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IMAT Program Course Model


At APU the IMAT Program belongs to the Sustainability Science division. As such, the completion requirements for the APU portion of the program are the same as those for the Sustainability Science division. Students from the Sustainability Science division who wish to participate in the program after enrolling at APU may do so by submitting the appropriate form by the last working day of November. Due to the intense nature of this dual-degree program, students must participate for the full 2 years – change in program length or transfer from another Division is not possible.

IMAT students will have to submit a master's thesis to IfaS in Germany. A concise summary of this thesis is to be submitted to APU in the form of a research report. Further details regarding course content and research report requirements will be provided during the program's guidance session.

Course Structure

First Year: Courses taught at APU by APU faculty members and IfaS faculty members.
Second Year: Specification courses (or internships) during the third semester and graduation thesis work during the fourth semester at IfaS.

First Semester Second Semester Third Semester Fourth Semester
Technology and Ecology
(4 subjects)
Material Flow Management
(4 subjects)
Specification Courses
(or internships)
Master's Thesis
Technological Management
(4 subjects)
Intercultural Communications
(4 subjects)
(4 subjects)
(4 subjects)


Students are required to take Sustainability Science major subjects and a selection of IMAT subjects such as:

  • Greenhouse Gas Abatement Strategies and Carbon Trading
  • Zero Emission, Circular Economy and Regional Material Flow Management
  • Principles of Industrial Material Flow Management
  • Regional Material Flow Management


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