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Polymer Materials Science (Master of Science – 120 LP)

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Allgemeine Informationen

Studienabschluss Master of Science
Umfang 120 LP
Regelstudienzeit 4 Semester
Studienbeginn Nur Wintersemester
Studienform Direktstudium, Vollzeitstudium
Hauptunterrichtssprache Englisch
Studiengebühren keine
Zulassungsbeschränkung zulassungsfrei (ohne NC)
Studieren ohne Hochschulreife nein
Fachspezifische Zulassungsvoraussetzungen ja (Details)
Fakultät Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät II – Chemie, Physik und Mathematik
Institut Institut für Chemie

Charakteristik und Ziele

Characteristic and aims

Polymer Materials Science is an interdisciplinary Master Program in the field of polymer science in collaboration of the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg and the University of Applied Sciences Merseburg. You will obtain a multifaceted education in one of the central industrial growth sectors. Nowadays, polymer research is performed as a multidisciplinary collaboration among physicists, chemists, and engineers, seeking new knowledge on making, characterizing, processing, and understanding the molecular basis of novel functional materials. Our Course Program is research-oriented and offers a polymer-synthetic or a polymer-physical and engineering specialization, and thus qualifies for work in industry as well as advanced training on the PhD level.

MLU, Faculty of Natural Sciences II – Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics

The Faculty, with its two Institutes of Chemistry and Physics, is prominently oriented towards research in the broad area of condensed matter and materials science. About one quarter of the 30 professorships and research groups work in the area of macromolecular science and soft matter. Synthetic polymers are the main topic of the Experimental and Theoretical Polymer Physics Groups, the Macromolecular Chemistry Group and the Physical Chemistry of Polymers Group as well  Polymer Reaction Engineering and Micro- and Nanostructure based Polymer Composites Groups. Several other groups at the Max Planck and Fraunhofer Institutes and the Life-Science Faculties, have activities in the polymer field and are actively contributing to the teaching provided within the Master Program.

University of Applied Science Merseburg - Department of Engineering and Natural Sciences

The department is focused on engineering and application-oriented teaching and research. This covers the fields of polymer sciences and plastics engineering as well as machine construction/mechatronics and chemical/environmental engineering. The close connection with the Kunststoff-Kompetenz-zentrum Halle-Merseburg (KKZ) and the proximity to industrial problems as well as practical applications of polymer materials offer the students application oriented research topics, for example for their master thesis.


The master Polymer Materials Science is accredited. You can find additional information at


Career opportunities

The Master Course qualifies for the following job opportunities: basic polymer research in chemical industry, applied research and development in plastics-producing and -processing industry, teaching at university, leading positions in industry and administration.

Struktur des Studiums


Master Course (120 credit points, CP) – 4 semesters

Master Thesis (30 CP)
Modules of the Course Program (90 CP)

CP = Credit Points

One credit point corresponds to a workload of 30 hours. A semester with 900 working hours thus yields 30 credit points. Lectures, seminars, project works and lab courses, as well as homework, reading assignments, and preparation for examinations are part of the overall workload.

Modules are the building blocks of the Master Course, covering a well-defined teaching load during a given time of one or two semesters. Modules comprise lectures, seminars, lab courses, project works, take-home assignments, etc. The volume of a module is specified in terms of credit points.

Engineering modules take place at the University of Applied Sciences Merseburg.


Content of the program

Module CP Examination Semester
Basics of Materials and Polymer Physics 10 oral or written examination 1
Polymer Chemistry 10 oral examination 1
Polymer Engineering 10 oral examination 1 and 2
Polymer Physical Chemistry 10 oral or written examination 1 and 2
Polymer Physics 10 oral examination 2
Introduction to Polymer Research 15 written examination 3
Polymer Engineering Science 8 oral or written examination 3
Master-Thesis (M.Sc.) 30 written Master-Thesis; oral defence 4
Selective Fields
Polymer Engineerung (17 CP)      

Polymer Engineering
Advanced Polymer Engineering


oral or written examination

Polymer Engineering Focus 7

oral or written examination

Polymer Physics (17 CP)      

Polymer Physics
Advanced Polymer Physics

10 oral or written examination 2
Polymer Science Focus 7 oral or written examination 3
Polymer Chemistry (17 CP)      
Polymer Chemistry Advanced Polymer Chemistry 10 oral or written examination 2
Polymer Science Focus 7 oral or written examination 3

The Master Thesis

The Master Thesis comprises carrying out an independent research project. Literature research, selection of experimental methods, and setup of an appropriate workplan are important parts of the Master Thesis. The results must be evaluated, critically discussed, and presented in a defence.



Master of Science, M.Sc.



Suitable applicants for the course have a Bachelor degree (B.Sc.) in Chemistry or Physics (and related topics) or in Materials Science with a final mark of at least 2.5. Fluent written and spoken English is necessary (TOEFL, IELTS or UNIcert II). Decisions on compliance with the prerequisites are taken by the study and examination board of the Course Program.

Fachspezifische Zugangsvoraussetzungen:

  • Nachweis eines qualifizierten Abschlusses (mindestens entsprechend der Note gut, d. h. besser als 2,5) in einem Bachelor-Studiengang Chemie oder Physik mit mindestens 180 LP, eines naturwissenschaftlich ausgerichteten Studiengangs Ingenieurwissenschaften mit mindestens 180 LP oder eines anderen vergleichbaren Studienabschlusses.
  • Nachweis guter bis sehr guter Kenntnisse auf folgenden Gebieten:
    • Höhere Mathematik für Naturwissenschaftler/ Ingenieure;
    • Experimentalphysik (Mechanik, Magnetismus und Elektrizität, Schwingungen und Wellen, Optik)
    • Organische Chemie, Anorganische Chemie, Physikalische Chemie;
  • ausreichende Englischkenntnisse auf Niveau Unicert II (B 2 nach dem Gemeinsamen europäischen Referenzrahmen für Sprachen), nachweisbar z.B. durch TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate oder Englisch der Abiturstufe;

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There are no general restrictions on admission.

Students with a Bachelor degree from a German university apply via the Immatrikulationsamt
Deadline is August 31st

International applicants,
please use the online portal for your application

For any questions regarding application and admission please contact

Admission affairs // International Students Office:
Mrs. Kati Gaudig
Tel: +49-345-552 13 14
Fax: +49-345-552 70 52


Deadlines for international students: April 30th
for winter term admission (starting Oct., 1st).