Higher education entrance qualification (undergraduate degree programmes)
- Your higher education entrance qualification (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung, HZB) is your school leaving certificate or proof of studies already completed at secondary education level. To qualify for admission to Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), you must be able to prove you possess the equivalent of the German Abitur qualification, which is the examination taken at the end of your secondary education.
Application without higher education entrance qualification
- If you don't have proof of a higher education entrance qualification, you will not be able to apply directly to the university. First, you will need to take an assessment test, called the "Feststellungsprüfung". You can prepare for this test by taking classes at a Studienkolleg (these are government-run educational institutions located throughout Germany), or special preparatory school.
The language of instruction at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) is German, and only a few degree courses are taught in English. The English-taught programmes have individual application procedures. A high level of German language skills is required to successfully complete a regular degree course at RUB; language skills can be proven by presenting a certificate gained for passing one of the following examinations:
- DSH examination (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang) (level 2 or 3)
- ZOP examination (Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung) of the Goethe-Institut
- German language diploma, level II, of the Goethe-Institut
- TestDaF (Deutsch als Fremdsprache) with the grades 4 x 4 or 16 points (website in German only)
Applicants who do not possess sufficient language skills may apply to take fee-based German language courses at RUB beginning at Level A2.
In the first part (1st - 4th semester), the Bachelor’s degree teaches the foundations of general and analytical chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, as well as organic and physical chemistry - through lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical placements. In addition to this, there are classes in biology, medicine, mathematics, physics, laboratory animal science, and genetic engineering law.
In the second part (5th and 6th semester) you receive in-depth training in biochemistry, molecular biology, organic and physical chemistry, structural analysis, bioethics, and one optional subject from the subject areas of the specialisation . As additional subjects you can choose applied computer science, business administration, law, philosophy of science, foreign languages, or other natural science subjects. You can write your Bachelor’s thesis on one of the practical placements in the 5th or 6th semester or in one of the additional subjects.