In biochemical and chemical engineering, women and men are equally in demand when it comes to life’s small and big problems: clean laundry, clean water, and clean air – but also paint, cosmetics, medicine, fertilizer, or new forms of energy. Biochemical Engineers convert findings from the life sciences into technical applications.
This demanding program conveys broad and well-founded basic knowledge of mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering while training students to become process engineers capable of planning, developing, implementing, assessing, and operating biotechnological processes.
The Bachelor’s program in Biochemical Engineering first provides – in addition to a general introduction to biotechnology – the necessary foundations in mathematics, physics, inorganic, organic and biochemistry, technical mechanics, materials science, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and microbiology/genetic engineering. Building on this, subsequent courses are offered on specific subject areas within biochemical engineering, such as process engineering, bioreaction technology, biomaterials, various types of apparatus used for biotechnological processes, process dynamics and control, and process design, as well as specialization modules that can be selected according to one's own inclination.
The theoretically acquired knowledge is consolidated through internships and practically applied in the Design Project within the framework of system planning. With the Bachelor’s thesis, the qualifying degree program is completed and the graduate can go to work in an industrial company.
What should you bring to the program?
- very good knowledge of mathematics
- broad interests in natural sciences and technology
- motivation and willingness to work.
Test your own aptitude for Biochemical Engineering here (German only). For new students, participation in the test is a prerequisite for enrollment.
There's a German motto that succinctly states how central and pervasive engineering is, „Kein Ding ohne Ing.!“ – not a thing without engineering! The fields of application in biochemical engineering are as diverse as the areas of training: After completing the Bachelor's degree program, you will have acquired the basic knowledge and skills to launch a professional career. On the one hand, you are now prepared to pursue the research-oriented Master’s degree; on the other hand, you are also well equipped to start working in industry, in administration, or in research institutions.
Examples of future career options:
- as a process engineer in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, food, biotech, or chemical industry, develop new processes in biotechnology or optimize existing ones
- as a project engineer in biotechnology or in an engineering office, develop equipment, plant components, or entire production plants for biotechnology
- as an engineer or maintenance manager, build, operate, and maintain equipment in biotech plants
- as a product or marketing engineer specializing in a particular product or process, advise customers on product characteristics and sell products
- work in the marketing department or in management at a biotech company
- work in documentation, testing and security, occupational safety, or intellectual property.
On the website of the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering, former students report on their experiences after completing the program.
No industrial internship has to be carried out before beginning studies, but the program plan does include a mandatory 12-week internship in a suitable company. Subsequently, a three-semester Master's degree can be completed at the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering.
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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 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”.