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Course content

The course provides the students with basic concepts in polymer chemistry. Particular emphasis is placed on polymerization reactions-mechanisms and kinetics and methods for molecular characterization of polymers. In addition, statistical treatment of flexible chain molecules, thermodynamics and rheology of polymer systems are discussed.

Learning outcome

On successful completion of this course:

  • you will have a broad knowledge of the principles and concepts of contemporary polymer chemistry.
  • you can discuss and define the basic concepts of polymer synthesis.
  • you can elucidate the basic reactions in polymer chemistry.
  • you can describe the physical properties of different polymers.
  • you can describe the different experimental techniques used in the characterization of polymer solutions.
  • you can describe theoretical models used to describe polymer solutions.
  • you can compile and give a seminar about a given topic.


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.


Recommended previous knowledge

KJM1110 – Organic chemistry I (continued) og KJM1130 – Physical Chemistry I - Thermodynamics and Kinetics or equivalent background knowledge.

Overlapping courses


Lectures (34 hours), Seminars (20 hours), and a compulsory laboratory course of 40 hours (5 exercises). You also have to prepare and give a seminar on a given topic. An approved laboratory course and seminar is a prerequisite for taking part in the final examination.

The first lecture and the first laboratory course are mandatory. If you fail to meet and do not informe the Departments office (phone nr. 22 85 54 46) prior to the lecture/lab, you will loose your admission to the entire 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.

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.


Written examination (4 hours) or oral examiniation will be decided after the start of the semester, and counts 100 % of the final grade. You also have to prepare and give a seminar on a given topic. An approved laboratory course and seminar is a prerequisite for attending the exam.

Examination support material

Pocket calculator.

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 pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This subject offers new examination in the beginning of the subsequent term for candidates who fail an ordinary examination. We do not offer new examination for students who withdraw from the exam. Deferred examinations for students who due to illness or other valid reason of absence were unable to sit for their final exams will be arranged at the same time. (These valid reasons has to be documented within given deadlines.)

For general information about new and deferred examination, see
the faculty's pages about retaking exams

More information about examination at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences can be found here

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.


The laboratory course is valid in 4 subsequent semesters after it was taken.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2012

The course may be cancelled if fewer than five students apply.


Autumn 2012

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)