Master "Circular Engineering" at Montanuniversität Leoben

In the master's programme Circular Engineering, you will deepen your technical-scientific knowledge in order to be able to take a holistic view of technical issues relating to the circularity of materials, especially on the production side of the value chain.


Circular engineers have the knowledge and skills to design and conceive circular products and production systems. With this interdisciplinary education, graduates are highly competent decision-makers in industry, research, business and society.


You will become part of a new generation of engineers who critically analyse technological processes and redesign them to close material cycles, increase efficiency and minimise the ecological footprint at the same time.

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.


In this master's degree programme, you will deepen your knowledge and engage scientifically with the 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 addition, you will further develop your problem-solving skills in your own field and in interdisciplinary issues, as well as your social and leadership skills

Total duration: 4 semesters (30 ECTS each) = 120 ECTS at Montanuniversität Leoben
Language of instruction is English

Building on a deep understanding of the physical, chemical, thermodynamic and engineering fundamentals of the circular economy, you will become an expert in global developments, their challenges and the development of solutions. At the same time, you will strengthen your personal skills such as critical thinking, creativity and innovation, social and leadership skills as well as excellent English skills.

The choice is yours: 
Decide for yourself in which order you would like to complete the compulsory modules and the specialisation (= electives) in semesters 1 to 3.



  • Module Sustainable Development

In this module you will learn, among other things, about:

Advanced concepts and approaches of sustainability and sustainability development, as well as the special assessment of circular processes in the context of the circular economy, methods of economic assessment (e.g. risk management, strategic business assessment, utility theory).

You will also acquire competences in sustainability-oriented corporate management (e.g. leadership, change management, project management, HR) and digital competences.


  • Module Digitalisation in Sustainable Development

This module is about the application areas for digitalisation as well as software solutions for the individual subject areas (primary raw materials, secondary raw materials and recycling, process engineering, materials).



Module primary Raw Materials

Module secondary raw materials and recycling 

Module Process engineering

Module Materials science

Completion of FREE ELECTIVES


Semester 4: Delve into your favourite topic and write your Master's thesis on it.

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).
  • The prerequisite for admission to the Master's degree programme Circular Engineering is the completion of a relevant Bachelor's degree programme or another relevant degree programme of at least the same level of higher education at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution. 

    • Feel free to contact us at admission(at) to find out if you meet the requirements in your specific case. If necessary, an admission with conditions is possible. Don not be afraid to write to us, it is better to ask once more than to miss the chance to pursue your dream studies ;)

  • 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 Master 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)