KJM-MENA9555 – Polymers and Macromolecules

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.

Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.

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.
  • you can compile and present scientific information to your peers.

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

KJM-MENA3300 – Physical Chemistry III - Macromolecules, Condensed Phases and Dynamics

Overlapping courses


The course comprises 45 hours of lectures 16 hours of group seminars and a mandatory laboratory course of 28 hours. You also have to familiarize yourself with a scientific topic given to you by the person responsible for the course and present it to your fellow students. The presentation must be approved before you can attend the exam.

The laboratory course is mandatory and must be approved prior to the final examination.

A completed and approved laboratory course is valid for six semesters after the semester it was approved.

It is mandatory to attend the first lecture (including students on the waiting list). If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must notify the Department of Chemistry before the start of the lecture, otherwise your course registration will be cancelled.

Attendance at the laboratory course is mandatory. If you are prevented from meeting, you have to show documentation that you were legally absent (medical note from a doctor or similar).

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.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Oral examination counts 100 % of final grade.

Your laboratory course must be approved before you can attend the exam. Approved laboratory course is valid 6 semesters after the semester it was approved.You also have to give a presentation on a given topic. The presentation must be approved before you can attend the exam.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: KJM-MENA5555 – Polymers and Macromolecules

Examination support material


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

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Sep. 22, 2020 1:16:56 PM

Facts about this course


Teaching may be canceled if less than 5 students apply.

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)