Environmental, Process & Energy Engineering | Master

Apply now

 Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

Short Facts
  • Time model & language:
    Full-time | English
    Part-time | German
  • Duration of study: 4 semesters / 120 ECTS
  • Optional Double Degree from the Università degli Studi di Genova
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor or equivalent degree in relevant studies or studies comprising a certain level of relevant ECTS points
  • Academic Degree: Master of Science in Engineering | MSc or M.Sc.
  • Tuition fee: EUR 363,36 / semester plus membership fee for the Austrian Students’ Union (ÖH) for EU and EEA citizens

Before studying

Many questions arise when deciding to pursue the Master's program in Environmental, Process, and Energy Engineering. Questions include: What topics are covered in the MCI Master's program? How does one apply for it? What are the requirements for admission to the Master's program, and when must the application be submitted? What are the career opportunities upon graduation? The answers to these questions can be found in the following overview of the program.


Student explaining a plan on the wall

The Master's degree in Environmental, Process, and Energy Engineering is designed for students who have already built up a profound knowledge of the natural sciences and process engineering and are ready to deepen this knowledge.

The Master's degree program in Environmental, Process, and Energy Engineering provides comprehensive knowledge to design both existing plants and new concepts in a sustainable manner. Graduates have excellent career opportunities in the field of "Green Technologies". Economic and law topics taught in the curriculum round out the master's program from a fundamentally sound and international perspective.

The program is available full-time in English, as well as part-time, with selected courses taught in English.

Important focal points of the study program are the development, implementation, monitoring, and ongoing optimization of process engineering processes and the use of new technologies. These can then be applied in a wide variety of areas: From water treatment to bioenergy production to the development of ways to reduce CO2 emissions. You will be making a very active contribution towards the fight against climate change. Furthermore, you can personally tailor your studies to your interests through your selection of two focus areas (from four options: Plant Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Energy Engineering, and Environmental Engineering),.

In this master's program, process engineering is combined with engineering-related fields. However, students also gain insight into the areas of management as well as innovation and law. Scientific and industrial project work is written as part of courses while solving industry-related problems.


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.

Consultancy situation between MCI staff and future student


Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis. The required documents are to be submitted online. Applicants are welcome to apply for multiple programs of study, as long as a plausible rationale is given. The final decision may be taken by the end of the application procedures.



Date 1 Nov 12, 2023 Nov 20, 2023
Date 2 Feb 4, 2024 Feb 12, 2024
Date 3 Mar 31, 2024 Apr 8, 2024
Date 4 May 26, 2024 Jun 3, 2024
Date 5 Jun 30, 2024 Jul 8, 2024

The Masters program in Environmental, Process & Energy Engineering is open to graduates of relevant Bachelors programs and graduates from other recognized and relevant post-secondary educational facilities.

Applications for the English Master's program (full-time) do not require proof of language proficiency, as English skills are checked during the admission procedure. If you have already obtained language certificates, they can be submitted as part of the online application process. 

Recognition of previous qualifications in the master program:
Applications for recognition of examinations or credits obtained through other study programs or previous scientific experience must be submitted to the Program Director. A decision will only be taken in cases where the application for admission has met with a positive decision. Recognition of credits or previous experience is only granted for individual classes in the program.

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.

Student in laboratory is pouring orange liquid into a glass container

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

The Master's programme in Environmental, Process & Energy Engineering offers practical engineering training with excellent career opportunities in the field of "Green Technologies". In addition to a specialisation in the core areas of process engineering, students can choose from several optional subjects and thus specialise in the desired disciplines.


Time model & language
Full-time | English: Attendance times: MO – FR (Monday usually without any lectures)
Part-time | German: Attendance times: FR from midday & SA all day in presence, possibly Thursday evening online

Plant Engineering and Operations: Friday afternoon in presence, possibly Thursday evening online
Chemical Engineering: Friday afternoon in presence, possibly Thursday evening online
Energy Engineering: Friday afternoon in presence, possibly Thursday evening online
Environmental Engineering: Friday afternoon in presence, possibly Thursday evening online
*The right to deviate from the time model is reserved
Academic year
Winter semester: Sept./ Oct. - end of Jan./ Feb.
Summer semester: Feb./ March - end of June/ July

Winter semester: Sept. - Feb.
Summer semester: mid/ end of Feb. - July

Winter term: possibly Beginning of September – possibly Beginning/Mid of February
Summer term: possibly Mid/End of February – possibly Mid of July
1st - 3rd semester: Specialisation in 2 electives (at beginning of studies, electives are freely selectable once)
3rd semester: International semester
4th semester: Master thesis and final exams
Tuition fees
For students from EU & EEA countries: EUR 363,36 / semester plus membership fee to the Austrian Student Union (ÖH). Details & information for students from third countries can be found at admission.

Module overview

Process Engineering 45,5%
Beyond Engineering 12,5%
Electives 21%
Master Thesis 21%

The Master program Environmental, Process & Energy Engineering is a full-time or part-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.


A part-time study program is organized in such a way that students can pursue full-time employment. 


The electives take place at the times indicated under “Module overview > Facts > Time model & language (subject to change).

The Double Degree Program offers students the option to – in addition to MCI’s Master’s degree – obtain a second degree from Università degli Studi di Genova. Students completing this special program acquire advanced knowledge in the field of energy and chemical engineering while gaining experience abroad. The length of studies increases from four to five semesters.

More information



Comments on the Double Degree Programme playvideo

Comments on the Double Degree Programme

Graduates of the program are conferred the academic title of Master of Science in Engineering, in short MSc or M.Sc. This is attested by a leaving certificate, the Master 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).
Source: GZ BMWF-52.330/0195-I/6/2013


By choosing respective areas of specialization, the students of the program can deepen their interests and obtain advanced knowledge of Plant Engineering and Operations, Chemical Engineering, Energy Engineering, or Environmental Engineering.

Specialization Plant Engineering

The Plant Engineering and Operations module represents one of the core areas of modern process engineering. Subjects to be discussed here are automation engineering, logistics, and plant design, with a particular focus on computer-aided design. 

Specialization Chemical Engineering

 Chemical Engineering is positioned at the intersection of chemistry and process engineering, thus, addressing central issues of industrial scale-up, chemical product design, advanced catalysis, and polymer chemistry.

Specialization Energy Engineering

The Energy Engineering module provides students with advanced knowledge of technologies for the efficient, safe, environmentally friendly, and economic conversion, storage, and utilization of all forms of energy. 

Specialization Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering deals with technical procedures for the protection of the environment and the development of respective technological measures. The general focus is, thus, on water and air pollution control, residual waste treatment, and systems analyses.


Process Control 2 | 2      
Reaction Engineering 2 | 3      
Heat and Mass Transfer 3 | 4      
Matlab in Engineering 1 | 1      
Revision Course in Process Technology 4 | 10      
Conceptual Process Design & Simulation   2 | 4    
Plantwide Control   2 | 3    
Apparatus Engineering   2 | 3    
Solid Process Engineering - Particle Technology   2 | 3    
Advanced Thermal Process Technology   2 | 2    
Plant Safety     2 | 2  
Plant Engineering     2 | 3  
Computational Fluid Dynamics - Theory     1 | 2  
Computational Fluid Dynamics - Simulation     2 | 3  
Interdisciplinary Project     3 | 10  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Regulations and Standards in Process Engineering 1 | 1      
Legal Aspects of Engineering 1 | 1      
Business Economics 2 | 3      
Academic Writing    1 | 1    
Design of Experiments   1 | 2    
Ethics   1 | 1    
Literature Seminar   1 | 1    

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Plant Engineering and Operations        
Strength of Materials 2 | 2,5      
Process Integration   1 | 1    
Plant Automation   1 | 3    
Materials Handling and Logistics   2 | 1    
Plant Design Project     4 | 5  
Chemical Engineering        
Polymer Chemistry 2 | 2,5      
Advanced Industrial Chemistry   2 | 2,5    
Advanced Catalysis   2 | 2,5    
Chemical Technology Seminar     1 | 1  
Chemical Product Design and Development     1 | 1  
Industrial Scale-Up     1 | 2  
Field Trip     1 | 1  
Energy Engineering        
Energy Storage 1 | 1,25      
Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion 1 | 1,25      
Power and Smart Grids   2 | 2,5    
Energy Conversion Technologies and Synthetic Bio-Fuels   2 | 2,5    
Renewable Energy Systems     2 | 2,5  
Heating and Cooling Technology     2 | 2,5  
Environmental Engineering        
Waste Engineering 1 | 1,25      
Noise Control 1 | 1,25      
Groundwater, Advanced Water Engineering and Reuse   3 | 4    
Life Cycle Assessment   1 | 1    
Membrane Technology     2 | 2,5  
Flow and Transport in Environmental Engineering     2 | 2,5  

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Master Seminar       2 | 5
Master Thesis        25

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Cooperation & Career Partners (Selection)

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

Ing. Christian Maurer MA, MSc; Graduate of Environmental, Process & Energy Engineering

MCI taught me not only the professional, but also the methodological competence required to master the challenges of professional life. The part-time mode of study enabled me to successfully complete my studies, despite family and work obligations.

Ing. Christian Maurer MA, MSc; Graduate of Environmental, Process & Energy Engineering

Martina Kaspar, MSc; Graduate of Environmental, Process & Energy Engineering

Already during my time as a bachelor student, I was impressed by the community and helpfulness of MCI students. The well-structured organization and understanding for the needs of part-time students shown by the institution provide an ideal foundation for students to successfully complete their studies.

Martina Kaspar, MSc; Graduate of Environmental, Process & Energy Engineering

Thilo Mazzarol, 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, MSc; Graduate of Environmental, Process & Energy Engineering

Dr. Albert Rössler: Director Research and Development ADLER Werk Lackfabrik Johann Berghofer GmbH & Co KG

Knowledge is not only passed on, and not only is it passed on by sharing, but rather it continues to grow. I appreciate the discussion and feedback from the students. However, I am also happy to impart my experience as CTO of a medium-sized company, try to make the training more practical and, above all, teach aspects of chemical product design.

Dr. Albert Rössler: Director Research and Development ADLER Werk Lackfabrik Johann Berghofer GmbH & Co KG

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

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

From my many years of work in science and research and also as a consultant and planner, I have gathered a wide range of experience in the field of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment. I am very happy to pass this on to students as part of my lecturing activities at the MCI.

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

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.


Process Technology

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

  • chemical industry
  • pharmaceutical industry
  • environmental and energy engineering
  • plant design, construction and maintenance
  • self-employment
  • energy trading and management
  • renewable energy
  • consulting and engineering
  • paper (processing) industry
  • gas and heat supply
  • environmental technology
  • natural resources
  • waste and waste water management

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

Questions and answers

Yes, it is possible and even recommended that you apply before obtaining your Bachelor’s Degree certificate in order to secure one of the limited places in your desired course of study. Please include the most recent transcript of records in your application. Should your application be successful, the Bachelor’s certificate is to be submitted by the start of your studies.

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.

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 as well as projects and final papers, enable our students to make their study program a truly unique experience.    

  • Full-time | English: Attendance times: MO – FR (Monday usually without any lectures)
  • Part-time | German: Attendance times: FR from midday & SA all day in presence, possibly Thursday evening online
  • Plant Engineering and Operations: Friday afternoon in presence, possibly Thursday evening online
  • Chemical Engineering: Friday afternoon in presence, possibly Thursday evening online
  • Energy Engineering: Friday afternoon in presence, possibly Thursday evening online
  • Environmental Engineering: Friday afternoon in presence, possibly Thursday evening online

                *The right to deviate from the time model form is reserved

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, in the full-time Master’s program, all courses are held in English. The specialization subjects, which are the same for both full-time and part-time students, are also held in English. In the third semester, Master students may spend a semester abroad at any of the partner institutions of their department. The prerequisites for this will be communicated to you in due time.

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.

Students choose their desired specialization prior to commencing their studies. Due to the different content of the fields of specialization available, it is not possible to change specializations during studies.

Yes. In the Master’s program, the third semester is considered an international semester. 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.

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.

Master students have the opportunity to apply for a double degree program. The Master‘s program comprises five semesters of study, including Master’s thesis and Master’s examination. Semesters one to two are completed at MCI, while semesters three to four are spent at Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy. The fifth semester takes place either at MCI or at Università degli Studi di Genova. Upon successful completion of the double degree program, students receive the academic degrees of Master of Science in Engineering (MCI) and Laurea Magistrale of Energy Engineering (Centria University of Applied Sciences). The focus of the program is on energy engineering and chemical engineering.