Ruhr University Bochum: Statistics



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#265 of 14,131 In the World
#98 of 2,785 In Europe
#22 of 369 In Germany
#5 of 64 In North Rhine-Westphalia
#1 of 6 In Bochum
#42 of 2,294 For Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN)
Top50% For 214 other topics
Subject rankings

Quick Review

Highest Degree
Acceptance rate

* Ruhr University Bochum is among the institutions that don't provide data on acceptance rates. This might happen because the university has programs where applicants only need to meet admission requirements to enroll and don't necessarily compete with others.

We estimate the above acceptance rate based on admission statistics of closely ranked nearby universities with similar research profiles that do publish such data.

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Admissions RequirementsSecondary school certificate (Reifezeugnis) or equivalent
Academic CalendarOctober to July (October - February; April-July)

Research profile

Ruhr University Bochum is a world-class research university with 90,246 scientific papers published and 2,002,558 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Engineering, Quantum and Particle physics, Medicine, Computer Science, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Environmental Science, and Organic Chemistry.


Ruhr University Bochum majors

by publication & citation count

46,255 / 1,328,086
45,922 / 1,142,649
45,643 / 1,336,889
43,653 / 1,059,848
Quantum and Particle physics
34,258 / 871,159
32,475 / 794,922
Computer Science
31,246 / 727,362
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
29,188 / 472,649
Environmental Science
28,082 / 682,227
Organic Chemistry
25,696 / 790,355
Materials Science
24,422 / 619,578
22,528 / 767,252
20,216 / 660,043
18,024 / 253,100
17,756 / 466,915
16,092 / 422,960
Optical Engineering
14,892 / 339,244
13,434 / 299,078
Geography and Cartography
12,670 / 239,703
12,117 / 362,143
Political Science
11,282 / 148,570
Metallurgical Engineering
10,568 / 309,831
10,555 / 247,863
10,358 / 285,185
Nuclear Physics
10,305 / 295,823
10,083 / 303,655
10,060 / 291,508
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
9,994 / 192,361
9,328 / 263,607
Electrical Engineering
9,036 / 168,451
Astrophysics and Astronomy
8,418 / 199,055
8,110 / 138,696
7,995 / 201,243
7,861 / 140,664
7,243 / 126,752
7,040 / 108,601
Mechanical Engineering
6,828 / 139,512
6,579 / 137,081
6,492 / 185,368
Atomic and Molecular physics
6,452 / 175,512

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 963 8164
1992 1076 8860
1993 1026 8651
1994 1050 9304
1995 1066 10767
1996 1132 11860
1997 1186 12218
1998 1250 13413
1999 1412 15151
2000 1424 16384
2001 1298 18407
2002 1718 22217
2003 1719 24196
2004 1918 27583
2005 1848 32285
2006 2027 36345
2007 2009 40728
2008 2375 44714
2009 2450 49157
2010 2586 55364
2011 2585 61356
2012 2798 69070
2013 2933 76255
2014 2991 84680
2015 3096 88191
2016 3387 94850
2017 3402 100049
2018 3623 109904
2019 3776 121098
2020 4576 143630
2021 4689 160751
2022 4472 162444
2023 4560 164624
Academic rankings


The tuition table for Ruhr University Bochum gives an overview of costs but prices are approximate and subject to change and don't include accommodation, textbooks, or living expenses. The costs of programs might differ significantly for local and international students. The only source of truth for current numbers is the university's official website.

Program Tuition Cost (per semester)
Bachelor's Degree Free
Master's Degree €310
Doctoral Degree Free

All costs are in Euros (€).

Ruhr University Bochum has financial aid programs and on-campus housing.

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by Ruhr University Bochum.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design Yes Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine Yes Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor's Degree Archaeology, Art History, Asian Studies, Behavioural Sciences, Biochemistry, Biology, Catholic Theology, Chemistry, Chinese, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, East Asian Studies, Economics, Educational Sciences, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, English, Environmental Engineering, French, Geography, Geology, Geophysics, German, Greek (Classical), History, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, International Law, Islamic Studies, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Media Studies, Mineralogy, Oriental Languages, Oriental Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Production Engineering, Protestant Theology, Psychology, Religious Studies, Romance Languages, Russian, Social Studies, Spanish, Systems Analysis
Magister Catholic Theology, Protestant Theology
Master Accountancy, American Studies, Ancient Civilizations, Archaeology, Art History, Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Catholic Theology, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Cinema and Television, Civil Engineering, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Sciences, Comparative Literature, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Criminal Law, Development Studies, East Asian Studies, Eastern European Studies, Economics, Education, Educational Sciences, Electrical Engineering, English, English Studies, Environmental Engineering, Ethics, European Studies, Film, Fine Arts, Fiscal Law, French, Gender Studies, Genetics, Geography, Geography (Human), Geology, Geophysics, German, Germanic Studies, Greek, Greek (Classical), History, Human Resources, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, International Law, Islamic Law, Islamic Studies, Italian, Justice Administration, Laser Engineering, Latin, Linguistics, Management, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Media Studies, Medical Technology, Medieval Studies, Mineralogy, Molecular Biology, Neurology, Neurosciences, Oriental Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Prehistory, Protestant Theology, Religious Studies, Russian, Social Sciences, Spanish, Systems Analysis, Telecommunications Engineering, Theatre, Town Planning, Video
PhD American Studies, Ancient Civilizations, Applied Linguistics, Archaeology, Art History, Asian Studies, Astronomy and Space Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Catholic Theology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Comparative Literature, Computer Engineering, Dentistry, Development Studies, East Asian Studies, Educational Sciences, Electrical Engineering, English Studies, Environmental Engineering, French, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, Geophysics, German, Germanic Studies, Greek, Greek (Classical), History, Italian, Latin, Law, Linguistics, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Media Studies, Medicine, Mineralogy, Neurosciences, Oriental Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Prehistory, Protestant Theology, Psychology, Religious Studies, Romance Languages, Russian, Slavic Languages, Social Sciences, Spanish, Theatre
Habilitation Accountancy, Administrative Law, Advertising and Publicity, American Studies, Anaesthesiology, Analytical Chemistry, Anatomy, Ancient Civilizations, Applied Chemistry, Applied Linguistics, Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Archaeology, Art History, Artificial Intelligence, Asian Religious Studies, Asian Studies, Astronomy and Space Science, Astrophysics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Banking, Behavioural Sciences, Bible, Bilingual and Bicultural Education, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedicine, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Botany, Bridge Engineering, Canon Law, Cardiology, Catholic Theology, Cell Biology, Central European Studies, Ceramics and Glass Technology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Chinese, Christian Religious Studies, Cinema and Television, Civil Engineering, Civil Law, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Sciences, Commercial Law, Communication Studies, Comparative Law, Comparative Literature, Comparative Politics, Comparative Religion, Comparative Sociology, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Constitutional Law, Construction Engineering, Criminal Law, Crystallography, Demography and Population, Dentistry, Dermatology, Development Studies, Developmental Psychology, Diabetology, Distance Education, E-Business/Commerce, East Asian Studies, Eastern European Studies, Econometrics, Economic and Finance Policy, Economic History, Education, Education of the Handicapped, Education of the Socially Disadvantaged, Educational and Student Counselling, Educational Psychology, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Educational Testing and Evaluation, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Electronics and Automation, Embryology and Reproduction Biology, Endocrinology, Energy Engineering, Engineering Management, English, English Studies, Environmental Engineering, Epidemiology, Ethics, Ethnology, European Studies, European Union Law, Experimental Psychology, Explosive Engineering, Family Studies, Finance, Fiscal Law, Foreign Languages Education, French, French Studies, Futurology, Gastroenterology, Gender Studies, Genetics, Geochemistry, Geography, Geography (Human), Geological Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, German, Gerontology, Government, Greek (Classical), Haematology, Hepatology, Higher Education, Histology, History, History of Law, History of Religion, History of Societies, Holy Writings, Human Resources, Human Rights, Humanities and Social Science Education, Hydraulic Engineering, Immunology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Industrial and Production Economics, Industrial Chemistry, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Management, Information Management, Information Technology, Inorganic Chemistry, Insurance, International and Comparative Education, International Business, International Economics, International Law, International Relations and Diplomacy, Islamic Law, Islamic Studies, Islamic Theology, Italian, Japanese, Journalism, Judaic Religious Studies, Justice Administration, Koran, Korean, Labour and Industrial Relations, Labour Law, Laser Engineering, Latin, Law, Leadership, Linguistics, Literature, Logic, Machine Building, Management Systems, Marketing, Materials Engineering, Mathematical Physics, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics Education, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanics, Media Studies, Medical Parasitology, Medical Technology, Medicine, Medieval Studies, Metal Techniques, Metallurgical Engineering, Microbiology, Microelectronics, Microwaves, Mineralogy, Modern History, Molecular Biology, Multimedia, Nanotechnology, Native Language Education, Nephrology, Neurology, Neurosciences, New Testament, Nuclear Physics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Oncology, Operations Research, Ophthalmology, Optical Technology, Optics, Organic Chemistry, Oriental Languages, Oriental Studies, Orthodox Theology, Orthopaedics, Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatrics, Paleontology, Pastoral Studies, Pathology, Petrology, Philosophical Schools, Philosophy, Philosophy of Education, Physical Chemistry, Physical Education, Physical Engineering, Physics, Physiology, Plant Pathology, Plastic Surgery, Pneumology, Podiatry, Political Sciences, Polymer and Plastics Technology, Power Engineering, Prehistory, Private Law, Production Engineering, Protestant Theology, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Psychoanalysis, Psychology, Psychometrics, Psychotherapy, Public Administration, Public Law, Public Relations, Radio and Television Broadcasting, Radiology, Radiophysics, Railway Engineering, Religious Education, Religious Practice, Rheumatology, Road Engineering, Romance Languages, Rubber Technology, Russian, Safety Engineering, Secondary Education, Seismology, Small Business, Social Policy, Social Problems, Social Psychology, Social Studies, Sociology, Solid State Physics, Sound Engineering (Acoustics), Spanish, Speech Studies, Sports Medicine, Statistics, Systems Analysis, Taxation, Theatre, Thermal Physics, Toxicology, Transport Engineering, Urban Studies, Urology, Venereology, Virology, Western European Studies, Zoology

Ruhr University Bochum alumni

  1. Norbert Lammert

    Norbert Lammert
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1948-.. (age 76)
    politicianuniversity teacher

    Norbert Lammert is a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). He served as the 12th president of the Bundestag from 2005 to 2017.

  2. Reinhard Marx

    Reinhard Marx
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1953-.. (age 71)
    writertheologianCatholic priestuniversity teacherLatin Catholic bishop

    Reinhard Marx is a German cardinal of the Catholic Church. He serves as the Archbishop of Munich and Freising. Pope Benedict XVI elevated Marx to the cardinalate in a consistory in 2010.

  3. Svenja Schulze

    Svenja Schulze
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1968-.. (age 56)
    Enrolled in Ruhr University Bochum
    In 1996 graduated with Magister Artium

    Svenja Schulze is a German politician of the Social Democratic Party (SPD). She serves as Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development in the cabinet of Olaf Scholz. Schulze has been serving as member of the German Bundestag since 2021, representing North Rhine-Westphalia.

  4. Erwin Sellering

    Erwin Sellering
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1949-.. (age 75)

    Erwin Sellering is a German politician. He served as the 4th Minister President of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from 2008 to 2017.

All 69 notable alumni

Ruhr University Bochum faculties and divisions

Centre : Interdisciplinary Research of the Ruhr Area Regional Studies
Centre : Teacher Training Teacher Training
Faculty : Biology and Biotechnology Biology, Biotechnology
Faculty : Catholic Theology Catholic Theology, Theology
Faculty : Chemistry and Biochemistry Biochemistry, Chemistry
Faculty : Civil and Environmental Engineering Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering
Faculty : East Asian Studies Chinese, East Asian Studies, Japanese, Korean, Literature
Faculty : Economics Economics
Faculty : Electrical Engineering and Information Technology Electrical Engineering, Information Sciences, Information Technology
Faculty : Geoscience Earth Sciences, Geography, Geology, Geophysics
Faculty : History Archaeology, Art History, History, Musicology
Faculty : Law Law
Faculty : Mathematics Mathematics
Faculty : Mechanical Engineering Automotive Engineering, Electronics and Automation, Energy Engineering, Engineering Drawing and Design, Engineering Management, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Faculty : Medicine Medicine
Faculty : Philology Classical Languages, Comparative Literature, English Studies, Film, Germanic Studies, Linguistics, Media Studies, Oriental Studies, Philology, Romance Languages, Slavic Languages, Theatre
Faculty : Philosophy and Educational Research Education, Educational Research, Philosophy
Faculty : Physics and Astronomy Astronomy and Space Science, Physics
Faculty : Protestant Theology Protestant Theology
Faculty : Psychology Psychology
Faculty : Social Sciences Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Sociology
Faculty : Sports Science Sports

General information

Alternative names RUB
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Founded 1962
Accreditation Akkreditierungsrat; ACQUIN; AQAS; FIBAA; ASIIN; ZEvA
Motto menschlich -weltoffen -leistungsstark
People-centred -Cosmopolitan -High-performance
Colors blue, green

Location and contacts

Address Universitätsstraße 150
Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia, 44801
City population 363,000

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