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Interdisciplinary Master Degree Program "Life Cycle & Sustainability (MLiCS)"

The sustainability assessment of products, technologies and companies is the core of the master's degree program Life Cycle & Sustainability. As a student, you will learn to apply a variety of methods and instruments and to make the potential for improvement in value chains transparent. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), recycling management, industrial ecology and sustainability accounting are the topics you will be dealing with. In small groups, you will learn software and database solutions, work on research projects and project case studies and finally present these to partners in practice. Imparting both technical and business management knowledge, the program offers a wide range of career opportunities, e.g. at the interface of business administration, technology and natural sciences, environmental- and social sciences.

The master's program is closely linked to the diverse research activities of the Institute for Industrial Ecology (INEC) and enables you to qualify yourself for future-oriented tasks in industry, consulting and science in a methodically, application-oriented and research-oriented manner.

At a glance


Full-time study program with 90 ECTS in three semesters including the master’s thesis (in addition, a practical semester or a semester abroad is possible).


Combination of a theoretical as well as practical approach and applied research.

Language of instruction

German and English (B2). The program is mainly taught in German. Applicants whose first language is not German should be fluent in German (level D is required). 

Application Deadline

June 15th 

Application and Admission Prerequisites

Bachelor's degree or equivalent first degree from a full university or university of applied science with the grade 2,5 or above: in economics, engineering, natural sciences, environmental and sustainability sciences or related sciences.

Tuition Fees

Administrative costs, fees for the student id card and a contribution to the student body. No tuition fee for German students, EU or EEA nationals and students with a German university entrance qualification. For other international students: tuition fee of 1,500 euros per semester in Baden-Wuerttemberg.

Contents and specifics

The program imparts practical application of methodological competence in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as well as production and product-related material and energy flow analyses. These methodical competences are then linked to relevant corporate divisions such as production and process engineering, environmental and sustainability management, energy systems and lean production. In small groups, students learn how to handle the standards, methods, databases, software tools and current scientific concepts that are widely used in practice.

As sustainability is increasingly becoming a task for research and development, production planning, etc. interdisciplinary expertise is required.  The M.Sc. Life Cycle & Sustainability Master's program aims to train interdisciplinary and versatile managers. Graduates will take on innovative and responsible tasks in consulting and industrial companies, but also in research and politics.

Starting in the first semester, the program offers students course options. In electives, students have the opportunity to deepen their interests in individual areas, e.g. in the fields of lean, energy or innovation and technology management, and thus to develop a personal profile and career destination. Even on an international level, if you wish: There is the option of spending one semester (usually after the 2nd) abroad. Business School Pforzheim has a high-ranking network of partner universities around the world.    

The standard period of study is three semesters, including the master’s thesis.
The clearly structured and well-organized program ensures quality and reliability. Additionally, it creates flexibility within modules (for example company projects or research modules).

Students often learn and work in small interdisciplinary teams. The combination of traditional classroom training with blended-learning leads to an integrated framework of learning. Contacts to companies, for example, are already established during the course of studies within the framework of projects work.

The culture of Business School Pforzheim is driven by personal communication and cooperation. Small groups of 24 students enable close contact with fellow students. For this reason, the working atmosphere is characterized by interdisciplinarity and close collaboration. 

Our Business School is Germany's first AACSB-accredited University of Applied Sciences. This international accreditation confirms the high quality of teaching and research, the consistent striving for improvement and a culture of continuous improvement.