KJM-MENA5555 – Polymers and macromolecules

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Course content

The course gives students a fundamental introduction to concepts used to understand composition and properties of polymers and macromolecular systems.

Learning outcome

After completing this course:

  • you can discuss and define fundamental concepts in polymer synthesis; especially radical polymerization, and you have laborative experience doing polymer synthesis.
  • you can describe physical properties for different polymers and relate microscopic structure to properties and dynamic on a macroscopic level
  • you understand and are able to describe different experimental techniques that are used to characterize macromolecules. You also have practical experience with some methods of characterization of polymers in solution.
  • you know the most important theoretical models for polymer solutions and melts
  • you understand and are able to explain basic concepts of structure formation in solution and spontaneous creation of amphiphilic polymers.
  • you are familiar with the use of polymers in material technology, nanotechnology, and medicine.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


The course comprises 45 hours of lectures 16 hours of group seminars and a mandatory labaoratory course of 28 hours. Your laboratory course has to be approved before you can attend the final exam. Approved laboratory course is valid 4 semesters after the semester it was approved.

The laboratory course is mandatory, and valid absence has to be documented with a doctor's note or similar to the student administration at The department of chemistry. There is also mandatory registration at the first lecture. If you are unable to meet to the first lecture, you have to inform the expedition office (phone 22 85 54 46, e-mail ekspedisjonen@kjemi.uio.no) no later than the same day in order to keep your place on the course.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


Oral examination counts 100 % of the final grade. Your laboratory course must be approved before you can attend the exam. Approved laboratory course is valid 4 semesters after the semester it was approved.

Examination support material


The calculator must fulfill the requirements specified by The Department of Mathematics (only in Norwegian).

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every spring

Teaching may be canceled if less than 5 students apply.

The course is given for the last time in the spring semester of 2018.


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)