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Required degree

Students who apply for the Master of Science programme must have a Bachelor (or comparable) degree in either
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • a related engineering field
Students who have a Bachelor degree in Computer Science will not be accepted.

 

 

What is the minimum grade to be accepted to the programme?

 

There is no definitive answer to this question as the required grade mainly depends on where you come from. You are thus requested to send us your application documents when you have completed your first degree programme, when you are about to complete it and even when you have barely failed it i.e. when you are a few credits shy of your degree. If you do not have the required grades, but still you are convinced that, because of your additional skills, you are qualified for the Master of Science course, you are welcome to send us your application. In the selection procedure we will favourably consider your additional qualifications.

Compared to the German rating system (according to which 1.0 is the best and 4.0 is the lowest grade), you should have an average of at least 2.5. All foreign grades will be evaluated according to this system. In order to give you an idea what your chances are to be admitted to the programme the following rules of thumb can be applied:

  • in GPA-ratings (maximum grade 4.0, minimum grade to pass 2.0) you need at least an average of 3.3
  • in percentage-ratings (100% maximum, minimum grade to pass 40%), you need at least 75%
  • if your degree includes ratings like “first division”, “first division with distinction” etc., you should have at least earned one of the two best ratings
 

 

 

How do I know if my university will be recognised?

 

Again, there is no definitive answer to this question. Usually, degrees/universities will be recognised if

  • the university from which you earned your degree is one of the top-ranking universities in your country
  • there are both three-year and four-year Bachelor programs offered in your home country. Your degree has to result from a four-year Bachelor programme.
 

 

 

Language requirements

The language of instruction is English. You thus have to furnish proof that you have sound English language skills.

To be accepted to the programme at least one of the following requirements must be fulfilled:

  • completion of your first degree programme in English (this means that ALL lectures must have been held in English)
  • TOEFL: minimum score paper-based 550, computer-based 215, internet-based 79; the TOEFL score must not be older than two years
  • IELTS (Academic): minimum score 6.0 (Overall Band Score)

Do I need to have German language skills?

All courses are taught in English. Hence, German language skills are not required to be admitted to the programme. However, some pre-knowledge of the German language will be very helpful in everyday life and it will considerably help you to socialise with other RUB students. We thus strongly recommend you to take German classes ideally before you come to Germany. Besides, Ruhr-Universität Bochum offers free German language courses for all levels each semester.