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Information for prospective students

The faculty offers the following study programmes:

1-subject bachelor and master programme in chem­is­try

Chemical knowledge and practical experience are essential when dealing with chemical solids, liquids and gases during their refinement, use, processing, recycling, etc. The study of chem­is­try at the TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is based on the different tasks for chemists.

The Bachelor's programme primarily imparts theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the basic subjects of chem­is­try (general and inorganic chem­is­try, organic chem­is­try and physical chem­is­try) as well as in mathematics and the neighbouring disciplines of natural sciences and engineering.

In the Master's programme, a targeted specialisation in one of the subjects of inorganic, organic or physical chem­is­try, but also in technical chem­is­try, is possible.

After graduation, chem­is­try students are well prepared to face the professional challenges and to participate in the shaping of our living space and our environment as well as in sustainable, fu­ture-oriented progress.


Professional fields of chemists

The natural science of chem­is­try deals with the properties and transformations of chemical substances. This results in a wide range of activities for chemists in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry as well as in other professional fields.

Research and development in chem­is­try contributes significantly to progress in various fields such as environmental protection, transport technology, in­for­mation and computer technology and medicine. Due to the limited supply of fossil fuels and global warming, it will be necessary in fu­ture to develop new sources of energy and to make better use of raw material reserves through recycling. Integrated environmental protection also requires the development of environmentally friendly products, the consistent further development of production processes and their control by reliable and sensitive analytical methods. The new or further development of materials with defined properties and the synthesis of new active substances with a specific action profile are also challenges for chemists.

As analyses of job advertisements carried out in 2014 using examples have shown, Bachelor's graduates are primarily sought in the fields of analytical chem­is­try and technical chem­is­try, but also for tasks of organisation, evaluation, ordering and documentation. However, the labour market is still underdeveloped. Most students therefore follow a Master's programme after a Bachelor's programme. Master's graduates can, for example, work in the fields of analytics, production, sales and distribution, quality assurance, proj­ect management and patents. But there are also career opportunities outside the chemical and related industries, such as in insurance and management consultancy. Most students, however, follow the Master's programme with a doctorate (doctoral thesis). On the one hand, graduates with a doctorate have more opportunities to work in re­search and development and, on the other hand, often take up a management position in a company right at the beginning of their professional life. The earning opportunitiesand are good to very good.

1-subject bachelor and master programme in chemical biology

In re­search, a rapidly growing frontier area between biology and chem­is­try, chemical biology, is establishing itself. It deals with chemical processes in biological systems. The Chemical Biology course differs from biochemistry courses in that it is more strongly chemically oriented and specifically highlights topics from the border area between chem­is­try and biology, such as the chemical synthesis of biologically active substances, the development of biosensors or targeted chemical mod­i­fi­ca­tions of biomolecules. Special areas from classical biology, such as botany, zoology or ecology, are not re­le­vant to chemical biology and are therefore not covered. The Chemical Biology course is run with the participation of the neighbouring re­nowned Max Planck In­sti­tute for Molecular Physiology in Dort­mund and is the first of its type in Germany.

The Bachelor's programme in Chemical Biology primarily imparts theoretical knowledge and practical skills in chem­is­try, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology and cell biology as well as in mathematics and in the neighbouring disciplines of natural sciences and engineering.

In the Master's programme, students can choose from various courses in the fields of medicinal chem­is­try, molecular cell biology, chemical biology and chem­is­try as well as from various other scientific and non-scientific courses according to certain frame­work requirements.

After completing their studies, students of Chemical Biology are well prepared to take on professional challenges and to participate in the shaping of our living space and our environment as well as in sustainable, fu­ture-compatible progress.


Occupational fields for graduates of chemical biology

The course of study is aimed at re­search and development in the field of molecular biotechnology with topics such as new active pharmaceutical ingredients, biomedical analysis and diagnostics. Chemical biologists can also work in the food and cosmetics industry and in medical device development. Another very im­por­tant professional field is basic biological and medical re­search. In this highly topical field, the profound train­ing in chem­is­try is of great ben­efit to chemical biologists.

As analyses of job advertisements carried out in 2014 using examples have shown, Bachelor's graduates are sought above all in the fields of pharmaceutical analytics and diagnostics for the organisation of studies, the further development of existing test systems, evaluation, ordering and documentation. The labour market for Bachelor's graduates is still very limited. However, it may be that it will develop further in the next few years. Most students are currently pursuing a Master's programme following a Bachelor's programme. Master's graduates can work in the fields of diagnostics, analytics, production, sales, quality assurance, proj­ect management, admissions procedures, patents, etc. Outside the pharmaceutical and related industries, there are career opportunities in, for example, insurance and management consultancy. The majority of students complete a doctorate (PhD) after completing their studies. On the one hand, graduates with a doctorate have more opportunities to work in re­search and development and, on the other hand, they often take up a management position in the company right at the beginning of their professional life. Graduates have good to very good earning opportunities, depending on the degree.


2-subject bachelor and master programs for all teaching positions

In addition, the faculty is involved in the teaching of the subject "Sachunterricht" for a teaching profession in elementary school.

Since the winter semester 2011/12, the TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has been offering the teacher train­ing program in ac­cor­dance with the new law on teacher train­ing in NRW of 12.05.2009 (LABG 2009, last amended on 21.07.2018). All teacher train­ing courses comprise a 3-year Bachelor's program and a 2-year Master's program.

Entry into a higher semester or lateral entry

Recognition of already acquired achievements in chem­is­try for an entry into the 2-subject bachelor or master program is possible. For technical questions regarding the recognition of achievements in the field of chem­is­try and admission, please contact the student advisory service.
Academic counseling


Teacher train­ing Biology at the TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is one of the scientific reference disciplines in the teacher train­ing course for subject teaching according to the LABG 2009. A study of the subject Biology on the basis of the law on teacher train­ing in NRW of 12.05.2009 (LABG 2009) is not offered at the TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity.

Student advisory service

For personal advice on our courses of study, the student advisory service offers consultation hours, which you can find under the point "Stu­dien­be­ra­tung". Appointments are possible in consultation with the respective study advisors.


Every year the Faculty of Chem­is­try and Chemical Biology awards German scholarships. In addition, there are a number of other scholarship programs. Not only students with top grades have a chance to receive a scholarship. There are also scholarships that take into account not only the performance but also the commitment and living conditions of (fu­ture) students. The TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity supports students in finding the right scholarship and in applying for it in many ways.

Doctoral/Post-doctoral degrees

It goes without saying that our faculty also offers the possibility of doctoral and post-doctoral degrees.

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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