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Studying sustainability

studium oecologicum

Sustainability and climate protection are becoming more important in our society and are being considered in an interdisciplinary way in many institutions and companies. Universities have a special responsibility to support education for sustainable development and research on topics relevant to the future. Therefore, from beginning of the winter semester 2021/22, the TU Dortmund will offer a sustainability certificate that students can obtain in addition to their regular studies.

Note: At the moment, the certificate in general is only provided in german. Modules of the certificate could be in english, it depends on the lecturers.

Students must take at least three modules with a total amount of 10 credit points from the "Module Catalogue Sustainability of the TU Dortmund University" and subsequently receive a certificate of the studium oecologicum as a certificate. Most of the modules are provided in german. For more informations about the language, please check the LSF system, website of the faculty or contact  the teaching person.

If you have any questions, please contact us by e-mail.

Key Visual des studium oecologicum mit Icon eines aufgeschlagenen Buches. © ITMC​/​TU Dortmund

Three modules with a total of 10 credit points must be taken and successfully completed:

  •     an interdisciplinary basic module
  •     an  advanced module from the student's own subject area (if possible)
  •     an advanced module from another subject area

The modules offered in the studium oecologicum are divided into five subject areas:

  •     Education
  •     Society
  •     Science and technology
  •     Economy
  •     Space and construction

The lecturers assign their respective courses to one of these subject areas.

Once you have achieved the 10 credit points in the three modules, you submit the corresponding certificates of achievement to the Sustainability Office. The Sustainability Office will then issue the certificate.

Further details on the studium oecologicum can be found in the certificate regulations (currently only in german) .


Location & approach

The campus of the TU Dortmund University is located near the freeway junction Dortmund West, where the A45 crosses the B1/A40. The Dortmund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dortmund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. The university is signposted at both exits.

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on the North Campus. From there, the S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. In addition, the university can be reached by the bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Rhine-Ruhr transport association, and DSW21 also offers an interactive route network map.

One of the landmarks of the TU Dortmund is the H-Bahn. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund University S, while Line 2 commutes every 5 minutes between Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.

From Dortmund Airport, the AirportExpress takes just over 20 minutes to Dortmund main station and from there to the university by S-Bahn. A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university's train station.