Ruhr University Bochum: Statistics

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Rank Ranking
#228 of 14,131 In the World
#81 of 2,785 In Europe
#20 of 369 In Germany
#5 of 64 In North Rhine-Westphalia
#1 of 6 In Bochum
#62 of 1,236 For Polymer science and Plastics engineering
Top100 For 12 other topics

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Highest Degree
Acceptance rate

* Ruhr University Bochum is among the institutions that don't provide data on acceptance rates. This might happen because a university has programs where an applicant only needs to meet admission requirements to enroll and doesn't necessarily competes 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)
Full time employee5,000
Student:staff ratio9:1

Publications & Citations


Ruhr University Bochum majors

by publication & citation count

15,435 / 516,473
15,341 / 470,508
11,910 / 435,752
11,545 / 296,477
11,118 / 551,360
Materials Science
6,339 / 159,192
Computer Science
6,056 / 242,081
4,136 / 184,499
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
3,856 / 84,280
Environmental Science
2,864 / 120,672
Atomic and Molecular physics
2,464 / 71,090
Quantum and Particle physics
2,175 / 98,979
2,012 / 121,095
1,990 / 80,387
1,976 / 51,337
1,757 / 91,429
Astrophysics and Astronomy
1,713 / 85,158
Condensed Matter Physics
1,658 / 47,719
Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN)
1,654 / 11,451
1,403 / 62,127
1,325 / 25,398
1,324 / 61,082
1,210 / 59,193
1,181 / 44,356
Optical Engineering
1,178 / 23,111
1,158 / 32,834
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
1,129 / 42,873
Inorganic Chemistry
1,108 / 57,314
Molecular Biology
1,104 / 52,913
Oncology and Cancer research
1,051 / 44,519
Nuclear Physics
1,049 / 63,987
943 / 65,332
Anatomy and Physiology
904 / 33,279
Automation and Control engineering
894 / 14,330
839 / 15,272
Health Science
834 / 35,397
806 / 32,471
Chemical Engineering
791 / 28,917
Radiology and Nuclear medicine
780 / 22,644
Metallurgical Engineering
761 / 24,774

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 862 9475
1992 929 10262
1993 922 10340
1994 903 11012
1995 942 12699
1996 986 13961
1997 1177 15128
1998 1295 17692
1999 1332 20850
2000 1372 23132
2001 1327 26484
2002 1453 30780
2003 1546 35158
2004 1794 41178
2005 1803 47016
2006 2006 54800
2007 2002 62907
2008 2440 69792
2009 2538 77182
2010 2628 84840
2011 2663 95227
2012 2977 107209
2013 3139 120470
2014 3203 130778
2015 3267 136141
2016 3451 140966
2017 3579 148387
2018 3509 148042
2019 3928 163686
2020 4446 194081
2021 4488 210824


Local students $500$500
International students $500$500

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

Programs and Degrees

Programs Associate's degree Bachelor's Master's Doctoral
Design | Arts | Humanities +++
Business | Politics | Social Sciences +++
Languages | Culture | Linguistics +++
Nursing | Health | Pharmacy | Medicine +++
Engineering | IT +++
Maths | Natural Sciences +++
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, Automation and Control Engineering, 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, 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), Gynaecology and Obstetrics, 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, 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 74)
    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 69)
    Catholic priestwritertheologianuniversity teacher

    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 54)

    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. Schulz has been serving as member of the German Bundestag since 2021, representing North Rhine-Westphalia.

  4. Sadeq Tabatabaei

    Sadeq Tabatabaei
    Born in
    Iran Flag Iran
    1943-2015 (aged 72)
    Enrolled in Ruhr University Bochum
    Graduated with Doctor
    biochemistauthorpoliticianuniversity teacherwriter

    Sadeq Tabatabaei was an Iranian writer, journalist, TV host, university professor at the University of Tehran and politician who served as Deputy Prime Minister from 1979 to 1980. He was also Deputy Minister of the Interior and oversaw the referendum on establishing an Islamic Republic in March 1979. He was Iran's Ambassador to West Germany from 1982 until 1986.

General info

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
Academic structure Faculty of Protestant Theology
Faculty of Catholic Theology
Faculty of Philosophy, Education and Journalism
Faculty of History
Faculty of Philology
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Economics
Faculty of Social Science
Faculty of East Asian Studies
Faculty of Sports Science
Faculty of Psychology
Faculty of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Sciences
Faculty of Mathematics
Faculty of Physics and Astronomy
Faculty of Geosciences
Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology
Faculty of Medicine
Affiliations and memberships European University Association (EUA)
Utrecht Network

Location and Contacts

Address Universitätsstrasse 150
Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia, 44801
City population 364,000
Phone +49 (234) 32 25483
Fax +49 (234) 32 14684

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