Course and Examination Regulations for the joint English Language (Non-Consecutive) Master of Science in Polymer Science Program

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Course and Examination Regulations for the joint English Language (Non-Consecutive)
Master of Science in Polymer Science Program
Preamble
Based on §§ 24, 31 and 74 of the law for Berlin universities (Berliner Hochschulgesetz - BerlHG)
from October 12, 1990 (GVBl p. 2165) in the version of February 13, 2003 (GVBl p. 82), last
amended per law on July 6, 2006 (GVBl p. 713) the Joint Commission of the Department
Biology, Chemistry and Pharmacy of the Freie Universität Berlin, the Faculty of Mathematics and
Natural Sciences I of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural
Sciences of the Technische Universität Berlin as well as the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural
Sciences of the Universität Potsdam issued on December 7, 2006 and January 11, 2007 the
following course and examination regulations for the joint English language (non-consecutive)
Master of Science in Polymer Science Program:
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Table of Contents
§ 1 Purview
§ 2 Mentors
§ 3 Objective and Content of the Program
§ 4 Examination Committee
§ 5 Designated Period of Study, Course and Examination Requirements (Credit Points
required), Structure of the Program
§ 6 Registration for the Master’s Thesis
§ 7 Master’s Thesis and Defense
§ 8 Grading System
§ 9 Enrollment to Courses and Examinations, Retaking Examinations
§ 10 Master’s Degree
§ 11 Transfer of Credit Points
§ 12 Course and Examination Requirements in Case of Physical Impairments and Disabilities
as well as in the Case of Family Burdens
§ 13 Absence, Withdrawal, Cheating, Violation of Examination Procedure, Annulment of
Decisions
§ 14 Enactment and Transitional Provisions

Attachment 1: Module Descriptions
Attachment 2: Exemplary Course Schedule
Attachment 3: Certificate (sample, English version)
Attachment 4: Certificate (sample, German version)
Attachment 5: Degree Certificate (sample, English version)
Attachment 6: Degree Certificate (sample, German version)
Attachment 7: Diploma Supplement (sample, English version)
Attachment 8: Diploma Supplement (sample, German version)


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The senatorial administration responsible for academia approved the present regulations on...

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§ 1 Purview
The present regulations lay down objectives, content, structure, stipulations and procedures for
the provision of course and examination requirements for the English Master of Science in
Polymer Science Program. This program is jointly offered by the Freie Universität Berlin, the
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Technische Universität Berlin as well as the Universität
Potsdam.
§ 2 Mentors
At the beginning of the program each student is assigned to a mentor. The mentor is responsible
for course guidance and counseling as well as further tasks assigned to her or him in these
regulations. Mentors are members of the regular scientific staff.
§ 3 Objective and Content of the Program
(1) The educational objective of the non-consecutive, stronger research-oriented, joint English
Master of Science in Polymer Science Program is to provide the qualification for a professional
career in the scientific and industrial field of Polymer Science. The Master’s program imparts the
skills necessary to apply scientific methods and knowledge to gain and interpret research results
and to communicate the results to the outside world.

(2) As the requirements in the scientific as well as in the industrial environment are much
diversified the Master of Science in Polymer Science Program offers an interdisciplinary training
in the fields of chemistry, physics and material sciences. However, to gain sufficient depth of
knowledge of the individual fields the program pursues the following strategy:
• The different subjects are taught by instructors who are experts in the respective fields. This
will be achieved through the participation of the four universities.
• During laboratory internships students have contact with current research topics, thus
introducing them at an early stage to practical research.
• Physical, chemical or technical basics are taught with examples from Polymer Science, thus
enabling an efficient and in-depth training in a new subject.

Besides the broad, basic skills in all fields of the Polymer Sciences, the Master’s program
provides an opportunity to specialize in one of the subject areas of Polymer Physics,
Polymer Chemistry or Polymer Technology which cover adequately the spectrum of the scientific
and economic activities.

(3) The Master’s Program Polymer Science provides the scientific basis for manifold later
activities in scientific institutions, as well as in commercial enterprises. Possible fields of activity
range from research and development, over production and extend to consulting and
administration.



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§ 4 Examination Committee
(1) The Joint Commission appoints an Examination Committee from all participating universities.
It consists of three members from the body of university professors, one member from the body
of university research associates and one student of this program. For each member a deputy is
to be named. The members and their deputies hold a term of two years, student members and
their deputies hold a term of one year. Each of the participating universities must be represented
in the Examination Committee; the same applies to their deputies.

(2) Out of its members, the Examination Committee appoints the Head of the Committee as well
as the Deputy Head of the Committee. Both have to be members from the body of university
professors. The Examination Committee has the authority to assign as well as to revoke general
or particular tasks to the Head of the Committee. In urgent cases, she or he can take the
necessary decisions. The Head of the Committee has to report to the Examination Committee
on urgent decisions taken. The authority of the Examination Committee, to take independent
decisions, remains untouched.

(3) The Examination Committee is responsible for the correct assessment of the course and
examination requirements (credit points required), the transfer of credit points, the organization
of examinations, the appointment of examiners and examination witnesses, as well as the
verification of the final degree. The Examination Committee will ensure that the provisions of
these regulations are adhered to, and work towards the adequacy of the course and examination
requirements as well as the adherence to scientific standards. It reports annually to the
responsible bodies on developments. It will also report on gender specific aspects, particularly
with regard to course and examination periods, and prompt provisions and reforms as
necessary.

(4) The members of the Examination Committee and their deputies do have the right, to
participate as observers in all examinations of the partner universities. They can also seek
extensive information on the stipulation and establishment of course and examination
requirements, and on the adherence to the respective legal basis.

(5) The meetings of the Examination Committee are not public. Members and deputy members
must abide the obligation of official secrecy. So long as they are not in public service, they are to
be sworn to secrecy by the Head of the Committee.
§ 5 Designated Period of Study, Courses and Examination Requirements (Credit Points
required), Structure of the Program
(1) As a rule, the final degree will be conferred after four semesters (designated period of study).

(2) Examinations can be taken in English or German.

(3) Altogether, an overall of 120 credit points (CP) have to be accounted for, thereof

1. 60 CP in the basic stage

2. 30 CP in the specialization stage





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3. 20 CP in the Master’s thesis and

4. 10 CP in the defense.

(4) During the basic stage the following key areas are to be completed:

1. Polymer Synthesis with the modules

• Module 1: Polymer Synthesis Theory and Methods
• Module 2: Polymer Synthesis Practical Experience

2. Polymer Physics with the modules

• Module 3: Polymer Characterization
• Module 4: Introduction to Polymer Theory

3. Polymer Technology and Processing with the modules

• Module 5: Polymerization Technology
• Module 6: Polymer Processing and Surface Science of Polymers

4. Polymer Properties and Colloids with the modules

• Module 7: Physical and Engineering Properties
• Module 8: Colloids and Biopolymers

(5) After successful completion of the basic stage modules, research internships and
accompanying courses need to be completed within the specialization stage. Goal is the
consolidation and enhancement of the knowledge and abilities gained in the basic stage, in one
of the specialization fields in Polymer Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, or Technology of Polymers)
and preparing for the Master’s Thesis in this area of specialization. Until the start of the second
academic year (§ 6 par. 2), the students with the mentor’s assistance work out a plan for the
specialization period determining the specialization area, the course and examination
requirements to be completed, as well as the credit points assigned to them. The credit points
allotted to the laboratory internship must not exceed 15 CP. Course and examination
requirements that have been utilized for the compliance with the entry requirements for the
Master of Science in Polymer Science Program cannot be recognized for the specialization
period. The course plan has to be approved by the Examination Committee. The Joint
Commission duly issues a list of approved courses.

(6) If Physics is chosen as field of specialization, 15 of the 30 CP have to be utilized for a
research preparation. This serves as preparation of the composition of the Master’s thesis and
comprises work in the laboratory for three months in order to assemble the necessary
experimental equipment under the direction of the supervisor of the Master’s thesis and to
familiarize oneself with the corresponding measuring technique. Of the remaining 15 CP a
maximum of 7 CP may be allotted to laboratory internships.





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(7) Information for each module including contents and qualification objectives as well as
teaching and studying methods of the modules 1 to 8, forms of examination, the credit points
assigned to the modules, the languages of the program, the students’ workload, the venue of the
courses, the duration of the modules, the frequency of offer and the entrance requirements is
available in the module descriptions according to attachment 1.

(8) The exemplary course schedule provides information on the recommended course of the
study program (attachment 2).
§ 6 Registration for the Master’s Thesis
(1) As a rule, the admittance to the Master’s thesis and to the Master’s examination is allocated
by the Examination Committee after successful completion of the second semester. Students
are admitted to do their Master’s thesis, if they

1. were last enrolled for the Master of Science in Polymer Science Program in of the
participating universities

2. have successfully completed the modules pursuant to § 5 par. 4.

(2) The application for admittance to the Master’s thesis has to be accompanied by verifications
of compliance with the requirements pursuant to par. 1. In addition, a written confirmation by a
professor, who is an authorized examiner, on the willingness to take over the supervision of the
Master’s thesis needs to be presented. Students get the opportunity to suggest their own topics;
however, there is no entitlement for their implementation. The responsible Examination
Committee decides on the application; in case a written confirmation pursuant to sentence 2 is
not presented the Examination Committee shall appoint a supervisor. Upon approval of the
Examination Committee, the proof of the successful completion of individual modules pursuant
to Paragraph 1 no. 2 may be furnished prior to the expiration of the preparation time of the
master thesis.
§ 7 Master’s Thesis and Defense
(1) The Master’s thesis which can be composed, at the student’s option, either in English or in
German should demonstrate that the student is capable of addressing a problem of Polymer
Science within a set time period, using scientific methods. The supervisor guides the student
during the preparation of the Master’s thesis.

(2) The preparation time for the Master’s thesis is six months. Upon the student’s well-founded
request, the Examination Committee in consultation with the supervisor, can extend the deadline
to a maximum of three months.

(3) After consulting with the supervisor the Examination Committee assigns the topic of the
Master’s thesis. Topic and problem have to be defined in such a way that the problem can be
completed within the preparation time limit. The preparation time begins on the date of issue of
the topic. The issuance shall be put on record.






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(4) The Master’s thesis is to be submitted to the supervisor by the deadline. In submitting the
Master’s thesis the student must certify in writing that he or she has independently composed
the thesis and has used no other sources other than those indicated, nor aids other than those
permissible. The submission is to be recorded.

(5) Directly after submission of the Master’s thesis the student hands over one copy of the
Master’s thesis to the Examination Committee and one to a second examiner who has been
named to the student.

(6) In well-founded cases, the topic and the problem of the Master’s thesis can be returned once
and only within the first two months of the preparation time.

(7) The Master’s thesis is to be graded by the supervisor and a second examiner. One of the
examiners shall be a member of the Joint Commission. As a rule, the grading of the master
thesis occurs within four weeks.

(8) The Master’s thesis shall be defended in front of the supervisor and a second examiner. The
defense takes approximately one hour. One of the examiners shall be a member of the Joint
Commission. The defense starts with a circa 15-minutes introduction of the thesis by the
student. This shall be followed by a discussion and questioning on topics in the wider field of the
thesis. This will take approximately 45 minutes. The defense shall be public, insofar as the
student does not disagree.
§ 8 Grading Scheme
(1) For the grading of an examination result, the following grades are to be used

1 = very good – an excellent achievement
2 = good – an achievement that is considerably above the average
3 = satisfactory – an achievement which does in every respect correspond to average
requirements
4 = sufficient – an achievement that, despite some deficiencies, still corresponds to the
requirements
5 = insufficient – an achievement with considerable deficiencies that does not correspond to
the requirements.
To differentiate grading of the achievements, interim values between 1,0 and 4,0 can be given
by decreasing or increasing the grade numerals by 0,3. Valid values are: 1.0; 1.3; 1.7; 2.0; 2.3;
2.7; 3.0; 3.3; 3.7; 4.0 and 5.0.

(2) In case an examination result is graded by several examiners, the grade is calculated as an
arithmetic mean. For the determination of the overall grade the respective grades shall be
multiplied with the number of the corresponding credit points pursuant to par. 1, then added up
and divided by the sum of the credit points included. For the determination of the grade for a
module in which several sub module examinations have to be passed, sentence 2 shall apply
accordingly.





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For the identification of the grade value on a confirmation or on the certificate only the first digit
behind the comma shall be considered; all further digits are deleted without rounding.


(3) The grades formed pursuant to par. 2 are as follows:

For an average of 1.0 up to and including 1.5 = very good
For an average of over 1.5 up to and including 2.5 = good
For an average of over 2.5 up to and including 3.5 = satisfactory
For an average of over 3.5 up to and including 4.0 = sufficient
For an average of over 4.0 = insufficient

The examination is passed when all requirements have been met and all examinations have
been assessed with at least the grade of „sufficient“(4.0).

(4) For those students who have passed the general examination, the Diploma Supplement has
to show a relative grade, besides the final grade, in accordance with the following ECTS-
evaluation scheme:

A the best 10 %

B the next 25 %

C the next 30 %

D the next 25 %

E the next 10 %
§ 9 Enrollment to Courses and Examinations, Retaking Examinations
(1) The participation in courses, which are completed through an examination, requires
registration. The professor informs the Head of the Examination Committee on registrations
made. Changes have to be approved by the Head of the Examination Committee after receiving
comments from the mentor.

(2) The registration for a course serves simultaneously as the registration for the corresponding
examination and for the first repetition of the examination. Appointments for further repetitions of
examinations shall be determined in consultation with the student.

(3) The terms of application shall be duly announced by the Examination Committee.

(4) An examination or possible first repetition must occur prior to the beginning of the
subsequent semester. In the case of failure a further repetition must occur within one year at the
latest.





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The examination dates are duly announced to the students. An examination may be repeated
only once during the semester in which the first attempt was made.

(5) As a basic principle, examinations assessed with „insufficient (fail)“ (5,0) may be repeated
once. Every further repetition results in a deduction with a malus point. This malus point shall be
officially communicated to the student. The maximum of malus points permissible is three. In
case of exceeding the permissible maximum the examination will be declared failed.

(6) If the Master’s thesis has not at least been assessed with „sufficient“ (4,0) it may only be
repeated once; the same applies to the oral examination.
§ 10 Master’s Degree
(1) Prerequisites for the final degree are

1. the student was last enrolled in one of the participating universities for the Master of
Science in Polymer Science Program.

2. the requirements pursuant to § 5 par. 3 have been met and the number of three malus
points has not been exceeded.

Conferment of the Master’s Degree is debarred if the student is enrolled in another university
under purview of the Basic Law in the same study program, in the same subject or in a module
comparable or identical with one of the modules pursuant to § 5 par. 4 and failed to provide the
required credits or failed examinations or is currently in a pending examination procedure.

(2) The application for the permission to graduate has to be accompanied by proofs that the
candidate complied with the requirements pursuant to par. 1 sentence 1. Furthermore the
candidate needs to provide an assurance that there exist no cases pursuant to par. 1 sentence
2. The responsible Examination Committee decides on the application.

(3) As a result of the passed examinations, certificates, a record as well as a Diploma
Supplement will be handed out in English and German (attachments 3 to 8). Furthermore, a
Diploma Supplement with details on the individual modules and their sub modules (transcript)
will be issued.
§ 11 Transfer of Credit Points
(1) Credits points earned in study programs or in subsidiary subjects at a university or
commensurate academy shall be recognized and transferred provided their equivalence has
been established. Credits are equivalent if they correspond essentially in content, extent and
requirements to those of the Master of Science in Polymer Science Program. Thereby no
schematic comparison but a comprehensive survey and overall assessment is to be made.

(2) Relevant practical experiences can be recognized and transferred. The same applies to
further knowledge and skills; for this purpose a special evaluation test can be carried out.
Knowledge and skills that were not acquired in a study program or subsidiary subject of a
university or commensurate academy, can substitute at most 50 % of the requirements
prescribed within the Master of Science in Polymer Science Program.


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(3) missing

(4) The recognition and transfer of credit points to the Master’s thesis or defense is debarred.

(5) If credit points are recognized grades shall be transferred – inasmuch as the grading systems
are comparable – and shall be incorporated into the final grade. In the case of non-comparable
grading schemes the annotation „passed“ shall be made. A designation of the accreditation in
the certificate or Diploma Supplement is permissible.

(6) In case of fulfillment of the conditions of the paragraphs 1 and 2, there is a legal claim for
accreditation. The accreditation of courses and examinations is officially done by the responsible
examination board. The students have to submit the documents required for the accreditation.
§ 12 Course and Examination Requirements (Credit Points required) in Case of Physical
Impairments and Disabilities as well as in the Case of Family Burdens
(1) Should a student establish by means of a doctor’s certificate that he or she be unable to
participate in part or in whole in the designated examination format the chairman of the
Examination Committee shall permit the student to perform examinations in another format or by
extending the preparation time. If after the submission of such a doctor’s certificate there still
remain doubts regarding the compliance with the requirements pursuant to sentence 1, the
submission of a doctor’s certificate by a public health officer can be requested; the costs are to
be borne by the student. The same applies to course requirements.

(2) In regards to time limits for initial exam registration, where the taking of examinations, the
repetition of examinations, the reasons for the omission of examinations and the observance of
processing times for examinations papers are concerned, the illness or caretaking of a
dependent has the same importance as an illness of the student. Immediate dependents are
children, parents, grandparents, spouses and partners. The same applies to pregnant women
and women nursing children similar to the regulations in § 3 and § 6 of the law on the protection
of (expecting and nursing) mothers.

(3) For the claim of maternity protection or maternity leave, a leave of absence can be applied
for pursuant to the respective charter of the universities.
§ 13 Absence, Withdrawal, Cheating, Violation of Examination Procedure, Annulment of
Decisions
(1)The examination is considered to be „insufficient (fail)“ (5,0) if the student, without sound
reason, fails to appear at the examination, for which he or she has registered, or if he or she
without sound reason withdraws from an examination after it has begun. The same applies when
an examination is not completed and submitted by the given deadline. The reason must be
notified to the Examination Committee immediately, in writing with appropriate, accompanying
proof. In the case of illness of the student or of a child dependent on him or her, a doctor’s
certificate can be requested. If, after the submission of such doctor’s certificate there still remain
doubts about the student’s examination ability the submission of a doctor’s certificate from a
public health officer for the purpose of substantiation can be requested.

(2) If a student tries to influence the result of an examination by means of cheating, the use of
unauthorized aids, menace, granting of an undue advantage or bribery the respective
performance shall be graded „insufficient (fail)“ (5.0). Persons interfering with orderly

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examination procedure may be barred from continuing the examination by the examination
proctor. In this case this shall be graded „insufficient (fail)“ (5.0).

(3) In grave cases of par. 2 which would justify the withdrawal of the aspired university degree,
the Examination Committee can furthermore finally determine that the general examination has
not been passed.

(4) The decision about individual examination results or the entire examination or the
determination of the overall final degree can subsequently be corrected or annulled by the
Examination Committee should it come to light out that it was obtained through cheating, the use
of unauthorized aids, menace, granting of an undue advantage or bribery.

(5) The student shall be given the opportunity to comment prior to an incriminating decision
pursuant to paragraph 1 to 4. Incriminating decisions are to be communicated to the person
concerned in writing and are to be substantiated. The false evidences of academic achievement,
certificates and documents are to be confiscated.

(6) For adequate examination methods and -contents software facilitating the detection of
plagiarism shall be utilized. The particulars are determined by guidelines of the Steering
Committee.

(7) In order to examine the identity of a student in the context of the fulfillment of a requirement
the submission of the identity card or of an equivalent document can be requested.
§ 14 Enactment and Transitional Provisions
These regulations shall come into effect on the day following the publication of the Official
Communication of the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the
Technische Universität Berlin as well as the Universität Potsdam. With the coming into force of
these regulations the Course and Examination Regulation for the Joint English Master Program
„Polymer Science“ of the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the
Technische Universität Berlin and the Universität Potsdam of May 17, 1999 becomes invalid.

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Attachment 1: Module Descriptions

Explanation:


The following module descriptions for the modules 1 to 8 of the Master’s Program Polymer
Science denominate:

• the title of the module
• contents and qualification objectives of the modules
• the language used in the program
• the venue of the courses
• the duration of the modules
• the frequency of offer
• entry requirements
• instruction and learning methods of the module
• forms of examination
• weekly hours per semester
• the student’s workload estimated for the successful completion of a module, divided into
time which students are requested to attend and time for self-study
• the credits assigned to the modules

Decisive for the credit points assigned to a module is the student’s workload per hour, estimated
for the successful completion of a module. Therein included are times in which students are
requested to attend as well as times for self-study. One credit point corresponds to
approximately 30 hours.

The credit point equivalents assigned, to the forms of examinations, show how the grades for the
individual examinations influence the module grades.

The time specification of workload in front of the bracket identifies the duration of the respective
module part; within the bracket, firstly the time of presence and secondly the time for self-study
is specified. The time specifications for self-study (for, amongst other, preparation and post-
processing, and preparation for examination) are reference values and should help the students
to schedule their module workload.

The active participation in the instruction and learning formats as well as the successful
completion of examinations of a module are requirements for the acquisition of credits points
assigned to the respective module. Credit points are assigned to the student only when the
whole module was successfully completed.

If there are entry requirements defined for a module, the presentation of their fulfillment at the
registration can, as a special exception, be forgone, if the successful completion is presumable
under consideration of all applicable circumstances, in particular based on the students previous
university work. This decision is made by the Examination Committee.

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Abbreviations


wch = weekly contact hours
h = hours
CP = credit points


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Module 1 Polymer Synthesis Theory and Methods
Contents
1.1 Introduction to Macromolecular Chemistry:
polymerization reaction, molecular weights, polymer
architecture, polymers in solution
1.2 Methods in Polymer Synthesis:
polymerization, poly-addition, poly-condensation, special
polymers
1.3 Advanced Topics in Polymer Synthesis:
modern methods of synthesis, special polymer
architectures, modern methods of analysis, industrial
synthesis processes
Qualification
Objectives
This module ought to impart basic knowledge of the
macromolecular chemistry as well as the polymerization
reactions. This comprises a deepened knowledge of various
classes of polymers as well as the methods for their synthesis.
The module imparts special knowledge about modern methods
of the polymer synthesis, in particular in view of new materials,
novel applications and industrial syntheses.
Language English
Venue Freie Universität Berlin
Length of module First half of the winter semester (1st quarter)
Frequency of offer Each winter semester
Entry requirements
Admission to the Master of Science in Polymer Science
Program
Instruction and
learning methods and
weekly credit hours
1.1 lecture (2 wch), tutorial(1 wch)
1.2 lecture (2 wch)
1.3 lecture (2 wch)
Workload,
examination formats
1.1 90 (45 + 45) h (written examination, 2 h)
1.2 90 (30 + 60) h (written examination, 2 h)
1.3 90 (30 + 60) h (written examination, 2 h)
3 CP
3 CP
3 CP
Overall workload,
credit points
270 h 9 CP

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Module 2 Polymer Synthesis Practical Experience
Contents
The lab comprises laboratory tests on polymerization reactions
as well as on the characterization of macromolecules. Topics
are amongst others radicalic polymerization, stereo-selective
polymerization, block co-polymerization, condensation and
addition-polymerization, gas chromatography (GPC), nuclear
magnetic resonance (NMR), infrared spectroscopy(IR),
viscometry
Qualification
Objectives
The module serves as experimental complement of Module 1.
It ought to provide deeper insight into synthesis processes of
polymer chemistry and impart laboratory experience
Language English
Venue Freie Universität Berlin
Length of module First half of the winter semester (1. quarter)
Frequency of offer Each winter semester
Entry requirements
Admission to the Master of Science in Polymer Science
Program
Workload,
examination formats
180 (120 + 60) h (protocol, oral examination,
30-40 min)
Overall workload,
credit points
180 h 6 CP


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Module 3 Polymer Characterization
Contents
3.1 Polymer Characterization:
Methods for the determination of the molar mass,
optical spectroscopy, diffusion methods structure
determination, mechanical test methods.
3.2 Polymer Characterization and Polymers at Surfaces
and Interfaces Lab:
The lab comprises test on running research equipment.
Subject-areas are: raster-sensor-microscopy, optical
spectroscopy, calorimetry, computer-simulation.
Qualification
Objectives
This module shall impart basic knowledge on experimental
methods to characterize macromolecules, in particular
polymers. Students shall learn the physical basics that are
necessary for their understanding. In practical laboratory
experiments insights into selective physical measuring
techniques for the characterization of macromolecules shall
be imparted.
Language English
Venue Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Length of module Second half of the winter semester (2nd quarter)
Frequency of offer Each winter semester
Instruction and
learning methods and
weekly credit hours
3.1 lecture (2 wch), tutorial (1 wch)
3.2 laboratory placement (6 wch)
Workload,
examination formats
3.1 120 (45 + 75) h (written examination, 1 h)
3.2 180 (90 + 90)h (protocol, oral examination,
30–40 min)
4 CP
6 CP
Overall workload,
credit points
300 h 10 CP


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Module 4 Introduction to Polymer Theory
Contents
4.1 Introduction to Macromolecular Physics:
Introduction into mathematical methods of statistical
physics, model of the ideal chain, excluded volume,
melting, solution, networks, dynamics of polymer
systems.
4.2 Special Topics in Polymer Physics:
Topics about the physical background of special
characterization methods will be addressed (spec-
troscopy, diffusion methods, microscopy, surface
characterization).
Qualification Objectives
In this module basic knowledge about concepts of
theoretical physics for the description of macromolecules, in
particular linear polymers shall be acquired. In a seminar
the skill to present a given topic by means of examples from
polymer physics shall be strengthened.
Language English
Venue Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Length of module Second half of the winter semester (2nd quarter)
Frequency of offer Each winter semester
Instruction and learning
methods and weekly
credit hours
3.1 lecture (2 wch), tutorial (1 wch)
3.2 seminar (1 wch)
Workload,
examination methods
3.1 120 (45 + 75) h (written examination 1 h)

3.2 30 (15 + 15) h (presentation, approx. 20
min)
4 CP
1 CP
Overall workload, credit
points
150 h

5 CP


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Module 5 Polymerization Technology
Contents
5.1 Polymerization Technology:
Types and methods of polymerization reactions,
Kinetics of polymerization, process controls.
5.2 Polymerization Technology Lab:
Tests on viscosity, calorimetry, thermal degradation
and measurement.
5.3 Thermodynamics of Polymer Solutions:
Phase equilibriums, thermodynamic models of phase
equilibriums, multi-component-systems.
Qualification Objectives
Acquisition of basics for the production of polymers in
industrial scale. Providing of an overview on the process of
polymerization reactions, the collection of data during the
reactions and the analysis of kinetic data. Understanding
for the thermodynamics of polymer solutions, of the models
for phase equilibriums and the methods for the computation
of the composition of phase equilibriums.
Language English
Venue Technische Universität Berlin
Length of module First half of the summer semester (3rd quarter)
Frequency of offer Each summer semester
Entry requirements
Admission to the Master of Science in Polymer Science
Program
Workload,
examination methods
5.1 120 (45 + 75) h (written examination, 2 h)

5.2 90 (60 + 30) h (protocol, oral examination,
approx. 30 min.)

5.3 60 (30 + 30) h (written examination, 2 h)

4 CP

3 LP


2 CP
Overall workload, credit
points
270 h 9 CP




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Module 6 Polymer Processing and Surface Science of Polymers
Contents
6.1 Polymer Processing:
Mechanical and rheological characteristics of polymer
materials, extension-tension-diagrams, viscoelasticity,
description of rubber
6.2 Surface Science of Polymers:
Surface characteristics of polymer materials, thin
polymer films, adsorption of polymers in surfaces,
biocompatible polymers
Qualification Objectives
Basics of rheology and polymer processing. Providing
knowledge of the most important surface phenomena of
polymer systems. Theoretical description of the surface
phenomena and their significance in application technology.
Language English
Venue Technische Universität Berlin
Length of module First half of the summer semester (3rd quarter)
Frequency of offer Each summer semester
Entry requirements
Admission to the Master of Science in Polymer Science
Program
Workload,
examination methods
6.1 90 (45 + 45) h (written examination, 2 h)

6.2 90 (45 + 45) h (written examination, 2 h)

3 CP

3 CP
Overall workload, credit
points
180 h 6 CP


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Module 7 Physical and Engineering Properties
Contents
7.1 Physical and Engineering Properties:
Dielectric relaxation, ferro-, pyro- and piezoelectricity,
non-linear optical characteristics, conjugated polymers,
electroluminescence, photovoltaics.
7.2 Physical and Engineering Properties Lab:
Experiments on the topics of dielectric spectroscopy,
electrical poling of polymers, electroluminescence,
polymer-electronics, elastomers.
7.3 Physical and Engineering Properties Seminar:
Special topics of physically-technical application of
polymers will be dealt with (e.g. electrets, optical fibers,
polymer-electroluminescence and laser)
Qualification Objectives
In this module knowledge about the application of special
physically-technical characteristics of polymers will be
provided. The practical implementation of the knowledge
about manufacturing of sensors, actuators as well as
electrical and photonic devices will be learned by means of
laboratory placements. In a seminar the ability to present a
given topic should be strengthened.
Language English
Venue Universität Potsdam
Length of module Second half of the summer semester (4th quarter)
Frequency of offer Each summer semester
Instruction and learning
methods and weekly
credit hours
7.1 lecture (2 wch), tutorial (1 wch)
7.2 laboratory placement (2 wch)
7.3 seminar (1 wch)
Workload,
examination formats
7.1 90 (45 + 45) h (written examination, 1 h)

7.2 90 (30 + 60) h (protocol, oral
examination,approx. 15 min)
7.3 60 (15 + 45) h (presentation, approx. 15
min)
3 CP

3 CP


2 CP
Overall workload, credit
points
240 h

8 CP

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Module 8 Colloids and Biopolymers
Contents
8.1 Colloidal Phenomena:
Colloidal systems, DLVO-theory, applications.
8.2 Biopolymers:
Proteins, polysaccharides, polyester, synthetic
biopolymers.
8.3 Biopolymer and Colloid Laboratory:
Experiments on characterization of colloidal systems
(light dispersion, zeta-potential, electron microscopy)
as well as on the production of dispersions (latex).
8.4 Polymer Chemistry:
Special topics about synthesis of novel polymers will be
dealt with. The topics will be taken from the current
research literature.
Qualification Objectives
In this module basic knowledge about theoretical and
experimental concepts of Colloidal Science will be
acquired. Basic knowledge about the structure and
characteristics of selected biopolymers will be imparted. A
seminar should introduce the current research in the area
of synthesis of special polymers.
Language English
Venue Universität Potsdam
Length of module Second half of the summer semester (4th quarter)
Frequency of offer Each summer semester
Instruction and learning
methods and weekly
credit hours
8.1: lecture (1 wch)
8.2: lecture (1 wch)
8.3: lab placement (3 wch)
8.4: seminar (1 wch)
Workload,
examination methods
8.1: 60 (15 + 45) h (oral examination,
approx. 15 min)
8.2: 30 (15 + 15) h (written examination, 1 h)

8.3: 90 (45 + 45) h (protocol, oral examination,
approx.15 min)
8.4: 30 (15 + 15) h (presentation, approx. 15
min)

2 CP
1 CP

3 CP
1 CP
Overall workload, credit
points
210 h

7 CP

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Module 9 Master Thesis
Contents A special problem from the area of Polymer Science.
Qualification Objectives
This module ought to demonstrate the professional
competence to deal with a problem of Polymer Science
applying scientific methods in a fixed period of time.
Language English or German
Venue
Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,
Technische Universität Berlin, Universität Potsdam
Length of module 1 semester
Frequency of offer Each semester
Entry requirements Successfully completed modules 1 to 8
Workload,
examination formats
600 h, written work
Overall workload, credit
points
600 h 20 CP


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Module 10 Defense of Master Thesis
Contents
The general theoretic and experimental basics for the
understanding of the topic of the Master Thesis.
Qualification Objectives
This module ought to demonstrate the competence, to
present a problem of Polymer Science (identical in content
to the one of the Master Thesis) as well as the general
scientific background.
Language English
Venue
Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,
Technische Universität Berlin, Universität Potsdam
Length of module 1 semester
Frequency of offer Each semester
Instruction and learning
methods and weekly
credit hours
Independent research work
Workload,
examination formats
300 h (presentation, approx. 15 min, oral examination,
approx. 45 min)
Overall workload, credit
points
approx. 300 h 10 CP

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Anlage 2: Exemplary Course Schedule
Year of
study
Quarter
Modules and Areas of Study
Uni-
versity
Credit Points
Workload
1
M1
Polymer Synthesis
Theory and Methods
9 270
2
3
M2
Polymer Synthesis
Practical Experience
FU
6
15
180
450
M3
Polymer Characterization 10 300
M4
Introduction to Polymer
Theory
HU
5
15
150
450
M5
Polymerization
Technology
9 270
M6
Polymer Processing and
Surface Science of
Pol
y
mers
TU
6
15
180
450
M7
Physical and
Engineering Properties
8 240
1
4
Basic
Stage

M8
Colloids and
Biopolymers
UP
7
15
210
450
1 + 2
Lectures, Placements and
research Preparation
FU, HU,
TU, or UP
30 900
M9
Master Thesis 20 600 600
2
3 + 4
Speciali
zation
Stage

M10
Defense of Master
Thesis
FU, HU,
TU, or UP
10 300 300

Abbreviations:


M = Module
FU = Freie Universität Berlin
HU = Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
TU = Technische Universität Berlin
UP = Universität Potsdam

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Joint English Language Non-Consecutive Master of Science Program in Polymer Science of the

Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin,
and Universität Potsdam

Certificate


,
born on …, in …,

has successfully passed the joint English language non-consecutive Master of Science in Polymer Science prescribed courses
and examination in accordance with the conditions of study and examination regulations from … (FU-Mitteilungen ...., Amtliches
Mitteilungsblatt der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin ..., Amtliches Mitteilungsblatt der Technischen Universität Berlin ..., Amtliche
Bekanntmachungen der Universität Potsdam ...).

Title of M.Sc. thesis …
M.Sc. thesis supervisor …
2. M.Sc. Reviewer …
Thesis began/ended …
Oral defense …



Final grade: x (x)






(seal)












Head of the Head of the
Joint Board Examination Board




…, Berlin and Potsdam, Germany


Grading system: 1.0 – 1.5 very good; 1.6 – 2.5 good; 2.6 – 3.5 satisfactory; 3.6 – 4.0 sufficient; 4,1 – 5,0 fail l
Anlage 3: Zeugnis
(Muster, englische
Version)

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Gemeinsamer englischsprachiger nichtkonsekutiver Masterstudiengang Polymer Science der

Freien Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technischen Universität Berlin,
und der Universität Potsdam

Zeugnis


,
geboren am …, in …

Gemäß Ordnung für Studium und Prüfung im gemeinsamen englischsprachigen nichtkonsekutiven Masterstudiengang
Polymer Science vom … (FU-Mitteilungen ..., Amtliches Mitteilungsblatt der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin ..., Amtliches
Mitteilungsblatt der Technischen Universität Berlin ..., Amtliche Bekanntmachungen der Universität Potsdam ...) hat die
Kandidatin/der Kandidat die vorgeschriebenen Studien- und Prüfungsleistungen erbracht.

Thema der Masterarbeit …
Betreuerin oder Betreuer der Masterarbeit ….
Zweitgutachterin oder Zweitgutachter …
Anfang/Ende der Masterarbeit …
Verteidigung …



Gesamtnote: …






(Siegel)
















Berlin und Potsdam, den …


Notenskala: 1,0 – 1,5 sehr gut; 1,6 – 2,5 gut; 2,6 – 3,5 befriedigend; 3,6 – 4,0 ausreichend; 4,1 – 5,0 nicht ausreichend
Vorsitzender der Gemeinsamen
Kommission
Vorsitzender des Prüfungs-
ausschusses
Anlage 4: Zeugnis
(Muster, deutsche
Version)

Amtliches Mitteilungsblatt der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Nr. 64/2007

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In recognition of the successful fulfillment of the course
and examination requirements* of the
Master of Science Program in Polymer Science
of the
FreieUniversitätBerlin, Humboldt-UniversitätzuBerlin
TechnischeUniversitätBerlin and UniversitätPotsdam
and in accordance with the rules and regulations
the academic degree of
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
has been bestowed upon
xx.xx.xxxx
born on xxx xx, xxx, in xxx
xxx xx, xxxxin Berlin and Potsdam, Germany.
*As per conditions of the study and examination regulations from mm/dd/yyyy
(FU-Mitteilungen...., AmtlichesMitteilungsblattderHumboldt-Universitätzu
Berlin ..., AmtlichesMitteilungsblattderTechnischenUniversitätBerlin ...,
AmtlicheBekanntmachungenderUniversitätPotsdam ...)
The Master of Science Program in Polymer Science
(Seal)
Head of the
Joint Board
Head of the
Examination Board
(Seal)

Anlage 5: Urkunde (Muster, englische Version)
Amtliches Mitteilungsblatt der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Nr. 64/2007

24

In AnerkennungdererfolgreichenTeilnahme* am
gemeinsamenenglischsprachigenMasterstudiengang
Polymer Science
der
FreienUniversitätBerlin, Humboldt-UniversitätzuBerlin,
TechnischenUniversitätBerlin und derUniversitätPotsdam
wirdderHochschulgrad
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
verliehenan
xx.xx.xxxx
geborenam tt.mm.jjjjin xxxx
Berlin und Potsdam, den tt.mm.jjjj
*GemäßderStudien-und Prüfungsordnungvomtt.mm.jjjj(FU-Mitteilungen....,
AmtlichesMitteilungsblattderHumboldt-UniversitätzuBerlin ..., Amtliches
MitteilungsblattderTechnischenUniversitätBerlin ..., Amtliche
BekanntmachungenderUniversitätPotsdam ...)
The Master of Science Program in Polymer Science
(Siegel)
Vorsitzenderder
Gemeinsamen
Kommission
Vorsitzenderdes
Prüfungs-
ausschusses
(Siegel)
Anlage 6: Urkunde (Muster, deutsche Version)

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Anlage 7: Diploma Supplement (Muster, englische Version)






Master of Science in Polymer Science Program
at Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,
Technische Universität Berlin, and Universität Potsdam

Diploma Supplement


1. HOLDER OF THE QUALIFICATION
1.1 Family Name / 1.2 First Name
NAME, VORNAME

1.3 Date, Place, Country of Birth
MO. DATE, YEAR, PLACE

1.4 Student ID Number or Code
XXXXXX

2. QUALIFICATION
2.1 Name of Qualification
(full, abbreviated; in original language)
Master of Science - M.Sc.
Title Conferred
(full, abbreviated; in original language)
not applicable

2.2 Main Field(s) of Study
Chemistry, physics, and technology related areas of polymer science

2.3 Institutions Awarding the Qualification (in original language)
Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin und Universität Potsdam

Status (Type / Control)
Universities/State Institutions

2.4 Institution Administering Studies
(in original language)
Gemeinsame Kommission des Fachbereichs Biologie, Chemie, Pharmazie der Freien Universität Berlin, der
Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät I der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, der Fakultät Mathematik
und Naturwissenschaften der Technischen Universität Berlin sowie der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen
Fakultät der Universität Potsdam
Status (Type / Control)

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Universities/State Institutions

2.5 Language(s) of Instruction/examination
English

3. LEVEL OF THE QUALIFICATION
3.1 Level
Graduate second degree

3.2 Official Length of Program
Two years

3.3 Admission Requirements
[to be added]

4. CONTENTS AND RESULTS GAINED
4.1 Mode of Study
Full-time

4.2 Program Requirements / Qualification Profile of the Graduate
It is the objective of the non-consecutive, research oriented Master of Science in Polymer Science Program to
provide the qualification for a professional career in a scientific or industrial field of Polymer Science. The
master program imparts the skills necessary to apply scientific methods and knowledge to gain and interpret
research results and to communicate the results to the outside world.
The Master of Science in Polymer Science program offers an interdisciplinary training in the fields of chemistry,
physics, and material science. Besides the broad and fundamental qualification in all fields of polymer science
the program allows for specialization in one of the topics polymer physics, polymer chemistry, or polymer
technology. These topics are expected to cover the whole band width of scientific and economic activities in
the respective fields.

4.3 Program Details
See degree certificate, transcript of records, and final examination certificate for a list of attended courses and
grades including the topic of thesis.

4.4 Grading Scheme and relative ECTS grade
Grading system: 1.0 – 1.5 very good; 1.6 – 2.5 good; 2.6 – 3.5 satisfactory; 3.6 – 4.0 sufficient; 4,1 – 5,0 fail
Besides the final grade a relative grade is evaluated following the ECTS grading system: A – the best 10%;
B – the next 25%; C – the next 30%; D – the next 25%; E – the next 10%. This grade is evaluated relative to
the final grades of all graduates of the Polymer Science program of the preceding two years.

4.5 Overall Classification
(in original language)
FINAL GRADE

5. FUNCTION OF THE QUALIFICATION
5.1 Access to Further Study
Qualifies to apply for admission for doctoral work (thesis research)

5.2 Professional Status
The Master degree entitles the holder to exercise professional work in the fields of polymer science and
technology.


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6. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
6.1 Additional Information

6.2 Further Information Sources
On the institutions:
www.fu-berlin.de
,
www.hu-berlin.de
,
www.tu-berlin.de
,
www.uni-
potsdam.de

On the program:
www.polymerscience.de


7. CERTIFICATION
This diploma supplement refers to the following original documents:
Master of Science diploma (ISSUE DATE)
Certificate of grades (ISSUE DATE)
Transcript (ISSUE DATE)



Certification date: …








_________________________________
Chairman
(Official stamp) Examination Board


8. NATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM
The information on the national higher education system on the following pages provides a context for the qualification
and the type of higher education that awarded it.

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31




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Anlage 8: Diploma Supplement (Muster, deutsche Version)







Gemeinsamer englischsprachiger Masterstudiengang
Polymer Science
der Freien Universität Berlin, der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, der
Technischen Universität Berlin und der Universität Potsdam

Diploma Supplement





1. ANGABEN ZUM INHABER/ZUR INHABERIN DER QUALIFIKATION
1.1 Familienname / 1.2 Vorname
NAME, VORNAME

1.3 Geburtsdatum, Geburtsort, Geburtsland
MO. DATE, YEAR, PLACE

1.4 Matrikelnummer oder Code des/der Studierenden
XXXXXX

2. ANGABEN ZUR QUALIFIKATION
2.1 Bezeichnung der Qualifikation
(ausgeschrieben, abgekürzt)
Master of Science - M.Sc.
Bezeichnung des Titels
(ausgeschrieben, abgekürzt)
-

2.2 Hauptstudienfach oder –fächer für die Qualifikation
Chemie, Physik, Materialwissenschaften

2.3 Name der Einrichtung, die die Qualifikation verliehen hat
Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin und Universität Potsdam

Status (Typ/Trägerschaft)
Universität/staatlich


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2.4 Name der Einrichtung, die den Studiengang durchgeführt hat
Gemeinsame Kommission des Fachbereichs Biologie, Chemie, Pharmazie der Freien Universität Berlin, der
Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät I der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, der Fakultät Mathematik
und Naturwissenschaften der Technischen Universität Berlin sowie der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen
Fakultät der Universität Potsdam
Status (Typ/Trägerschaft)
Universitäten/staatlich

2.5 Im Unterricht / in der Prüfung verwendete Sprachen
English, ggf. deutsch

3. ANGABEN ZUR EBENE DER QUALIFIKATION
3.1 Ebene der Qualifikation
Weiterer berufsqualifizierender Hochschulabschluss

3.2 Dauer des Studiums
Zwei Jahre

3.3 Zugangsvoraussetzungen
[wird ergänzt]

4. ANGABEN ZUM INHALT UND ZU DEN ERZIELTEN ERGEBNISSEN
4.1 Studienform
Vollzeitstudium

4.2 Anforderungen des Studiengangs/Qualifikationsprofil des Absolventen/der Absolventin
Ausbildungsziel des nichtkonsekutiven, stärker forschungsorientierten, gemeinsamen, englischsprachigen
Masterstudiengangs Polymer Science ist die Qualifizierung für eine berufliche Karriere im wissenschaftlichen
und industriellen Arbeitsgebiet der Polymere. Der Masterstudiengang vermittelt die notwendigen
Kompetenzen, um wissenschaftliche Methoden und Erkenntnisse zur Gewinnung und Interpretation von
Forschungsergebnissen anwenden und die Ergebnisse nach außen kommunizieren zu können.
Der Masterstudiengang Polymer Science bietet eine interdisziplinäre Ausbildung in den Fächern Chemie,
Physik und Materialwissenschaften.

Neben der breiten, grundlegenden Qualifikation auf allen Feldern der
Polymerwissenschaften sieht der Masterstudiengang eine Spezialisierung auf eines der Themenfelder
Polymer-Physik, -Chemie oder -Technologie vor, die die Bandbreite der wissenschaftlichen und
wirtschaftlichen Aktivitäten hinreichend abdecken.

4.3 Einzelheiten zum Studiengang
Siehe Zeugnis und Transkript für weitere Informationen zu den besuchten Lehrveranstaltungen einschließlich
des Titels der Masterarbeit.

4.4 Notensystem und Hinweise zur Vergabe von Noten
Notenskala: 1,0 – 1,5 sehr gut; 1,6 – 2,5 gut; 2,6 – 3,5 befriedigend; 3,6 – 4,0 ausreichend; 4,0 – 5,0 nicht
ausreichend
Neben der Gesamtnote wird eine relative Note entsprechend der nachfolgenden ECTS-Bewertungsskala
ausgewiesen: A - die besten 10 %; B - die nächsten 25 %; C - die nächsten 30 %; D - die nächsten 25 %; E -
die nächsten 10 %. Die relative Gesamtnote wird berechnet unter Einbeziehung der Gesamtnoten aller
Absolventinnen und Absolventen der vorausgehenden zwei Jahre.

4.5 Gesamtnote

x.x




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5. ANGABEN ZUM STATUS DER QUALIFIKATION
5.1 Zugang zu weiterführenden Studien
Promotionsstudium (unter Berücksichtigung besonderer Zugangsregeln)

5.2 Beruflicher Status


6. WEITERE ANGABEN
6.1 Weitere Angaben

6.2 Informationsquellen für ergänzende Angaben
Über die Institutionen:
www.fu-berlin.de
,
www.hu-berlin.de
,
www.tu-berlin.de
,
www.uni-
potsdam.de

Über das Studienprogramm:
www.polymerscience.de


7. ZERTIFIZIERUNG
Dieses Diploma Supplement nimmt Bezug auf folgende Original-Dokumente:
Urkunde über die Verleihung des Grades vom (ISSUE DATE)
Prüfungszeugnis vom (ISSUE DATE)
Transkript vom (ISSUE DATE)



Datum der Zertifizierung: …








_________________________________
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rabe
Vorsitzender des
(Offizieller Stempel / Siegel) Prüfungsausschusses


8. Angaben zum nationalen Hochschulsystem

Die Informationen über das nationale Hochschulsystem auf den folgenden Seiten geben Auskunft über den Grad der
Qualifikation und den Typ der Institution, die sie vergeben hat.


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8. Informationen zum Hochschulsystem in Deutschland
i

8.1 Die unterschiedlichen Hochschulen und ihr institutioneller Status

Die Hochschulausbildung wird in Deutschland von drei Arten von Hochschulen angeboten.
ii


- Universitäten, einschließlich verschiedener spezialisierter Institutionen, bieten das gesamte
Spektrum akademischer Disziplinen an. Traditionell liegt der Schwerpunkt an deutschen
Universitäten besonders auf der Grundlagenforschung, so dass das fortgeschrittene Studium
vor allem theoretisch ausgerichtet und forschungsorientiert ist.

- Fachhochschulen konzentrieren ihre Studienangebote auf ingenieurwissenschaftliche und
technische Fächer, wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fächer, Sozialarbeit und Design. Der Auftrag
von angewandter Forschung und Entwicklung impliziert einen klaren praxisorientierten
Ansatz und eine berufsbezogene Ausrichtung des Studiums, was häufig integrierte und
begleitete Praktika in Industrie, Unternehmen oder anderen einschlägigen Einrichtungen
einschließt.

- Kunst- und Musikhochschulen bieten Studiengänge für künstlerische Tätigkeiten an, in
Bildender Kunst, Schauspiel und Musik, in den Bereichen Regie, Produktion und Drehbuch
für Theater, Film und andere Medien sowie in den Bereichen Design, Architektur, Medien
und Kommunikation.

Hochschulen sind entweder staatliche oder staatlich anerkannte Institutionen. Sowohl in
ihrem Handeln einschließlich der Planung von Studiengängen als auch in der Festsetzung und
Zuerkennung von Studienabschlüssen unterliegen sie der Hochschulgesetzgebung.
8.2 Studiengänge und -abschlüsse

In allen drei Hochschultypen wurden die Studiengänge traditionell als integrierte „lange“
(einstufige) Studiengänge angeboten, die entweder zum Diplom oder zum Magister Artium
führen oder mit einer Staatsprüfung abschließen.

Im Rahmen des Bologna-Prozesses wird das einstufige Studiensystem sukzessive durch ein
zweistufiges ersetzt. Seit 1998 besteht die Möglichkeit, parallel zu oder anstelle von
traditionellen Studiengängen gestufte Studiengänge (Bachelor und Master) anzubieten. Dies
soll den Studierenden mehr Wahlmöglichkeiten und Flexibilität beim Planen und Verfolgen
ihrer Lernziele bieten, sowie Studiengänge international kompatibler machen.

Einzelheiten s. Abschnitte 8.4.1, 8.4.2 bzw. 8.4.3 Tab. 1 gibt eine zusammenfassende
Übersicht.

8.3 Anerkennung/Akkreditierung von Studiengängen und Abschlüssen

Um die Qualität und die Vergleichbarkeit von Qualifikationen sicher zu stellen, müssen sich
sowohl die Organisation und Struktur von Studiengängen als auch die grundsätzlichen
Anforderungen an Studienabschlüsse an den Prinzipien und Regelungen der Ständigen
Konferenz der Kultusminister der Länder (KMK) orientieren.
iii
Seit 1999 existiert ein
bundesweites Akkreditierungssystem für Studiengänge unter der Aufsicht des
Akkreditierungsrates, nach dem alle neu eingeführten Studiengänge akkreditiert werden.
Akkreditierte Studiengänge sind berechtigt, das Qualitätssiegel des Akkreditierungsrates zu
führen.
iv


8.4 Organisation und Struktur der Studiengänge

Die folgenden Studiengänge können von allen drei Hochschultypen angeboten werden.
Bachelor- und Masterstudiengänge können nacheinander, an unterschiedlichen Hochschulen,
an unterschiedlichen Hochschultypen und mit Phasen der Erwerbstätigkeit zwischen der
ersten und der zweiten Qualifikationsstufe studiert werden. Bei der Planung werden Module
und das Europäische System zur Akkumulation und Transfer von Kreditpunkten (ECTS)
verwendet, wobei einem Semester 30 Kreditpunkte entsprechen.

8.4.1 Bachelor

In Bachelorstudiengängen werden wissenschaftliche Grundlagen, Methodenkompetenz und
berufsfeldbezogene Qualifikationen vermittelt. Der Bachelorabschluss wird nach 3 bis 4
Jahren vergeben.
Zum Bachelorstudiengang gehört eine schriftliche Abschlussarbeit. Studiengänge, die mit
dem Bachelor abgeschlossen werden, müssen gemäß dem Gesetz zur Errichtung einer
Stiftung zur Akkreditierung von Studiengängen in Deutschland akkreditiert werden.
v

Studiengänge der ersten Qualifikationsstufe (Bachelor) schließen mit den Graden Bachelor of
Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.), Bachelor of
Laws (LL.B.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) oder Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) ab.

8.4.2 Master

Der Master ist der zweite Studienabschluss nach weiteren 1 bis 2 Jahren. Masterstudiengänge
sind nach den Profiltypen „stärker anwendungsorientiert“ und „stärker forschungsorientiert“
zu differenzieren. Die Hochschulen legen für jeden Masterstudiengang das Profil fest.
Zum Masterstudiengang gehört eine schriftliche Abschlussarbeit. Studiengänge, die mit dem
Master abgeschlossen werden, müssen gemäß dem Gesetz zur Errichtung einer Stiftung zur
Akkreditierung von Studiengängen in Deutschland akkreditiert werden.
vi

Studiengänge der zweiten Qualifikationsstufe (Master) schließen mit den Graden Master of
Arts (M.A.), Master of Science (M.Sc.), Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), Master of Laws
(LL.M.), Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) oder Master of Music (M.Mus.) ab. Weiterbildende
Masterstudiengänge, sowie solche, die inhaltlich nicht auf den vorangegangenen
Bachelorstudiengang aufbauen können andere Bezeichnungen erhalten (z.B. MBA).

8.4.3 Integrierte „lange“ einstufige Studiengänge:
Diplom, Magister Artium, Staatsprüfung

Ein integrierter Studiengang ist entweder mono-disziplinär (Diplomabschlüsse und die
meisten Staatsprüfungen) oder besteht aus einer Kombination von entweder zwei
Hauptfächern oder einem Haupt- und zwei Nebenfächern (Magister Artium). Das Vorstudium
(1,5 bis 2 Jahre) dient der breiten Orientierung und dem Grundlagenerwerb im jeweiligen
Fach. Eine Zwischenprüfung (bzw. Vordiplom) ist Voraussetzung für die Zulassung zum
Hauptstudium, d.h. zum fortgeschrittenen Studium und der Spezialisierung. Voraussetzung
für den Abschluss sind die Vorlage einer schriftlichen Abschlussarbeit (Dauer bis zu 6
Monaten) und umfangreiche schriftliche und mündliche Abschlussprüfungen. Ähnliche
Regelungen gelten für die Staatsprüfung. Die erworbene Qualifikation entspricht dem Master.

- Die Regelstudienzeit an Universitäten beträgt bei integrierten Studiengängen 4 bis 5 Jahre
(Diplom, Magister Artium) oder 3 bis 6,5 Jahre (Staatsprüfung). Mit dem Diplom werden
ingenieur-, natur- und wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Studiengänge abgeschlossen. In den
Geisteswissenschaften ist der entsprechende Abschluss in der Regel der Magister Artium
(M.A.). In den Sozialwissenschaften variiert die Praxis je nach Tradition der jeweiligen
Hochschule. Juristische, medizinische, pharmazeutische und Lehramtsstudiengänge schließen
mit der Staatsprüfung ab.
Die drei Qualifikationen (Diplom, Magister Artium und Staatsprüfung) sind akademisch
gleichwertig. Sie bilden die formale Voraussetzung zur Promotion. Weitere
Zulassungsvoraussetzungen können von der Hochschule festgelegt werden, s. Abschnitt 8.5.

- Die Regelstudienzeit an Fachhochschulen (FH) beträgt bei integrierten Studiengängen 4
Jahre und schließt mit dem Diplom (FH) ab. Fachhochschulen haben kein Promotionsrecht;
qualifizierte Absolventen können sich für die Zulassung zur Promotion an
promotionsberechtigten Hochschulen bewerben, s. Abschnitt 8.5.

- Das Studium an Kunst- und Musikhochschulen ist in seiner Organisation und Struktur
abhängig vom jeweiligen Fachgebiet und der individuellen Zielsetzung. Neben dem Diplom-
bzw. Magisterabschluss gibt es bei integrierten Studiengängen Zertifikate und zertifizierte
Abschlussprüfungen für spezielle Bereiche und berufliche Zwecke.

8.5 Promotion

Universitäten sowie gleichgestellte Hochschulen und einige Kunst- und Musikhochschulen
sind promotionsberechtigt. Formale Voraussetzung für die Zulassung zur Promotion ist ein
qualifizierter Masterabschluss (Fachhochschulen und Universitäten), ein Magisterabschluss,
ein Diplom, eine Staatsprüfung oder ein äquivalenter ausländischer Abschluss. Besonders
qualifizierte Inhaber eines Bachelorgrades oder eines Diplom (FH) können ohne einen
weiteren Studienabschluss im Wege eines Eignungsfeststellungsverfahrens zur Promotion
zugelassen werden. Die Universitäten bzw. promotionsberechtigten Hochschulen regeln
sowohl die Zulassung zur Promotion als auch die Art der Eignungsprüfung. Voraussetzung
für die Zulassung ist außerdem, dass das Promotionsprojekt von einem Hochschullehrer als
Betreuer angenommen wird.

8.6 Benotungsskala

Die deutsche Benotungsskala umfasst üblicherweise 5 Grade (mit zahlenmäßigen
Entsprechungen; es können auch Zwischennoten vergeben werden): „Sehr gut“ (1), „Gut“
(2), „Befriedigend“ (3), „Ausreichend“ (4), „Nicht ausreichend“ (5). Zum Bestehen ist
mindestens die Note „Ausreichend“ (4) notwendig. Die Bezeichnung für die Noten kann in
Einzelfällen und für den Doktorgrad abweichen.
Außerdem verwenden Hochschulen zum Teil bereits die ECTS-Benotungsskala, die mit den
Graden A (die besten 10%), B (die nächsten 25%), C (die nächsten 30%), D (die nächsten
25%) und E (die nächsten 10%) arbeitet.

8.7 Hochschulzugang

Die Allgemeine Hochschulreife (Abitur) nach 12 bis 13 Schuljahren ermöglicht den Zugang
zu allen Studiengängen. Die Fachgebundene Hochschulreife ermöglicht den Zugang zu
bestimmten Fächern. Das Studium an Fachhochschulen ist auch mit der Fachhochschulreife
möglich, die in der Regel nach 12 Schuljahren erworben wird. Der Zugang zu Kunst- und
Musikhochschulen kann auf der Grundlage von anderen bzw. zusätzlichen Voraussetzungen
zum Nachweis einer besonderen Eignung erfolgen.
Die Hochschulen können in bestimmten Fällen zusätzliche spezifische Zulassungsverfahren
durchführen.

8.8 Informationsquellen in der Bundesrepublik

- Kultusministerkonferenz (KMK) (Ständige Konferenz der Kultusminister
der Länder in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland); Lennéstr. 6, D-53113
Bonn; Fax: +49(0)228/501-229; Tel.: +49(0)228/501-0
- Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen (ZaB) als deutsche
NARIC; www.kmk.org; E-Mail: zab@kmk.org
- “Dokumentations- und Bildungsinformationsdienst” als deutscher
Partner im EURYDICE-Netz, für Informationen zum Bildungswesen in
Deutschland (www.kmk.org/doku/bildungswesen.htm; E-Mail:
eurydice@kmk.org)
- Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK); Ahrstr. 39, D-53175 Bonn; Fax:
+49(0)228/887-110; Tel.: +49(0)228/887-0; www.hrk.de; E-Mail:
sekr@hrk.de
- “Hochschulkompass“ der Hochschulrektorenkonferenz, enthält
umfassende Informationen zu Hochschulen, Studiengängen etc.
(www.hochschulkompass.de)





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i

Die Information berücksichtigt nur die Aspekte, die direkt das Diploma Supplement betreffe. Informationsstand 1.7.2005.
ii

Berufsakademien sind keine Hochschulen, es gibt sie nur in einigen
Bundesländern. Sie bieten Studiengänge in enger Zusammenarbeit
mit privaten Unternehmen an. Studierende erhalten einen offiziellen
Abschluss und machen eine Ausbildung im Betrieb. Manche
Berufsakademien bieten Bachelorstudiengänge an, deren Abschlüsse
einem Bachelorgrad einer Hochschule gleichgestellt werden können,
wenn sie von einer deutschen Akkreditierungsagentur akkreditiert sind.
iii

Ländergemeinsame Strukturvorgaben gemäß § 9 Abs. 2 HRG für die
Akkreditierung von Bachelor- und Masterstudiengängen (Beschluss
der Kultusministerkonferenz vom 10.10.2003 i.d.F. vom 21.4.2005).
iv

„Gesetz zur Errichtung einer Stiftung ‚Stiftung zur Akkreditierung von
Studiengängen in Deutschland’“, in Kraft getreten am 26.02.05, GV.
NRW. 2005, Nr. 5, S. 45, in Verbindung mit der Vereinbarung der
Länder zur Stiftung „Stiftung: Akkreditierung von Studiengängen in
Deutschland“ (Beschluss der Kultusministerkonferenz vom
16.12.2004).
v

Siehe Fußnote Nr. 4.
vi

Siehe Fußnote Nr. 4.
Integrierte/lange (einstufige) Studiengänge
Promotion
Besondere
Zulassungsregelungen




Promotion
(Dr.)


(Dissertation / evtl.
einschließlich
Diplom (FH) Grad [4 Jahre]
Diplom & M.A. Grad, Zertifikate, zertifizierte Prüfungen
[4,5 Jahre]


Promotion
(Dr.)
UNIVERSITÄTEN und
diesen
gleichgestellte
SPEZIALISIERTE
INSTITUTIONEN
(Theologische und
Pädagogische Hochschulen)

[Promotion]


Fachhochschulen
(FH)

Kunst- und Musik-
hochschulen

[Promotion teilweise
möglich]
Diplom & Magister Artium (M.A.) Grad [4-5 Jahre]
Staatsprüfung [3-6,5 Jahre]
Master (M.A./M.Sc./M.Eng./LL.M)
[1-2 Jahre]
Bachelor (B.A./B.Sc./B.Eng./LL.B)
[3-4 Jahre]
Master (M.A./M.Sc./M.Eng./LL.M)
[1-2 Jahre]
Bachelor (B.A./B.Sc./B.Eng./LL.B)
[3-4 Jahre]
Master (M.A./M.F.A./M.Mus.)
[1-2 Jahre]
Bachelor (B.A./B.F.A./B.Mus.)
[3-4 Jahre]
Besondere
Zulassungsregelungen
Besondere
Zulassungsregelungen
Besondere
Zulassungsregelungen
Studiengänge und
Abschlüsse
Erster Abschluss
Zweiter Abschluss
Besondere
Zulassungsregelungen