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Master (1 Subject)

Process Systems Engineering


Degree Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Field Natural Sciences and Technology
Language English
Standard program duration 4 semesters
Admission restrictions Detailed regulations
Further information Homepage
Module Handbook (German only)

Short profile

The education in the specialization Process Systems Engineering enables students to work on the design and operation of complex chemical and biochemical production systems using mathematical models and modern computer tools for simulation and optimization. This comprises advanced control and production scheduling methods and the analysis and description of experimental data. Training in process systems engineering is in great demand in the market, as it enables a chemical engineer to acquire all the knowledge necessary not only for designing a chemical plant, but also for its simulation and optimization.

It is a wellplanned course in which students will not be studying core chemical engineering subjects such as thermodynamics, mass transfer, and heat transfer once again. Instead students will have the opportunity to learn subjects like process control and industrial automation, which will bring them up to speed on the electronics involved in a chemical plant. Also, students will have the opportunity to learn to operate software systems including Aspen and GProms.

Students learn in a truly international class and work together with fellow students from other countries, cultures, and backgrounds. Joint work in tutorials, labs, and project groups broadens students' horizons and enables them to interact respectfully in international teams and organizations.

Knowledge and skills

The program is intended for excellent students who have a Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering or an equivalent field.

Since the Process Systems Engineering stream of the master's program is exclusively taught in English, international applicants must provide a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) certificate (Institution Code: 8523, Department Code: 1001). Detailed regulations are to be found in the admission regulations. Although not demanded by the Faculty of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering of TU Dortmund University, TOEFL/IELTS will in most cases be requested by the embassies during the visa process. In addition, knowledge of German is appreciated, although it is not essential to the application.

Admission is based on the overall academic performance, recommendation letters, GRE scores, statement of purpose, and further qualifications. For the evaluation, Bachelor programs dealing with process control systems, logic, simulation, mathematical models, and the like will be weighted more than others.

The program can be started only after an industrial internship of 12 weeks, which has to be equal to the practical training of the bBachelor’s degree programs in Chemical Engineering or Bioengineering at TU Dortmund University. The internship office of the Faculty of Biochemical und Chemical Engineering will decide on the equivalence.

Students who have completed a Bachelor's program of less than seven semesters or a Bachelor's program outside of Europe (other than ECTS programs) start the program with an obligatory preparatory semester. This first semester takes place in the winter term, which begins in October. Thus the program lasts two years. The preparatory semester is recommended also for those with ECTS-compliant Bachelor's degrees. However, these students may also start the program in the summer term (April).

Only after successful completion of the preparatory semester by the end of the following summer semester, students can be admitted to further master's studies in the subsequent semesters.

Professional fields

Chemical engineering represents the branch of the engineering sciences that is concerned with the chemical conversion of materials and with the related technical processes and equipment. Chemical engineers find employment in chemical and process technology, in the food processing and beverage industries, in the pharmaceutical industry, the oil industry, the automotive industry, the energy sector, and the ever-expanding environmental sector. Increasingly complicated plant technology and advancing automation lead to a continual need for graduates in chemical engineering. Chemical engineers are active in the fields of research and development, plant design, plant construction, plant operation, production, sales and service, and in the official approval and monitoring of plants and processes.

Chemical engineers participate in major industrial corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises, and the civil service. Due to a broadly based training, chemical engineers match the needs of the modern job market very well. Professional activity is not restricted to the chemical industry, but extends to many associated industries. The Faculty of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering (BCI) at TU Dortmund University and the degrees it confers enjoy a high reputation in German industry, resulting in a wide range of industrial placements and an excellent employment outlook.

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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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