International Programmes 2021/2022

Master of Science Sustainable Materials - Polymer Sciences Binational MSc Sustainable Materials - Polymer Sciences Binational

University of Freiburg • Freiburg im Breisgau

Master of Science in Sustainable Materials - Polymer Sciences
In cooperation with

Université de Strasbourg (UFR Physique et Ingénierie)

Teaching language
  • English


Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
More information on beginning of studies

The first semester starts in September at Strasbourg university.

Application deadline

Apply by 30 June for the following winter semester.

Non-EU applicants should apply as early as possible (to allow time for the visa application).

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

Polymer Science – A key discipline enabling innovations in sustainable development

Sustainable polymeric materials and system-integrated functional polymers play a key role in modern life and economy. Progress in polymer sciences is important for the following:

  • Creating advanced materials for sustainable developments
  • Enabling high resource and energy efficiency
  • Protecting climate, environment and human health
  • Rendering high-tech products available to everybody

In contrast to conventional materials, polymers combine:

  • Low carbon footprint with attractive eco-balance
  • Tailored property profiles with facile processing
  • High cost efficiency with high versatility
  • Low weight with high durability and recycling
  • Multifunctionality with facile system integration

The focus is placed upon the development of advanced polymeric materials and systems. Selected examples include:

  • Bio-based materials for lightweight engineering and biomedicine
  • Adaptive ("smart") materials and systems responding to their environment
  • Energy-autonomous micro-/bio-systems for energy management and health care
  • Bio-inspired, 3D-printed multifunctional polymers/systems
Course organisation

Built on a long-standing transnational collaboration in training and research, the University of Freiburg and the University of Strasbourg offer a double degree Master's programme in Polymer Sciences (IM-PolyS). All courses are held in English.

Programme and courses of IM-PolyS:

  • Semester 1 (Strasbourg): Introduction to polymer and soft matter science, complemented by courses in physical chemistry and/or physics
  • Semester 2 (Freiburg)
    Curriculum content
    In the second semester – together with the international students from Strasbourg – you can choose between the three main focus areas:
    I. Advanced Macromolecular Materials and Nanostructure Engineering:
    Advanced knowledge of designing, structuring and implementing advanced functional polymers
    II. Macromolecular Engineering and System Integration:
    Advanced knowledge of surface analysis, (micro) fabrication and assembly of flexible, energy-autonomous embedded micro systems and their applications
    III. Biomaterials and Biosystems:
    Advanced knowledge of bio-based polymer materials for sustainable development, exploiting renewable resources and the integration of biopolymer and synthetic functional polymers into (bio-/micro-) systems.
  • Semester 3 "à la carte": Specialisation through a broad list of elective courses offered in Strasbourg and Freiburg (lectures and/or internship)
  • Semester 4: Master's research internship and Master's thesis
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Types of assessment

Oral or written exams

Semester 1 (Strasbourg):
Lectures with written exams: together 30 ECTS, language course exam: 3 ECTS

Semester 2 (Freiburg):
Lab course: talk, colloquium and presentation: 9 ECTS
Major module: lectures, seminars and/or lab oral or written exam: 15 ECTS
Intercultural modules and language course exam: 6 ECTS

Semester 3 (Strasbourg or Freiburg):
Industrial Polymer Science; excursion, courses and lab: 9 ECTS
Advanced practical report or presentation: 9-18 ECTS, lectures exams: 9-12 ECTS (depending on the university)
Languages exam: 3 ECTS

Semester 4 (Strasbourg or Freiburg):
Master's thesis: 30 ECTS

A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • Language training provided
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • Courses are led with foreign partners
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

161 EUR per semester - student enrolment fees

Costs of living

Participants must ensure that sufficient funding to finance their participation in a course of study is available. The average cost of living in Freiburg for one month is currently approx. 824 to 994 EUR.
Some details:

  • Student accommodation costs approx. 280 to 450 EUR (monthly).
  • Private expenses amount to around 350 EUR per month.
  • Health insurance (recommended) is available for approx. 100 EUR per month.
  • Transport: A special student ticket for regional transport costs approx. 94 EUR per semester.

Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university

Excellence scholarships: The Master's IM-PolyS is presently applying for a "Degree of Excellence". In the event that IM-PolyS is recognised with this distinction, one or two excellence scholarships may be granted to selected highly qualified students.

Academic admission requirements

The applicant must hold a Bachelor's degree in chemistry, physics or engineering, or must be about to be conferred this degree.

Language requirements

Proof of knowledge of English (at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)).

Application deadline

Apply by 30 June for the following winter semester.

Non-EU applicants should apply as early as possible (to allow time for the visa application).

Submit application to

All applications are to be sent in one single PDF file to:


As Freiburg is an attractive city, finding a suitable and affordable place to live can take a little while. The University of Freiburg offers all newly enrolled international students the possibility to apply for student housing via the International Office. In addition to these dormitories, which are run by the Studierendenwerk Freiburg (, several independent residence halls are listed on the university website ( The Studierendenwerk Freiburg and the International Office also offer a list of available private rooms.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Accompanying programme
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation

University of Freiburg

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The University of Freiburg was founded in 1457 as a classical comprehensive university, making it one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Germany. Awarded for its excellence in both research and teaching, the university also boasts a long history, with numerous Nobel laureates. Brilliant scholars and creative thinking distinguish it today as a modern, top-notch university, well equipped for the challenges of the 21st century. As an organisation with around 24,500 students, 288 degree programmes, and 6,738 employees, the University of Freiburg is committed to family friendliness, equal opportunities, and environmental consciousness in its day-to-day operations. The structure of the university is multifaceted, ranging from 11 academic faculties – from the humanities and the social and natural sciences all the way to engineering – to 19 research centres. This goes to show that we are a dynamic, large-scale institution with a diverse educational offering. As studies, research, and continuing education are all an integral part of this offering, we maintain a close relationship with the city and the region as well as with the international academic community. Bilateral partnerships, research projects, joint study courses and memberships in international networks such as the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and of EUCOR – The European Campus are examples of the university's strong transnational relations. All our students, including those from abroad, can take courses at the Universities of Basel (Switzerland) and Strasbourg (France) without having to enrol. Via the EUCOR – The European Campus mobility grant, they also receive allowances for travel expenses to their partner institutions.

University location

Freiburg im Breisgau is a city in south-western Germany on the edge of the Black Forest. Freiburg was founded by Konrad and Duke Bertold III of Zähringen in 1120 as a free market town – hence its name, which translates as "free town". Freiburg holds a central position in Europe at the trijunction of Switzerland, France, and Germany, and is the city with the most hours of sunshine per year in Germany. It is nestled in one of the oldest cultural landscapes north of the Alps, a location which has had an unmistakable influence on the town. The university plays an essential part in the quality of life in Freiburg; both in the academic sphere and in the perception of the general public, the activities of the university are of central importance. Since its founding, teaching, learning and research have formed an indivisible whole.

With approx. 230,000 inhabitants, Freiburg has a friendly size, offering the safe surroundings of a smaller city whilst at the same time excelling in terms of culture, shopping and infrastructure. Both the inhabitants and the city government of Freiburg attach great importance to ecological values and sustainable development. This "green city" atmosphere influences many aspects of city life – from the numerous cyclists on the streets to cutting-edge solar energy research. Surrounded by the beautiful landscapes of the Black Forest and the wine-growing regions of the Rhine Valley, Freiburg is a popular destination for tourism and leisure activities.