MSc – Industrial Chemistry
TUM Asia aims to groom future leaders in selected areas of technology. Specifically, the Master of Science in Industrial Chemistry will be an enabling postgraduate course for specialist engineers for the pharmaceutical, as well as the fine and specialty chemical industries. The degree will be jointly awarded by Technische Universität München (TUM) and the National University of Singapore (NUS).
According to several independent rankings, the Faculty of Chemistry of TUM represents one of the leading in Germany in terms of both research and education with more than 50 professors and their research groups covering diverse fields in modern chemistry. Through this, it provides great opportunities for interdisciplinary research programme and collaborations. Four Nobel Prize winners amongst the faculty members of Chemistry attest to a premium research level. One of these Nobel Laureates, Professor Robert Huber, was a member of the teaching staff of TUM Asia during the early years of the programme.
Degree / FH Diploma*
An applicant must have completed at least a 3-year** Bachelor Degree (Honors) or European/German FH Diploma or its equivalent in areas of Chemical Engineering / Chemistry or closely related discipline from a university with recognized standing with at least a 2nd Upper Honors or equivalent.
*If you meet the requirements for admissions, please refer to this page (Click on “Required Documents”) for the List of Required Documents for application to our Master of Science programmes.
**Academic requirements may differ for different countries of study. Please write to us at [email protected] to verify your requirements.
English Language Skills
As the Programme instruction medium is English, the applicant must be able to demonstrate a satisfactory level of the language.
Applicant whose native tongue or medium of instruction from previous studies (Bachelor / FH Diploma) is notEnglish must submit at least one of the following.
- TOEFL (www.toefl.org): Recent score with a minimum of 605 for Paper-based test or 88 for Internet-based test or 234 for Computer-based test
- IELTS (www.ielts.org): With academic IELTS result of at least 6.5
- CAE (Certificate of Advanced English): Grade A, B or C
Graduation Criteria for the Master Programme
This is a 18 month full-time Programme. Students must complete 10 months of coursework with 2 months of internship placement and 6 months of Master Thesis / Dissertation to qualify for graduation. In order for a student to graduate on time, he/she must obtain a minimum overall CAP score of 2.50 or (C+).
Academic warning will be issued to students if their CAP scores fall below 2.50. There is also a risk of candidature termination for failure in any modules if overall CAP score falls below 2.50.
Pre-essential Module (Compulsory)
CD5041/CD5042 Business and Technical English
During the course work in semester 1&2, students will have to complete 4 core modules. Each module has 45 contact hours. They will take place at facilities at NUS or TUM Asia by TUM or NUS professors.
CM5105 Chemical Business Administration
CM5171 Organo-Metallic and Coordination Chemistry
CM5172 Bioorganic Chemistry
CM5173 Chemical Reaction Engineering
Specialization Modules* (Choose 3 modules)
Specialization 1: Petroleum and Petrochemistry
CM5271a Molecular and Heterogeneous Catalysis
CM5271b Petroleum and Petrochemical Processes
CM5271c Unit Operations
Specialization 2: Biochemistry
CM5272a Biochemistry for Industrial Chemists
CM5272b Cell Biology
Specialization 3: General
- One module from Specialization 1
- One module from Specialization 2
- One module from Specialization 1 or 2 or from Elective modules
Elective Modules (*Choose 3)
The student has to choose 3 of the following electives:
Cross-discipline Modules (Compulsory)
CD5130 Legal Aspects in the Chemical Industry
CD5131 International Intellectual Property Law
Choice of one module from the following:
*Disclaimer: Specialization and Elective modules available for selection are subject to availability. Unforeseen circumstances that affect the availability of the module include an insufficient number of students taking up the module and/or the unavailability of the professor. TUM Asia reserves the right to cancel or postpone the module under such circumstances.
After two (or three*) semesters of coursework, all students have to complete a (minimum) two or three month internship with the industry or with an academic institution. It is required for the student to complete an internship related to his or her field of study at TUM Asia.
One can secure an internship in Singapore, Germany, or in any other country in Asia, Europe or the rest of the world. Students who have secured a scholarship with their sponsoring company will undergo their internship in the company (this can be conducted in any branch of the company worldwide). Students without an industrial sponsorship are to look for internships independently and it is expected that all students take an active approach about it. TUM Asia will assist to provide students with any possible internship opportunities, but students are to lead the search for internships themselves.
The purpose of the internship is to provide a structured and supervised work experience, in application to the theory work learnt. It is also a platform to develop soft-skills not learnt in the classroom setting and this will help the students to gain job-related skills and achieve their desired career goals.
There will be an informative briefing session conducted for all students to equip them with the necessary knowledge regarding internship and thesis guidelines of TUM Asia. This briefing will be held during the first (or second*) semester of your studies at TUM Asia.
(*applicable for MSc Aerospace Engineering)
The 6-month long thesis work is the culmination of graduate work and an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills that students have acquired through course work and research assistant-ships. Through this guided learning experience, students work in collaboration with industry partners or other researchers on a project of mutual interest and may in some cases publish manuscripts resulting from the thesis.
The thesis should be practical-based. Theoretical frameworks or conceptual models may (and should in many cases) guide the research questions. A strictly theoretical paper is not acceptable for a master’s thesis.
Organization of the Thesis
Since the timeline for one’s Master studies is quite short, it is important to start exploring and discussing possible thesis topics as early as possible, recommended to be no later than the end of the first term.
After deciding if the thesis project will be carried out in the industry or an university, the student has to find an university supervisor. Professors or the TUM Asia staff will assist the student in finding the right supervisor depending on the programme, but the ownership of the search is still on the student himself or herself. The supervising professor will be a teaching lecturer from the TUM Asia Master programme.
For the completion of the thesis project, the student will have to prepare a written thesis that will be rated by the university supervisor together with (if applicable) the industrial supervisor.