Nordic Master in Polymer Technology

The Nordic Master in Polymer Technology is a world class joint program providing comprehensive tools and skills for developing future materials. It leads to Master of Science degree.
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18.10.2021 – 17.1.2022




2 vuotta, täysipäiväinen


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Study objectives

The Nordic Master in Polymer Technology is based on the expertise of the participating uniersities within polymer technology, polymers and polymeric materials. The programme targets international students wishing to profit from the Nordic Five Tech universities' long standing tradition and competence in the field and Nordic students wishing to specialize in a specific area of expertise offered within the alliance.

The programme 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 specialisation tracks allow students to customise their degree and focus on individual areas of particular interest.

Students will learn about design, synthesis, characterisation, production and development of polymeric materials throughout the duration of the programme. The materials covered in the programme includes 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.

More info on the Program website

Major or specialization fields

The programme is structured in two parts:

  • In the first year the studies (60 ECTS) are divided into core courses (25-35 ECTS) and key competence courses (25-35 ECTS). The core courses provided by the starting university cover the areas of polymer chemistry and polymer physics.
  • For the second year the student chooses one of the four study specializations with study package of 30 ECTS and the Master's thesis (30 ECTS). You can specialize in biomaterials science, advanced materials, macromolecular materials, industrial processes or polymer engineering.

It is required that you study at one of the partner universities for year 1 and finish your studies at another university for year 2.

Structure of studies

The Polymer Technology specializations offered by the consortium universities are following:

Biomaterials Science – Aalto

The goal of the Biomaterials track at Aalto University is that the student is able to utilize biomass in an ecologically and economically sustainable way and has profound knowledge of the trends in modern polymer technology. The specialization Biomaterials Science has a strong focus on natural polymers, polymers based on renewable recourses, biodegradable polymers and the interphase between polymer science and biological sciences.

Polymer Engineering – DTU

The Danish Polymer Centre (DPC) in The Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department at DTU offers a full curriculum in polymer science and technology with emphasis on polymer chemistry and physics as well as rheology in addition to a comprehensive supporting palette of relevant instrumentation. Particular attention is devoted membrane materials and polymers for biomedical, drug release and sensor applications as well as polymer gels, networks, and silicone elastomers. The thesis work is often conducted in collaboration with industrial partners. The specialization track can focus on polymer synthesis, rheology or processing.

Macromolecular Materials – KTH

The Macromolecular Materials track provides students with the tools needed for development of future materials for advanced health care, green packaging, surface coatings and other applications. The student will learn to design, synthesize and characterize macromolecular materials including synthetic and natural polymers. Courses are also offered on pulp and paper processes. Great emphasis is placed on environmental issues, such as environmentally-friendly material production and development of sustainable materials.

Industrial Processes – NTNU

The Departments of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology take the chemistry from the laboratory scale to industrial production. This requires a broad range of knowledge, from molecular processes to construction and operation of large processing plants. Important research areas with connection to the suggested master programme include biorefinery, biopolymers, petrochemistry and catalysis, and colloid and polymer chemistry. Specialization topics at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology include crude oil production and processing, pulp and paper, biopolymers, biofuel, biomedicine and bionanotechnology, catalysis and materials science.

More detailed info at the coordinating university's program website


The Nordic Master Programme in Polymer Technology is offered by a consortium of the four leading technical universities in the Nordic countries, working together within the framework of the Nordic Five Tech university alliance:

Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland (Aalto) - Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen (Lyngby), Denmark (DTU) -  Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden (KTH) - Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway (NTNU)

Postgraduate study opportunities

This degree enables you to pursue doctoral studies.

Admission and Tuition fees

The next application period is between 18 October 2021 and 17 January 2022. Entry requirements and information about the tuition fees can be found on the coordinating university's website. The administrational process for Nordic Master in Polymer Technology is administered by the KTH admission services.

Contact information

For enquiries regarding the application process, application documents and language tests, please follow the application instructions of the coordinating university

For enquiries regarding the content of programme and studies at the Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering, please contact Learning Services of Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering, [email protected]

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