Master's theses.

Requirements for acceptance

The focus of the master's thesis has to be in the area of “Integrated Quality Design”. Please review our website (research focus, research fields and research projects) to get acquainted with our research foci.

Furthermore, students applying for writing a master thesis at the Institute for Integrated Quality Design (IQD) have to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Students in the master program “General Management”: positive completion of a minimum of two (out of three) courses or seminars of the master challenge “Sustainability” (course numbers: 234.124, 234.006, 269.063); with a grade point average of maximum 2
  • Students in other master programs (e.g. Management in Polymer Technolgies, Management and Applied Economics): positive completion of a minimum of one course or seminar offered by the IQD (these are courses and seminars with the course numbers starting with OR positive completion of a course or seminar of the master challenge “Sustainability” (course numbers: 234.124, 234.006, 269.063); with a grade point average of maximum 2 (students of Master in Polymer Technologies please see below “Joint Master Thesis Projects at the JKU Institutes IPMT & IQD”)

In addition to the attendance of a course offered by the IQD, a master's thesis proposal (focus area, research question, method, outline, timeline) is developed in a guided process during the course 590.003 Master Thesis Seminar.

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A full application has to be submitted to the IQD in electronic format. The application has to include:
- a CV
- a letter of motivation
- a transcript of records
- in case of professional experience please also include references

A convincing letter of motivation and good grades (a grade point average of 2) are the main criteria for the acceptance of the application. The time frame for writing the thesis is formally 6 months after the Institute has accepted the thesis application.

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Dual master thesis with paid internship:

The IQD regularly offers dual master theses with close corporate collaboration. In our dual master theses program you will have the opportunity to complete a paid internship at one of our practice partners for 3-6 months. During your internship you dive into the phenomenon under study in the real world and collect data on the ground. At the same time you receive support form IQD staff to develop your theoretical research question. After your internship you have additional time to analyse collected data and complete your thesis.

Possible dual master thesis topics with paid internship:

STANDARDS IN A CIRCULAR ECONOMY: Cooperation with BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, München (Application Deadline: 31.01.2021)

The circular economy concept is gaining significant momentum on economic and policy levels as an overarching strategy to reach climate targets and wider sustainability goals. Due the CE’s collaborative and cross-sectoral nature, standardization plays a crucial role for widespread implementation. BSH Hausgeräte GmbH is involved in a European working group to map existing and future standards for a CE as well as developing a national roadmap (focus Germany, DIN).


More more Information: Call for a dual master’s thesis and internship @ BSH

Master Management Polymer Technologies:

Joint Master Thesis Projects at the JKU Institutes IPMT & IQD

  • Students of the MSc studies “Management in Polymer Technologies” have the option to write a joint interdisciplinary master thesis with the two institutes IPMT and IQD. The advantage of writing an interdisciplinary master thesis is to work at the interface between polymer engineering and technology and business management for sustainability and circularity.
  • All information regarding requirements, procedure (including master thesis seminar and supervision) as well as formal registration and evaluation please find in the pdf below.

Possible master thesis topics for joint master thesis projects at IPMT & IQD:

Integration at last – What about policy coherence in the field of plastics?

Product bans, product requirements, extended producer responsibility, mandatory recycling quota, lacking standardization for recyclates; what is that all good for? Is there a common goal, a comprehensive/systematic approach in policy making (at EU level) regarding plastics? Are there specific national efforts in regulating plastics and if so, which could serve as best practice examples? Is the European plastic policy framework too fragmented/reactive? Why? Why not? Do we need a “plastics roadmap 2030/2050” and if so, how could it look like?


What is the story (and the science) behind current plastic recycling targets?

The mandatory recycling targets in the EU and its member states have recently been revised and extended together with a number of other regulatory initiatives concerning plastic products and wastes. How are these recycling rates actually calculated? What do we actually measure with them and are the metrics purposeful? What is their information content? Are they comparable (e.g. with indicators calculated on a national base)? To a degree possible and reasonable, try to reconstruct how the new recycling targets evolved. Who were the drivers and what were the intentions behind them? Who are the experts and what is the research process behind that? Is it random numbers or science-based facts? In view of lacking standards, inconsistent quality, and regulatory obstacles (food contact), where shall we put all that recycled plastic (into which markets and products)? What obstacles must be overcome to capture certain markets?

How useful are deposit refund schemes for plastic (packaging)?

What can be achieved by deposit refund schemes? What cannot? For which product groups does this make sense? Assuming this works well for PET bottles and this is a best-practice model; what can we learn for other items and plastic types e.g. HDPE bottles, PP cups, flexible packaging? Which requirements need to be met for “meaningful” deposit schemes? Also work out what “meaningful” means.