Polymer Materials Science (One-subject Master)

Version: 28.02.2019

General Information

Degree Master of Science
Characteristic One-subject Master
Credits 120 CP
Standard Period of Study 4 semester
Start of Studies Winter Semester only
Form of Study Direct Study, Full-time 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

Programme Goals

Polymer Materials Science is an interdisciplinary master programme 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. The programme 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.

Study in Halle!

An interdisciplinary master programme in collaboration of MLU and Hochschule Merseburg

The Faculty of Natural Sciences II at MLU, 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 programme.

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 sciences 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.


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

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

Programme Structure

One-subject Master (120 LP)

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


Modules Polymer Materials Science 120 CP

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

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
Compulsory optional modules (17 CP) (1 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 10 2
Advanced Polymer Physics 10 2
Polymer Science Focus 7 3

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


Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Admission Requirements

Applicants for Polymer Materials Science 120 CP must

  • hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree in Chemistry, Physics, Engineering or Materials Science (minimum 180 CP), or related fields with a final mark of at least 2.5;

  • prove good to very good knowledge in the following areas:
    • higher mathematics for scientists / engineers;
    • experimental physics (mechanics, magnetism and electricity, oscillations and waves, optics)
    • organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry;

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

  • submit a letter of motivation.

For detailed information on admission requirements, please consult the study and examination regulations (in German only). Decisions on compliance with the prerequisites are taken by the study and examination board of the programme.

Zulassungsvoraussetzungen (German version)

Voraussetzung für die Zulassung zum Studium des Ein-Fach-Masters Polymer Materials Science 120 LP ist der 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 Bachelor-Studiengangs Ingenieurwissenschaften mit mindestens 180 LP oder eines anderen vergleichbaren Studienabschlusses;

  • guter bis sehr guter fachlicher Kenntnisse dokumentiert durch entsprechende Abschlussnoten 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

  • ein Motivationsschreiben.

Ausführliche Informationen zu den Zulassungsvoraussetzungen entnehmen Sie bitte der gültigen Studien- und Prüfungsordnung. Über die Erfüllung der Zulassungsvoraussetzungen entscheidet in Zweifelsfällen der Studien- und Prüfungsausschuss.


The admission to the Polymer Materials Science 120 CP programme is currently not limited by quota (no NC).

  • Applicants who obtained their access in Germany must apply via the University until August 31st.

  • Applicants who obtained their access abroad must apply via www.uni-assist.de/en until April 30th. (!!! APPLICATION FEE for applications via UNI-ASSIST !!!)

MLU reevaluates the quota of its study programmes on an annual
basis. Please check www.studienangebot.uni-halle.de around
May to see if either a quota for your programme of choice has been set, or the quota has been lifted or maintained.

You might apply with a previous graduation certificate, respectively
your recent transcripts. The final graduation certificate
should be handed with the enrolment at university, respectively
max. 4 months later, i.e. January 31st.

Hinweis zur Bewerbung // Note on the application

Den üblichen Bewerbungsunterlagen ist ein Motivationsschreiben beizufügen. // A letter of motivation must be enclosed with the usual application documents.

Information for international applicants

For any questions regarding application and admission please contact:

Registration Office: International Students Section
Mrs. Kati Gaudig
Tel: +49-345-552 13 14
Fax: +49-345-552 70 52

URL: https://www.uni-halle.de/ssc/bewerbungsinformationen/ba-ma-studium_/?lang=en

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

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