PhD in Responsible Consumption and Production

Research and Innovation for sustainable progress

Your thirst for knowledge has still not been satisfied and you would like to be actively involved in research? Then, the doctoral programme in Responsible Consumption and Production is the right fit for you. This programme is about deepening already existing know-how and scientific methods on the highest level. Your task? To find holistic and interdisciplinary solutions for the most important challenges of our time.

The doctoral programme puts special value on the opportunity to develop your independence across different disciplines. As a graduate you will be able to bridge the gap between consumers and producers. Your skills are not only relevant in research and development but also in leading positions in the university context as well as in commerce and the public sector.

With the decision of joining the master programme Responsible Consumption and Production, you will become a part of theEuropean University on Responsible Consumption and Production (EURECA-PRO) and therefore a member of a dynamic, international community, made up of nine renowned European universities. This unique experience, in addition to a one-of-a-kind education, will allow you to also become familiar with different countries, languages, and universities with different areas of focus. Immerse yourself in a modern and advanced learning and research environment where you will gain new expertise and grow personally, while simultaneously meeting the challenges of our time. Additionally, you will not only get access to the research infrastructure at Montanuniversität Leoben, but will also be able to profit from the infrastructure at all partner universities across Europe.

What to expect from the study programme Responsible Consumption and Production?

Become part of the next generation of researchers in responsible consumption and production and contribute to making our world more sustainable. Your know-how makes you a valuable connecting link between science, industry and society and you will be capable of turning scientific insights into realisable solutions.

As a student in the doctoral programme, you will have access to a great number of research institutions, laboratories, databases and software and get the chance to profit from an international and interdisciplinary research network consisting of nine partner universities across Europe. This network enables you to enjoy limitless research opportunities.

What are your career opportunities?

In the course of the doctoral programme, you will get valuable insights which prepare you for a number of career paths. Graduates can, for example, start their international career in the academic environment as well as in industry, commerce, services, NGOs and political institutions. Your extensive know-how in your field of research and your international and interdisciplinary research network will make you a much sought-after expert in responsible consumption and production.

Duration of Studies

4 Semesters Dr.mont. (180 ECTS)

Admission Period

The admission deadline is announced annually by the international committee, further information can be found here

Admission Period

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Programme Director

Studiendekan: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Thomas Antretter