Process and chemical engineering (abbreviated to "VTC") deal with all processes in which substances are changed in terms of composition, type or properties. They use mechanical, thermal, chemical or biological processes.
The electronic materials in your cell phone, tablet, laptop or PC were obtained from raw materials by means of process engineering. The plastics, paints, varnishes and foams that surround you were produced from basic chemicals by means of process engineering. The foodstuffs and luxury foods you consume, as well as the pharmaceuticals you consume, are produced from natural substances by means of process engineering. Hydrogen, the energy carrier of the future, is produced by means of process engineering. The greenhouse gas carbon dioxide is "captured" and stored by means of process engineering or converted into chemicals, fuels and products by means of process engineering. Municipal and industrial residuals (wastes), wastewater and exhaust gas streams are treated, purified and/or recycled by process engineering processes. One could continue this list indefinitely. You have surely realized by now that the VTC represents very relevant future technologies for our supply with a healthy environment, energy, basic chemicals and food and that the fields of application of a graduate of the VTC are almost infinite.
The first half of the VTC diploma program is therefore designed so that you can quickly familiarize yourself with new tasks with varying requirements based on a very comprehensive basic education (in science and engineering). You will not only get to know these scientific and engineering basics, but also learn to understand them. This small but subtle difference is crucial for you to be able to transfer and apply your knowledge to new challenges later on and to be able to assess your ideas and the ideas of others in terms of their usefulness and feasibility.
You must not only know what is theoretically feasible, but also be able to assess what you can implement given the resources available to you. Which materials are compatible with which chemicals? Which pumps, compressors, heat exchangers, valves, reactors, columns, separators, mills, are best suited for my project and what is affordable? How do I interconnect the material streams to be heated with the material streams to be cooled so that my process later requires the minimum energy? Do I produce the product in the gas phase or in the liquid phase, continuously or in a batch process, with homogeneous or heterogeneous catalyst, in a multiphase or a single-phase process? How can the process be controlled? These are just a few of the questions that you will be pondering later on when developing and designing process technology. Don't worry! You will not have to do this for the first time as a newcomer to the job! The second half of the VTC diploma program is designed in such a way that, building on the broad basic knowledge you have already acquired, you will get to know and understand the various areas of process engineering and chemical engineering and its methods in depth. If you feel particularly attracted to one area, you can further your education by choosing appropriate modules in this area, but you also have the possibility to spread your elective modules over the whole spectrum of process and chemical engineering. Of the 300 credit points you have to earn until the diploma, only 200 credit points are strictly prescribed by the examination regulations. With the remaining 100 credit points, you can develop yourself further according to your interests, for example by choosing a thesis topic or course topic that appeals to you, by choosing what appeals to you from the catalog of compulsory elective modules and free elective modules, and by completing your practical semester in an environment/company or possibly international research institution that appeals to you. The practical relevance of this university degree program is underlined. You will also have the opportunity to gain international experience and will study in a scientific environment.
What else needs to be said:
When we revised the diploma program "Process & Chemical Engineering" in 2020 together with committed students at our faculty, the following was very important to us regarding studyability:
- No more than five exams per exam period, usually even only four exams per exam period. You do not have to rush from exam to exam! You have the time and the opportunity to actually get through the material and learn for long-term memory.
- Early contact (from the second semester on) with modules with procedural applications and reference to current research. This keeps your motivation for the course at a high level even during the otherwise long "dry spell" of basic scientific and engineering training (first four semesters).
- individual choices by selecting compulsory elective modules from a given module catalog and by choosing free elective modules. So you can develop flexibly according to your engineering interests and have the opportunity to think outside the box.
- You will gain practical and research experience in the basic internship, during field trips, a student research project, a specialized internship, a student research project and a diploma thesis.
- An education in the technical language English and an introductory business administration also provide you with the basis to become successful in an international environment.
We, the study committee, are convinced that this diploma program prepares you in an excellent way for future job profiles in industry and science and that you can develop yourself individually according to your interests.
We are happy to support you. If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to call us.
Faculty of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering (Faculty 4)
- Standard period of study
- Part-time possible
- Start of studies
Winter semesterSummer semester
- Admission requirement
Abitur (German secondary school leaving certificate) or a subject-specific higher education entrance qualification, or a recognized equivalent access authorization
- Course language
Research and development as well as project planning, operation and maintenance of process engineering apparatus and plants in the chemical industry, energy industry, battery (recycling) industry, ceramics, glass and building materials industry, mining and processing, wastewater treatment, waste disposal and processing, air pollution control, food industry, heating and air-conditioning technology, biotechnology, mechanical and plant engineering, among others.
- Management and logistics
- Engineering offices
- Teaching and research: e.g. university, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Max-Planck-Institutes
- Public service: e.g. authorities, TÜV, municipalities, supply and disposal companies, public utilities
- Business and professional associations, consulting activities
- Freelance work: e.g. expert witness, industrial consultant, patent attorney