Institute of Chemistry

Polymer Science, M.Sc.

In all of our degree programs, students receive a broad foundation of general principles before acquiring advanced know-how and skills in all sub-areas of their specific disciplines. Students also have the opportunity to tailor their studies and create their own profile through compulsory elective and elective modules.

General information

In collaboration with Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, and the University of Potsdam, TU Berlin’s Faculty II – Mathematics and Natural Sciences has offered the international bachelor’s program in Polymer Science since winter semester 1999/2000. The program is fully taught in English.

The standard period of study, including writing the master’s thesis, is four semesters. Upon successful completion of all exams, which you take over the course of your studies, you will receive the academic degree Master of Science or M.Sc.

Each of the four participating universities assumes a focus area within the program:

  • Polymer chemistry and synthesis (FU Berlin)
  • Polymer physics and characterization (HU Berlin)
  • Polymer technology and processing (TU Berlin)
  • Properties of polymers and colloids (University of Potsdam)

Each semester, courses are held on two campuses.

Further information is available on the degree program website.

Further information

The curriculum is organized into learning/qualification units called modules. Each module is completed with either an oral or written module exam or exam-equivalent coursework. Some exams are not graded but instead are taken on a pass/fail basis. The master's examination consists of all module examinations and the master’s thesis in the last semester.

Students receive credit for completing coursework and exams. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is the basis for calculating how many credit points are awarded. The number of credit points indicates the average quantitative workload required to meet the study and exam requirements. This includes attending class, preparing for class and studying on your own time, completing coursework, preparing for exams as well as taking exams. One credit point is equivalent to 30 hours. You generally need to acquire 30 credit points each semester. A total of 120 credit points (= 3,600 hours) are required for the master’s program in Polymer Science, including 90 credit points (=2,700 hours) for modules and 30 credits (=900 hours) for your master’s thesis.

Completion of the master’s program qualifies you to pursue a doctoral degree, particularly in a natural science or technical discipline

Further information can be found on the Academic Advising Service’s pages about the Polymer Science program as well as the degree program website.

Information about the current study and examination regulations

In summer semester 2013, new study and examination regulations took effect. They can be found in the general degree program profile.

TU Berlin’s General Study and Examination Regulations (AllgStuPO) also apply in addition to the subject-specific regulations. The Academic Advising Service has published the AllgStuPO and all currently valid study and examination regulations.

Joint Committee and contact person

Applying and enrolling

The international master’s program in Polymer Science is restricted admission. To apply, you require proof of successful completion of one of the bachelor’s programs listed in the study and examination regulations as well as proof of sufficient English skills. TOEFL (PBT 510 points/CBT 225 points/iBT 90 points), IELTS (6.5 points), and equivalent tests are accepted. To apply, you must use the form on the program website. You will also find there all further details, including about the selection procedure.