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.
The course content of the Bachelor’s degree in psychology is divided in the first four semesters into the fields of methodology, intra-and interpersonal processes, and general and biological psychology. These three areas have to be completed by all students of the B.Sc. degree course. They include methodology, an experimental practical, test construction, brain and behaviour, perception, attention and memory, retention, thinking and problem solving, evolution and emotion, learning, information processing, social psychology, developmental psychology, differential psychology, motivation and action, diagnosis and evaluation, and clinical psychology.
Areas of study in the B.Sc. Psychology:
- Cognitive neuroscience: in this area of study, your education is focused on courses in the field of cognitive neuroscience. You learn how the human brain is structured, how it develops and how its functional mechanisms are constituted. You also find out how brain functions can be pharmacologically and physiologically examined using animal testing methods. Courses on neuropsychological diagnostics enable you to identify damage to the central nervous system based on specific functional deficits.
- Counselling and intervention: the emphasis is on courses in the field of counselling and intervention. You learn what social and institutional factors determine human behaviour, what interventions can influence human behaviour in this framework, and what institutional structures need to be amended in order to achieve socially desirable behaviour. The courses deal with the issues of environment, social psychology, institutions, mediation, intervention, assessment, media, and communication.