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Professional fields for graduates of chemistry

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, new energy sources must be increasingly developed in the future and raw material reserves must be better utilized through recycling. Integrated environmental protection also requires the development of environmentally compatible 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 ingredients with a specific action profile are also challenges for chemists.

As exemplary analyses of job advertisements in 2014 have shown, bachelor's graduates are primarily sought after in the fields of analytical chemistry and technical chemistry, but also for tasks in organization, evaluation, procurement and documentation. However, the job market is still underdeveloped. Most students therefore follow a Master's program after the Bachelor's program. Master's graduates can, for example, work in the fields of analytics, production, sales, quality assurance, project management and patents. But there are also career opportunities outside the chemical and related industries, such as in insurance and management consulting. Most students, however, follow the master's program with a doctorate (PhD). 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 on a management position in the company right at the beginning of their professional life. The earning opportunitiesand are good to very good.

Professional fields for graduates of 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 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 conducted with the participation of the neighboring re­nowned Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dort­mund and is the first of its type in Germany.

The orientation of the program is aimed at research and development in the field of molecular biotechnology with topics such as new drug substances, biomedical analytics and diagnostics. Chemical biologists can also work in the food and cosmetics industry and in medical device development. A further, very important professional field is basic biological and medical research. In this highly topical field, the profound education in chemistry is of great benefit to chemical biologists.

As exemplary analyses of job advertisements in 2014 have shown, Bachelor graduates are primarily sought in the fields of pharmaceutical analytics and diagnostics for the organization of studies, the further development of existing test systems, evaluation, procurement and documentation. The job market for Bachelor's graduates is still very limited. However, it is possible that it will develop further in the coming years. Most students are currently pursuing a master's degree after their bachelor's degree. Master's graduates can work in the fields of diagnostics, analytics, production, sales, quality assurance, project management, approval procedures, patents, etc. Outside the pharmaceutical and related industries, there are career opportunities in the insurance industry and in management consulting, for example. The majority of students complete a doctorate (dissertation) 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.

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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