Polymer Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #88 (WUR) ,
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 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 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.

Programme Structure

    Two-year program

    1st Year - Basic Polymer Science:
    • Polymer Chemistry/Synthesis (FU Berlin)
    • Polymer Physics/Characterization (HU Berlin)
    • Polymer Engineering/Processing (TU Berlin)
    • Polymer Properties/Colloids (U Potsdam)
    2nd Year - Advanced Polymer Science
      • In-depth courses and lab work in a special discipline (essentially at one of the four universities)
      • Master thesis at the same university
      • M.Sc. in Polymer Science Degree (granted jointly by the four universities)

              Detailed Programme Facts

              • Programme intensity Full-time
                • Full-time duration 24 months
              • Credits
                120 ECTS
              • Languages
                • English
              • Delivery mode
                On Campus

              English Language Requirements

              You only need to take one of these language tests:

              • Minimum required score:


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                The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

              Academic Requirements

                Applications have to contain:
                • application form
                • CV
                • personal statement of intent (one page)
                • 3 letters of recommendation
                • verified copies of transcripts
                • verified copies of qualifying degrees
                • proof of English competency, e.g. TOEFL (PBT 510/CBT 225/iBT 90) or IELTS (6,5 Pkt.)

                            Tuition Fee

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                              Tuition Fee
                              Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                            We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                            The M.Sc. in Polymer Science Program does not charge for tuition. There is a semester fee, currently around 300 €, for enrollment and public transportation. 

                            Living costs for Berlin

                            • 836 - 1340 EUR/month
                              Living Costs

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