Packaging Technology and Sustainability

Master, part-time

Admission requirements

  • Information about admission
  • Bachelor or diploma degree from a university with a total of 180 ECTS, with at least 15 ECTS credits in science, 15 ECTS in packaging technology, 6 ECTS in quality management and 15 ECTS in economics and management. In exceptional cases, the University Council will make a joint decision with the head of the academic section.
  • Equivalent foreign diploma
  • The bachelor degree programs Sustainable Resource Management and Industrial Packaging Technology offered at the FH Campus Wien completely fulfill the admission requirements.
  • Regulation for the admission of third country citizens

Overview

Packaging Technology and Sustainability is the first part-time master 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.

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Silke Wiesbauer
Vienna BioCenter
Helmut-Qualtinger-Gasse 2
1030 Wien
T: +43 1 606 68 77-3565
F: +43 1 606 68 77-3569
pts@fh-campuswien.ac.at
Lageplan Vienna BioCenter (Google Maps)

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Duration of course
4 Semester
Final degree
Master of Science in Engineering (MSc)
24Study places
120ECTS
Organisational form
part-time

Application period for academic year 2020/21

1st November 2019 to 14th June 2020

tuition fee / semester:€ 363,36*+ ÖH premium + contribution**

* Tuition fees for students from third countries € 727 per semester


**for additional study expenses
(currently up to €83 depending on degree program and year)

What you can offer

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.

What we offer you

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.

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Global Packaging Scholarship

The new master program Packaging Technology and Sustainability and its international perspective are of high importance for the global packaging industry. Therefore, Austria’s leading packaging companies decided to finance and provide a scholarship for highly qualified applicants from outside the European Union and EEA. The scholarship will cover the complete tuition fee.

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What makes this degree program special

  • Tailored to the life cycle of the most important packaging materials paper, cardboard, plastic, metal and glass
  • Focus on sustainable production and product design
  • Cooperation with the packaging industry guarantees practical orientation
  • Acquisition of English technical language
  • Preparation for a leading role in the packaging industry

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.

What you will learn in the degree program

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.

Curriculum

Lecture SWS ECTS
Advanced Packaging Technology ILV

Advanced Packaging Technology ILV

Lector: Univ.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Manfred Tacker

3 SWS
6 ECTS
3 6
Life Cycle Assessment I ILV

Life Cycle Assessment I ILV

Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Bernhard Wohner, BEd

1.5 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

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

Assessment methods

Participation
Prestentation
Exam

Teaching methods

Lecture
Practical exercises
Presentations
Tutorial videos

Language

English

1.5 3
Methods in Resource Management ILV

Methods in Resource Management ILV

Lector: DI Markus Meissner

2 SWS
4 ECTS
2 4
Presentation Techniques ILV

Presentation Techniques ILV

Lector: Martin Musil

1 SWS
2 ECTS
1 2
Research and Project Management ILV

Research and Project Management ILV

Lector: Mag. Daniel Spichtinger, MA, DI Rainer Svacinka

2.5 SWS
5 ECTS
2.5 5
Scientific English in Packaging Technology I ILV

Scientific English in Packaging Technology I ILV

Lector: Dr.in Mary Grace Wallis

1.5 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

The course content / timetable for this semester will be discussed during the first lesson.
See also our Moodle course.

Assessment methods

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.

Teaching methods

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Language

English

1.5 3
Scientific Working ILV

Scientific Working ILV

Lector: FH-Prof.in Dipl.-Ing.in Dr.in Silvia Apprich, DIin DIin Dr.in Victoria Krauter

1.5 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

Literature survey databases
How to prepare a scientific text
Citation of scienitific literature
Avoiding plagiarism
Presentation techniques
Basics in design of experiment (DoE)

Assessment methods

Formative assessment (including assessment methods such as preliminary test, intermediate test, homework, students´ collaboration, and final exam)
Code of Conduct 10 points
Scientific literature search15 points
Peer review & DoE15 points
DoE calculation15 points
Power point presentation15 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

Teaching methods

Blended learning including learning methods such as

frontal teaching,
distance learning,
exercises,
work tasks,
students´ presentations,
etc.

Language

English

1.5 3
Statistics in Scientific Working ILV

Statistics in Scientific Working ILV

Lector: DI Mag.(FH) Reinhard Zeilinger

2 SWS
4 ECTS

Lecture contents

Introduction to Data
Summarizing Data
Distribution of Random Variables
Exploring data with graphs in Excel
Foundations for inference
Introduction to linear regression
oFitting a line by least squares regression
oTypes of outliers
Inference for numerical data
ot-distribution
oDifference of two independent means
Inference for categorical data
oChi-square-distribution
oDifference for two proportions
Design of Experiment

Assessment methods

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.

Teaching methods

Class based attendence and rated homework.

Language

English

2 4

Lecture SWS ECTS
Conflict and Moderation Techniques ILV 1 2
Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Strategy ILV 3 6
Leadership ILV 1 2
Legal Aspects in Sustainability ILV 2 4
Life Cycle Assessment II ILV 1.5 3
Packaging Testing Systems and Technology ILV 3 6
Scientific English in Packaging Technology II ILV 1.5 3
Sustainability and Resource Management ILV 2 4

Lecture SWS ECTS
Elective I WP 1.5 3
Elective II WP 1.5 3
Financial Management ILV

Financial Management ILV

Lector: Mag. Zewar Germiany

3 SWS
6 ECTS
3 6
Managerial Economics ILV

Managerial Economics ILV

Lector: Dr. Wolfgang Koller, FH-Hon.Prof. Dr. Dr. Herwig W. Schneider

3 SWS
6 ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

Written exam (50%), Active participation/discussion (30%), Assignment/student presentations (20%).

Teaching methods

Mix of teaching methods: frontal teaching, exercises, assignment, student presentation.

3 6
Regulatory Affairs ILV

Regulatory Affairs ILV

Lector: Mag. Pharm. Ulrich Czypionka

1 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

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

Assessment methods

Teaching methods

PRESENTATION

1 2
Toxicology ILV

Toxicology ILV

Lector: Dr. Nina Macho, MSc, Dr. Silvio Wuschko

2 SWS
4 ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

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

Teaching methods

Blended learning (including learning methods such as frontal teaching, distance learning, exercises, work tasks, students´ presentations, etc.)

2 4
Trends and Future Markets in Packaging ILV

Trends and Future Markets in Packaging ILV

Lector: FH-Prof.in Dipl.-Ing.in Dr.in Silvia Apprich, Viktoria Helene Gabriel, MSc

3 SWS
6 ECTS

Lecture contents

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.)

Assessment methods

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 keyPoints
Grade 1100-90
Grade 289-80
Grade 379-70
Grade 469-60
Grade 5≤ 59

Teaching methods

•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.

3 6

Lecture SWS ECTS
Elective III WP 1.5 3
Master Seminar SE 1.5 3
Master Thesis MT 0 18
Packaging Development and Design ILV 3 6

Electives in the curriculum
As 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 selection procedures.

Teaching times
15 to 16 days, split over 4 to 5 blocks, per semester; attendance for the whole day required
Supported by E-learning activities

Language of instruction
English

Career prospects

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.

  • Manufacturers of packaging and packaging materials (paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, glass, wood)
  • Users of packaging or packaging materials (food and beverage industry, chemical industry, pharmaceutical industry, building materials manufacturers, electrical industry)
  • Teaching and research
  • Retail
  • Mechanical engineering (e.g. bottling plants, bottle glass machines, printing press manufacturers)
  • Public service
  • Waste management
  • Service companies (e.g. advertising agencies, printers, research laboratories)
  • Manufacturer of packaging materials (e.g. cardboard, paper, plastic, metal, glass)

Admission

Application

To apply you will require the following documents:

  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Certificate of bachelor or diploma degree / equivalent foreign certificate
  • CV in table form


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.

The selection process

The selection process consists of a written test and an interview with the selection committee.

  • Goal
    The aim is to ensure places are offered to those persons who complete the multi-level selection process with the best results. The tests are designed to assess the skills needed for your chosen profession.
  • Process
    In a written test your logical thinking skills and understanding of scientific-technical processes are analyzed and documented. This test serves to determine your aptitude for a scientific-technical education and is not intended to assess your knowledge. In the second phase of the selection process you will take part in an interview to help determine your ability and readiness to learn. The focus is on motivation, capacity for careful consideration, ability to work well under pressure and endurance as well as the ability to express yourself verbally. The selection interview will be evaluated by a score.
  • Criteria
    The criteria for acceptance are based solely on performance. The geographical origin of the applicant has no influence on the selection decision. The admission requirements must be met in all cases. Applicants are evaluated according to the following weighting system:
    > Selection test 60%
    > Selection interview 40%

    The selection committee (which comprises, among others, the head of the academic section and representatives of the teaching staff) awards places to the applicants who score highest in the tests. The process as a whole and all test and assessment results from the selection process are documented in a transparent and verifiable manner.

Studying with disabilities

You want to apply for the degree program and require support due to a disability, chronic illness or restriction?
Please contact:
Mag.a Ursula Weilenmann
Gender & Diversity Management
gm@fh-campuswien.ac.at


Contact

Secretary's office

Silke Wiesbauer
Vienna BioCenter
Helmut-Qualtinger-Gasse 2
1030 Wien
T: +43 1 606 68 77-3565
F: +43 1 606 68 77-3569
pts@fh-campuswien.ac.at
Lageplan Vienna BioCenter (Google Maps)

Office hours
Mon-Wed, 9.00 a.m.-12.00 noon and 1.00 p.m.-3.00 p.m.

Teaching staff and research staff

> DIin DIin Dr.in Victoria Krauter

Head of Competence Center for Sustainable and Future Oriented Packaging Solutions, Endowed Professor for Sustainable and Future-Oriented Packaging Solutions