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Master Specialisation

Process Systems Engineering

Five students sit at a table with pens in their hands and paper in front of them on the table. © Roland Baege​/​TU Dortmund

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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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.