Bachelor "Circular Engineering" at Montanuniversität Leoben Austria

In the bachelor's studies Circular Engineering you will understand …


  • … how to solve technical questions with regards to the circularity of materials, especially on the production side.
  • … how to engineer a circular future.
  • … how to increase resource efficiency while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


Circular Engineers have the knowledge and skills to play a crucial role in the transition of technological processes towards the Circular Economy.

Circular Engineering pursues the goal of further developing the circularity of products and systems across the entire value chain, increasing resource efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


Studying in this bachelor’s programme you will understand the concept of circularity of material flows, especially on the production side:

  • starting from primary raw materials,
  • to the production systems,
  • via the product itself,
  • to the production of quality-assured secondary raw materials by means of technical-technological recycling processes.


In this bachelor’s programme you receive a broad and methodically high-quality education which combines a sound basic education in STEM and basic engineering with broad knowledge in circular engineering and sustainability.

Techno-economic fundamentals that take into account the economic aspect of sustainability are an integral part of your curriculum. This includes gaining basic competences in business administration, earn the skills to perform life cycle-oriented, ecological-economic product assessments and you will master problem-solving methods.

The bachelor's degree is completed in 6 + 1 semesters within the framework of 210 ECTS in English at Montanuniverisität Leoben.


Building on a very deep understanding of the physical, chemical, thermodynamic and engineering principles of the circularity of material flow systems, you will become aware of global developments and challenges whilst developing strong personal skills such as critical thinking, creativity and innovation as well as the acquisition of excellent English skills. 


Semester 1 and 2: First common study year:

Module Introduction to STEM & Transferable Skills

Module Fundamentals of Chemistry

Module Fundamentals of Mathematics

Module Fundamentals of Physics

Module Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics

Module Digital Competences & Statistics Fundamentals

Do-it Labs on Circular Economy and Circular Engineering

Electives (such as introductory classes in e.g. mining engineering, responsible engineering, geosciences, digitalisation, metallurgy, mechanical engineering, material sciences, industrial logistics, circular engineering)


Semesters 3 to 6 content from the following modules:

Module 1: Engineering Disciplines

Module 2: Sustainable Development

Module 3: Primary Raw Materials

Module 4: Secondary Raw Materials and Recycling

Module 5: Process Engineering

Module 6: Materials

Do-it Labs

Free electives

Bachelor thesis



The curriculum comprises a subject-relevant, compulsary practical training at a suitable, preferably non-university institution with a workload of 30 ECTS credits (corresponds to 80 working days) for practice-oriented application of acquired knowledge.

As a Circular Engineer you have the competence to address technical challenges from different disciplinary perspectives and to develop innovative technical solutions for society and industry. You will be a key player for tackling future challenges linking society, industry and politics.


Circular Engineers occupy key positions in companies, institutions and organisations:

You will have the competence to link departments along the material flow in the process of designing, conceptualising and producing a product efficiently - from raw material extraction to recycling, energy and resources, while minimising the ecological footprint.


Industries where graduates can apply their knowledge and expertise as senior engineers include:

  • Raw material extraction and processing industry,
  • cement and binder industry,
  • metallurgical industry,
  • companies in the recycling sector,
  • plastics industry,
  • product manufacturing companies,
  • plant construction companies.

General requirements:

  • Since this is an English-taught study programme, applicants must submit proof of sufficient command of English language. (*please find further information below).
  • For Bachelor degree programmes, there is no selection process and the number of places is unlimited.
  • Admission period started on 10.06.2022
    • Students can only be enrolled and matriculated during the matriculation periods of Montanuniversität Leoben (There are no exceptions to this rule!). 
    • Remember to do the online pre-registration! (You find a how-to guide in the info box).


Specific requirements:

Different requirements for admission to Montanuniversität Leoben are applicable to you depending whether you are:

  • Austrian citizen
  • EU/EEA citizen
  • International/third country citizen

Please contact the registrar’s office to get the information relevant for you specifically: admission(at)

Indicate in your e-mail:

Subject: CE Bachelor Info, your nationality, your question(s), attach any supporting documents


English language requirements:

Applicants must submit proof of sufficient command of the English language. This proof can be provided by presenting an appropriate language certificate.

  • Recognised language tests are, for example, the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with at least 80 points (internet-based test), whereby the partial performances must be completed with at least the following points (listening 20, reading 18, speaking 17, writing 16) or 213 points (computer-based test) or 550 points (paper-based test) or the IELTS (International English Language Test System) with a score of at least 6.0 or an equivalent test with a corresponding result.
  • Persons whose mother tongue is English, or who have graduated from a European secondary school in English, or who have a degree with English as the predominant language of instruction, are exempt from providing these certificates.

If you are not sure whether you are exempt from proving your English language skills, please contact the registrar's office, describing your specific situation. admission(at)