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Bachelor (1 Subject)

Chemical Biology


Degree Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Field Natural Sciences and Technology
Language German
Standard program duration 6 semesters
Admission restrictions Admission restriction (NC) for the first semester
Overview of NC procedure (German only)
Further information Homepage
Module Handbook (German only)
Curriculum (German only)

Short profile

The Bachelor's degree in Chemical Biology is strongly interdisciplinary and is offered with the participation of the neighboring Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology. Students gain a broad range of basic knowledge through courses in the following areas:

  • chemistry (general, analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry)
  • methods of structure determination
  • mathematics and physics
  • toxicology and law
  • biochemistry and molecular biology
  • cell biology and microbiology
  • bio-organic chemistry
  • bio-inorganic and biophysical chemistry
  • compulsory elective courses.

Most mandatory courses are accompanied by laboratory internships. With the associated seminars, these comprise 46% of the attendance time during the program. The Bachelor's program concludes with a Bachelor's thesis, a first scientific paper. Since the examination of chemical processes in biological systems stands in the foreground, the program is more strongly oriented toward chemistry than most courses of study in biochemistry. In the courses in chemical biology, students learn more in theory and practice concerning the properties of biomolecules in particular, including how they can be used to carry out reactions, for example, to create new products.

Knowledge and skills

There are no requirements for prior knowledge or internships in chemistry, since all the basics are covered in the program. However, the more chemical and biochemical knowledge a student comes with, the easier it will be to get started. In mathematics and English, on the other hand, basic knowledge is required. At the least, it is assumed that students will be able to read and understand scientific publications written in English no later than the end of the Bachelor's program.

In general, this course of study requires enthusiasm for chemistry and biochemistry as well as experimentation. Besides that, students should bring to the program a capacity for teamwork, perseverance, motivation, joy in learning, and an independent way of working. To help students prepare for the program, the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology offers a preparatory course in the last two weeks before studies commence in the winter semester. Here the chemical and mathematical material taught in high school will be recapitulated.

Professional fields

After completing their studies, chemical biologists can work, for example, in the following areas:

  • fundamental research
  • new active pharmaceutical agents
  • development of biosensors
  • biotechnological products
  • diagnostic methods
  • food additives
  • cosmetics and detergents
  • development of medical measurement methods and devices
  • ...

The majority of the graduates of the degree program work in research. There are also career opportunities in areas such as product management, clinical studies, quality management, analytics, sales, marketing, intellectual property, documentation, organization, public relations, business consulting, and pharmaceutical consulting, among others.

The Bachelor's degree qualifies graduates for professional life. Most, however, pursue a Master's degree.

Further information

A semester or year abroad is quite possible, particularly in the Master's phase. Here no more compulsory courses need to be completed; rather, with the exception of one seminar each in chemical biology and medical chemistry, and within certain basic guidelines, students need only take elective courses. During the stay abroad, students can take courses, carry out a research internship, or complete the Master's thesis.

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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”.

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