The master’s program in Macromolecular Materials provides students with the comprehensive tools needed to develop future materials for advanced health care, energy production, green packaging, surface coatings, and many other applications. Graduates can expect career opportunities in academia, research institutes or in a wide range of industries.
Macromolecular Materials at KTH
Students in the master's program in Macromolecular Materials will learn of the design, synthesis, characterization, production, and development of polymer and fibre-based materials. The students will be able to handle questions pertaining to the choice of raw materials (renewable versus fossil), choice of production processes, material combinations and manufacturing methods to achieve the desired characteristics of the finished product. Great emphasis is placed on environmental issues, such as environmentally-friendly material production and the development of sustainable materials.
The program 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 allows students to customize their own degree profile enabling them to focus on individual areas of interest. The program also establishes excellent laboratory skills and is closely linked to research at the Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology. Skills such as problem-solving and project work are developed and enhanced in many of the courses, as well as oral and written presentations.
This is a two-year program (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The program is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology, and Health (at KTH).
A master's degree project takes place during the final term, it is the culmination of the academic program and is usually undertaken at KTH, in a research institute, at a company setting or abroad. Topics previously explored during the thesis work include life-time predictions of commodity plastics, microplastics, design of biobased adhesives, synthesis of sustainable polymers, fibre-solution interactions, nanocomposites, 3D-printing and materials for biomedical applications.
Joint master's program in Polymer Technology
The program can also be studied as a joint Nordic Five Tech master's program, with a track in Polymer Technology. This double degree program includes one year of studies at two of the top technical universities in the Nordic countries and is applied separately.
Career opportunities for students from this program are broad and international. Advanced skills in both fibre and polymer technology combined with a clear environmental focus provides an excellent basis for various careers in industry, government agencies, and academia, and graduates from the master program are very attractive for many different industries such as the paper and forest industry, plastics, medical technology, pharmaceutical, coating and adhesive and packaging industry. Material expertise is also needed in many other sectors, ranging from transport to electronics.
Programme graduates can be found in the traditional Swedish industry, in small start-up companies, consultant companies, governmental institutions, research institutes, and universities. Graduates from the programs have gone on to positions at Stora Enso, Holmen, Volvo Cars, IVL, AstraZeneca, Becker, Scania, Nynäs, BillerudKorsnäs, ABB, Medtronic, GE Healthcare, Pfizer, PRV, and RISE. Graduates from the program work in all these sectors and are also well-placed for further studies as Ph.D. students.
The need for graduates with the competence offered by the program will continue to be excellent and are projected to increase in the future.
Find out what students from the program think about their time at KTH.
Siyuan Tao, China: "To be an extraordinary engineer is my dream since I was a kid. KTH is well-known as the cradle of engineers in Europe, so I decided to come to KTH to further my studies and get closer to my dream."
Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programs. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's program in Macromolecular Materials are:
- Good Health and Well-Being
- Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
- Responsible Consumption and Production
Students in the program learn how to research, design, and produce environmentally friendly materials that will replace many synthetic materials currently found in society. For example, nanocellulose-based fabrics may replace many synthetic-based fabric materials. As such, contributing to a toxin-free society will improve the health and well-being of humanity.
Students in the program learn how to build resilient materials for use in infrastructure (for example composites, thermoplastics, and formulated products). In addition, students learn how to promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization by developing environmentally friendly materials, which promote innovations in industrial material development.
A study in fibre and polymer technology naturally involves the responsible use of materials and sustainable production. In particular, this relates to the development of new materials with superior properties, leading to lower consumption of materials, along life-time, as well as considerations of end-of-life scenarios for materials.
The two-year master's program in Macromolecular Materials consists of three terms of courses and one final term dedicated to the master's degree project. Each term consists of approximately 30 ECTS credits. Depending on which track you choose, you will study different courses. The courses presented on this page apply to studies starting in autumn 2020.
- Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications (Natural and Technological Science) (AK2036) 7.5 credits
- Mechanical Properties of Materials (KF2110) 7.5 credits
Conditionally elective courses
- Solid State Chemistry: Structures and Methods (KD2155) 7.5 credits
- Polymer Chemistry (KF2130) 7.5 credits
- Polymer Physics (KF2140) 7.5 credits
- Fibre Technology - Natural and Synthetic Fibres (KF2450) 7.5 credits
- Bio Fibre Chemistry (KF2460) 7.5 credits
- Molecular Enzymology (BB2020) 7.5 credits
- Glycobiotechnology (BB2425) 7.5 credits
- Biocatalysis (BB2460) 7.5 credits
- Advanced Organic Chemistry (KD2310) 7.5 credits
- Spectroscopic Tools for Chemistry (KD2320) 9.0 credits
- Surfaces, Colloids and Soft Matter (KD2350) 7.5 credits
- Sustainable Systems for Heat, Power and Materials Production (KE2310) 7.5 credits
- Biopolymers (KF2180) 7.5 credits
- Polymeric Materials: Structure and Properties (KF2190) 7.5 credits
- Chemistry of a Biorefinery (KF2480) 7.5 credits
- Polymer Composites - Micro and Nanoscale (KF2495) 7.5 credits
- Ideation- Creating Your Own Company (ME2814) 7.5 credits
- Nanostructured Materials (KD2170) 7.5 credits
- Biomedical Materials (KD2300) 7.5 credits
- Corrosion and Surface Protection (KD2380) 7.5 credits
- Risk Analysis and Management for Chemical Engineers (KE2351) 7.5 credits
- Surface Coatings Chemistry (KF2150) 7.5 credits
- Pulp and Paper Processes (KF2470) 7.5 credits
- Polymer Materials Processing (KF2505) 7.5 credits
To be eligible for the program, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English and meet the program-specific requirements.
A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programs, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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 recognized English tests:
- TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, a total score of 575.
TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
- TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, a 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
- The University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
- Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)
Specific requirements for the master's program in Macromolecular Materials
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.
- Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
- Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
- Proof of English proficiency
- A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents
Specific documents for the master's program in Macromolecular Materials
- Curriculum Vitae
- Letter of motivation
- Letter of recommendation