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Second degree

If you have already completed a degree program and would like to take up another admission-restricted program, you must apply for a second degree. If you are aiming for a first master's degree after a first bachelor's degree, this is not yet a second degree, but a consecutive master's degree. At the time of application, you must have successfully completed your first degree at a German university.

Four black doctor hats flying in the air in front of blue sky with white clouds. © Jürgen Huhn​/​TU Dortmund

A course of study is completed when the prescribed state final examination (Staatsexamen) or academic final examination (e.g. Diplom or Magister examination, Bachelor's degree) has been successfully passed. For information on when a final examination is considered to have been taken, please contact the office that administers the examination. Only 3% of the study places are open to second degree applicants.

The study places are allocated according to a point value, which is formed from the examination result of the first degree and the reasons for the second degree. Furthermore, the same formal admission requirements apply to second degree applicants as to first degree applicants.

The following point values are available for the examination result of the completed first degree:

  • Grades "excellent" and "very good" 4 points
  • Grade "good" and fully "satisfactory" 3 points
  • Grade "satisfactory" 2 points
  • Grade "sufficient" 1 point
  • Grade "not proven" 1 point

The grade with which you completed your undergraduate studies must be evidenced in your degree certificate or in a special certificate issued by the office responsible for issuing the degree certificate. Otherwise, the worst performance grade must be used. You must then enclose certificates from the examination offices (results notifications from the examination office) with your application for admission.

  • Mandatory professional reasons 9 points
  • Scientific reasons 7 to 11 points
  • Special professional reasons 7 points
  • Other professional reasons 4 points
  • Other reasons 1 point

For details on the reasons for a second degree, please refer to the guidelines of the Foundation for University Admission. Students who are seeking to reintegrate or re-enter the workforce after a family phase may receive an increase of up to 2 points when applying for a second degree program. The increase is eligible if, for family reasons (e.g. marriage, raising children), the former professional activity had to be abandoned or, out of consideration for family concerns, the student had to forego taking up an adequate professional activity after completing the first degree. The amount of the point surcharge depends on the degree to which the student is affected. The extent of the burden (e.g. number of children, duration of the family phase) shall be taken into account in an appropriate manner. There is no cumulation of several reasons; the most favorable case group is taken as a basis in each case. The points supplement for applicants who have previously postponed their second degree for family reasons is independent of this; it is granted in addition.

At the end of the online enrollment, please print out the application for enrollment and submit it, including the documents to be submitted as stated on the application, to the Registrar's Office. Please note the deadline stated on your admission letter.

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The same application deadlines apply as for first-year applicants.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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