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University Programme in Paper and Pulp Technology

The university programme Paper and Pulp Technology at TU Graz is the only one in Austria and one of the few in Europe. When students complete the programme, they are qualified for advanced professional activities in the broad field of the paper and pulp industry as well as in the related suppliers. As paper is made of sustainable resources, it also plays an important role in sustainability. The paper and pulp industry is therefore an industry with a future, with great demand for qualified specialists.


Compulsory Subjects


  • Introduction to paper and pulp technology
  • Different paper and pulp laboratory practicals

The entire production cycle

  • From wood to pulp: virgin fibres (including lab practical)
  • Preparing raw materials including wastepaper: stock preparation
  • Paper and board production
  • Paper coating technology and converting (including lab practical)

Process Integration

  • Plant simulation for paper and pulp production
  • Design exercises for paper and pulp technology (plant design)

Specialisation Subjects

  • Production of raw materials
  • Paper production
  • Application e.g. in printing
  • Environmental protection and safety
  • Data processing and data analysis
  • Business and accounting
Students write a final assignment focussing on current process analysis, research or development. They can write their final paper in cooperation with an industry partner. For the individual courses, please see the semester plan.

Target Groups and Admission Requirements

This university programme is aimed at
  • graduates of an Austrian bachelor’s or master's programme connected to the subject, or
  • graduates of an equivalent programme at a relevant post-secondary educational institution in Austria or abroad, or
  • people with several years of professional experience in pulp and paper, its suppliers or its application industries with basic knowledge in physics and chemistry.
Details of admission requirements can be found in the Curriculum (in German).

Dates and Deadlines

  • Next programme start: Autumn 2024
  • Introductory event (Kick-off): 13 September 2024 at 4 p.m., Inffeldgasse 23, 8010 Graz, Institute of Bioproducts and Paper Technology (German: Institut für Biobasierte Produkte und Papiertechnik)

Quick Facts

  • Duration and structure: 3 semesters part-time
  • Certificate: Akademisch geprüfte Papieringenieurin/akademisch geprüfter Papieringenieur (Academic Paper Engineer)
  • ECTS credit points: 60
  • Language of instruction: German and English
  • Registration fee: € 980,- per semester (VAT free)
    This fee does not include travel, lodging or food expenses.
    Possible subsidies and details
  • Place of study: TU Graz
  • Curriculum (in German)
  • Semester plan

With our university programme ‘Paper and Pulp Technology’ and the master’s programme ‘Chemical and Process Engineering’ we can offer both a full degree and a part-time qualification (Academic Paper Engineer) in the field of paper and pulp technology. A synergy effect comes from the fact that the participants in the university programme and the master’s programme come into contact, which widens the perspectives of both and enriches their experience.

Career Options and Qualifications

Career opportunities frequently open to the graduates due to the increased demand in specialists in the target industries. After completing the university programme, you are qualified for specialised work in the following industries:
  • the paper industry
  • pulp production
  • paper converting
  • packaging
  • the supply industry: e.g. constructing or selling machines or components used in paper production
  • suppliers of paper chemicals and coating minerals


You can apply at any time. Required application documents:
Send the documents either by post or by email to TU Graz
Institute of Paper, Pulp and Fibre Technology

c/o Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hirn
23 (A)
8010 Graz
E-Mail: ulrich.hirnnoSpam@tugraz.at

Contact Us

Institute for Paper, Pulp and Fibre Technology
(German: Institut für Papier-, Zellstoff- und Fasertechnik)
23 (A)
8010 Graz
www.ipz.tugraz.at Programme Director
Ulrich HIRN
Assoc.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Phone: +43 (0)316/873-30753