In 2001 the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering started to offer an internationally oriented programme in Chemical Engineering leading to a Master of Science (M.Sc) Degree. By now this program has been made a specialization of Master Chemieingenieurwesen (taught in German) and has been developed into the Master’s Programme Chemical Engineering, Specialization Process Systems Engineering.
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.
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.
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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.