The Master's program deepens students' knowledge of the molecular aspects of the life sciences with a view toward understanding biological processes and performing targeted chemical manipulation. In addition, students learn about modern methods of biotechnology and bioanalytics, as well as how they are applied.
In compulsory elective lectures, internships, and seminars in chemical biology, cell biology, and medical chemistry, students deepen their theoretical knowledge and practical skills with respect to research-related topics. In addition, they can attend courses in chemistry, other natural sciences, or nonscientific subjects. Also, students choose a focus in which they will complete a research internship, working on current research, and write a Master's thesis demonstrating the ability to carry out independent research. The program concludes with completion of the Master's thesis, which is expected to take six months.
During the Master's phase, it is quite possible to study abroad for one to two semesters. Comparable achievements acquired abroad can easily be credited due to the freedom of choice in the Master's program.
The Master's program in Chemistry builds on the corresponding Bachelor's degree. Thus it is necessary to have both extensive theoretical training from the Bachelor's program and a correspondingly extensive practical training in the laboratory. Therefore, admission to the Master's program is only possible if the Bachelor's degree is comparable to the Bachelor's degree in Chemistry at TU Dortmund University. To check equivalence, an application for admission must be submitted. A Bachelor's degree in Chemical Biology from TU Dortmund University is considered equivalent.
A minimum grade of 3.0 is required for admission to the Master's program. If this has not been achieved, admission to the Master's program is only possible through the examination board.
Since industry has a constant need for new products and further development of the existing range of products, the areas of employment open to chemists are very diverse. Depending on their interests and the chosen focus of study, graduates can work in research and development, for example, in the fields of additives, new medical agents, special catalysts, materials for new technologies, environmentally compatible products, or measurement methods and devices. There are also good career options in areas such as intellectual property, organization, product management, process optimization, sales, marketing, public relations, occupational health and safety, quality management, pharmaceutical consulting, and business consulting.
Most graduates, however, pursue a doctoral degree before beginning their professional life. During this phase devoted to completion of the doctoral thesis (approximately three to five years), living expenses are generally financed by means of part-time (usually half-day) employment or a scholarship. Students with outstanding academic performance in the Master's program can switch directly to the doctoral program after the third semester.
Students in the Master's program can attend, in addition to courses in cell biology and biochemistry, courses in medical chemistry, biomolecular modeling, systems biology, and structural biology as well as bio-organic, bio-inorganic, and biophysical chemistry, among others. A further area in which students can delve deeper is the special analysis of biomolecules. Within the framework of the Master's program, it is also possible to take other courses, particularly from the area of business and economics, that lead to professional qualifications.
Another feature of the program that deserves to be highlighted is the cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology, the Faculty of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering, and the Leibniz Institute for Working Environment and Human Standards. This gives students a wide range of options when it comes to the choice of courses and the areas where they can gain deeper insights into research through the research internship and 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”.