Polymer Materials Science (Master-Studiengang)

Version: 22.01.2021

General Information

Degree Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Characteristic Master-Studiengang
Credits 120 CP
Standard Period of Study 4 semester
Start of Studies nur Wintersemester
Form of Study Direct Study, Full-time Study, International Study
Language English
Tuition Fees none
Admission Restriction not restricted (no NC)
Study without Abitur no
Specific Admission Requirements yes (Details)
Faculty Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät II – Chemie, Physik und Mathematik
Institute Institut für Chemie
Accreditation accredited

Programme Goals

Polymer Materials Science is an interdisciplinary, international, consecutive master‘s programme, run as a collaboration between Martin Luther ­University Halle-Wittenberg and the University of Applied Sciences Merseburg. 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.

Studying this master you will obtain a multifaceted education in one of the central industrial growth sectors. The research-­oriented programme offers specializations in polymer-synthetic or polymer-physical and engineering. Thus our master’s graduates are qualified for jobs in chemical industry production as well as advanced training on PhD level.

Study in Halle!

About Halle and the University

With a population of almost 240,000, Halle offers a versatile mixture of art, culture, gastronomy and recreation. Numerous national institutions are also headquartered in Halle. The Leipzig-Halle international airport is only 15 minutes away by train or car. It takes just over an hour to get to Berlin.
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, founded in 1502, is one of the oldest universities in Germany and, with around 20,000 students, the largest in the federal state of Saxony-­Anhalt. We rely on modern laboratory equipment as well as extensive support of our students. The Faculty of Natural Sciences II at Halle University, with its three Institutes of Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, 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.

Just a stone‘s throw away: Merseburg

The Department of Engineering and Natural Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences Merseburg is focused on engineering and application-oriented teaching and ­research. This covers the fields of polymer science and plastics engineering as well as machine construction/mechatronics and chemical/environmental engineering. The close connection with the Kunststoff-Kompetenzzentrum 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.

Career Opportunities

The programme qualifies for the following job opportunities:

  • Basic polymer research in chemical industry,
  • Applied research and development in plastics-producing and plastics-processing industry,
  • Teaching at university,
  • Leading positions in industry and administration


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

Programme Structure

  • Modules of the programme (90 CP)
  • Master thesis (30 CP)


Module CP rec. sem.
Compulsory modules (103 CP)    
Basics of Materials and Polymer Physics 10 1
Polymer Chemistry 10 1
Polymer Engineering 10 1 and 2
Polymer Physical Chemistry 10 1 and 2
Polymer Physics 10 2
Introduction to Polymer Research 15 3
Polymer Engineering Science 8 3
Master Thesis (M.Sc.) 30 4
Elective modules (17 CP) (one field must be selected)
Polymer Engineering (17 CP)    
Advanced Polymer Engineering 10 2
Polymer Engineering Focus 7 3
Polymer Science (17 CP)    
Advanced Polymer Chemistry or
Advanced Polymer Physics
10 2
Polymer Science Focus 7 3

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

The content, learning objectives, workload, requirements and prerequisites of specific modules are published in the module catalogue and the study and examination regulations (in German only).


An internship is recommended with regard to career entry and is an optional component of the module "Introduction to Polymer Research".

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the MSc Polymer Materials Science 120 CP must

  • hold a bachelor‘s degree (minimum 180 credit points (CP)) or equivalent in Chemistry, Physics, or Engineering with focus on polymer technology and,

  • prove language proficiency in English at B2 level (according to the CEFR) via German Abitur or by means of an internationally recognised test result such as TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate or UNIcert II.

  • Furthermore, extensive technical knowledge in chemistry, physics, mathematics and polymer technology and processing is strongly recommended and will be considered in the selection procedure.

If the study programme is subject to admission restrictions and the number of applications exceeds the number of available study places, the available study places are allocated according to the Study Place Allocation Regulations of the Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt (Studienplatzvergabeverordnung Sachsen-Anhalt) and the regulations governing the selection procedure for the international master's degree programme Polymer Materials Science 120 CP (selection regulations, i.e. Auswahlordnung) in the currently valid version. In this process, 70% of all study places are awarded to international applicants who do not have the same status as German applicants.

Zulassungsvoraussetzungen (German version)

Voraussetzung für die Zulassung zum Studium des englischsprachigen, internationalen Master-StudiengangsPolymer Materials 120 LP ist der Nachweis

  • eines ersten berufsqualifizierenden Hochschulabschlusses (Bachelor mit mindestens 180 Leistungspunkten (LP) oder vergleichbarer Abschluss in Chemie, Physik oder Ingenieurwissenschaften mit polymertechnischer Ausrichtung

  • die Beherrschung der englische Sprache in Wort und Schrift. Die Beherrschung der englischen Sprache wird durch das Vorliegen des Sprachniveaus B2 gemäß des Gemeinsamen europäischen Referenzrahmen für Sprachen (GER) durch Unicert II, TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, das deutsche Abiturzeugnis oder ein gleichwertiges international anerkanntes Sprachzertifikat nachgewiesen.

  • Weitreichende fachliche Kenntnisse in Chemie, Physik, Mathematik und Polymertechnik und -verarbeitung werden dringend empfohlen und im Rahmen des Auswahlverfahrens herangezogen.

Ist der Studiengang zulassungsbeschränkt und übersteigt die Zahl der Bewerbungen die Zahl der verfügbaren Studienplätze, so erfolgt die Vergabe der zur Verfügung stehenden Studienplätze nach der Studienplatzvergabeverordnung Sachsen-Anhalt und der Ordnung zur Regelung des Auswahlverfahrens für den internationalen Master-Studiengang „Polymer Materials Science“ (Auswahlordnung) in der jeweils gültigen Fassung. Dabei werden 70% aller Studienplätze an ausländische Staatsangehörige oder Staatenlose, die nicht Deutschen gleichgestellt sind, vergeben.


The admission to MSc Polymer Materials Science 120 CP is currently not restricted (no NC).

  • Applicants who obtained their bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in
    Germany must apply until 31 August*via www.uni-halle.de/bewerben. *Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the usual application deadline (end of August) has been postponed to 30 September 2020.

  • Applicants who obtained their bachelor's degree (or equivalent) abroad must apply until 30 April*via www.uni-assist.de/en. *Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the usual application deadline (end of April) has been postponed to 15 July 2020.

Halle University reconsiders its admission policy every winter semester and determines whether admission to a study programme is restricted (Uni-NC) or free (no NC). From May each year, the current decision is published here (see also General Information).

Required documents

The following documents must be submitted with the application for admission:

  1. An authenticated hard copy of your bachelor's degree or equivalent  (i.e., graduation certificate and transcripts) and authenticated, official translations unless the originals are in English or in German.

  2. Applicants who are only able to submit the bachelor's degree certificate (or equivalent) after the application deadline, might apply with a provisional graduation certificate, respectively the semesters’ transcripts (i.e., the modules and grades overview must reflect at least 2/3 of the degree's total credits). The final graduation certificate should be submitted with the enrolment at university, for enrolment for the winter semester, however, not later than 31 January of the following year.

  3. Recognised proof of the proficiency in English language

  4. Proof of relevant previous knowledge acquired at a higher education institution in accordance with the selection regulations (Auswahlordnung) in the currently valid version, including a summary in table form.

Decisions on compliance with the prerequisites are taken by the study and examination board of the programme.

Fulfilment of the admission requirements does not constitute a claim to a study place for this programme.

Information for international applicants

For any questions regarding application and admission please contact:

Student Registration Office - International Students Section
Mrs. Kati Gaudig

URL: www.uni-halle.de/international-students

Bewerbung/ Einschreibung (German version)

Der internationale Master-Studiengang Polymer Materials Science 120 LP ist zurzeit zulassungsfrei (ohne NC).

  •  Mit einem deutschen Hochschulabschluss bewerben Sie sich bitte bis 31.8.* über www.uni-halle.de/bewerben.
    * Wegen der Corona-Pandemie wurde der sonst übliche Bewerbungsschluss zum Wintersemester auf den 30.9.2020 verschoben.

  • Mit einem ausländischen Hochschulabschluss bewerben Sie sich bitte bis 30.4.* über www.uni-assist.de.
    * Wegen der Corona-Pandemie wurde der sonst übliche Bewerbungsschluss zum Wintersemester auf den 15.7.2020 verschoben.

Unterlagen für die Bewerbung

Dem Zulassungsantrag sind die folgenden Unterlagen beizufügen:

  1. Das Bachelorabschlusszeugnis bzw. ein äquivalenter Bildungsnachweis in Form beglaubigter Abschriften.

  2. Bewerber*innen, die das Zeugnis des ersten berufsqualifizierenden Hochschulabschlusses erst nach der Bewerbungsfrist vorlegen können, reichen mit den Bewerbungsunterlagen eine Fächer- und Notenübersicht über mindestens 2/3 der zu erbringenden Gesamtleistungen ihres Studiums ein. Das Zeugnis muss bei der Einschreibung zum Wintersemester bis spätestens 31.1. des Folgejahres nachgereicht werden.

  3. Geeignete Nachweise über die Sprachkenntnisse in Englisch

  4. Geeignete Nachweise über die an einer Hochschule erworbenen einschlägigen Vorkenntnisse gemäß Auswahlordnung in der jeweils gültigen Fassung, incl. einer tabellarischen Zusammenfassung.

Über die Erfüllung der Voraussetzungen entscheidet die Auswahlkommission.

Das Erfüllen der Zulassungsvoraussetzungen begründet keinen Anspruch auf den Erhalt eines Studienplatzes für diesen Studiengang.

Programme Advisor

For detailed information concerning the contents, goals and structure of the programme, please contact the programme advisor.

Dr. rer. nat. Karsten Busse

Institut für Chemie

Von-Danckelmann-Platz 4
Room: E.16.0
06120 Halle (Saale)

Phone: 0345 55-25802