The Master’s program in Chemistry enables students to expand their knowledge and practical skills to the current state of research, so they can work independently in a field such as research, development, production, or analytics. Instead of mandatory courses, there are only framework requirements. On the one hand, this ensures technical breadth through the in-depth study of inorganic, organic, physical / theoretical, technical, and analytical chemistry, and on the other hand it gives students the opportunity to choose a focus for their studies. In this area they complete a research internship and, through the Master's thesis, demonstrate the ability to carry out independent scientific work.
A distinctive advantage of studying at TU Dortmund University is the intensive collaboration with the Faculty of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering, the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology, and the Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences. In addition to courses in analytical chemistry and technical chemistry, lectures are also offered in subjects such as bio-organic and medical chemistry, molecular modeling, and macromolecular chemistry.
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.
Due to the specialization in bio-organic chemistry in the Master's program, graduates can work professionally in the manufacture of products from renewable raw materials or materials with special properties obtained through the connection of biomolecules. In addition, the range of courses in macromolecular chemistry can prove helpful as preparation for working in the field of plastics.
A special feature of the program is the cooperation with the Faculty of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering, which means that students can choose from a wide range of elective courses in technical chemistry. Choosing technical chemistry as a focus enables better career opportunities if one wants, for example, to collaborate on scaling up from the laboratory to industrial production or on optimizing production processes. For those who want to work in the field of analytics, the option of focusing on analytical chemistry is an advantage.
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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”.