TU Dortmund University is becoming more and more international. More than 4,000 students from around 115 countries are enrolled here; they make up about 11 percent of all 34,300 students. This is mirrored in the University’s course portfolio: TU Dortmund University offers several master’s degree programs or master’s specializations that are conducted entirely in English. Contents, program structure and cooperation partners: Please find here all the most important information at a glance.
If you are an international student thinking of coming to TU Dortmund University, the International Office is the right point of contact. Visit its website to find out more about the application process.
Please note that this degree program is currently still in the accreditation process. Any conditions imposed by the accrediting agencies may result in the modification or cancellation of the degree program.
The International Master of Advanced Methods in Particle Physics (IMAPP) is a joint degree program offered by the University of Bologna (Italy), the University of Clermont Auvergne (France) and TU Dortmund University (Germany), and it is supported by internationally renowned partner institutions. The main focus of the program is on experimental and theoretical particle physics. Methodologically, the program is based on three pillars, each of which is associated with one of the three universities. These are machine learning and statistical data analysis, instrumentation and detector physics as well as large-scale scientific computing and programming. Training in these aspects is the second focus of the program.
The students of one year study as a cohort, who attend courses together at the University of Clermont Auvergne (1st semester), TU Dortmund University (2nd semester) and the University of Bologna (3rd semester) during the first three semesters. In the fourth semester, the students will write a Master thesis, which can be carried out at one of the three universities or at one of the associated partner institutions.
Industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, automated driving and smart and collaborative robots have become omnipresent in science, research, and industry. These rapidly advancing technologies have a substantial impact on the economy, society, and all aspects of life: The robots of the future will collaborate with humans in the workplace and assist them in health care, rehabilitation, services, education, and entertainment. More than 450 graduates of the M.Sc. degree program “Automation and Robotics” are already actively engaged in shaping the future of robotics and automation in academia and industry.
TU Dortmund University invites national and international students to join the two-year master’s program: During their studies, they will acquire theoretical knowledge in class, gain practical experience in the lab and in the framework of a six-month individual research project for their master’s thesis, and participate actively in research and development.
The program is affiliated with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, and Biochemical and Chemical Engineering. In addition, the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) plays an active role in teaching and research, providing opportunities for student projects and master’s theses.
Studies start with compulsory subjects in the first semester in order to give students from different engineering disciplines an equal academic foundation in mathematics, programming, and the fundamentals of robotics and automation. The mandatory courses form the basis for the advanced, specialized courses in the second and third semester. Here, students elect courses from one of three specializations – robotics, process automation or cognitive systems.
The Master's degree program Chemical Biology focuses on the molecular aspects of the life sciences with respect to the understanding of biological processes and their targeted chemical manipulation. In addition, modern methods of biotechnology and bioanalytics as well as their applications are taught. As the courses are mainly held in English, the students learn to master the English scientific terms and use them in an international environment in their professional life.
In compulsory elective lectures, laboratory courses and seminars in chemical biology, cell biology and medicinal chemistry, students deepen their theoretical knowledge and practical skills in research-relevant topics. They can also take courses in chemistry or other natural or non-scientific fields. In addition, students choose a focus area in which they participate as interns in ongoing research and demonstrate their ability to conduct independent research in the Master's thesis. The completion of the Master's thesis, scheduled to take six months, marks the end of the degree program.
In the Master's degree program, studying abroad for one to two semesters is easily possible. Comparable exams passed successfully abroad can be credited without any problems due to the freedom of choice in the Master's degree program.
The specialization “Process Systems Engineering” in the M.Sc. degree program in Chemical Engineering enables students to work on the design and operation of complex chemical and biochemical production systems using mathematical models and state-of-the-art computer tools for simulation and optimization. This includes advanced control and production scheduling methods and the analysis and description of experimental data.
Process Systems Engineering is a carefully planned course where students do not repeat core chemical engineering subjects, such as thermodynamics, mass transfer or heat transfer etc., but instead have the opportunity to study subjects such as process control or industrial automation. In addition, students can learn how to use specialist software, for example Aspen or GProms.
Students learn in a truly international class and work together with peers from other countries, cultures, and backgrounds. Joint work in tutorials, lab exercises and project groups broaden their horizons and enable them to interact professionally in international teams and organizations.
The courses provide an education which is fundamental yet detailed as well as challenging both in terms of science and practice, while additionally focusing on soft skills and languages. Beyond a sound knowledge of engineering, students acquire a working knowledge of German and technical English and develop social skills through group projects and seminars. Graduates of this master’s program enjoy excellent employment prospects in both industry and higher education.
The Master's degree program Chemistry enables students to deepen their knowledge and practical skills in light of the current state of research in order to work independently, e.g. in the fields of research, development, production or analytics. As the courses are mainly held in English, the students learn to master the English scientific terms and use them in an international environment in their professional life.
Students can choose between two major fields of study. The major field “Molecules and Materials” contains mainly courses in inorganic and organic chemistry. In the major field “Experiment and Theory”, on the other hand, students select courses in physical/theoretical and industrial chemistry. The assignment of courses in analytical chemistry is regulated in the module handbook. In addition to compulsory elective lectures and laboratory courses, students do a research internship in one subject of the major field. Through the final Master's thesis in the same subject, students demonstrate their ability to work independently in science.
In the Master’s degree program, studying abroad for one to two semesters is easily possible. Comparable exams and laboratory courses passed successfully abroad can be credited without any problems due to the freedom of choice in the Master's degree program.
The two-year M.Sc. degree program in Data Science builds on the Data Science B.Sc. degree program and can be started in either the summer or the winter semester. It is run jointly by the Departments of Statistics, Computer Science, and Mathematics and provides a sound basis in statistical and mathematical theory as well as teaching contemporary methods and knowledge. As a result, graduates are capable of working scientifically and of reflecting critically on scientific findings and implementing them responsibly.
The ability to communicate methods and their application at an interdisciplinary level, especially at the interface between statistics, computer science, mathematics and their fields of application, is a key aspect of the program.
Students who have already completed a B.Sc. program in statistics, mathematics, computer science or a related field may be admitted to this master’s program (possibly with certain restrictions). All mandatory courses are taught in English, elective courses in German may be offered.
Building on preceding studies, the advanced courses cover statistical theory, statistical learning, big data, and the application of methods in chosen areas of study. Emphasis is placed on the development and application of efficient procedures for analyzing in particular very large amounts of data. On the one hand, the English-language program prepares national students for international positions and, on the other hand, it gives international students the opportunity to gain a foothold in Germany.
Please note that the B.Sc. program „Data Science“ is taught in German.
Econometrics is a four-semester master’s degree program offered by TU Dortmund University, Ruhr-University Bochum and the University of Duisburg-Essen. The program is run jointly by the economics departments of the three universities and the Department of Statistics at TU Dortmund University. It combines the expertise and breadth of the participating departments in economics and empirical economic research with the methods-oriented training of the statisticians and econometricians at Germany’s only statistics department.
Students acquire the ability to combine methodological skills with expertise in economics. They gain extensive knowledge of econometric methods and models and an in-depth understanding of central economic causal relationships and the resulting econometric outcomes. The program particularly helps students interested in research to develop the analytical skills needed to address specific research questions in economics and thus prepares them well for doctoral studies in econometrics or neighboring disciplines. The program is also excellent preparation for a career in econometrics, empirical economic research, evidence-based policy consulting or operational research.
Most modules consist of several courses which may be chosen according to students’ individual interests. Core courses address key concepts in statistical theory, econometrics and time series analysis. The core curriculum also teaches skills in project management, consulting, and applied research. A large portfolio of electives and seminars on specialized topics enables students to deepen their knowledge in selected fields of econometric theory and applied economic research, e.g., health economics or financial econometrics.
Graduates receive a joint M.Sc. degree from the four participating departments.
The M.Sc. in Manufacturing Technology (MMT) focuses on the analysis of advanced manufacturing problems with a strong emphasis on the combination of scientific theory-based courses and experimental industrial setups. The English-taught master’s degree program provides an excellent university education for outstanding, motivated, and dedicated students within a research-based framework complemented by industrial cooperation.
In the first two semesters, students gain deep, theoretical knowledge in the field of manufacturing technology. In addition, they choose elective modules according to their individual interests. The second year of study is dedicated to acquiring practical skills by completing the laboratory and scientific (industrial) project work modules. Students also learn how to organize and implement team projects.
Thanks to the program’s internationality, students acquire intercultural skills. The “Interdisciplinary Qualification” module allows students to familiarize themselves with the methodologies of other disciplines such as the humanities or the social or economic sciences. Skills acquired in rhetoric and language courses can be applied in everyday working life and contribute to students’ personal development.
The Master of Science in Spatial Planning is a two-semester-program which welcomes especially students from the fields of urban and regional planning, spatial planning, and urban design. Students from similar disciplines such as geographers, (landscape) architects or civil engineers are also welcome to apply to the M.Sc. Spatial Planning if their respective Bachelor studies or working experience correspond with the content of the bachelor program in the Department of the Spatial Planning.
Depending on the particular curriculum the students are able to choose seminars out of different specializations. The specializations taught in English are called „Urban Transformation“ and „Planning in the Global South“.
With the consecutive master program Spatial Planning, students acquire an additional professional qualification. At the same time, the master program serves as preparation for acquiring a doctorate. The master program Spatial Planning qualifies students in particular to apply basic knowledge in spatial planning in new contexts on an interdisciplinary basis and to extend their knowledge and skills individually in chosen fields of spatial planning research activities.
SPRING stands for Spatial Planning for Regions in Growing Economies and is a two-year master’s degree program that addresses current spatial planning topics in developing and emerging countries. For example, SPRING students discuss the challenges of rapid urban growth, reflect on the conflict between environmental protection and economic development, design concepts to improve transport systems or define strategies to cope with the impacts of climate change.
The first year of the SPRING program takes place at TU Dortmund University, followed by a second year at one of the four partner universities in Ghana, Tanzania, the Philippines or Chile (Chile is currently not available as a second-year destination, it will likely be included again in 2021).
Each of the SPRING partner institutions has special academic expertise, which is reflected in the respective curriculum and course offer. Specializations or study foci vary from Urban Planning at Ardhi University to Sustainable Development Planning and Management at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Environmental Economics in Planning at the Universidad Austral de Chile, and Special Problems in Regional Planning (Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management) at the University of the Philippines.
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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 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 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 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”.