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Master's program in Chem­is­try

Short profile

The Master's program in 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 to use them in an in­ter­na­tio­nal environment in their professional life.

In the study program there is a choice 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 elective lectures and laboratory courses, students have 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 in science.

In the Master’s program, a study 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 program.

Skills and knowledge

The Master's program in chem­is­try is based on the corresponding Bachelor's degree. Therefore, not only comprehensive theoretical train­ing from the Bachelor's program is required, but also a comparable scope of laboratory courses in classical chem­is­try. Therefore, admission to the Master's program is only possible if the Bachelor's program is comparable to the B.Sc. program in Chem­is­try at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. An application for admission must be submitted to verify the equivalence. The study of 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 program.

Fields of professional activity after the study

Since 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 stipend.

Further in­for­mation

The special feature of the Master’s degree program at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is the intensive cooperation with the Faculty of Bio- and Chemical Engineering, the Max Planck In­sti­tute for Molecular Physiology and the Leibniz In­sti­tute for Analytical Sciences. 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.

Details on our German website

Information about the application

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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