Master in Polymer Technology

General

Program Description

The joint Nordic Five Tech master's program in Polymer Technology provides students with the comprehensive tools needed to develop future materials for advanced health care, energy production, green packaging, surface coatings, and many other applications. Students study at two universities, graduate with a double degree and acquire comprehensive skills in polymer technology. The program takes full advantage of the strengths and research specializations of each university.

Study at two Nordic universities

The joint master’s program in Polymer Technology is a collaboration between the five leading technical universities in the Nordic countries (Nordic Five Tech). The program gives you a unique opportunity to tailor your degree based on your academic interests. You will get to study at two of the partner universities, spending one year at each. You graduate with one master’s degree from each of the two universities. Nordic Five Tech is a strategic alliance consisting of:

  • Aalto University in Finland
  • The Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden
  • Technical University of Denmark
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Polymer Technology

The program provides a solid base in the chemistry and physics of organic materials, as well as their connection to real-life applications. A broad range of courses and the choice of one of five specialization tracks allow students to customize their degree and focus on individual areas of particular interest.

Students will learn about design, synthesis, characterization, production, and development of polymeric materials throughout the duration of the program. The materials covered in the program include plastics, rubber, composites, paper, wood, and other biological materials. Students will be able to tackle challenges pertaining to the choice of raw materials (renewable versus fossil), and the choice of production processes, material combinations, and manufacturing methods. Great emphasis is placed on environmental issues, such as environmentally-friendly material production and the development of sustainable materials.

This is a two-year program (120 ECTS credits) given in English. The first year covers a broad range of topics providing students with in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of polymer technology and related areas. The curriculum also contains selective courses to prepare students for the second-year study track. Each university provides one specialization track designed to deepen the students’ knowledge in a specific area. The tracks are:

  • Biomaterial Science (Aalto University)
  • Advanced materials (Chalmers University of Technology)
  • Polymer Engineering (Technical University of Denmark)
  • Macromolecular materials (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)
  • Industrial processes (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

In the application, you must include a summary sheet in which you indicate your study track and specify which universities you will attend in accordance with the mobility scheme.

Degree project

The degree project is carried out in the last term of the second year of the program. The degree project is, thus, undertaken at the second-year university in a research group or as a project in industry. The thesis is to be a synthesis of the knowledge and competencies gained in the three preceding terms. The thesis is supervised jointly with faculty from the student’s first- and second-year university. The results are presented as a written report and according to the rules at the first and second-year university.

Degree projects that have previously been undertaken cover topics such as the design of bio-based replacements for commodity plastics or adhesives, scaffold fabrication for regenerative medicine applications, evaluation of the long-term properties of plastics, understanding fiber swelling and evaluation of the effect of fiber treatments on e.g. antibacterial properties.

Degree

Graduates from the program receive two degrees, one from each of the two universities. The two diplomas will be supplemented with an insert describing the consortium and the program. The titles on the diplomas will be:

  • Aalto University: Master of Science (Technology) (120 credits)
  • Chalmers University of Technology: Master of Science (120 credits)
  • Technical University of Denmark: Master of Science in Engineering (120 credits)
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology: Master of Science (120 Credits)
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology: Master of Science (120 credits)

Career

Career opportunities for students from this program are broad and international. Advanced skills in both fibre and polymer technology combined with a clear environmental focus provides an excellent basis for various careers in industry, government agencies and academia and graduates from the master program are very attractive for many different industries such as the paper and forest industry, plastics, medical technology, pharmaceutical, coating and adhesive and packaging industry. Material expertise is also needed in many other sectors, ranging from transport to electronics.

The need for graduates with the competence offered by the program will continue to be excellent and are projected to increase in the future.

Students

Find out what students from the program think about their studies and life in the cities of the universities they attended.

Signe Carlslund Kristensen, Denmark: "I feel like I get a much more specialized education in the field of polymers because I can choose from two universities. The courses they offer at DTU in Denmark and at KTH in Stockholm are not the same, you get “the best of both worlds”.

Sustainable development

Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programs. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's program in Polymer Technology are:

  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • Responsible Consumption and Production

Students in the program learn how to research, design, and produce environmentally friendly materials that will replace many synthetic materials currently found in society. For example, nanocellulose-based fabrics may replace many synthetic-based fabric materials. As such, contributing to a toxin-free society will improve the health and well-being of humanity.

Students in the program learn how to build resilient materials for use in infrastructure (for example composites, thermoplastics, and formulated products). In addition, students learn how to promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization by developing environmentally friendly materials that promote innovations in industrial material development.

A study in fiber and polymer technology naturally involves the responsible use of materials and sustainable production. In particular, this relates to the development of new materials with superior properties, leading to lower consumption of materials, along with life-time, and considerations of end-of-life scenarios for materials.

Study tracks and mobility

The master’s program in Polymer Technology is a collaboration between five universities with five study tracks covering polymer technology from different perspectives. In each study track, the students are given a background in polymer chemistry and polymer physics and specialized skills in one chosen innovative polymer technology engineering topic.

The two years are split between two universities. You indicate your study track and mobility plan in the application. For your second year, your application dossier will subsequently be transferred to the second-year university. During your second term, you will receive an admission letter from the second-year university in order for you to have time to apply for accommodation and visa if needed.

The first year is divided into core courses (25–35 ECTS credits) and key competence (25–35 ECTS credits). The core courses cover the areas of polymer chemistry and polymer physics. The second-year consists of courses of 30 ECTS credits and a degree project of 30 ECTS credits. There are five study tracks in the program, resulting in multiple mobility options. Each study track is coordinated by one of the universities. It is not possible to study at the same university both years and it is not possible to combine Chalmers and KTH.

In the application, you should include a summary sheet in which you indicate your study track and specify which universities you will attend in accordance with the mobility scheme.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the program, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English and meet the program-specific requirements.

Bachelor's degree

A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programs, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English proficiency

English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognized English tests:

  • TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, a total score of 575.
    TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
  • TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, a total score of 90
  • IELTS Academic: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
  • Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
  • The University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)

Specific requirements for the master's program in Polymer Technology

A bachelor's degree, corresponding to at least 180 ECTS credits, in chemistry or closely related subject including courses in:

  • Chemistry or closely related subject corresponding to at least 50 ECTS credits.
  • Mathematics, numerical analysis, and computer science corresponding to at least 20 ECTS credits.

Please note that the following TOEFL test score requirements are specific for the master's program in Macromolecular Materials, track Polymer Technology:

  • Paper-based: 580 (written section grade 4,5)
  • Internet-based test: 92 (written section grade 22)

Application documents

  1. Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
  2. Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
  3. Proof of English proficiency
  4. A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents

Specific documents for the master's program in Polymer Technology

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of motivation
  • Relevant work experience, if any
Last updated Oct 2019

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