We are very pleased that you are interested in studying at the Bochum Faculty of Physics and Astronomy. We offer you a wide range of subject-related opportunities and excellent support throughout your studies. Especially in the introductory phase of your studies, we accompany you intensively and thus ensure that you arrive well at your studies.

Even before you start your studies, you have the opportunity to get to know our faculty. For school students we offer support for specialized work, laboratory tours, project weeks and internships. You can find out more about this on the page "School" page.

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Our study programmes

At the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy you can choose between two Bachelor's programmes and three Master's programmes.

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Pre-course

We recommend that all first-year students attend our pre-course. The course refreshes your mathematical skills and provides you with the first general skills for your studies.

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Physics course guidance

You are not yet sure whether physics is the right subject for you? Our subject advisors will be happy to help you decide and advise you on all questions regarding the study of physics.

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Start of studies - first semester introduction

Here you can find out everything about our support services for your start at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy.

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Central Student Advisory Service

Do you need general advice on starting your studies at RUB? The RUB's central student advisory service offers you many advisory and support services.

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Scholarships

On this page you will find information about scholarships.

FAQ Prospective students

Do I have to apply for a Bachelor's degree?

No, our Bachelor's degree programmes are open-admission programmes. You can enrol directly for the winter semester. You can find more information on matriculation (enrolment) on the central websites of the RUB.

What prerequisites do I need to study physics?

You do not need any special prerequisites to study physics. Of course, an interest in scientific topics is a prerequisite. If you are not sure whether studying physics is right for you, please contact our student advisory service.

How do I know if a physics degree is right for me?

Physics, as the foundation of the natural sciences, wants to understand our world and our universe from top to bottom. That is why our faculty motto is also "From Matter to Materials" - from matter to materials, from the very small to the very large, because everything interests us. So if you also want to "learn to understand" and are curious about the world and the universe, physics is the right place for you.

One important prerequisite, however, is that you are not completely averse to mathematics, because in physics we use maths as a tool. Don't worry, even if you don't have an A in maths, studying physics can still be just right for you. Our preliminary courses and the basic studies will teach you exactly the tools you need as a physicist. In addition, we don't leave you on your own during your studies; there are various offers to help you work through and deepen the material you have learned. You can find out more about this on the website of the study network.

Do I need special language skills?

The language of instruction for the Bachelor's programme is German. However, as we are internationally linked and many scientific texts are only available in English, it is advantageous if you have a solid knowledge of English.

Do I have to attend a preliminary course?

We recommend that you attend our pre-course, but attendance is not compulsory. In the preliminary course, mathematical skills are refreshed and deepened. You can find all information about the preliminary course on the overview page.

Our FAQ is continuously being expanded. If you have any further questions about studying at our faculty, please contact our student advisory service.

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