The continuing education course combines theory with laboratory practice.

Surface Technology continuing education course

Improve your chances of getting ahead in a booming part of the chemistry sector. The Surface Technology continuing education course is the perfect foundation for launching your career or taking your next career step in surface and materials chemistry.

After only five weeks you will be ideally placed to tackle challenging duties in the surface and materials chemistry sector. With a blocked format running from mid-June to the end of July, combining the course with your work or current degree programme could not be easier.

The Course: Surface Technology

This course provides you with an additional qualification in surface and materials chemistry. Participants will develop theoretical and practical skills in coating chemistry, polymer chemistry and related industrial segments.

The course puts students in a position to address topical issues in surface chemistry by building on their chemistry expertise. They look at basic principles and special materials science techniques, as well as enhancing their know-how in production, manufacturing technologies and characteristics of important products such as paints, coating agents and adhesives. Students can then test their knowledge in practice in the lab.

The course has been developed in conjunction with the Association of the Austrian Chemical Industry

Funding possibilities for students for the academic year 2020

Active students will be supported by the chemical industry with a scholarship of 2,000 euros. This will ensure a targeted professional qualification of young chemists in a field of the chemical industry that is of central importance for Austria. In addition, the optimal involvement of students can create a better connection between academia and industry and thus facilitate research projects.

The topics addressed in our Surface Technology course are hugely significant for all parts of the chemicals industry. We’re convinced that students who complete the course will reap the rewards on the job market. The close involvement of the Association of the Austrian Chemical Industry in designing the programme reflects the course’s quality and how well it has been received. We’re proud to have convinced respected experts from the chemical industry to teach on this highly attractive programme.
Course director Uwe Rinner


What subjects will you be studying? Take a look at the curriculum for an overview of the contents.

For more details, click on the individual courses.

Advanced Physical Chemistry and Materials Science
Advanced Physical Chemistry and Materials Science – Lecture 3
Advanced Physical Chemistry and Materials Science – Exercise 1
Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering – Lecture and Discussion 5
Materials Science and Engineering - Laboratory 4

Career paths and prospects

Put simply, surface and materials chemistry is one of the most important parts of the Austrian chemical industry. However, the sector is facing a shortage of qualified experts. As a result, this course will open a host of doors for you.

After completing the course, you will be in a position to plan and carry out analytical testing procedures, as well as industrial and large-scale processes in the surface and coatings chemistry segment.

Graduates of related degree programmes have the opportunity to participate in research projects focusing on topics connected with surface and material properties, or to perform such research independently.

If you already work in the chemical industry, the course gives you the skills you need to manage teams at chemical companies, in particular those specialised in fields related to surface chemistry and materials chemistry. The course also offers valuable content linked with sales and distribution of chemical industry products.

Plan ahead: block courses

Next expected start: June 2020

This continuing education course has a compact blocked format covering just a few weeks. 

An overview of the schedule is provided below:

Lectures and laboratory practicals | Week 1-3
22 June-10 July 2020

Mid-course break
13-17 July 2020

Lectures and laboratory practicals | Week 4-5
20-31 July 2020

The Surface Technology continuing education course is the first of its kind in Austria and gives chemistry students and people working in surface technology the opportunity to obtain a high-quality, supplementary university qualification. It is aimed at users and processors of surface technologies in the raw materials, paint and coatings industries, as well as other, related sectors. Recognised industry experts are a guarantee of top-quality training that brings together essential basic knowledge from the fields of surface physics and applied chemistry. And the course satisfies the industry’s long-standing desire for training that prepares our employees for the future.
Hubert Culik, chairman of the Association of the Austrian Chemical Industry (FCIO)

Applying for the course online

What are the requirements for admission to the course?

This supplementary module is open to chemistry students as well as chemical industry employees with relevant professional experience.

Prospective participants with a related degree/chemistry degree students

  • Proof of general university entrance qualification (Matura or equivalent qualification)
  • Completion of courses on a chemistry degree programme with a workload of 90 ECTS, of which laboratory practicals account for at least 15 ECTS

Prospective participants with relevant professional experience

  • Proof of general university entrance qualification (Matura or equivalent qualification)
  • At least one year of professional experience in the chemical industry
  • 375 hours of laboratory work
Start date for applications: 1 March 2020
Closing date for applications: 1 June 2020


To access the online application system, send your details by e-mail to admission(at)

  • Course title
  • Title
  • First name
  • Last name
  • Date of birth
  • E-mail address

We will complete the registration for you and send you a link by e-mail that allows you to access the online application system and start preparing your application.

You can save your online application at any time and continue the application procedure later by clicking on the link.



Complete the online application form and upload the required documents. After you submit your completed application, we will send you a confirmation by e-mail.

The following documents are required:

  • CV (tabular format)
  • Passport-sized photo: EU standard recommended
  • Copy of passport ID page
  • Proof of general university entrance qualification (Matura or equivalent qualification)
  • Proof of fulfilment of entry requirements:
    • Holders of related degrees: Transcript of records of a relevant chemistry degree programme with a workload of at least 90 ECTS
  • or
    • Relevant professional experience: Proof of at least 1 year of relevant professional experience (including confirmation of at least 375 practical laboratory hours)
  • Letter of motivation: the letter of motivation is an integral part of the online application. Please note the question asked and the limit on the number of characters.

Prepare digital copies (i.e. scanned; max. 5 MB per document) of all the documentation required for your application. Please use only the following document formats: PDF or JPEG/JPG. If you need to scan documents with multiple pages, please send all pages in a single file.

We will confirm receipt of your application by e-mail. Please note that we will only accept complete applications submitted before the closing date.

Information on data protection at a glance

Responsible: IMC Fachhochschule Krems GmbH, Piaristengasse 1, 3500 Krems an der Donau

Contact: datenschutz(at)

Processed data: those that are disclosed in the context of the application

Legal basis:
a.)  Article 6 paragraph 1 lit. b DSGVO - Fulfilment of the (pre-)contractual legal relationship
b.)  Article 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO - legitimate interests of those responsible

a.)  Processing the application
b.)  Marketing Interests

You can find the details in our data protection statement ("Student Application Data", "Data Subject Rights" and "Marketing").

What happens after you submit your online application?

Once we have received your application, we will check to see whether it is complete, the details are correct and the required documents have been uploaded.

Then you will be invited to an interview with the course director. The interview enables us to build up a picture of your professional expertise, your personal attributes and your reasons for applying for the course.

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