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Master (1 Subject)

Chemical Biology


Degree Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Field Natural Sciences and Technology
Language German
Standard program duration 4 semesters
Admission restrictions None
Further in­for­mation Homepage (German only)
Module Handbook (German only)
Syllabus (German only)

Short profile

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.

Knowledge and skills

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.

Professional fields

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.

Further in­for­mation

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”.

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