Master of Polymer Science
A program of the Free University Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin, Technical University Berlin and University Potsdam
An interdisciplinary master program

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Welcome to Polymer Science

Polymer science is an interdisciplinary area comprised of chemical, physical, engineering, processing and theoretical aspects. It also has enormous impact on contemporary materials science. Its goal is to provide the basis for the creation and characterization of polymeric materials and an understanding for structure/property relationships. Polymer science is of increasing importance for everyone's daily life. Many modern functional materials, gears, and devices have polymers as integral parts. Not surprisingly, roughly 30% of all scientists in the chemical industry work in the field of polymers. Despite its importance today and potential for future economic growth, there is no adequate university-level study program for polymer science in Germany.

The Berlin-Brandenburg Polymer Society (Berlin-Brandenburgischer Verband für Polymerforschung e.V.) became aware of this misbalance and initiated a two-year Master of Science polymer program, which started in the winter semester of 1999/2000. It was jointly designed by polymer scientists of the three Berlin universities, Free University Berlin (FU), Humboldt University Berlin (HU), Technical University Berlin (TU) and the nearby University of Potsdam (UP) with the goal in mind to be competitive with renowned polymer centers abroad. To make it more attractive to foreign students the program is in English.

This challenging interdisciplinary program benefits from the close proximity of several other Berlin and Potsdam scientific centers such as the institutes of the Max Planck, Fraunhofer, and Helmholtz Societies, as well as the BESSY II synchrotron. The universities are very well equipped with the most state-of-the-art technical equipment and laboratories, specialty work shops, large service units, and modern computer facilities. The work of the polymer scientists in charge of the Polymer Science program is internationally renowned and endowed by industry, state, and private grants and awards.

General Information

Master of Polymer Science Program of the Free University Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin, Technical University Berlin and University Potsdam.

Entrance requirements:

  • qualified Bachelor of Science
  • competency in English

Starting dates: October 1 / April 1

Two-year program

1st Year - Basic Polymer Science:

  • Polymer Chemistry/Synthesis (FU Berlin)
  • Polymer Physics/Characterization (HU Berlin)
  • Polymer Engineering/Processing (TU Berlin)
  • Polymer Properties/Colloids (U Potsdam)

2nd Year - Advanced Polymer Science

  • In-depth courses and lab work in a special discipline (essentially at one of the four universities)
  • Master thesis at the same university
  • M.Sc. in Polymer Science Degree (granted jointly by the four universities)

Total of 120 ECTS credit points (including thesis).

Possibility to continue within a PhD program.

Joint Commission

The Joint Comission of the M.Sc. Polymer Science program plays the role of a faculty. It consists of the following members:

FU Berlin

Rainer Haag, Professor, Head of Joint Comission, Deputy Head of Examination Committee
Christoph Tzschucke, Professor, Examination Committee (substitute)
Wiebke Fischer, Research Associate
Mariam Cherri, Student Deputy

HU Berlin

Jürgen P. Rabe, Professor
Igor Sokolov, Professor
Stefan Kirstein, Research Associate, Examination Committee
Sylwia Bojarzen, Staff, Examination Committee

TU Berlin

Dietmar Auhl, Professor
Michael Gradzielski, Professor (substitute)
Reinhard Schomäcker, Professor, Deputy Head of Joint Comission
Frank Beuster, Research Associate

U Potsdam

Svetlana Santer, Professor (substitute)
Helmut Schlaad, Professor
Joachim Koetz, Professor (substitute)
André Laschewsky, Professor (substitute)
Dieter Neher, Professor, Examination Committee
Sabine Kosmella, Research Associate
Sunil Choudhary, Student Deputy (substitute)

Joint Office

Please send all inqueries to the joint office:

Joint Office of Ms. Sc. Polymer Science
Ms. Dr. Wiebke Fischer
Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für Chemie und Biochemie - Organische Chemie
Room 14.11
Takustrasse 3
14195 Berlin
Tel. +49-30-838-72681
Fax +49-30-838-460388
email: polymscifub (at)

Examination Committee

The Joint Comission appoints an Examination Committee from all participating universities. It consists of the following members:

FU Berlin

Christoph Tzschucke, Professor, (substitute)
Daniel Stoebener, Student

HU Berlin

Jürgen P. Rabe, Professor, Head of Examination Committee
Stefan Kirstein, Research
Sylwia Bojarzen, Staff, Secretary

TU Berlin


U Potsdam

Dieter Neher, Professor, Examination Committee
Carla Pinilla, Student (substitute)

Examination Office

Please send all inqueries to the examination office:

Examination Office of Ms. Sc. Polymer Science
Prof. J.P. Rabe / Mrs. S. Bojarzen
Humboldt Universität Berlin
Institute of Physics
Newtonstr. 15
12489 Berlin
Tel. +49-30-2093-7788
Fax +49-30-2093-7632
email: examoffice (at)


Freie Universtät Berlin (FU)
Joint Comission Head

Prof. Dr. R. Haag
Program Secretary: Dr. Wiebke Fischer
Institute of Chemistry
Tel. +49-30-838-53358
Fax +49-30-838-53357

Humboldt-Universtät zu Berlin (HU)
Examination Committee Head

Prof. Dr. J.P. Rabe
Program Secretary: Frau S. Bojarzen
Institute of Physics
Tel. +49-30-2093-7788
Fax +49-30-2093-7632

Technische Universtät Berlin (TU)

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Schomäcker
Program Secretary: TBA
Institute of Chemistry, Stranski Lab
Secretary TC9, room 402
Tel. +49-30-314-21544
Fax +49-30-314-26602

Universtät Potsdam (UP)

Prof. Dr. D. Neher
Program Secretary: Frau E. Derlig
Institute of Physics and Astronomy
Tel. +49-331-977-1751
Fax +49-331-977-5615


Due to the joint participation of the four universities in Berlin and Potsdam the program's students have a special opportunity to get to know four distinctly different culturally interesting areas:

  • The Free University is located in the green, culturally interesting residential area of Dahlem with many of its departments housed in either villas or specially built modern facilities.

  • The Humboldt University has the added charm of being an integral part of Berlin's old historic center. The HU Berlin's Chemistry and Physics department is in Adlershof, a scientific park in the Southeast of Berlin.

  • The Technical University is located in Tiergarten near Berlin's governmental district.

  • The campus of the University of Potsdam is famous for its proximity to the beautiful palace grounds of Potsdam and Sanssouci.

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