M.Sc. Polymer Science

Freie Universitšt Berlin | Berlin , Germany
Polymer science is an interdisciplinary area comprised of chemical, physical, engineering, processing, and theoretical aspects. It also has enormous impact on contemporary materials science.



Polymer science is an interdisciplinary area comprised of chemical, physical, engineering, processing, and theoretical aspects. It also has enormous impact on contemporary materials science. Its goal is to provide the basis for the creation and characterization of polymeric materials and an understanding for structure/property relationships. Polymer science is of increasing importance for everyone's daily life. Many modern functional materials, gears, and devices have polymers as integral parts. Not surprisingly, roughly 30% of all scientists in the chemical industry work in the field of polymers. Despite its importance today and potential for future economic growth, there is no adequate university-level study program for polymer science in Germany.

The Berlin-Brandenburg Polymer Society() Became aware of this misbalance and initiated a two-year Master of Science polymer program, which will start in the winter semester of 1999/2000. It was jointly designed by polymer scientists of the three Berlin universities, FU, HU, TU and the nearby UP with the goal in mind to be competitive with renowned polymer centers abroad. To make it more attractive to foreign students the program will be in English.

This challenging interdisciplinary program will benefit from the close proximity of several other Berlin and Potsdam scientific centers such as the institutes of the Max Planck, Fraunhofer, and Helmholtz Societies, as well as the BESSY II synchrotron. The universities are very well equipped with the most state-of-the-art technical equipment and laboratories, specialty work shops, large service units, and modern computer facilities. The work of the polymer scientists in charge of the Polymer Science program is internationally renowned and endowed by industry, state, and private grants and awards.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • Free (EEA)

There are no tuition fees except an university enrolment fee of approximately 250 Euros per semester, which includes public transportation

Start date , September 2016
Duration full-time 24 months
Partnership Joint
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

  • Two-year program
    1. Polymer Chemistry/Synthesis (FU Berlin)
    2. Polymer Physics/Characterization (HU Berlin)
    3. Polymer Engineering/Processing (TU Berlin)
    4. Polymer Properties/Colloids (U Potsdam)
    1. In-depth courses and lab work in a special discipline
      (essentially at one of the four universities)
    2. Master thesis at the same university
    3. M.Sc. in Polymer Science Degree (granted jointly by the four universities)
  • 1st Year - Basic Polymer Science 2nd Year - Advanced Polymer Science
  • Total of 120 ECTS credit points (including thesis)
  • Possibility to continue within a Ph.D. program


  • qualified Bachelor of Science
  • competency in English

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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Freie Universitšt Berlin, Germany

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