The Master’s degree program Chemistry enables students to deepen their knowledge and practical skills in light of the current state of research in order to work independently, e.g. in the fields of research, development, production or analytics. As the courses are mainly held in English, the students learn to master the English scientific terms and use them in an international environment in their professional life.
Students can choose between two major fields of study. The major field “Molecules and Materials” contains mainly courses in inorganic and organic chemistry. In the major field “Experiment and Theory”, on the other hand, students select courses in physical/theoretical and technical chemistry. The assignment of courses in analytical chemistry is regulated in the module handbook. In addition to compulsory elective lectures and laboratory courses, students do a research internship in one subject of the major field. Through the final Master's thesis in the same subject, students demonstrate their ability to work independently in science.
In the Master’s degree program, studying abroad for one to two semesters is easily possible. Comparable exams and laboratory courses passed successfully abroad can be credited without any problems due to the freedom of choice in the Master's degree program.
The Master’s degree program Chemistry is based on the corresponding Bachelor’s degree program. Therefore, not only comprehensive theoretical training from the Bachelor’s degree program is required, but also a comparable scope of laboratory courses in classical chemistry. Therefore, admission to the Master’s degree program is only possible if the Bachelor’s degree program is comparable to the B.Sc. degree program Chemistry at TU Dortmund University. An application for admission must be submitted to verify the equivalence. The degree program Chemical Biology at TU Dortmund University is considered comparable. A German grade of at least 3.2 is required for admission to the Master’s degree program.
Since the industry constantly needs new products and continues to develop its scope, the field of activity of chemists is very diverse. Depending on their interests and the focus of their studies, graduates can work in research and development, e.g. in the fields of additives, new medical agents, special catalysts, materials for new technologies, environmentally compatible products or measuring methods and devices. In addition, there are good career opportunities in, for example, patenting, organization, product management, process optimization, sales, marketing, public relations, occupational safety, quality management, pharmaceutical consulting, and management consulting.
However, most students do their doctorate before starting their professional life. During this phase of completing the doctoral thesis (about 3-5 years), it is common to finance living expenses through temporary employment (usually half-time) or a scholarship.
The special feature of the Master’s degree program at TU Dortmund University is the intensive cooperation with the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering, the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology and the Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften (ISAS). In addition to courses in classical chemistry, courses in analytical chemistry and technical chemistry are also offered, as well as courses in bioorganic and medicinal chemistry, molecular modeling and macromolecular chemistry. In addition, it is possible to take courses leading to professional qualifications, particularly in the field of economics, as part of the degree program.
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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”.