The educational objective of the non-consecutive, stronger research-oriented, joint English Master of Science in Polymer Science Program is to provide the qualification for a professional career in the scientific and industrial field of Polymer Science. The Master’s program imparts the skills necessary to apply scientific methods and knowledge to gain and interpret research results and to communicate the results to the outside world. As the requirements in the scientific as well as in the industrial environment are much diversified the Master of Science in Polymer Science Program offers an interdisciplinary training in the fields of chemistry, physics and material sciences. However, to gain sufficient depth of knowledge of the individual fields the program pursues the following strategy: • The different subjects are taught by instructors who are experts in the respective fields. This will be achieved through the participation of the four universities. • During laboratory internships students have contact with current research topics, thus introducing them at an early stage to practical research. • Physical, chemical or technical basics are taught with examples from Polymer Science, thus enabling an efficient and in-depth training in a new subject.
Qualified Bachelor of Science
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
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 of 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 (Berlin-Brandenburgischer Verband für Polymerforschung e.V.) 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, Free University Berlin (FU), Humboldt University Berlin (HU), Technical University Berlin (TU) and the nearby University of Potsdam (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 will 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.
Altogether, an overall of 120 credit points (CP) have to be accounted for, thereof
1. 60 CP in the basic stage
2. 30 CP in the specialization stage
3. 20 CP in the Master’s thesis and
4. 10 CP in the defense.
During the basic stage the following key areas are to be completed:
1. Polymer Synthesis with the modules
• Module 1: Polymer Synthesis Theory and Methods
• Module 2: Polymer Synthesis Practical Experience
2. Polymer Physics with the modules
• Module 3: Polymer Characterization
• Module 4: Introduction to Polymer Theory
3. Polymer Technology and Processing with the modules
• Module 5: Polymerization Technology
• Module 6: Polymer Processing and Surface Science of Polymers
4. Polymer Properties and Colloids with the modules
• Module 7: Physical and Engineering Properties
• Module 8: Colloids and Biopolymers