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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.

The first year covers a broad range of topics providing students with in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of polymer technology and related areas. The curriculum also contains selective courses to prepare students for the second-year study track. Each university provides one specialisation track designed to deepen the students’ knowledge in a specific area. The tracks are:

  • Biomaterials science (Aalto University)
  • Advanced materials (Chalmers University of Technology)
  • Polymer engineering (Technical University of Denmark)
  • Macromolecular materials (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)
  • Industrial processes (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

More info on the Program website

Degree at two Nordic universities

The Nordic Master in Polymer Technology is a collaboration between the five leading technical universities in the Nordic countries (Nordic Five Tech).

The programme gives you a unique opportunity to tailor your degree based on your academic interests.

You will get to study at two of the partner universities, spending one year at each. You graduate with a double Master’s degree from the two universities.

The universities participating in the Nordic Master in Polymer Technology are:

More detailed info at the coordinating university’s program website

Admission

The application deadline is 15 January 2020. In the application you must indicate your choice for the first year university, and for the second year university. Entry requirements for the program are listed on the coordinating university’s website. The administrational process for Nordic Master in Polymer Technology is administered by the KTH admission services

Entry requirements

Interested in studying the master’s programme in Polymer Technology? To be eligible you must meet the admission requirements of the programme and include the documents stated below in your application. All applications are assessed according to predetermined selection criteria set for the programme.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the programme, you must have been awarded a bachelor’s degree, be proficient in English and meet the programme-specific requirements.

Bachelor’s degree

A bachelor’s degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor’s degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognised university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programmes, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor’s degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and, if qualified, will receive a conditional acceptance. These applicants must include a written statement according to the instructions given by University Admissions in Sweden. Students in the final year of undergraduate studies at a Swedish university do not have to provide a written statement in order, if qualified, to receive a conditional acceptance. They must, however, have completed 150 ECTS credits in the bachelor’s programme by 3 February.

English proficiency

English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognised English tests:

  • TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, total score of 575.
    TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
  • TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, total score of 90
  • IELTS Academic: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
  • Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
  • University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)

The language requirement can also be fulfilled through previous university and upper secondary school studies. More information on recognised English tests, previous studies, and required documents is provided by University Admissions in Sweden.

Specific requirements for the master’s programme in Polymer Technology

A bachelor’s degree, corresponding to at least 180 ECTS credits, in chemistry or closely related subject including courses in:

  • Chemistry or closely related subject corresponding to at least 50 ECTS credits.
  • Mathematics, numerical analysis and computer science corresponding to at least 20 ECTS credits.

Please note that the following TOEFL test score requirements are specific for the master’s programme in Macromolecular Materials, track Polymer Technology:

  • Paper-based: 580 (written section grade 4,5)
  • Internet-based test: 92 (written section grade 22)

Application documents

Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentation. The following general and programme specific documents must therefore be included in the application in the specified order:

General documents

  1. Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
  2. Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
  3. Proof of English proficiency
  4. A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification document

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