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 programme can be started in winter and in summer term.

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:

  • Mandatory LAP courses (7 modules with 42 out of 120 credit points in total)
  • LAP electives (about 30 credit points) consisting of
  • 4 to 6 mandatory elective courses (at least 20 out of 120 credit points) and
  • At least 2 practical subjects (at least 6 out of 120 credit points)
  • Free choice electives (at least 16 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. Each term, about 320 Euros have to be paid 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 and International students who apply with a bachelor’s degree from a German university

The admission procedure is organized by the admission office. The 5-step procedure is as follows:

  1. Fill out the online form indication of interest. You will get an answer from the Faculty of Electrical En­gi­neer­ing and Information Technology with more information on the admission procedure.
  2. Send all the necessary documents to the admission office.
  3. The admission office will send you a positive or negative answer approximately three weeks af­ter the application deadline. In case of a positive answer, the admission office 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) Mr. Lenz. He 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

The admission procedure is organized by the admission office.The 5-step procedure is as follows:

  1. Fill out the online form indication of interest. You will get an answer from the Faculty of Electrical En­gi­neering and Information Technology with more information on the admission procedure.
  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. The admission office will send you a positive or negative answer approximately 3 weeks after the application deadline. 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) Mr. Lenz. He 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.

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 Mr. Lenz or Prof. Hofmann (Department for Photonics and Terahertz-Tech­­nol­­o­gy) who is responsible for this master programme.
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

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