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Master's program in Chemical Biology

Short profile

The Master's degree program Chemical Biology focuses on the molecular aspects of the life sciences with respect to the understanding of biological processes and their targeted chemical manipulation. In addition, modern methods of biotechnology and bioanalytics as well as their applications are taught. 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.
In compulsory elective lectures, laboratory courses and seminars in chemical biology, cell biology and medicinal chemistry, students deepen their theoretical knowledge and practical skills in research-relevant topics. They can also take courses in chemistry or other natural or non-scientific fields. In addition, students choose a focus area in which they participate as interns in ongoing research and demonstrate their ability to conduct independent research in the Master's thesis. The completion of the Master's thesis, scheduled to take six months, marks the end of the degree program.
In the Master's degree program, studying abroad for one to two semesters is easily possible. Comparable exams passed successfully abroad can be credited without any problems due to the freedom of choice in the Master's degree program.

Skills and knowledge

The Master's degree program in Chemical Biology is based on the corresponding Bachelor's degree program. Therefore, not only a comprehensive theoretical education from the Bachelor’s degree program is required, but also a comparable scope of laboratory courses, not only in the field of biochemistry/chemical biology, but also in chemistry. Thus, admission to the Master's degree program is only possible if the Bachelor's degree program is comparable to the Bachelor's degree program in Chemistry/Chemical Biology at TU Dortmund University. An application for admission must be submitted to verify the equivalence. A grade of at least 3.2 is required for admission to the Master's degree program.

Fields of professional activity after the study

The degree program focuses on research and development in the field of chemical and molecular biology with topics such as new active pharmaceutical ingredients, food additives and agricultural products as well as biomedical analysis and diagnostics. Chemical biologists can also work in the food and cosmetics industries and in the development of medical devices. Another very important occupational field is the highly relevant area of biological-medical basic research. There are also good career opportunities in the fields of patents, administration, product management, sales, analytics, production, occupational health and safety, quality management, marketing, public relations, pharmaceutical consulting, and business consulting.
Most students, however, do their doctorate before starting their professional lives. In this phase of writing the doctoral thesis (approx. 3-5 years), it is common to earn a living through temporary employment (usually half-time) or a scholarship.

Further information

In addition to courses in cell biology and biochemistry, the Master's degree program also offers courses in medicinal chemistry, biomolecular modeling, systems biology, structural biology, and bioorganic, bioinorganic, and biophysical chemistry. Another area in which students can deepen their knowledge is the special analytics of biomolecules. Furthermore, it is possible to take courses leading to professional qualifications, particularly in the field of economics, as part of the degree program.
The cooperation with the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering and the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors is also particularly noteworthy. This gives students a wide range of options for choosing courses and the area in which they gain a deeper insight 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 Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). 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 Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord 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 20 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 H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. 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 Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

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 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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