Polymer Engineering and Science (BSc)

The 21st century material

One material has truly come to the fore in every area of life in recent years: plastic. Without plastic, there would be no computers, smartphones or functional sports clothing. Plastic has revolutionised medical technology and allowed us to build lighter and more energy-efficient vehicles. Its processing versatility and wide range of properties is like no other material. Plastic truly deserves to be known as the "21st century material".

Plastic greentastic – environment and climate protection

Plastics and environmental protection are not a contradiction in terms. Quite the opposite: plastics help save energy and have a better eco-balance than many other materials. If you replaced all plastics in the EU with other suitable materials, total energy requirements would go up by 57 percent. Plastics are also environmentally friendly in terms of service life. Over 50 percent of the plastics used in Austria are recyclable and the rest can be converted into energy via thermal recycling.

What skills and interests do I need?

Have you always wanted to know how a smartphone was made? Do you wonder what stresses plastics in aeroplanes can cope with? Curiosity and interest are the most vital requirements for studying polymer engineering. The key to success in this technical course is not being afraid of technology, whether students are from a Gymnasium [grammar school], HAK [commercial academy] or HBLA [vocational college] etc.

What skills and interests do I need?

Have you always wanted to know how a smartphone was made? Do you wonder what stresses plastics in aeroplanes can cope with?
Curiosity and interest are the most vital requirements for studying polymer engineering. The key to success in this technical course is not being afraid of technology and the natural science, whether you enrolled in these courses during your high school years.

What can I expect during my studies?

The first general year will help students build up a solid technical basis. In the following semesters, students will learn all about the fascinating world of plastics. Depending on their field of interest, students can then choose to expand their knowledge in a specific field. Whether they decide to study the chemistry of plastics, how to create plastics and composites, plastics processing, injection moulding for plastics, composites processing or working with and testing plastics, the Polymer Engineering course at Montanuniversität Leoben can be tailored to suit them.

What can I expect after my studies?

Leoben‘s polymer engineering graduates are highlysought after in the industry. Many graduate students receive job offers even before they have finished their studies, which puts them in the unique situation to be able to choose one out of many job offers from domestic as well as international companies.
The course of study is extremely broad and comprehensive, and so are the fields of activity for polymer engineers. They range from micro- and nanotechnology, aviation and aerospace to mechanical engineering, sports equipment, electrical engineering and electronics.

Particularly in the automotive industry, polymer and composite materials are essential. Over the past few years, the use of polymeric materials has also been increasing rapidly in the field of medical engineering and alternative energy production.
In a nutshell: Leoben polymer engineers look forward to a bright future with interesting job opportunities around the globe.