FAQ

Why study “Lasers and Photonics” at Ruhr-Universität Bochum?

What is “Lasers and Photonics” good for?

“Lasers and Photonics” is an issue of very strong scientific and economic interest. Many technical achievements of the modern world have been made possible thanks to the developments in optical technologies. The Internet, for example, would have never reached its actual importance without the deployment of high speed optical data transmission. Moreover, “Photonics” includes many more areas such as general optics, laser technology, biophotonics, communication techniques, optical metrology, or optoelectronic devices. However, the potential of optical technologies is by far not yet exploited completely. Photonics promises to be a key technology for future technological problems in areas like energy and environment, production, mobility, information society or medical technology.

We are one of the leading European universities having very high scientific competence and know-how in this area. It is a pleasure and an assignment of very high responsibility for us, to transfer our knowledge and know-how to our students.

What are my professional chances after finishing this master degree?

Both industry and research facilities have an enormous demand in young professionals and photonics experts. Your knowledge and soft skills gained in the master programme will be appreciated highly in many Hi-Tech companies developing technological solutions and products in photonic areas.

We also encourage excellent students of our master programme to continue and deepen their research in this area by joining one of our research groups for PhD studies.

What makes the programme “Lasers and Photonics” so special?

“Lasers and Photonics” is a new (started in winter term 2011/12), international research-oriented master programme at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. It is an interdisciplinary programme and is organized by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology together with the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, supported (in teaching and projects) by the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy and the Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry. In addition to our fundamental courses we offer hands on lab projects, international conference participations, language skills improvement, and projects with international collaborators.

Which conditions for studying can I expect at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum?

Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of the leading universities in Germany with world-wide renowned departments of engineering and natural sciences. We offer our students excellent study conditions: Tuition in small classes, very well equipped labs, intensive and personal consulting, student services, participation in research projects, best international contacts with industry and academia and much more. The Ruhr-Universität is with its 36,500 students from 130 countries one of the biggest universities in Germany. With all disciplines on one campus, interdisciplinary research is made easy and the way to broaden ones knowledge in soft- and language skills shortens to just a short walk.

What makes living in Bochum so outstanding?

When living in Bochum you are in the heart of the industrially and scientifically most developed part of Europe. Bochum and its surrounding area have a vast cultural heritage with industrial culture, all advantages of a metropolitan area as well as recreational areas close by. There are art, film and music festivals in the summer and a ski resort just a couple of hours away in the winter. With a population of about 370.000 people, Bochum lies in the middle of the Ruhr-Area holding 5 million people.

Lake Kemnade and its surrounding woods are just a 15 minute walk away from the university. A ride on the train into one of the neighbouring cities takes only ten minutes. Cities in the Rhein area like Düsseldorf with its international airport and Cologne with its old history can be reached within half an hour/an hour respectively. With the Dutch border less than an hour away, Amsterdam is in close reach as well as Berlin in the other direction.

How does it work?

What is the regular period of study for the master programme “Lasers and Photonics”?

The regular period of studies for this master programme is two years (four terms). (Remark for international students: In Germany, the academic year consists of two terms: the winter term (1. October - 31. March) and the summer term (1. April- 30. September)).

Can I start the studies both in winter and in summer term?

The regular start of the studies is in the winter term. However, admission for a start in summer term can also be granted.

How many credit points are necessary in order to get the master degree?

As in most master studies offered at European universities you should successfully complete 120 credit points (or ECTS –points). Your master thesis (planned for the fourth term) will be evaluated with 30 CP – that means that you should earn 90 CP from courses, seminars, practical courses and research projects.

Which courses are offered? Am I allowed to make my own choice of courses?

All information about the structure of the studies can be found on the website of the master programme. About 1/3 of the studies consists of compulsory courses – the rest is choice of your own both in the area “Lasers and Photonics” and in other areas in engineering and natural sciences. The programme has the following structure:

lap

  • Mandatory LAP and soft-skill courses (3 modules with 40 out of 120 credit points)
  • LAP electives (about 30 credit points) consting of
  • 3 mandatory elective modules (at least 20 out of 120 credit points) and
  • 1 module practical courses (at least 6 out of 120 credit points)
  • Free choice electives (2 modules with at least 18 out of 120 credit points)
  • Master thesis (30 out of 120 credit points)

For the LAP elective modules you should choose courses form the offered catalogue. Usually these courses are from or related to the area “Lasers and Photonics”. For the free elective modules you are free to choose any course offered at the university (e.g. economics, marketing, legal issues, or further technical courses).

Can I spend some time abroad during my master studies?

Yes. We strongly support students who want to study for one term at another university outside Germany. It is even possible to make your master thesis abroad. For preparing your stay abroad you will be supported by the staff members of student service both at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and at the International Office of our university. More information about studying abroad is offered by the international office.

What are the requirements?

What are the admission requirements for the master programme „Lasers and Photonics“?

Qualified are students that have at least 6 semesters (three years) university studies and a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, chemistry or similar. The overall average grade (GPA) should be at least “good” (for example at least 73% out of 100%). A proof of English knowledge should also be provided.

The acknowledged test agencies are: TOEFL (score at least 98 out of 120 iBT), IELTS (overall score at least 5.5 out of 9) or PET (at least a pass) or level B2 of CEFR (common European Framework of Reference for Languages (GeR)). Test results should not be older than two years when applying for LAP. Students who have had English with a grade of at least "good" (10 points) in the German Abitur (university-entrance diploma) have an accredited English language level of B2. Candidates having gained a Bachelor’s degree in an Anglophone Bachelor’s programme also comply with the English language requirements.

Is there any limitation of the number of students who can get an admission for this master programme?

We plan to have about 20 outstanding master candidates each year. However, the number of places is not strictly limited.

Which tuition fees are required for the master programme “Lasers and Photonics”?

Ruhr-Universität Bochum is a state-financed university. The cost for the studies (tuition fees) will be paid by the German government, even for international students. For each term you only have to pay about 250 Euros for a social service contribution (Sozialbeitrag).

Having paid the social contribution fee, you will get a student ID card with which you can get discounts at museums, cinemas and at the university's refectory. The student ID card also includes free public transport throughout the whole of North Rhine-Westphalia.

International students should be aware that they may provide a proof of finances when applying for a visa. Additional information can be found here:

How does the admission procedure work?

How can I start the admission procedure?


German students

Responsible for the admission procedure is the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. The 5-step procedure is as follows:

  1. Fill out the online form indication of interest. You will get an answer from us with deadlines and a list of documents that are necessary for the admission.
  2. Send all the necessary documents to the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information technology.
  3. The faculty of Electrical Engineering will send you a positive or negative answer as soon as possible. In case of a positive answer, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Technology will grant you a letter of admission with which you can start looking for accommodation.
  4. Before you can enrol, you receive a mandatory counselling about the master studies. To make an appointment, please contact (via phone or e-mail) Mrs. Cubaleska. She will give you the required information, answer your questions, and help you to start your studies successfully. You will also get a certificate of this counselling appointment.
  5. Having the admission letter and the certificate of counselling, you can enrol at the student services (Studierendensekretariat). Please check http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/studium/bewerbung-und-einschreibung/einschreibung/ to ensure that you have all required documents for the matriculation.
International students who apply with a bachelor’s degree from a German university

Responsible for the admission procedure is the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. The 5-step procedure is as follows:

  1. Fill out the online form indication of interest. You will get an answer from us with deadlines and a list of documents that are necessary for the admission.
  2. Send all the necessary documents to the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information technology.
  3. The faculty of Electrical Engineering will send you a positive or negative answer as soon as possible. In case of a positive answer, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Technology will grant you a letter of admission with which you can extend your visa and start looking for accommodation.
  4. Before you can enrol, you receive a mandatory counselling about the master studies. To make an appointment, please contact (via phone or e-mail) Mrs. Cubaleska. She will give you the required information, answer your questions, and help you to start your studies successfully. You will also get a certificate of this counselling appointment.
  5. Having the admission letter and the certificate of counselling, you can enrol at the student services (Studierendensekretariat). Please check http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/studium/bewerbung-und-einschreibung/einschreibung/ to ensure that you have all required documents for the matriculation.
International students who apply with a bachelor’s degree from a foreign university

Responsible for the admission procedure are the International Office and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. The 5-step procedure is as follows:

  1. Fill out the online form indication of interest. You will get an answer from us with deadlines and a list of documents that are necessary for the admission.
  2. Fill out the online application form for admission of the Ruhr-University under: https://bewerbung.uv.rub.de/. This application portal is only active during the application period. Applications of international students will be forwarded from the general admission office to the international office, where your documents will be checked and verified. At this stage the Faculty of Electrical Engineering does not have any access to information about the status of your application. If you have any questions regarding the application portal or the status of your application, please contact Mr Alt or Mrs Tatang via internationaloffice@uv.rub.de. Please allow the international office at least two weeks of time after the deadline for admission (15. July or 15. January) before the result of your document verification is sent to the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. Please also note that the admission is not equivalent to the enrolment in the university. Admission means that you are fitting our requirements and are allowed to enrol to the university (matriculation). The enrolment takes place just before you start your studies.
  3. In case of a positive decision the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology will grant you a letter of admission as soon as possible after receiving the verified documents from the International Office. With the letter of admission you can apply for a visa, book flights and start looking for accommodation.
  4. After you have come to Germany, and before you can enrol, you receive a mandatory counselling about the master studies. To make an appointment, please contact (via phone or e-mail) Mrs. Cubaleska. She will give you the required information, answer your questions, and help you to start your studies successfully. You will also get a certificate of this counselling appointment.
  5. Having the admission letter and the certificate of counselling, you can enrol at the student services (Studierendensekretariat). Please check http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/studium/bewerbung-und-einschreibung/einschreibung/ to ensure that you have all required documents for the matriculation.

What are the deadlines for the admission and enrollment?

  summer term 2014 winter term 2014/15 summer term 2015
teaching period
7th Apr. -
18th Jul. 2014
6th Oct. 2014 -
6th Feb. 2015
7th Apr. -
17th Jul. 2015
application period
15th Nov. 2013 -
15th Jan. 2014
15th May -
15th July 2014
15th Nov. 2014 -
15th Jan. 2015
enrolment period
25th Mar. -
5th Apr. 2014
end of Sep. -
beg. of Oct. 2014
end of March -
beg. of Apr. 2015

Please note that all documents have to have arrived by mail at the university by the end of the desired application period.

Students are not eligible to enrol without the letter of admission (See question How can I start the admission procedure).

Who can advise and support me before and during the admission procedure?

We aim to give all candidates and students excellent student services and mentoring. If you have any question about the master programme “Lasers and Photonics” concerning the structure of the course or content of the lectures please contact Mrs. Cubaleska from the dean’s office of the faculty or Prof. Hofmann (Department for Photonics and Terahertz-Technology) who is responsible for this master programme. Mrs. Cubaleska is also responsible for student services and will support you if you have any questions or problems during the admission procedure. If you have any questions about the application portal or the status of your application, please contact Mr Alt or Mrs Tatang via internationaloffice@uv.rub.de.

I’ve got my Bachelor-Degree from a University outside of Germany. Can I continue my studies with the master programme “Lasers and Photonics”?

International students are very welcome. If you’ve got an academic degree from a well recognized international university, the admission requirements are the same both for you and for German students. But there are some differences in the workflow for the admission procedure. See question How can I start the admission procedure

What to think of after receiving the letter of admission?

What are the next steps?

The international portal of the Ruhr-Universität gives a good overview about topics concerning visa, university enrolment, accomotation, and student life: http://international.rub.de/index.html.en

Some of these topics are pointed out below in more detail:

After receiving the letter of admission, you may need to apply for a visa at the German embassy in your home country. Information about visa regulations can be found on the website of the federal foreign office of Germany: http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/Startseite_node.html

You may also need to provide a proof of finances when applying for a visa. See Which tuition fees are required for the master programme “Lasers and Photonics”?

Having been granted a visa, you need to make sure that you have valid health insurance. http://international.rub.de/bewerbung/zugelassen/hi.html.en

Before you leave your home country you can already start looking for accommodation in Bochum: http://international.rub.de/bewerbung/zugelassen/wohnen.html.en

After arriving and after enrolling, you need to register with the city and extend your visa. Further information on these topics can be found on the following universities websites: http://international.rub.de/rubiss/start/index.html.en

General information about Germany and particularly about all the topics above can also be found on the website: http://www.study-in.de/en/.

Who can help me after arriving at Bochum?

The international office of the Ruhr-Universität helps international student with their matters and is the first contact point when experiencing problems. http://international.rub.de/rubiss/beratung/index.html.en

If you need support in dealing with the authorities or governmental agencies, or if you are looking to get in touch with other (international) students, you can also contact Ms Sarah-Amelie Stücken: http://international.rub.de/intoff/kontakt/sas.html.en

As members of the university’s administration staff, so called international pilots will also attend to international students’ matters and help finding the right contact person. http://international.rub.de/profil/internationalisierung/lotsen/index.html.en