TUM Asia aims to groom future leaders in selected areas of technology. Specifically, the 20-month 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)

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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 October 2016.


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 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 of 605 for Paper-based test or 88 for Internet-based test or 234 for Computer-based test
  • IELTS ( With academic IELTS result of at least 6.5
  • CAE (Certificate of Advanced English): Grade A, B or C

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 are conducted in English and students will be taught by German and Singaporean lecturers. 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 20 month full-time programme. Students must complete 11 months of coursework with 3 months of internship placement and 6 months of Master Thesis 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 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 in the n+1.7 year, n being the year of enrolment 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 in May 2019, subject to the fulfilment of the graduation criteria.

Pre-essential Module (Compulsory)

CD5041/CD5042 Business and Technical English


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

Hours: 40 / 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. They will take place at facilities at NUS or TUM Asia by TUM or NUS professors.

CM5105 Chemical Business Administration

Lecturers: Dr Frank Böckelmann & Prof Dr Christoph Kaserer / Modular Credits: 6 / Semester: 1

CM5171 Organo-Metallic and Coordination Chemistry

Lecturers: Prof Dr Fritz Kühn / Modular Credits: 6 / Semester: 1

CM5172 Bioorganic Chemistry

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Michael Rossbach / Modular Credits: 6 / Semester: 1

CM5173 Chemical Reaction Engineering

Lecturers: Prof Dr Andreas Jentys / Modular Credits: 6 / Semester: 1

Specialization Modules* (Choose 3 modules)

Specialization 1: Petroleum and Petrochemistry

CM5271a Molecular and Heterogeneous Catalysis

The goal of this module is to provide insight into the industrially very 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: 6 / Semester: 2

CM5271b 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.The course teaches the chemical and engineering basics underlying the processing options and processes. The successful participant should be able to understand the options and limits of adjusting reaction conditions and to develop improved or alternative reaction routes. The insight into these chemical and engineering aspects should help to understand the complexity of the processes in the two areas and the options for designing the appropriate interface between a petroleum complex and the making of basic petrochemicals.

Lecturers: Prof Dr.rer.nat Johannes Lercher / Modular Credits: 6 / Semester: 2

CM5271c 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. The successful participant will be able to understand the basic layout of these units and to quantitatively predict the performance of these units. This will help to understand the applicability, potential, and limitations of different unit operations.
Lecturers: Prof Dr.-Ing Kai-Olaf Hinrichsen / Modular Credits: 6 / Semester: 2

Specialization 2: Biochemistry

CM5272a Biochemistry for Industrial Chemists

This module is specifically designed to provide students with fundamentals on biochemistry required for a wide range of (industrial) applications in bioscience and biomedicine. Selected topics are gene regulation, protein expression and physiological metabolism in cellular reactions, structural aspects to gain insight into drug design and assay development for pharmaceutical applications. The module includes the structural and functional properties of DNA, proteins and interactions between molecules. An emphasis on gene regulation will lead to the understanding of metabolic processes and proteomics (from genomics to proteomics). Also, the pathogenesis of diseases related to the malfunction of genes and proteins will be addressed – and mayor developments in recent biomedicine research.
Lecturers: Prof Dr.rer.nat.habil. Gerd Gemmecker & Prof. Dr. Michael Rossbach / Modular Credits: 6 / Semester: 2

CM5272b Cell Biology

More advanced applications in biochemistry are the main objectives of this module. The course will cover the organization of living cells with respect to using cells for induced bioreactions and applications in biotechnology. The communication and reaction of cells to extra- and intracellular signals will be discussed. Understanding the organization of cells, from a single to a multi-cellular organism, gives insight into one of the most complex and fascinating networks alive. This module focuses on the compartmentalization of cellular organisms, the complex reactions in genetics and protein biochemistry, the highly organized metabolic reactions and the pathology occurring when parts of this network fail. Within the cell are transport processes, feedback loops, sensing interfaces, membrane compartments and gradients over membranes. Altogether they allow a cell not only to grow, divide and communicate with its environment, but also to adapt to changes in the environment and to evolve. If such complex procsses malfunction, oncogene may cope for tumor development and thus immunological reactions within an organism start to fight back. Today, scientists know that the crosstalk between the immune, hormone and nervous system plays an important role for tissue homoeostasis. Pharmaceutical research focuses on such reactions to develop innovative drugs for cancer therapy or to fight diseases like AIDS or neurodegenerative diseases (Morbus Alzheimer, Morbus Parkinson etc.). This research could be addressed as “from bench to screening” or “from bench to drugs”. This module will also cover the biological features of adult and embryonic stem cells since they provide a great means to develop disease models and individualized drugs.

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Michael Rossbach / Modular Credits: 6 / Semester: 2

CM5272c Bioprocessing/Bioengineering

In this module, biotechnological and process engineering principles will be introduced with a specific emphasis on industrial and pharmaceutical applications. The modifications of organisms like bacteria, yeast, insect or human cells provide the possibility to produce large amounts of recombinant proteins for biological or medical applications. Since enzymes are widely used in industrial and medical applications, it is crucial to understand enzyme kinetics and bioprocessing techniques for the production of such proteins. The latest techniques for the modification of organisms (modifications on the genomic/transcriptional or proteomic/translational level) will be introduced as well as scale-up and scale-out technologies, drug handling, analysis and (cryo-) conservation. Bioreactor technology provides the tools required for production processes under GLP conditions and assures a high reproducibility and quality of a product. Modern (bio-) analytical techniques will be discussed since they are important to validate samples and to characterize target molecules. Among these techniques are Mass Spectroscopy, NMR, X-ray crystallography, Spectroscopic and Fluorescent assays.
Lecturers: Dr Michael Seidel / Modular Credits: 6 / Semester: 2

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:

  • Building Chemistry and Construction Chemicals (TUM)
  • Industrial Chemical Marketing (TUM)
  • Material Chemistry and Engineering (TUM)
  • Production Planning in Chemical Industry (TUM)
  • Water Chemistry & Industrial Requirements (TUM)
  • Modules offered by NUS: The list of modules offered by the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering of NUS will be made known to the students before the start of the semester. These modules are subjected to availability.
Cross-discipline Modules (Compulsory)

CD5130 Legal Aspects in the Chemical Industry

Lecturers: Dr Claus Trenner / Modular Credits: 1 / Semester: 1

CD5131 International Intellectual Property Law

Lecturers: Mr Martin Schweiger / Modular Credits: 1 / Semester: 1

Choice of one module from the following:

a) CD5030 Aspects of Asian and European Relations Today

b) CD5031 Cultural, Social and Economical Aspects of Globalisation

c) CD5170 Selected Topics in Business Administration

d) CD5180 Selected Topics in Business Management

*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).

The fees will be split and paid in two portions – a portion in Singapore Dollars, another portion in Euro. You will be informed of the exact breakdown of the fees into Singapore Dollar and Euro, after you have been accepted into the programme. 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* (if expressed in Singapore Dollar equivalent, for reference only) S$ 3,210.00 S$ 12,840.00 S$ 16,050.00 S$ 16,050.00 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: Note that the tuition fees stated on this webpage are accurate to the Academic Year 2015/16 intake only. Students enrolling in subsequent intakes should only use the total fee stated on this webpage only as a reference.[/vc_column_text]

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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