Bachelor's Degree in Polymer Engineering.

Sustainability and polymer technology? Whether it be wind farms, photovoltaics, electric cars, or simply window frames, it is impossible to imagine our world without plastics and polymers. Here you will learn how to use and develop them in a purposeful, environmentally friendly and resource-saving way.

When it comes to plastics and polymers, the correct product design and product development results in world champions in sports and saves lives in medicine. Natural resources can be cleverly converted into energy, or we can conserve energy via lightweight construction and insulation. Plastics and polymers are also revolutionizing the way we communicate.

The Bachelor's degree program in polymer engineering provides you with a strong understanding and applied methods to use of plastics to help improve the world. The program provides a strong foundation in mathematics, natural sciences, and technological fields. The curriculum has been designed to educate you as a specialist in polymer processing, materials science, product design, sustainable product development, recycling, and the circular economy.  

Selected courses in the undergraduate degree program will be partly held in English to help you best prepare for the Master's degree program.

 

 

 

Key Facts

Degree

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Duration

6 semesters

ECTS

180 credits

Language

German (Level B2), individual courses offered in English

Location

Linz

Program

Full-Time

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What makes Polymer Engineering studies at the JKU special?

  • Laboratory internships help students better understand industrial processes. You will learn more about appled practices as part of industry-related research, term papers, course content, your Bachelor's thesis, or while perhaps working in addition to your studies.. 
  • The JKU provides access to a wide range of equipment and software solutions to characterize, process, and design plastic products as well as recycle plastics. The LIT Factory is also home to industrial-scale machines.
  • In addition to a broad, base-knowledge degree program, you can also personalize parts of the curriculum to focus on the areas that interest you most. For example, you can specialize in materials development and characterization, product design, processing and digital transformation, or recycling and upcycling.

Program Structure

The Bachelor's degree program in Polymer Engineering consists of the following areas:

 

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The Curriculum and Studies Introduction & Orientation Phase (StEOP)

The curriculum contains detailed information about the program content. Once you have successfully passed the StEOP requirements at the start of the program, you will be able to continue on with your studies.

Areas of Specialization in the Polymer Engineering Program

The curriculum for the JKU's Bachelor's degree program in Polymer Engineering is well-rounded and application-oriented, including a focus on the entire value chain of plastics. This ranges from chemical synthesis and design and processing to recycling and a circular economy. In addition, the curriculum emphasizes a base-knowledge educaion in mathematics, programming, mechanics, and mechanical engineering. Subject areas include:

  • Processing: Injection molding and hands-on extrusion practice in the lab
  • Design: Constructing plastic components and creating simulation processes
  • Testing Materials: Learn how to characterize materials in terms of mechanical, thermal and optical features
  • Recycling: Sustainably utilize plastic waste
  • Chemistry: Learn more about plastic molecular structure and synthesis
  • Mechanical Engineering & Mechatronics: Focus on base-knowledge lightweight construction, electrical engineering, and mechanics
  • Fundaments in Natural Sciences: An in-depth focus into mathematics and programming
  • Bachelor's Thesis: Specialize in the field you are most interested in

 

 

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What you will learn during the program

  • You will produce plastics and manufacture products made from plastics. You will also focus on closed-loop plastic solutions and plastics recycling to, for example, learn more about how plastic packaging is recycled. The JKU currently supports a program that manufactures cool frisbees made out of bottle caps. This is how you significantly contribute to reducing environmental pollution and help shape a more sustainable future.
  • You will hone your social skill set by not only learning how to work effectively as part of a team, but also how to successfully address leadership and management responsibilities.
  • The educational content covers all of the main fields in polymer technology, structured in a way that gives you an opportunity to solve practice-related tasks. Example: Recent graduates bring polymer-specific solutions in generating energy, storing energy, and lightweight construction together, allowing them to actively take part in conducting research to create self-driving air cabs, etc.

Did you know that...?

Graduates in polymer engineering are highly sought-after and quickly find jobs! The JKU created this degree program in response to demands by the business community, industry, and the government.

JKU Podcast for Prospective Students

This podcast episode features JKU students, Sarah and Jonas, talking about what makes their Bachelor's degree program in polymer engineering so special, what their career prospects are, what everyday life at the JKU is like, what living near campus is like, and what they like to do in their free time. Have fun listening!

 

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Career Prospects

Graduates of the Bachelor's degree program in polymer engineering can work in the following industrial areas:

  • Develop new plastic compounds, multi-functional polymer composites, and hybrid polymer materials
  • Material-specific plastic processing, including advanced development and optimization for process technologies
  • Design and create plastic products, including specification, qualification, quality assurance, and certification
  • Recycling and the circular economy

Your skills in polymer engineering skills are in high demand, particularly in the following areas of industry:

Sports and Recreation: Polymers are multifunctional and play a key role in the production of countless high-performance products in a wide range of sports categories! This includes equipment for skiing and snowboarding, sports balls, lightweight bicycles, sailboats, sportswear, and much more.

Medicine: Multifunctional plastics can be used to create orthoses, prostheses and implants. Plastics are also used to make blood bags, tubes, syringes, etc., more hygienic. Packaging made out of plastic keeps sutures, bandages, hearing aids, contact lenses, condoms, pregnancy tests, coronavirus tests - and much more! - sterile.

Electrics and Electronics: You are only able read this text because your screen contains a considerable amount of plastics. Cable coverings and casing ensure your device is powered safely.

Energy: When it comes to photovoltaic systems, plastics are responsible for the long-term durability of silicon cells. Large wind turbines found in wind farms can only be constructed using lightweight plastics. In the area of housing construction, insulation panels and window frames are just a few examples of ways to guarantee energy savings and safety.

Mobility: Resource-efficient mobility requires lightweight plastic and composite solutions. Railroads, buses, airplanes, and automobiles are becoming lighter and more comfortable, thanks to plastics.

Packaging: This is where you help educate the public about a responsible approach to plastic packaging. In regard to plastic packaging, you also create solutions to support a true circular economy.

„The Bachelor's degree program in Polymer Engineering brings outstanding education together with ideal conditions to conduct research - both at well-equipped, state-of-the-art laboratories as well as at high-quality and innovative testing facilities.“
Ursula Stritzinger, Polymer Engineering graduate and research associate

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Prerequisites

In order to be admitted to the Bachelor's degree program, you must fulfill the following requirements.

  • Hold general higher education entrance qualifications (such as an Austrian "Matura" diploma, Abitur, professional Matura, university enrollment eligibility examination)
  • If your first language is not the language that the program is offered in, you will be required to submit proof of a B2 level of language proficiency in German.

Please note:

If you can prove a certain level of academic performance at school, you can contact the Office of Examinations and Recognition Services to have academic credit transferred and count toward your degree program:

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Room

1st Floor, Rm. 113A/B

Telefon

+43 732 2468 2010

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Contact Program Management:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I study polymer engineering at the JKU in Linz/Upper Austria?

Upper Austria is Austria's leading state in regard to the plastics industry. We generate 50% of the turnover in the national plastics industry. Over ten leading international companies have located their main and/or research headquarters here. Austrian and international companies and research institutions work together with faculty members at the JKU's institutes for polymer engineering to jointly conduct research, creating a vibrant, exciting, and innovative environment.
 

In the area of education and research, you will experience the cutting-edge technology that is applied at the JKU. This begins with lightweight construction and is demonstrated above all in cross-disciplinary activities in the area of the circular economy of plastics.

What makes studying polymer engineering at the JKU better than similar programs at other universities?

Our polymer engineering program is unique in Linz, combining various disciplines via collaboration with many different faculties and institutes. In addition to engineering and technical content, we also focus on the relationship between engineering and business, as well as the way technology impacts our everyday lives.

In addition, we take a critical look at the impact of plastics in regard to the UN's sustainable development goals. Engineering studies in Linz is special in that the Faculty of Natural Sciences is embedded within the general university, thus guaranteeing lively exchange with other academic disciplines at the JKU and at the Med Campus.

If I want to enroll in polymer engineering, do I have to prepare in any way or have any kind of specific educational background?

In general, a basic interest in engineering and technology would be good. Prospective students do not need any specific educational background aside from general university entrance qualifications. The program begins with broad, base-knowledge course designed to teach the basics of engineering sciences. Hands-on courses ensure students can apply what they have learned to real-world practices.

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