Master's programme in Polymer Technology

The joint master's programme in Polymer Technology 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. Students study at two universities, graduate with a double degree and acquire comprehensive skills is polymer technology. The programme was developed to take advantage of the strengths and research specialisations of each member university.

Application closed

The application for the programme is now closed.

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

All students apply to KTH through University Admissions in Sweden. In the application you must include a motivational letter in which you indicate your study track and specify which universities you will attend in accordance to the mobility scheme.

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The tuition fee for the year spent at KTH is SEK 155,000. Tuition fees for partner institutions differ.
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.

Degree awarded: Master of Science or equivalent, double degree
Language of instruction: English
Duration: Two years (120 ECTS credits)
Programme start: Late August
Location at KTH: KTH Campus (Stockholm, Sweden), Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland), Chalmers (Gothenburg, Sweden), DTU (Kopenhagen, Denmark) and/or NTNU (Trondheim, Norway)
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 director:  Karin Odelius
Programme coordinator:

Study at two nordic universities

The joint master's programme 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. Nordic Five Tech is a strategic alliance consisting of:

Polymer Technology at KTH

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 specialisations allows students to customise their own degree profile enabling the focus on individual areas of interest. Students will learn of design, synthesis, characterisation, production and development of polymeric materials throughout the duration of the degree programme. 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 curriculum covers a broad scope of topics providing students with in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of polymer technology and related areas. The first year contains the basics of polymer science and selective courses to prepare students for the second year study track. Each university provide one study track designed to broaden the students knowledge in a specific area. The tracks are Biomaterial science (Aalto University), Advanced materials (Chalmers), Polymer engineering (DTU), Macromolecular materials (KTH) and Industrial processes (NTNU).

Mobility and study tracks

Degree project

The degree project is carried out in the second half of the second year of the programme. Thesis work is, thus, performed at the second year university in a research group or as a project in industry. The thesis is supervised jointly with the student’s first year university. The thesis is to be a synthesis of the knowledge and competencies gained in the three preceeding semesters and the two involved universities will provide co-supervision. The results are presented as a written report and a presentation at a seminar at the second year university.


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.


The Nordic Master in Polymer Technology is a double degree programme. As a graduate from the programme you will receive two MSc diplomas: one from each of the two universities in your study track. The two diplomas will be supplemented with an insert describing the consortium and the programme. The titles on the diplomas will be:

  • Aalto University: Degree: Master of Science (Technology) (120 credits)
  • Chalmers University of Technology: Degree: Master of Science (120 credits)
  • DTU Technical University of Denmark: Degree: Master of Science in Engineering (120 credits)
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology: Degree: Master of Science (120 Credits)
  • NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology: Degree: Master of Science (120 credits)

Changes in the programme may occur.

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