Polymer Chemistry

The Master’s degree program in Polymer Chemistry at the JKU Linz is a comprehensive graduate degree program. Students can enhance their skills and talents in science and research, both in the classroom and in state-of-the-art laboratories. Using the latest instrumentation, students focus on developing and characterizing traits in new kinds of monomers and polymers. Program graduates are highly qualified polymer chemists, creating the future today!

The graduate degree program offers valuable general knowledge training. Graduates qualify for high-value jobs where they can apply their expert scientific knowledge and trained methods. Graduates not only hone the skills needed to transfer scientific knowledge and methods to the workplace, they are qualified to undertake demanding tasks in the area of manufacturing and polymer characterization.

Your Benefits

  • Hands-on training
  • Access to modern equipment
  • Strong, comprehensive support by industrial partners
  • Broad international network
  • Access to and collaboration with many polymer institutes at the JKU

Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Master’s degree program in Polymer Chemistry are well educated in the fields of engineering and natural sciences. Graduates possess in-depth knowledge in polymer sciences (polymer chemistry, physical chemistry of polymers, polymerization techniques and technologies, material sciences, and the characterization of polymers and plastics).

Students learn to meticulously conduct experiments and assess various reaction routes and processes in the field of polymer synthesis and characterization.

The extensive curriculum at the JKU Linz allows students to:

  • Push the limits of their curiosity
  • Learn how to safely and expertly handle the raw materials required in polymer manufacturing
  • Use state-of-the-art equipment to conduct hands-on, practical work
  • Interpret experimental information and examine the results in a wider context

Job Opportunities

Graduates in the field of Polymer Chemistry are highly sought-after specialists, have a high job placement rate, and can pursue a variety of professional occupations. Graduates are often active in research and development as well as positions in the fields of synthesis and characterization such as in the chemical industry, plastics manufacturing, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Professional challenges include positions in the construction industry, packaging, aerospace industry, sporting goods, automotive industry, as well as in the electrical and electronics industries.

Advanced Degrees at the JKU

After successful completion of the Master's degree program, you can earn an advanced degree at the JKU:

  • Doctorate/ Ph.D. in Technical Sciences
  • Doctorate/ Ph.D. in Natural Sciences
  • DI/MSc – Management in Polymer Technologies

Recommended Study Plan

As part of the Master’s degree program, students are required to complete courses totaling 120 ECTS credits in the following areas:

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