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Polymer Technologies and Science (PTS).

As part of a broad, comprehensive program offered in polymer engineering at the JKU, the Master’s degree program 'Polymer Technologies and Science (PTS)' provides students with an advanced, science-based curriculum that covers key areas in polymer product manufacturing. The program expands on the material covered in the undergraduate degree program Polymer Engineering (Kunststofftechnik) at the JKU. Students can take advantage of flexible options to specialize in a variety of areas such as materials science, polymer processing, or polymer product design in combination with experimental techniques, modeling and simulation. Graduates can pursue careers ranging in research and development to production, marketing, and to executive management positions.


  1. Unique multi-disciplinary program
  2. Attractive infrastructure, state-of-the-art equipment
  3. Flexible options for specialization
  4. First class conditions for research
  5. Excellent career prospects

Facts & Figures


Master’s Degree

Academic Degree:

DI (equivalent to MSc)


4 semesters


120 credits



*Optional elective courses held partly in German


The PTS Master’s degree program aims at conveying the following competencies and skills:

  • Advanced knowledge in key subject fields of polymer engineering and science
  • Special in-depth expertise by being able to select from an advanced elective track of optional courses and choosing a thesis topic in any of the following fields:
    Polymer testing, characterization, and material structure property performance relationships; polymer processing and conversion technologies, including theoretical aspects and practical laboratory work; polymer product engineering and design: advanced methods of experimentation and computation, modeling and simulation.
  • Expertise in providing solutions for polymer engineering related problems and assignments in an industrial environment, requiring multidisciplinary knowledge of the product creation chain
  • Methodological competencies and expertise in setting up, performing and presenting polymer engineering and science driven and/or market oriented research projects


Graduates of the PTS program are highly sought-after specialists who can pursue a variety of professions at industrial companies, businesses, and other institutions:

  • The plastics industry (plastics manufacturing and processors, supplying plastics machinery and products)
  • Industrial companies that utilize plastic and polymer products, including the packaging industry, construction branch, automotive industry, electrical equipment and electronics industry, the sports and recreation sector, aerospace, energy production, medical products and devices, etc.
  • Agencies and regulatory trade offices that oversee polymeric materials and products (such as certification agencies, ministries, patent offices, etc.)

Polymer-based products and technologies are vital to the economy and their innovative potential is limitless. A PTS Master’s degree gives students a strong background to:

  • Pursue a position at an academic, public, or private research facility (possibly in combination with a Ph.D. degree program, in Austria or abroad)
  • Create a start-up company in manufacturing, as a service provider, or as an expert consultant




Master's Degree Program.

Recommended Study Plan (Overview)

As part of the Master’s degree program, students are required to complete courses totaling 120 ECTS credits in the following areas:

SEMESTER S 1 S 2 S 3 S 4
Polymeric Materials and Testing 4,5 8,3 4 -
Polymer Product Engineering 6 9 1,5 -
Polymer Processing 7,5 10 - -
Elective Track 9,5 3 17,7 -
Free electives 2,5 - 6,5 3
Master’s Thesis - - - 25
Master’s Examination - - - 2
ECTS (Total: 120) 30 30,3 29,7 30

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„The Polymer Technology program was challen- ging for me at first as I attended a business-ori- ented high school. There is learning curve for everything, however, at the JKU I feel I not only benefited from an outstanding academic degree program, I also made close friendships that will last a lifetime.“

Master’s student in Polymer Technologies and Science (PTS)


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