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Master's program in Chemistry

Short profile

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 industrial 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.

Skills and knowledge

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.

Fields of professional activity after the study

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.

Further information

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 industrial 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 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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