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Due to the pandemic, the examination office does not offer direct public availability. Please contact the office in advance if you need to hand in or pick up something in person.
Please note that there may be significant delays in processing your queries and requests since the exam office staff are affected by absences due to illness and the closure of schools and nurseries. We are trying to deal with all urgent issues via email. Therefore, please contact the exam office by email only (if possible, from your university account) and send forms, requests, medical certificates etc. electronically.
Official original documents such as degree certificates and transcripts can only be issued by members of staff present in the exams office and sent via postal mail. Therefore, the possibility to do so is very limited and definitely not possible the next fwo weeks. Preliminary transcripts as well as letters with statements about status of study (for Visa applications etc.) will be issued and sent by email. Other processes should be arranged individually.
Please contact the examoffice by email only: examoffice (at) polymerscience.de. The email will be checked regularly.
Please be assured that, due to these exceptional circumstances, the examination board and the exam office staff are trying their best to find flexible solutions to avoid disadvantages for our students.
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.
Master of Polymer Science Program of the Free University Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin, Technical University Berlin and University Potsdam.
- qualified Bachelor of Science
- competency in English
Starting dates: October 1 / April 1
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.
The Joint Comission of the M.Sc. Polymer Science program plays the role of a faculty. It consists of the following members:
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
Jürgen P. Rabe, Professor Igor Sokolov, Professor Stefan Kirstein, Research Associate, Examination Committee Sylwia Bojarzen, Staff, Examination Committee
Dietmar Auhl, Professor Michael Gradzielski, Professor (substitute) Reinhard Schomäcker, Professor, Deputy Head of Joint Comission Frank Beuster, Research Associate
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)
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
email: polymscifub (at) chemie.fu-berlin.de
The Joint Comission appoints an Examination Committee from all participating universities. It consists of the following members:
Christoph Tzschucke, Professor, (substitute) Daniel Stoebener, Student
Jürgen P. Rabe, Professor, Head of Examination Committee Stefan Kirstein, Research Sylwia Bojarzen, Staff, Secretary
Dieter Neher, Professor, Examination Committee Carla Pinilla, Student (substitute)
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) polymerscience.de
Freie Universtät Berlin (FU)
Joint Comission Head
Prof. Dr. R. Haag
Program Secretary: Dr. Wiebke Fischer
Institute of Chemistry
Humboldt-Universtät zu Berlin (HU)
Examination Committee Head
Prof. Dr. J.P. Rabe
Program Secretary: Frau S. Bojarzen
Institute of Physics
Technische Universtät Berlin (TU)
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Schomäcker
Program Secretary: TBA
Institute of Chemistry, Stranski Lab
Secretary TC9, room 402
Universtät Potsdam (UP)
Prof. Dr. D. Neher
Program Secretary: Frau E. Derlig
Institute of Physics and Astronomy
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.