Master's programme in Macromolecular Materials

The master’s programme 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.

16 October 2017: Application opens
15 January 2018: Application deadline
1 February 2018: Deadline for supporting academic documents (all applicants) and documentation of fee exempt status (if required) or receipt of application fee (if required)
6 April 2018: Notification of selection results

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The tuition fee for the full programme is SEK 310,000
Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are generally required to pay an application fee of SEK 900.

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens
EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are not required to pay an application fee.

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Degree awarded: Master of Science
Language of instruction: English
Duration: Two years (120 ECTS credits)
Programme start: Late August
Partner universities: KTH, Aalto (Finland), Chalmers (Sweden), DTU (Denmark) and NTNU (Norway)
Location: KTH Campus, Stockholm
School: School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (at KTH)

For questions regarding programme content and specific admission requirements, feel free to contact the programme coordinator or programme director.

Programme coordinator:
Programme director: Karin Odelius

Macromolecular Materials at KTH

Students in the master's programme in Macromolecular Materials will learn of design, synthesis, characterisation, production and development of polymer and fiber-based materials throughout the duration of their studies. The material group includes plastics, rubber, composites, paper, wood and other biological materials; students will be able to handle questions pertaining to the choice of raw materials (renewable versus fossil), and the choice of production processes, material combinations and manufacturing methods to achieve the desired characteristics in the finished product. Great emphasis is placed on environmental issues, such as environmentally-friendly material production and development of sustainable materials.

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 allows students to customise their own degree profile enabling them to focus on individual areas of interest. The programme 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. A master's degree project takes place during the final term, it is the culmination of the academic programme and is usually undertaken at KTH, in a company setting or abroad. The topic may be chosen from a list of available projects at the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health.

Topics covered

Polymer chemistry and physics, pulp and paper technology, sustainable materials, polymeric materials, fiber technology, biomedical materials.


Joint master's programme in Polymer Technology

The programme can also be studied as a joint Nordic Five Tech master's programme, with a track in Polymer Technology. This double degree programme includes one year of studies at KTH and one year at Aalto University in Finland, DTU in Denmark or NTNU in Norway and is applied for separately.

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Career opportunities for students from this programme are broad and international. The programme is closely related to many important industries – the paper and forest industry, plastics, medical technology and packaging industry. Material expertise is also needed in many other sectors, from transport to the coatings industry and electronics. Graduates will also be well-placed for further studies as PhD students.

After graduation

Research and development engineer, quality assurance engineer, consultant, project manager, PhD student.


Each year, around 30 students out of 400 applicants are admitted to the programme. Find out what students from the programme think about their time at KTH.

Tove Kristensen, Sweden

"The beauty of chemistry is the enormous possibilities of what you can do with it."

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Faculty and research

The research at the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health spans over a wide range of topics, such as the development of solar and fuel cells as well as other environmentally friendly energy sources, how to store nuclear waste in a safe way, the design of novel polymers for use in the medical industry, how to protect metal surfaces against corrosion, the use of natural materials in new products, and how friction can be explained on a molecular level, among many other research projects.

Faculty and research

Changes in the programme may occur.

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