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MSc Macromolecular Materials

The master's programme in Macromolecular Materials equips students with comprehensive tools needed to understand the relationships between molecular structure and macromolecular and material properties. Students gain skills to develop future materials in areas such as advanced health care, energy production, bio-based composites, green packaging and surface coatings. Graduates work in industry, start-up companies, consultant companies and research institutes.

Application deadlines for studies starting 2023

17 October (2022): Application opens
16 January: Last day to apply
1 February: Submit documents and, if required, pay application fee
30 March: Admission results announced
August: Arrival and study start

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Macromolecular Materials at KTH

As a student in the master's programme in Macromolecular Materials, you will learn about the design, synthesis, characterisation, production and development of polymer and fibre-based materials. You will acquire the knowledge and skills to manage the selection of raw materials (renewable versus fossil), choice of production processes, material combinations and manufacturing methods to achieve the desired characteristics of the finished product. We place great emphasis on environmental issues, such as environmentally-friendly material production and the 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 you to customise your degree profile to focus on your 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 in problem-solving and teamwork, as well as oral and written presentations, are developed and enhanced throughout the courses.

This is a two-year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (at KTH). 

Degree project

A master's degree project takes place during the final semester; it is the culmination of the academic programme and is undertaken at KTH, or at a research institute or company in Sweden or abroad. Topics previously explored include: life-time predictions of commodity plastics, design of biobased adhesives, synthesis of sustainable polymers, fibre-solution interactions, microplastics, nanocomposites, 3D-printing and materials for biomedical applications.

Topics covered

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

Courses in the programme

 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 two of the top technical universities in the Nordic countries and is applied for separately.

Master's programme in Polymer Technology

Students

Find out what students from the programme think about their time at KTH.

Widi from Indonesia

"KTH is an excellent institute with various good programmes. Choosing one of them can be challenging but try to reflect on your future, synchronise it with the programme details and syllabus and convince that the programme matches your goal."

Widi from Indonesia

Meet the students

Career

Career opportunities for students from this programme are broad and international. Advanced skills in both fibre and polymer technology combined with a clear environmental focus provide an excellent basis for various careers in industry, government agencies and academia and graduates from the master's programme are very attractive for many different sectors such as the paper and forest, 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 are found in traditional Swedish industry, in small start-up companies, consultant companies, governmental institutions, research institutes and universities. Graduates from the programmes have gone on to positions, for example, at Stora Enso, Holmen, Volvo Cars, IVL, AstraZeneca, Becker, Scania, Nynäs, BillerudKorsnäs, ABB, GE Healthcare, Pfizer, PRV, and RISE. Graduates from the programme work in all these sectors and are also well-placed for further studies as PhD students.

The need for graduates with the competence offered by the programme will continue to be excellent and are projected to increase in the future.

After graduation

Project leaders for development and production, research and development engineers, quality assurance engineers, consultants, project managers, PhD students, product specialists, or process engineers.

Lina Klockare, Accenture

"Prior to working as a consultant at Accenture I worked for two chemical companies: firstly AkzoNobel, where I worked with resins in the RD&I department; and then as a Sales Executive at Solenis, a company that sells technical solutions to the pulp and paper industry."

Lina Klockare, Accenture

Meet the graduates

Sustainable development

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 programmes. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's programme in Macromolecular Materials are:

Sustainable development goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
Sustainable development goal 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Sustainable development goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production

Students in the programme learn how to research, design, and produce environmentally friendly materials to replace many synthetic materials currently found in society—as such, contributing to a toxin-free society will improve the health and well-being of humanity.

Students in the programme 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 industrialisation 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 developing new materials with superior properties, leading to lower consumption of materials, a longer life-time, and considerations of end-of-life scenarios for polymeric materials.

Faculty and research

The research at the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health spans 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.

Faculty and research

KTH's virtual campus tour

Vijay is a student at the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (at KTH). In the virtual tour he and some other students will show you around KTH.

Next step

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The current admission round for the programme is for studies starting autumn 2023. Apply before 16 January.

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