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Master's Programme in Chemical Engineering - Process Systems Engineering in Dortmund

Since 2001 the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering at the TU Dortmund University has offered an internationally oriented programme in Chemical Engineering leading to a Master of Science (M.Sc) degree recognised world-wide. Only the Process Systems Engineering option offered fully in English is offered from the winter semester 2008/2009 onward. Master in Chemical Engineering (Master Chemieingenieurwesen-taught in German) can also be chosen.

The education in the specialisation Process Systems Engineering enables the students to work on the design and operation of complex chemical and biochemical production systems using mathematical models and modern computer tools for simulation and optimisation. This comprises advanced control and production scheduling methods and the analysis and description of experimental data. Process Systems Engineering has a great demand in the market as it enables a chemical engineer to acquire all the knowledge necessary not just for designing a chemical plant but also for its simulation and optimization. It is a well-planned course in which students will not be studying the core chemical engineering subjects like thermodynamics, mass transfer or heat transfer etc. once again. Instead students will have the opportunity to learn subjects like Process Control, Industrial Automation etc. which will enable them to be at par with the electronics involved in a chemical plant. Also, students will have the opportunity to learn to operate softwares like Aspen, GProms etc. At this juncture it is important that students revise their chemical engineering knowledge so that they can build upon it and get the maximum out of the course.

Students learn in a truly international class and work together with fellows from other countries, cultures and backgrounds. Joint work in tutorials, labs and project groups will broaden the horizon and enable to interact respectfully in international teams and organisations.

The programme lasts at least three semesters. It is intended for students having a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering or its equivalent and starts in summer semester. However, students having passed a bachelor's programme of less than 7 semesters or a non-ECTS* bachelor programme have to start with an obligatory preparatory semester (first semester) in winter starting in October. Thus the course lasts two years. The preparatory semester is recommended also for ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) bachelors. Only after the successful completion of the preparatory semester by the end of the following summer semester students are admitted to further Master's studies in the next semesters. Detailed regulations are laid down in the "Official Admission regulations" available here.

The courses provide fundamental yet detailed, scientifically and practically challenging applied education, while additionally focussing on soft skills and languages. Above and beyond a sound engineering knowledge, the students will acquire a working knowledge of German and technical English and develop social skills through group projects and seminars.

Graduates of this Master's Programme have excellent employment opportunities in both industry and higher education. Check the following pages for more information to



PHD Students

We are always open for applications of prospective PhD students. Students with a Master's Degree in Chemical or Biochemical Engineering or related subjects can apply for PhD Programmes in the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering (BCI) in Dortmund.

When you apply, please follow some rules:

1. Do not send out mails to "anybody" or to the Master's Programme Coordinator. We do not answer them at all.

2. Take the time to browse through the websites of our labs and have a thorough look at what they do and where you find interfaces with your research interest. Afterwards, send your application directly and only to the head of the respective laboratory, clearly stating your topic of interest, your qualification etc.

3. Please include into your application:

  • An individual letter addressed to the head of the laboratory stating your topics of interest as well as your qualifications and the interfaces with the research work of the respective lab
  • Certificates (Master, Bachelor, Highschool, language or other)
  • Transcripts of records from your university
  • Other evidence of qualification like publication lists etc.

In a nutshell applications should have the same format as a professional job application. Once more we ask for some understanding that any form of "global" application or mail to the department will be ignored as well as using Master's Programme forms for this purpose or contacting the Master's Programme supervisor for PhD matters.

Open PhD positions are listed at the German version of the website or directly at the laboratories.



Kirsten Lindner-Schwentick
Koordinatorin für Lehre und Studium