Master of Science "Refinement of Polymer and Composite Products"

In the “Refinement of Polymer and Composite Products“ program, which is unique worldwide, you will systematically gain technical expertise and develop your personal competencies. You will become fully qualified and well prepared to adjust to the various requirements you will encounter in your future career.

Lectures, seminars, internships, and excursions will provide you with a solid knowledge of technical processes, advanced sciences and also economic aspects. Some tasks can be solved by means of teamwork, cooperating together with your fellow students.

This Master program covers three semesters and can be commenced twice a year - in the winter semester and in the summer semester. In total, 90 credit points are to be collected. In addition to the 210 credit points attained from a seven-semester Bachelor degree program, 300 points can be achieved in total, which, in turn, qualifies a Master study course graduate for Ph.D. programs.

It is possible for Bachelor graduates, who have only attained 180 points from a six-semester study course, to obtain a further 30 points by means of additional modules.

You can align your studies with your own needs and preferences by choosing between two directions of specialisation:

  • Engineering
  • Research

In the "Engineering"- direction, you have to choose six elective module besides six obligatory modules.

In the "Research"-direction, you have to perform a research thesis where you can define you own research topic. In addition, you have to choose two elective module besides six compulsory modules.

After completing the Master's thesis in the third semester, you will receive the degree “Master of Science“ enabling you to proceed to a Ph.D. program.

Admission requirements

  1. Three-year Bachelor's degree or Diploma in Engineering or Natural Sciences or equivalent qualification (210 European Credit Transfer System -ECTS-, in case of 180 ECTS a gateway is possible). The final grade of the degree should be well above average (”2.5” or better according to the German System).
  2. If English is not native language: Sufficient knowledge of the English language verified by a TOEFL (min. score 87 points) TOEIC (min. score 785 points), IELTS (min. 5.0) or equivalent.
  3. If German is not native language: Proof of German language skills (B1 for the application).

Module overview

Compulsory Modules SWS|ECTS
Advanced Mathematics for Engineers 4 | 5
Research Management Skills and Processes 4 | 5
Advanced Material Science (Composites, Smart- and Nanomaterials) 4 | 5
Advanced Mechanics (Strength of Materials, Dynamics) 4 | 5
Coating Technology and Functional Surfaces 4 | 5
Material and Surface Characterization of Polymers and Composites 4 | 5
Total 24 | 30

Elective Modules SWS|ECTS
Refinement of Polymer Compounds and Textiles 4 | 5
Colorimetry, Varnishing and Product Cleaning Technology 4 | 5
Customer Oriented Polymer Refinement 4 | 5
Fracture Mechanics and Tribology 4 | 5
Refinement of Additiviley Manufactured Products 4 | 5
Aplied Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer 4 | 5
Bewerbungstraining und Präsentationstechniken (in German) 4 | 5
Corporate Social Responsibility 4 | 5
Natural Sciences (Chemistry, Fluid Dynamics) 4 | 5
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence 4 | 5
Simulation and Optimization Methods 4 | 5
Project Work | 5
Research Thesis | 20

3rd Semester ECTS
Master Thesis/ Colloquium 24 / 6
Total 30

SWS = Semesterwochenstunden (hours per week)

Explanations and Addresses

The RPCP-way

This Master program is entirely in English. All lectures (except for one elective module) will be held in English. The program consists of four different module groups:

  1. General Principles - Engineering & Research
  2. Engineering specialisation
  3. Research specialisation
  4. Master's Thesis

The first three module groups consist of lectures and carry 30 credit points each. The module group „Master's Thesis“(duration six months) includes the Master's thesis itself and a colloquium on the content of the thesis with a poster presentation. In total, 90 credit points are to be collected. Added to the 210 credit points attained from a seven- semester Bachelor degree program, 300 points can be achieved in total, which, in turn, qualifies a Master study course graduate for Ph.D. programs. This Master program can be commenced twice a year. The applications have to submitted at The deadlines are 15th of November for a start in the summer term and 31st of May for the winter term. There are no tuition fees. An adminstration fee of about 240 € has be paid each semester. The student-ID enables students to use public transportation (busses and trains) in wide range up 100 km around Pirmasens for free.
Complementary information regarding modules is available at Information regarding admission requirements, applications and enrolment are available at

Contact data

Hochschule Kaiserslautern | Campus Pirmasens,
Fachbereich Angewandte Logistik- und Polymerwissenschaften,
Carl-Schurz-Str. 10-16 | 66953 Pirmasens
Applications: Studierendensekretariat, E-Mail:
Questions regarding the RPCP-study course are to be directed to
Prof. Dr. Jens Schuster
Tel.: +49 631 3724 7049 | E-Mail:

Program taught in:
  • English
Last updated September 19, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Oct 1, 2019
3 semesters
231 EUR
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