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In biochemical and chemical engineering, people are in demand who seek technical (engineering) solutions for the small and large problems of our lives: It is about clean laundry, clean water and clean air, but also about the production of paint, cosmetics, medicine, fertiliser or new forms of energy.

Biochemical engineering

Bioingenieur am Laborarbeitsplatz © [Translate to English:] BCI

Biochemical engineering is a technically oriented degree programme that focuses on translating the findings of the life sciences into technical applications. Mathematics, chemistry, thermodynamics and process engineering are comprehensively treated scientifically and linked with knowledge of genetic engineering, bioprocess engineering, molecular and cell biology.
The theoretical knowledge acquired in the lectures and exercises is consolidated in laboratory practicals and practically tested in a project work for planning a production plant.


The research-oriented Master's degree programme qualifies students to work independently as process engineers with a focus on biotechnological fields.
It provides the ability to develop, analyse and optimise new processes for the production of low and high molecular weight products.
The focus of the study programme is on mastering modern technologies of molecular genetic engineering and biochemistry, bioreaction technology, microbial process engineering and product processing.

Chemical engineering

Chemical engineering is a course of study with a strong emphasis on process engineering. Subjects such as mathematics, chemistry, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, materials science, process-, apparatus- or automation-technology are dealt with in a comprehensive scientific manner.
The demanding Bachelor's programme lays the foundations that can later be deepened in the Master's programme. The theoretical knowledge acquired in the lectures and exercises is consolidated in laboratory practicals and practically tested in a project work for planning a production plant.

Chemieingenieurin an einer Anlage © [Translate to English:] BCI

The theoretical knowledge acquired in the lectures and exercises is consolidated in laboratory practicals
and practically tested in a project work for planning a production plant.

The Master's degree programme is research-oriented and qualifies students to work in research and development and to lead larger projects and working groups. The degree programme offers the opportunity to deepen knowledge and skills in the field of chemical engineering in all sub-disciplines represented in Dortmund.
Graduates are prepared to develop independent new or improved chemical and biotechnological products, production plants or production processes. They work, for example, on improving the environmental friendliness or economic efficiency of the chemical industry.

The English-language specialisation Process Systems Engineering provides graduates with in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of chemical process engineering. In particular, they acquire the ability to design and operate complex chemical and biotechnological production plants using mathematical models and computer software for simulation and optimisation according to the state of the art. This includes advanced methods of process control and production planning as well as techniques for the analysis and description of experimental data. Graduates understand the mathematical principles of the computer programmes used for simulation and optimisation and are able to assess the limits of the tools and the algorithms used.


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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 South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). 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 North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus 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 15 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 North Cam­pus. 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 South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus 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.