TUM Asia aims to groom future leaders in selected areas of technology. Specifically, the 2-year full-time 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.


“I found the Industrial Chemistry Master’s Degree Programme to be a right fit in terms of being an extension of my undergraduate course of study in Applied Chemistry and more importantly, it would direct me towards achieving my career aspiration of working in a multinational chemicals company with good career development prospects so that I would be able to take on technically-competent as well as cross-functional professions.”
Dazril Izrar Phua (Graduate, MSc in Industrial Chemistry)

Programme Brochure

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Master of Science degree programme

Industrial Chemistry

Joint degree by TUM & NUS

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All information is accurate to the time of publishing. Updated August 2018.


In order to be eligible for the programme, you must have at least a Bachelor Degree** (completed in at least three years, depending on factors such as the rest of your education background) in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry or in a closely related discipline with remarkable results.

*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 to verify your requirements.


As the Master of Science programme’s instruction medium is English, the applicant must be able to demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in the English language.

Applicant whose native tongue or medium of instruction from previous studies (Bachelor / FH Diploma) is not English must submit at least one of the following:

  • TOEFL ( Recent score with a Minimum 88* for the Internet-Based Test (TOEFL code: 7368)
    *100 for TUM-NTU degrees, 88 for TUM-NUS and TUM degrees
  • IELTS ( With academic IELTS result of at least 6.5

SPECIAL CRITERIA (China, Vietnam & Mongolia)

Additionally, an Akademische Prüfstelle (APS) certificate is required for applicants with education qualifications from China, Vietnam or Mongolia. The APS certificate is compulsory if your Bachelor studies was completed in a Chinese, Vietnamese or Mongolian university, irregardless of nationality.

For example, a Singapore citizen who completed his entire undergraduate studies in a Chinese university, and holds a Chinese degree, must sit for the APS test and pass it in order to qualify for admissions to a German university.

If you are making any application to a German university (including the TUM degrees at TUM Asia), the APS certificate is required for all education qualifications from China, Vietnam or Mongolia. If you need more information, please contact our team.

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The teaching faculty in the programme are predominately from TUM and NUS, as well as additional modules taught by industry leaders and other expert academics.

Single yearly intake, with course commencement in August every year.


All coursework is conducted in English and students will be taught by Professors from TUM, NUS, or other highly ranked universities in Germany or Asia. Student-teacher ratio averages between 15:1 to 30:1. Only live teaching is conducted in all TUM Asia classes. All examinations will be written by the student him/herself, and examination results are released approximately 1-3 months after the examination.


The Master of Science in Industrial Chemistry degree is a 2-year full-time programme. Students must complete their coursework, 3-month internship and 6-month of Master Thesis writing 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+). An academic warning will be issued to students if their CAP score falls below 2.50. There is also a risk of candidature termination for failure in any modules if overall CAP score falls below 2.50. A student will successfully complete his/her degree course after acquiring 120 modular credits, and assuming the circumstances that the student will not have any failed modules that he/she is required to retake. For example, if a student is enrolled in August 2017, he/she is likely to complete the course by August 2019, subject to the fulfilment of the graduation criteria.

Pre-essential Modules

Business and Technical English

The module aims to teach students the technical writing techniques and to familiarise them with the different business communication styles. Students will learn the international usage of the English language in technical communication especially in academic writing, as well as learn how to make effective presentations and prepare technical or scientific papers.


CD5041 Technical English (Ms. Li Shu Yun)
CD5042 Business English (Dr. Carmel Heah)

Modular Credits: 3 / Semester: 1

Chemistry Lab Course

Modular Credits: 5 / Semester: 1

Core Modules

During the course work in semester 1&2, students will have to complete 4 core modules. Each module has 45 contact hours and comes with a practical. They will take place at facilities at NUS or TUM Asia by TUM or NUS professors.

Organometallic and Coordination Chemistry

The module organometallic chemistry and molecular catalysis explain organometallic compounds, their synthesis and reaction behaviour. The applications of organometallic, inorganic and bioinorganic catalysts in industry and research are described, basic reaction mechanisms and the constituting elementary reactions are introduced and possibilities for the immobilization of homogeneous catalysts are described. An overview of the development of organometallic chemistry and catalysis and its implication on industrial chemistry throughout the existence of chemical industries are given.

Lecturers: Prof Dr Fritz Kühn / Modular Credits: 8 / Semester: 1

Inorganic and Material Chemistry

This course provides a foundation for the understanding of the varying chemistries of the elements of the Periodic Table and periodic trends in physical and chemical properties, with emphasis on inorganic materials. The course includes the descriptive chemistry of many of the most common elements and their inorganic compounds, integrating such topics as symmetry and structure with the emphasis on solid-state structures of metals, salts, and extended covalent systems, bonding models, reactions and the synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds including basics of crystallography.

Modular Credits: 8 / Semester: 1

Chemical Reaction Engineering

The lecture covers the thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical reactions, mass/heat balances, performance equations and residence time distributions in ideal and real reactors as well as the link to micro- and macro-kinetics (mass transfer on phase boundaries, pore diffusion, adsorption) and catalysis (kinetic models and principle reaction mechanisms).

Lecturers: Prof Dr Andreas Jentys / Modular Credits: 8 / Semester: 1

Polymer and Macromolecular Chemistry

The lecture covers classification of synthetic macromolecules by properties, structure and reaction type (free radical, ionic and coordinative polymerization as well as polycondensation); ideal and real kinetics of polymer formation; molecular mass determination and molecular mass distributions; process technology of polyreactions and processing of plastics; reactor technology, discontinuous and continuous process control; influence of process parameters on molecular mass distribution.

Modular Credits: 8 / Semester: 1


(Choose one area of specialization)

Specialization 1: Catalysis and Petrochemistry

Molecular and Heterogeneous Catalysis

The goal of this module is to provide insight into the important field of catalysis. Both homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis will be described, and important applications will be exemplary described. An understanding of the principles of catalysis and the demands on efficient catalysts will be provided. The principles of establishing catalytic mechanisms will be outlined.

Lecturers: Prof Dr Fritz Kühn & Dr Armando Borgna / Modular Credits: 5 / Semester: 2

Petroleum and Petrochemical Processes

The scope of the course module is to enable students to understand the principal processes involved in petroleum processing, in the interface between petroleum refining and a petrochemical plant and in major petrochemical operations. This includes: Basics of crude oil chemistry, Distillation of crude oil, Catalytic conversion and upgrading processes, Thermal conversion and upgrading processes, Production and managing hydrogen, Basic Petrochemical Processes.

Lecturers: Prof Dr.rer.nat Johannes Lercher / Modular Credits: 5 / Semester: 2

Unit Operations

The scope of the course module is to enable students to understand the principals and the applications of unit operations involved in Petroleum and Petrochemical Processes. This is aimed at providing the skills in the following fields: Thermal unit operations, Mechanical unit operations, Reactor Technology. The course teaches the qualitative and quantitative basics engineering principles used to design and to operate mechanical, thermal, and chemical units of a process plant.

Lecturers: Prof Dr.-Ing Kai-Olaf Hinrichsen / Modular Credits: 5 / Semester: 2

Specialization 2: Building and Material Science

Building Chemistry and Construction Chemicals

The goal of the module is to provide insights in the field of construction chemistry. The lecture will cover the following topics: chemistry of inorganic and organic binders, details on materials such as Portland, aluminate cement, CaSO4 binders, silicons, epoxy resins, polyurethanes and latex dispersions. In addition, the lecture will give an overview of the physical properties and nanostructure of building materials, surface properties, corrosion processes, sol-gel process, solid state chemistry, geopolymers, and interactions on polymer – cement surface.

Modular Credits: 5 / Semester: 2

Material Chemistry and Engineering

The lecture covers the chemistry and engineering of the materials together with details on the structure and properties of the materials such as cement, concrete, steel, etc. The following topics will also be covered in the lectures: physical, chemical and mechanical properties of typical construction materials, the relationship between properties and structures, multi-scale materials and structures, characterization methods for materials at diverse scale, application of materials in building engineering.

Modular Credits: 5 / Semester: 2

High-performance Polymers

The lecture covers the following topics: characterization of polymer admixtures for cement mortar and concrete. Various synthesis methods of different types of concrete admixtures, such as superplasticizers, accelerators, VMAs. Furthermore, the following subjects will be presented: analytical techniques and processing methods, waterproofing materials, heating insulating polymer foam, fibre reinforced polymer (FRP). Polymer latexes and re-dispersible powders used in construction applications and major properties of polymer dispersions and the characterization methods.

Modular Credits: 5 / Semester: 2

Specialization 3: Interdisciplinary Combination 

  • One module from Specialization 1
  • One module from Specialization 2
  • One module from Specialization 1, 2 or Elective modules

Elective Modules

Business Administration

The primary purpose of the module is to introduce students to the different areas of business administration with the final objective to give them a basic understanding of how to face decision problems in a company. Most importantly, we will analyse long-term investment decisions, how to set-up strategic planning in a company, how to gather timely information about the current situation of a company, and how to set-up the long-term financial structure. As the module is taught together with industry representatives, a clear practical orientation is guaranteed.

Modular Credits: 5

Legal and Safety Aspects in the Industry

A brief description of the history of law, legal theories and importance for the commercial life. Development of the legal systems “common law” and “civil law”. Understanding of the common routes of both systems. Fundamental principles and differences between two legal systems, contract law and tort law. Basic principles of the UN Conventions for sales of goods, latest developments within the EU – legislation in respect of environmental and IT regulations.

Modular Credits: 5

Production Planning in Industry

Manufacturers are confronted with special requirements of their production processes. Cycles, by-products, batches and campaigns are difficult to handle by nowadays ERP software packages (ERP = Enterprise Resource Planning). Concepts of material requirements planning, supply chain management (SCM) combined with basics in cost accounting will be explained. As a highlight a simulation model, based on modern simulation software, will be used by students to simulate production planning and achieve the ‘best’ production plan.

Modular Credits: 5

Innovation and Technology Management

The lecture will cover the following topics: Innovation vs. invention, Creating value through innovation, Four forces of innovation, Value to the customer and Hi-Tech Marketing, Business system innovation and Service innovations, Technological discontinuities, S-Curves and Scenario techniques, Managing uncertainty and agility of enterprises, Innovation, productivity and restructuring, Venture capital, Start-ups and financing of innovation, Innovation-driven economic cycles and Innovation impact on growth and jobs.

Modular Credits: 5

Industrial Marketing

Marketing strategies are developed for a typical chemical commodity and speciality business.  Students will work out, in teams, business cases, make their own business decisions and develop marketing concepts based on provided information of a real case study.

Modular Credits: 5

Modern Developments in Industry

The module will provide insights in the core elements of Industry 4.0 such as: introduction to Cyber-Physical System, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies, information collection with intelligent sensors, industrial networking to connect the machines and processes together, Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for order management, production control and value adding to the complete supply chain management.

Modular Credits: 5

International Intellectual Property Law

This module will give a brief introduction to intellectual property rights, and focus on insights into general principles of patent law and international conventions governing the patent law. Current developments and criticism of the current patent law system will also be addressed. In addition, practical (legal) aspects of the commercialization of patents will be dealt with.

Modular Credits: 5


Modular Credits: 15

Master Thesis 

Modular Credits: 30

*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.

Your Internship

After two 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.

Master Thesis

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.

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 semester of your studies at TUM Asia.

The total tuition fees for this Master programme, if expressed in Singapore Dollar equivalent, are S$ 48,150.00* (inclusive of 7% GST).

From AY2018/19 onwards, the tuition fees will be paid in Singapore Dollars only. The tuition fees are to be paid in three instalments as indicated in the table below.

Registration Fee 1st Instalment 2nd Instalment 3rd Instalment Total
Deadline for payment Upon acceptance of offer 1 July 1 December 1 July
(of the next year)
Amount* (expressed in Singapore Dollar) S$ 3,210.00 S$ 14,980.00 S$ 14,980.00 S$ 14,980.00 S$ 48,150.00

*Tuition fees are subject to revision due to currency fluctuations at the discretion of TUM Asia. All prices stated above are inclusive of 7% GST.

DISCLAIMER: The tuition fees stated on this webpage are accurate to the Academic Year 2019/20 intake only. Students from previous intakes should not refer to the total fee stated on this webpage as their reference.

Please note that the above fees include the following:

  • Matriculation fees at TUM and NUS, teaching and examination fees
  • Lab materials and expenses
  • Expenses for intercultural program, may include tickets for events and industry excursions
  • Soft copy files of all teaching materials
  • Usage of all university facilities at TUM and NUS or relevant universities (e.g. library fees)
  • All administration fees
  • IT Usage: Computer labs and internet access
  • Excursion and off-campus expenses for mandatory events

In addition to the tuition fee, all registered students will be subjected to the following fees:

  • Student Medical Insurance Fee (payable to NUS appointed insurance agent)
  • Student Visa Processing and Issuance Fee (payable to ICA)

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