International Programmes 2018/2019

Master of Science in Polymer Materials Science Master of Science in Polymer Materials Science

Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg • Halle (Saale)

Master of Science
Teaching language
  • English

Courses are held in English.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
Application deadline

Foreign students: 30 April
German students: 31 August
for the following winter semester

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

Polymer Materials Science is an interdisciplinary English language Master's programme in the field of polymer science. 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 who are seeking new knowledge on making, characterising, processing, and understanding the molecular basis of novel functional materials. Our course programme is research oriented and offers a polymer synthetic or a polymer physical specialisation. It thus qualifies you for work in industry as well as advanced training on the PhD level.

Faculty of Natural Sciences II - Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics
Our 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, the Physical Chemistry of Polymers Group, the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Group as well as the Materials Science Group. Several other groups at the Max Planck and Fraunhofer Institutes, as well as at the Center of Engineering Sciences and the Life Science Faculties, have activities in the polymer field and are actively contributing to the teaching provided within the Master's programme.

Main focus:

  • General introduction to polymer science
  • Polymer synthesis and characterisation
  • Polymer physics
  • Polymer processing and application
  • Independent research and industry cooperation

Additional research and studies can be carried out at other institutions in Halle, e.g. the Fraunhofer Institute for Materials Mechanics, the Max Planck Institute for Microstructure Physics etc.
For detailed information, e.g., curriculum, course contents etc. please visit our website:

Course organisation

General Modules:

  • Basics of Materials and Polymer Physics (10 ECTS) (semester 1)
  • Introduction to Polymer Research (15 ECTS) (semester 3)
  • Polymer Chemistry (10 ECTS) (semester 1)
  • Polymer Physics (10 ECTS) (semester 2)
  • Polymer Engineering (10 ECTS) (semesters 1&2)
  • Polymer Engineering Science (8 ECTS) (semester 3)
  • Polymer Physical Chemistry (10 ECTS) (semesters 1&2)

One advanced Module (10 ECTS, semester 2):
Advanced Polymer Chemistry OR
Advanced Polymer Engineering (10 ECTS) OR
Advanced Polymer Physics (10 ECTS)

One Master's thesis related specialisation (7 ECTS, semester 3)

  • Polymer Engineering Focus
  • Polymer Science Focus

Final Master's thesis (30 ECTS, semester 4)

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International elements
  • International guest lecturers
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
200 EUR per semester incl. public transport in the area
Funding opportunities within the university
Academic Admission Requirements

Suitable applicants for the course have a Bachelor's degree (BSc) in Chemistry or Physics (and related topics, e.g., pharmacy, textile industry, with verified relation to basic chemistry) or in Materials Science.
Grade 2.5 or better
English language certificate e.g., IELTS 6.0 or better

Language requirements

TOEFL (at least 213/550), IELTS (at least band 6.0) or UNIcert-II (writing and speaking) for applicants whose native language is not English

Application deadline

Foreign students: 30 April
German students: 31 August
for the following winter semester

Submit application to

Martin Luther Universität Halle Wittenberg
c/o uni-assist e. V.
11507 Berlin

Possibility of finding part-time employment

Several assistant jobs (research, measurements) after the first (passed) semester

  • Single apartments in student hostels at or near the campus offered by the Studentenwerk (Student Services, see:
  • Single/double apartments near the campus from a private provider

All apartments are furnished. The price is about 200 EUR per month. Reservations are necessary!

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event

Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Martin Luther University, founded in 1502, is one of the oldest German universities. Today, about 20,000 students are matriculated. Our university offers excellent up-to-date equipment and libraries that facilitate the teaching of all essentials for your professional career, plus a wide range of leisure facilities (sports centre, student clubs, etc.).

University Location

Located 100 km south of Berlin, Halle is a centre of science, culture and industry in the eastern part of Germany. Our city is located about 20 km from the Leipzig-Halle airport.