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Master (1 Subject)



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 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.

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

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”.

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