deep scientific research into general and subject-specific sub-categories of biology and/or ecology. Systemic sustainability is guaranteed in this innovation process through the sustainability mandate that is built into the design process.
online tests and process book
Blended Learning Online preparation face-to-face sessions
Lector: FH-Prof.in Dipl.-Ing.in Dr.in Silvia Apprich
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.
- Success factors in packaging development and design, - design classics, - best practice examples, - eco-design, - design for recycling, - industrial design, - trends and target groups.
Continuous assessment (including assessment methods such as preliminary test, intermediate test, homework, students´ collaboration, and final exam)
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)