Environmental, Process & Energy Engineering | Bachelor

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 Application Deadline: May 26, 2024

Short Facts
  • Time model & language: Full-time and Part-time | German
  • Duration of study: 6 semesters | 180 ECTS
  • Optional Double-degree program at the partner institution of Centria University of Applied Sciences in Kokkola, Finland.
  • Prerequisites: University entrance qualification or relevant professional qualification with additional exams
  • Academic Degree: Bachelor of Science in Engineering | BSc or B.Sc.
  • Tuition fee: EUR 363,36 / semester plus membership fee for the Austrian Students’ Union (Ă–H) for EU and EEA citizens

Before studying

Climate change is making us realize that protecting the environment and endangered ecosystems is vitally important. This extends to the efficient and sustainable use of energy as well. In the Environmental, Process, and Energy Engineering program, you will gain the technical know-how and professional knowledge to make valuable contributions in an international career through study abroad, professional internships, and a renowned faculty.



The bachelor's program is aimed at prospective students with a great fascination for technical challenges and a keen interest in environmental technology and energy engineering issues.

The bachelor's degree program in Environmental, Process, and Energy Engineering offers you a sound engineering education with excellent career opportunities in the field of "Green Technologies".

Research areas during the program focus on current topics such as water treatment, bioenergy, or the possibility of reducing CO2 emissions. At the same time, courses in economics and social skills provide basic entrepreneurial knowledge to prepare you for a successful career in the international working world.

Students benefit from the opportunity to spend a semester at a prestigious university abroad or even earn an additional European degree in cooperation with Kokkola University in Finland. This enables students to expand their skills and networks.

A professional internship provides you with excellent opportunities to gain valuable practical experience during your studies. In doing so, you can demonstrate the skills you have learned in environmental engineering and energy technology. You can show your abilities by developing technical solutions, for industry-related problems, that are intended to secure a future worth living in from a sustainable perspective.

Prof. Dr. Werner Stadlmayr | Head of Department & Studies Bachelor's program Environmental, Process & Energy Engineering
Prof. Dr. Werner Stadlmayr Head of Department & Studies

If you have any questions about the study program, please contact us.

Eine Studien-Interessentin wird von einem MCI Mitarbeiter ĂĽber die weitere Vorgehensweise beraten


Applications for admission are accepted on an ongoing basis via our online application platform. In the sense of your personal further planning, we recommend that you submit your application early.

Applicants are welcome to apply for multiple programs of study, as long as a plausible rationale is given.

Date 1 Nov 12, 2023 Nov 27 - 28, 2023
Date 2    Feb 4, 2024 Feb 19 - 21, 2024
Date 3 Mar 31, 2024 Apr 15 - 17, 2024
Date 4 May 26, 2024 Jun 10 - 12, 2024
Date 5 Jun 30, 2024 Jul 15 - 16, 2024


Generally, admission to the program is available to the following persons:

  • Individuals with a university entrance qualification for a social, business or legal sciences study program (e.g. school-leaving exam, appropriate university entrance equivalency exam etc.)
  • Individuals without a university entrance qualification, but with relevant professional qualification, provided that one of the following requirements is fulfilled:
    • school-leaving certificate from a relevant vocational secondary school
    • completion of a dual education course with a relevant apprenticeship

Persons without a university entrance qualification but with relevant vocational qualifications must additionally sit entrance exams in German, English (Level I), Mathematics (Level II), Chemistry (Level II) and Physics (Level I). The level of the exams corresponds to that of a non-school university entrance qualification in natural sciences.

Persons in their last year at school wishing to apply for a place on the program before taking their final exams must include their most current school report with their application. Successful applicants must subsequently submit their school-leaving examination certificate before the start of the first semester.

In just two steps to your desired study program at MCI:

Step 1 – Online application: CV & motivation

A complete online application consists of a CV, a letter of motivation, information on educational background, qualifications, professional career, social achievements and academic as well as professional goals. We would like to know why you are applying to study at MCI.

You may apply for more than one degree program at the same time, provided you can conclusively explain your respective motivations in your letter of motivation.

Step 2 – Online admission interview

In the second step, all applicants will be invited to an online admission interview.

In this interview, we want to get to know you. We are particularly interested in your motivation to study at MCI as well as your professional and personal goals you want to achieve with the help of your studies.

Within three weeks after the admission interview, we will inform you about the admission decision.

Eine Studierende erklärt zwei Mitstudierenden einen an der Wand hängenden Plan

While studying

MCI study programs stand out due to the quality of their content, relevance to the business world, and their international orientation. The close cooperation with partners from industry and integrative internships enable students to gain practical experience as early as in their Bachelor’s studies. In addition to providing expert knowledge, MCI places great importance on encouraging personal development and the development of social and intercultural competencies.

Environmental, Process & Energy Engineering

In environmental engineering, students acquire expert knowledge of environmental processes, ranging from the procedures employed in water and air pollution control, to residual waste treatment and the utilization of alternative energy sources. They learn how to analyze environmental pollutants and to apply subsequent findings to technical processes, reducing the pollution of soil, water, or air. Energy engineering, on the other hand, focuses on processes employed, for instance, in conventional power plant engineering, in energy conversion, or decentralized energy systems.


Time model & language
Full-time and Part-time | German
Academic year
Winter semester: beginning of October – end of January
Summer semester: beginning of March – end of June
1st – 2nd semesters: Fundamentals
starting from 3rd semester: Core and major
5th or 6th semester: International semester
6th semester: Bachelor theses and final exam
Tuition fees
For students from EU & EEA countries: EUR 363,36 / semester plus membership fee to the Austrian Student Union (Ă–H). Details & information for students from third countries can be found at admission.

Module overview

Environmental- & Energy Engineering 17%
Process Engineering 22%
Fundamentals: Mathematics, Natural Sciences 11%
Fundamentals of Engineering 16%
Business & Management / Key Competencies 14%
Introduction to Academic Work & Internship 17%
Interdisciplinary Elective 11%


Chemistry Laboratory   3 | 4        
Green Chemistry   3 | 3        
Water Supply and Disposal     2 I 3       
Renewable Energies I: Wind & Solar   2 I 3        
Renewable Energies II: Hydropower     2 | 2      
Renewable Energies III: Biomass        

 2 I 3

Thermal Process Engineering       2 I 3    
Technical Thermodynamics       3 | 4    
Air Pollution Control       2 | 3    
Biological Process Engineering         2 I 2  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Process Engineering Laboratory     2 I 3 3 I 5  2 I 3  
Apparatus Engineering      1 | 2       
Measurement Technology for Process Plants     1 I 1      
Chemical Process Engineering     3 I 4       
Plant Automation        2 | 3     
Process Technology       1 I 2    
Waste and Resource Management       2 | 2    
Mechanical Process Engineering       2 I 3 1 I 2   
Process Simulation         2 I 3  
Project Planning for Plants         3 I 4  
Plant Engineering         2 I 3  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Fundamentals of Mathematics 4 I 5          
Introduction to Physics 3 I 5           
Introduction into Chemistry 4 I 5           
Mathematical Specialization   4 I 5         

Engineering Mechanics 2 I 3           
Design Engineering 2 I 2           
Structure of Matter 1 | 1          
Introduction to Biology 1 | 1          
Materials Engineering  2 | 3           
Basics of Programming   2 I 2         
Thermodynamics   2 I 3  2 I 3        
Electrical Engineering   3 I 4         
Electrical Engineering Laboratory   1 I 1         
Fluiddynamics     3 I 4       
Material and Energy Balances     1 I 1       
Mathematical Practice     2 I 2      

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Good Scientific Practice 1 | 2           
Sustainable Development Goals 1 | 1           
Sustainable Process Technology   1 | 1         
English 1 | 1  1 | 1   1 | 1 1 | 1     
Technology-based Entrepreneurship: From the Idea to the Startup  1 | 1 1 | 1   1 | 1 1 | 1   1 | 1  
Fundamentals of Economics & Management for Engineers   1 | 2        
Rhetoric & Presentation Skills     1 | 1      
Strategic and Operative Marketing     2 | 2      
Quality and Environmental Management       2 | 2    
Fundamentals of Law       1 | 1    
Process and Project Management         2 | 2  
Operational Accounting/Controlling         2 | 2  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Interdisciplinary Elective: Current Topic          3 | 5  

Bachelor Thesis           I 12 
Bachelor Exam           I 1
Seminar Bachelor Thesis           2 I 2

Internship           I 15


The Environmental, Process & Energy Engineering course can be completed either full-time or part-time.


The Bachelor program Management & Law is a full-time degree program. In full-time studies, lectures and seminars are held on weekdays, with blocked units allowing for an intensive immersion into individual topics.
The classes usually take place from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 12:15 and / or from 13:30 to 16:45. In exceptional cases, the times may vary and the lessons and / or examinations may take place outside the specified times or possibly on Saturdays.


A part-time study program is organized in such a way that students can pursue full-time employment. The content and scope of the part-time study program correspond to those of a full-time study program.

The courses and seminars usually take place on Friday afternoons (around 1pm to 10pm) and on Saturdays (8am to 5pm).

Our interdisciplinary electives provide you with the opportunity to tailor your academic journey to your own interests and goals.

Interdisciplinary electives are cross-curricular courses on current trends and developments.

They allow you to discuss topics from different perspectives and interact with students and faculty from other disciplines.

During your studies you have the unique chance to choose such a course from a wide range of topics within the following focus areas:

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Digitalization
  • Globalization
  • Society

The electives offer the opportunity to deepen your own interests and broaden your horizons. Join us as we enter a world of learning, exploration, and growth! Read more.

Graduates of the program are conferred the academic title of Bachelor of Science in Engineering, in short BSc or B.Sc. This is attested by a leaving certificate, the Bachelor diploma, the international diploma supplement, and further documents where relevant. MCI Alumni are entitled to combine their academic degree with the brand “MCI” to provide trust and orientation in an increasingly intransparent international education market. Example: BSc (MCI). 
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Cooperation & Career Partners (Selection)

  • Agrarmarketing Tirol GmbH
  • BEST Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies
  • DAKA Entsorgungsunternehmen GmbH & Co. KG
  • Evonik
  • Innsbrucker Kommunalbetriebe, Abteilung fĂĽr Abwasserreinigung
  • Kompetenzzentrum Spurenstoffe (KomS) Baden WĂĽrtemberg
  • Landwirtschaftskammer Tirol
  • Syncraft
  • Thöni Industriebetriebe
  • Wirtschaftskammer Tirol

Double Degree

Double-degree program at the partner institution of Centria University of Applied Sciences in Kokkola, Finland. Besides offering the exciting experience of studying abroad, the double degree Bachelor program enables students to acquire additional specialization in the fields of environmental chemistry and chemical engineering. The program moreover requires students to complete internships at both locations. The length of studies will thus be increased from six to eight semesters. Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded the Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree in Finland in addition to their MCI Bachelor of Science (BSc).



At MCI, each program of study requires students to complete an integrative internship of at least 12 weeks at a national or international company. Students receive support from the respective department in organizing this internship and are supervised in coordination with the company.

Student explaining a technical instrument to a second person

Our department and the MCI Career Center regularly provide up-to-date information about internship positions and the situation on the labor market in general.

As part of practice-oriented projects, students are provided with the opportunity to work with local and international businesses. This allows them to immediately apply their newly acquired knowledge in practice and in collaboration with the project team. Their theoretical knowledge is further deepened by a mandatory internship of several weeks duration.

Full-time program
Students complete at least 12 weeks of relevant professional activity. The internship is administratively supported by the degree program and supervised in coordination with the respective company.

Part-time program
It is generally assumed that the intended internship is already covered by the student's professional activity.

Thilo Mazzarol, BSc, MSc; Graduate of Environmental, Process & Energy engineering

During my bachelor’s and master’s program at MCI, which I both completed as a part-time student, I acquired – in addition to extensive expertise – all necessary tools to succeed in today’s working world. The strength of MCI’s team lies in the organization and the appropriate and skillful selection of practical knowledge and knowledge transfer.

Thilo Mazzarol, BSc, MSc; Graduate of Environmental, Process & Energy engineering

Univ.-Doz. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Otto Nowak: Owner of Nowak Abwasser Beratung e.U. (Nowak Waste Water Consult)

During my bachelor’s and master’s program at MCI, which I both completed as a part-time student, I acquired – in addition to extensive expertise – all necessary tools to succeed in today’s working world. The strength of MCI’s team lies in the organization and the appropriate and skillful selection of practical knowledge and knowledge transfer.

Univ.-Doz. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Otto Nowak: Owner of Nowak Abwasser Beratung e.U. (Nowak Waste Water Consult)

FH-Prof. Mag. Marco Rupprich, Ph.D., HOLLU Systemhygiene GmbH

As Division Head of Innovation at hollu Systemhygiene GmbH, a holistic view of process engineering processes is essential. These range from product development and product management to strategic (raw material) procurement, which are then implemented on a large scale in the entire supply chain process. I am happy to pass on this know-how to the students.

FH-Prof. Mag. Marco Rupprich, Ph.D., HOLLU Systemhygiene GmbH

Research & Development

At the Entrepreneurial School®, providing a consistent link between science and practice has top priority. Therefore, we provide our students plenty of opportunity to put their newly acquired knowledge to practice, even during their studies. The collaboration with companies and organizations of different sizes and sectors forms one of the cornerstones of the MCI concept. Such cooperative work does not only benefit our students, but also, ­to a large extent our partners.

  • Energy & Process Technologies

Optimal use of resources is a key factor in sustainable development. The research focus is at the interface between energy and process engineering and addresses the wide range of issues arising from this. The focus is on energy supply and storage from biogenic raw materials and renewable sources, as well as on water with its characteristics of waste water, process water and drinking water.

The aim of the research area's projects is to develop innovative solutions and concepts for current and future challenges, often in cooperation with partners from industry and research.



Biomass to Power & Heat

Decarbonization & Hydrogen Management

Energy Distribution & Storage

Membrane Technology & Water Treatment

Building Performance

Partner (Selection)

Linde • Adler Lacke

After studying

Studying at MCI is an investment in a successful future. Through close cooperation with industry and the practical orientation of all courses, MCI graduates are in particularly high demand on the job market and have several job offers even before graduation.

Professional Opportunities

  • Energy & natural resources
  • Environmental engineering
  • Waste- and waste water management
  • Chemicals
  • Paper & paper products
  • Glass industry
  • Oil industry
  • Consulting engineers, consulting, engineering
  • Renewable energies

MCI Alumni & Friends

MCI Alumni & Friends provides a dynamic service platform promoting contacts, image, professional careers, and personal development of MCI and its graduates. We are delighted with all the graduates who choose to stay in touch even long after completion of their studies, and allowing us to be a part of their various careers:

Success Stories

Continue studying

The MCI offers a number of internationally oriented Master's courses. The master program in Environmental, Process & Energy Engineering is aimed directly at the graduates of this bachelor program. The completion of a master's degree qualifies for the relevant doctoral studies.

Questions and answers

Yes, it is possible and even recommended that you apply before obtaining your school-leaving certificate in order to secure one of the limited places in your desired course of study. Please include your most recent certificates available in your application. Should your application be successful, the relevant school-leaving certificate may be submitted at a later date.

Multiple applications are welcome as long as a plausible reason is provided in your cover letter. If you are admitted to two or more study programs, you are required to inform us of your final decision by the conclusion of the application procedures. If you have applied for two or more study programs, you will have to take the written entrance examination only once.

For citizens of the following countries, the tuition fee is 363 euros per semester plus a fee for compulsory membership to the Austrian National Union of Students:

  • EU citizens,
  • EEA and Swiss citizens, and
  • non-EU citizens who, according to § 2 of the University of Applied Sciences Studies Act, are subject to § 1 of the Regulation on Eligible Groups of Persons (see Federal Law Gazette II No. 340/2013, in its current version).

For students of non-EU countries not considered eligible according to above regulations, the tuition fee is as follows:

  • Bachelor’s program: 6,250 euros / semester plus compulsory Austrian National Union of Students membership fee
  • Master’s program: 6,250 euros / semester plus compulsory Austrian National Union of Students membership fee

As part of your admission procedure, your application documents will be assessed in regards to your nationality. Scholarships are available for applicants from non-EU countries and can be applied for as part of your online application.

Students of this study program have the choice within their curriculum, but also as part of their extracurricular activities, to choose between modules, specializations, additional courses, electives, etc. Additionally, the semester abroad at one of our numerous partner universities, the internship, as well as projects and final papers, enable our students to make their study program a truly unique experience.    

Classes in the full-time course take place during the day, Monday through Friday.

Classes in the part-time course take place between 1pm and 10pm on Fridays or between 8am and 5pm on Saturdays; one full week of attendance may be required.

Attendance is mandatory in all classes. If you miss 25% of a course or more, this will have an effect on your final grade.

Exemption from mandatory attendance may be granted if a valid reason is given (e.g. sickness, visit to authorities or other personal reasons). Please submit your written request including relevant proof to the department for approval.

Yes. The fourth and fifth semesters of the Bachelor’s program are considered international semesters. All courses during these semesters are held in English. In addition, international experts from business and research regularly hold lectures also outside the international semester.

No, employment is not a mandatory prerequisite for part-time studies, but is, however, recommended as it facilitates practical insight and enables application of the studied content.

Furthermore, students are not obliged to work in a related subject during their part-time studies, but gaining valuable practical experience in relevant fields while studying is still recommended.

The choice of the organizational form to be taken is made by the students prior to the commencement of their studies. For organizational reasons, it is not possible to change this structure during your studies.

Yes, working in the laboratory requires that the necessary safety guidelines and precautions be observed and that the safety instructions of the course lecturer be followed. For this reason, an obligatory safety briefing takes place at the beginning of each course, which all students are required to attend without exception. The date for the safety briefing is determined by the relevant department.

Yes. In the Bachelor’s program, the fourth and fifth semesters are considered international semesters. This offers you the opportunity to complete a semester abroad at one of our numerous partner institutions. However, the integrated semester abroad is not mandatory; the international semester can also be spent at MCI.

In the Bachelor’s program, students also have the opportunity to gain international experience through the double degree arrangement with Centria University of Applied Sciences in Kokkola, Finland. Further information can be found in the “Double Degree” section.

Bachelor students have the opportunity to apply for a double degree program. The Bachelor’s program comprises eight semesters of study, including Bachelor’s thesis and Bachelor’s examination. Semesters one to four are completed at MCI, while semesters five to seven are spent at Centria University of Applied Science in Kokkola, Finland. The eighth semester takes place either at MCI or at Centria University. Upon successful completion of the double degree program, students receive the academic degrees of Bachelor of Science in Engineering (MCI) and Bachelor of Engineering (Centria University of Applied Sciences). The focus of the program is on environmental chemistry and chemical engineering.