THE CORE OF THE MATTER. Let’s admit it: Nobody wants to eat olive stones. This doesn’t mean, however, that kernels are doomed to end up as waste. On the contrary, leftovers from the production of olive oil are used for recycling metalliferous residual materials and thus replace fossil fuels.

Duration of Studies

7 semesters Bachelor's Programme
(210 ECTS)

4 semesters Master's Programme
(120 ECTS)

6 semesters Doctoral Programme
(180 ECTS)


BSc, Dipl.-Ing., Dr.mont.

Application Period

from 7 June 2021 to 5 September 2021

Recycle like there’s no tomorrow! The increasing global demand for raw materials requires sustainable solutions to ensure stable supply. Until recently, broken TV sets, washing machines or cars were simply regarded as waste. But, obviously, defect equipment can be a true treasure trove of natural resources! Your smartphone, for instance, also consists of such hidden gems. Amongst the roughly 60 different raw materials used to build a phone, there are about 30 different metals, including copper, gold and rare earths. The latter are particularly popular in high-tech industries.

Requirements and interests: what we are looking for

Yesterday’s waste is tomorrow’s commodity: the field of recycling is incredibly diverse. This is why you need to think outside the box when approaching recycling challenges. If you are ready to combine a healthy dose of curiosity with an interest in technology and socio-legal questions, recycling is the right thing for you!

During your studies: what to look forward to

Before specialising in recycling, you cover the necessary basics during a 4-semester foundation course. Your studies are interdisciplinary: as a recycling expert you not only deal with developing and designing recycling machines but also engage with the composition of materials and options for reuse. Have you ever heard of landfill and urban mining? At Montanuniversität you will learn all about these promising recycling methods. The same goes for product design, as future recyclability depends on a product’s initial composition. Design matters, here as much as elsewhere. With the ensuing master’s programme, you are set to dig even deeper: specialisation tracks centre around sustainability management, waste logistics and thermal engineering. Another key element of your studies consists of learning how to make use of digital processes, such as the stimulation of recycling procedures.

Following your studies: what to expect

As a recycling engineer from Montanuniversität, all doors will open up to you – no matter if you envisage a career in innovative product design, want to develop revolutionary recycling methods or aim for leadership positions. Wherever life takes you, you are set to contribute to the fight for a zero-waste society. While others turn their back on waste, you will have learned how to identify sustainable alternatives for reuse.


(German only)

Study Brochure


Programme Director:
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Helmut Antrekowitsch
Chair of Nonferrous Metallurgy
+43 3842 402-5201