The program Civil Engineering is an engineering science which focusses on the conception, planning, construction, calculation, production and running of buildings in the areas of building construction, transport and hydrology. Technical environmental protection is also discussed, which includes the aspects noise protection, water protection control, soil protection and the necessary contamination analyses.
The Bachelor’s program Civil Engineering is free for admission. Online application deadlines for the Master’s program are the 15th July for the winter semester and the 15th January for the summer semester. You may find further information on the application process here: http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/zsb/bewerb.htm
The programs are subject to certain rules and regulations which are summarized as ‘study regulations’. They basically determine the content of the program and which achievements are necessary to achieve a degree. You may find the full versions of the study regulations under: http://www.fbi.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/studium/pruefungsamt/index.html.de
The 2013 study regulations apply to all students who have enrolled in Bachelor’s or Master’s programs since the winter semester 2013/2014.
Flexnow is an online portal which allows students to register and deregister for exams and view their current grades. Access to Flexnow is only possible with the chipcard within the RUB-network. Registration is possible at: http://www.flexnow.rub.de
Performance records are a confirmation of study and examination achievements. You can print your performance record on Flexnow as a verifiable or non-verifiable version.
The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) ensures that performances of European universities are comparable. This is achieved by the accumulation of Credit Points, with which the workload is determined. Per semester 30 Credit Points are to be accumulated. One Credit Point is equivalent to a workload of 30 hours.
The student receives the exact Credit Points allocated to a module when this module has been successfully absolved.
Yes, the grade 0,7 exists.
Restrictions are relevant for admission to the Master’s program. Students with a Bachelor’s degree comprising at least 6 semesters or 3 academic years in a related subject or in the subject Civil Engineering can be admitted to the Master’s program after approval by the examination committee, possibly with restrictions up to max. 30 credit points. Exceptions are made by the examination committee on the grounds of a justified motion.
For admission to the bachelor’s program a high school diploma is necessary. Students who have definitively failed a Bachelor’s or Diploma exam in Civil Engineering or a related subject cannot be admitted.
There are no admission restrictions for the program. You can enroll for the winter semester online at: http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/studierendensekretariat/virtuelles-sekretariat/internet-immatrikulation.html.de
(1) Admission to the Master’s program is possible for applicants, a) who have a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or a comparable degree from a university within the scope of the German constitution after studying for a minimum of six semesters (three academic years), or b) who have a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or a comparable degree from a university outside the scope of the German constitution after studying for a minimum of six semesters (three academic years), so long as the equivalency/comparability of the degree is confirmed by the examination committee. (2) The Bachelor’s degree must include method- and research-based content to the value of at least 20 CPs in the area of mathematics, and at least 20 CPs in the area of mechanics/fluid mechanics. The examination committee can determine additional study- and examination achievements up to max. 30 CPs, as well as the time frame for their completion. Temporary admission is granted for the determined period for completion. Registration for Master’s exams and the Master’s thesis is only possible after the second subject-related semester if all restriction conditions are fulfilled. Exceptions can be made by the examination committee on the grounds of a justified motion. Students who have definitively failed a Master’s exam in Civil Engineering or a related subject cannot be admitted.
From winter term 2019/20, the course is free of admission. For enrolment, a certificate of the obligatory Master’s consultation and the Bachelor's Certificate are required, which have to be submitted during the enrolment deadlines. More detailed information on the individual deadlines is available at: http://www.fbi.rub.de/studium/bewerbung.html.de
Work experience is required for the Bachelor’s program and must be completed and authorized by the work experience office by the commencement of the Bachelor’s thesis. Part of the work experience may be completed during the program. The practical work can be split up into sections which must comprise at least three consecutive working weeks. However, we recommend absolving most of the work experience before commencing the program, as the lecture-free periods during your studies are necessary for exam preparation and examinations. Work experience should comprise at least eight weeks. It is generally to be absolved on building sites, although three weeks may also be absolved in the technical office of a building company, an engineering office, a building authority or a comparable office. Further information on work experience und work experience regulations: http://www.fbi.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/studium/bachelorbi.html.de
The faculty’s work experience office validates work experience. Information on the work experience office may be found here: http://www.fbi.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/studium/studienberatung.html.de
Students are expected to be able to understand and process English texts. Knowledge of other foreign languages is not compulsory.
Changing to a different study regulation is not envisaged. If a study regulation expires, it is possible to apply to change to the new, current study regulation.
The standard period of study until the Bachelor’s degree is six semesters, until the Master’s degree it is a further four semesters.
The main objective of the program ‘Civil Engineering’ is achieving a scientific and foundation-oriented degree, which promotes a broad fundamental knowledge of the subject and a detailed competency in methods. The characteristic features of the program are that it enables students to do research on civil engineering, in conjunction with various subjects from the natural, engineering, economic and social sciences. The highest goal of the program is to impart analytical, creative and compositional abilities, as well as application-oriented capabilities when handling modern construction materials and calculation methods under the stipulation of developing innovative problem-solving-concepts. Conveying general know-how (economic, work-scientific and forensic contexts) as well as integrating social competencies (team abilities, leading and communication abilities, a sense of responsibility, strategical thinking) is valued highly.
The program consists of two degrees. The first degree is the ‘Bachelor of Science’ (B.Sc.), the second is the ‘Master of Science’ (M.Sc.). In the Bachelor’s program Civil Engineering study- and exam achievements are necessary to the extent of 180 Credit Points. This includes a Bachelor’s thesis worth 12 points. Furthermore, compulsory modules worth 158 points and elective modules worth 10 points must be absolved. The Master’s program Civil Engineering is comprised of compulsory modules worth 32 credit points, compulsory elective modules worth 40 points, and elective modules worth 18 points. It includes a Master’s thesis worth 30 points. Curricula for the Bachelor’s and Master’s programs are available here:
The foundational elements of the program are modules, which consist of one or more courses. A module usually takes one or two semesters and has successfully been passed when all examination achievements have been completed.
The courses usually take place in German, although there are exceptions for elective modules. You can find information on the module language in the module handbook.
Civil Engineering and all its subjects are the main components of the six-semester Bachelor’s program. Foundational courses in mathematics, mechanics, informatics, environmental engineering and ecology and surveying are compulsory. Additionally, there are modules on the fundamental principles of the civil engineering subjects: building materials technology, structural physics and structural design, statics and supporting framework theory, concrete steel construction and tensile concrete construction, steel and wood construction, foundation and ground engineering, construction management and building process engineering, hydrologic and transport engineering. You may find further information under: http://www.fbi.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/studium/bachelorbi.html.de
You may take any optional course offered at the Ruhr University Bochum, for example foreign languages, legal matters, construction history or ethics. It is required that you take modules with no less than 10 CPs. We especially recommend the optional courses listed in the curriculum. You may find further information in the corresponding module handbooks at: http://www.fbi.rub.de/studium/pruefungsamt/index.html.de
You do not need to specialize until the Master’s program, where you may choose between the following directions: structural engineering – surveying and construction; structural engineering – numerical structural analysis; geotechnics and tunneling (G&T); hydrology and environmental engineering and transport engineering.
Periods of study, study achievements and examinations absolved within the same program at a different university are accredited without an equivalence test. However, if the achievements were completed within a different program, they will be accredited after equivalency has been ascertained.
If a student does not wish to continue their studies at the Ruhr University Bochum, they may receive a certificate of achievements after application and presentation of the necessary records. This certificate lists the absolved examinations with the accumulated credit points, as well as the remaining examinations necessary to pass the Bachelor’s exam. It also discloses that the Bachelor’s exam has not yet been passed.
A certificate of good standing is a confirmation that is necessary when changing universities if the new program is related to or is the same as the previous program. With this certificate the examination office confirms that the applicant has not lost their rights to examinations. Therefore, the new examination office has the formal security that the to be enrolled student is allowed to take part in all necessary examination achievements. The certificate of good standing can be found on the certificate of achievements and states ‘The bachelor’s exam has not yet been passed. The program can be completed.’
Exchange semesters at our partner universities, for example with the European ERASMUS-program, provide an international perspective. The faculty supports its students with the initial organization phase of their period abroad in cooperation with the academic foreign office of the Ruhr University Bochum. You may find information on exchange programs with international universities specifically for the engineering sciences in Bochum under ‘Exchange programs for engineering students’. http://www.sd.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/de/erasmus.html
In order to enroll in a Master’s program at the Ruhr University Bochum one must present a certificate of participation in an obligatory counseling session. The course guidance office offers these sessions shortly before the enrolment deadlines for the new semester (March/September). Further information on this can be found at: http://www.fbi.rub.de/studium/bewerbung.html.de
Counseling sessions are held by the course guidance office. Course guidance office: http://www.fbi.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/studium/studienberatung.html.de
Study achievements vary according to each module and can entail the following components: written exams, oral exams, seminar work, written essays, project work and homework. Furthermore, multiple choice methods are permitted for certain parts of study achievements. Further information on the study achievements may be found in the study regulations: http://www.fbi.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/studium/bachelorbi.html.de
Some subjects offer additional exam dates to the regular exam dates, which take place around Pentecost and January. The subjects that offer additional examinations at Pentecost are: Mathematics A, Mechanics A, Mathematics C, Flow Mechanics, Physics, Chemistry, Measurement Technology, and Electrical Engineering. Examinations that take place in January are: Mathematics B, Mechanics B, Thermodynamics, Raw Materials and Regulatory Engineering. Students must register for these additional dates independently. Deregistration is possible until two weeks before the exam. Participation counts as a complete examination attempt.
Students are automatically registered for the module examinations in the module block I corresponding to subject-related semester. Students must independently register for all other module exams (module block II), elective modules and the bachelor thesis. Students should independently register for module examinations at the latest in the second semester after the assigned subject-related semester, otherwise registration occurs automatically in the following semester. If an examination was not passed the student is automatically registered for the repeat exam at the next possible regular exam date (except elective modules). Registration for a module exam with pre-exam achievements is only permitted if all the pre-exam achievements have been successfully completed. The deadlines for exam registration are determined and published at the beginning of the semester by the examination committee. In the Master’s program students themselves are responsible for registering for all study achievements (compulsory modules, elective compulsory modules and elective modules). However, the compulsory modules are automatically registered in the third subject-related semester. If a module examination for a compulsory module has not been passed, the student is automatically registered for the repeat exam at the next possible regular exam date. Registration for a module exam with pre-exam achievements is only permitted if the pre-exam achievements have been successfully completed. The deadlines are announced in the same fashion as for the Bachelor’s program.
You can deregister twice for each module exam in the Bachelor’s program from the second semester onwards. Therefore, you cannot deregister in the first study-related semester. You can deregister up until two weeks before the exam. Deregistration, as well as the deadlines for the Master’s program, are the same as for the bachelor’s program.
If you have failed an exam you are automatically registered for the repeat exam at the next possible exam date (except elective modules). In the Master’s program this is only true for the compulsory modules.
If you forgot to deregister for an exam and did not take part, the exam is marked with the grade 5,0 ‘failed’ and you have lost one exam attempt.
If you did not pass a module exam, you can retake the exam. You have a maximum of three exam attempts (three written attempts). If you do not pass a written repeat exam, you are offered an additional oral exam (to the second exam attempt). In the additional oral exam, the best grade you can achieve is the grade acceptable (4,0). For the Bachelor’s and Master’s thesis you only have one extra attempt. If a module exam has not been passed after three exam attempts, it counts as having been definitively failed, as well as the Bachelor’s exam. The same applies to the Master’s program.
Oral repeat exams are generally offered in all compulsory and compulsory elective modules in the repeat exam before the last, so after the first repeat exam within three possible attempts. After the last written exam attempt no additional oral exam will be offered. Students who would like to take an additional oral exam to the aforementioned examination conditions are admitted to the additional oral exam if they have achieved at least 35 % of the points necessary to pass the written exam. Bonus points are not taken into equation. You must register for the oral repeat exam with the examiner.
Retaking an exam that has already been passed is not usually allowed. However, upon application, the examination committee may grant students a one-time improvement attempt for a maximum of three passed module exams. In this case the best result will be counted.
If you can’t take part in an exam due to health reasons, this must be proven with a medical certificate which states that the student was incapable of taking the exam at the time of the exam. The certificate must be handed in to the examination office directly after the exam, at the latest one week after the exam. Only faculty forms will be accepted (http://www.fbi.rub.de/fbi/mam/content/pruefungsamt/pruefungsunfaehigkeit.pdf). This exam then does not count as an exam attempt. If the examination committee deems it necessary, it can rule that a certificate from an independent medical examiner or an expert opinion must be presented.
The program has definitively not been passed when the exam was not passed within the three examination attempts. Candidates who have failed a program will be notified in writing.
Students who disturb the orderly procedure in an exam despite receiving a warning can be excluded from the continuation of the exam. In this case the exam is marked with 5,0 ‘failed’ and the reason for exclusion is filed. In severe cases the examination committee can exclude the candidate from further exams. The submission of plagiaries in project work, bachelor’s and Master’s theses is perceived as fraudulent and will be treated accordingly.
The results of an exam are usually published at the latest four weeks after the exam date in accordance with the data protection act in a notice or on Flexnow. The result of an oral exam is to be announced at the latest two days after the oral exam, and the results of examination achievements in other forms will be published at the latest two weeks after the exam. The grading of a Bachelor’s thesis must take no longer than four weeks, except in reasonable exceptions. You may find further information in the study regulations: http://www.fbi.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/studium/bauing.html.de
Elective modules do not count towards the final grade.
The certificate includes the module valuation in numerical grade, the topic and the valuation of the bachelor’s thesis, as well as the final grade of the bachelor’s exam with the grade point average. Not included are the number of examinations and the duration of studies.
The ‘Diploma Supplement’ is a suffix to the university graduation certificate. Its function is to create transparency in university education, to alleviate the academic and occupational recognition in other European states, and to support the evaluation of occupational qualifications. The Diploma Supplement includes the following information: individual data on the graduate, the status of the imparting university, and formal and contextual details on the program for which the Diploma Supplement is issued (study program, - goals, - context, - process and qualification). Furthermore, it entails a description of the German education and university system.
The ‘Transcript of Records’ lists all achievements in a comprehensive way, so that a transfer to another university can ensue without complication. The recognition of study achievements abroad requires the issuance of a ToR. The Transcript of Records contains the following information: all absolved exam achievements, the accumulated ECTS-points, the examination grades, the valuation of the grades, as well as the ECTS-grades.
The first degree of the program ‘Civil Engineering’ is the ‘Bachelor of Science’ (B.Sc.), the second is the ‘Master of Science’ (M.Sc.).
The Bachelor’s thesis is a written examination paper which demonstrates that the student is capable of self-sufficiently working on a complicated theory of civil engineering within a certain time frame (three months, 360 working hours). Students are supposed to put into use the methods learned within the Bachelor’s program.
The distribution of a Bachelor’s thesis topic is only permissible once the student has accumulated at least 120 CPs and has handed in the company work experience certificate.
According to studies in regular time the Bachelor thesis is due in the 6th semester. It is recommended that students complete their Bachelor’s thesis by the 11th semester at the latest.
The student has the right to suggest a topic for their Bachelor’s thesis. The topic supervisor takes this into account and then names the thesis topic to the chairman of the examination committee. The final decision on the topic lies with the chairman of the examination committee.
The written documentation of the Bachelor’s thesis must be handed in to the examination committee in three copies, as well as an electronic copy, within three months. Early submission is possible after a minimum of two months. The thesis must be graded by two examiners, one of which should be the topic supervisor. The final grade is calculated with the arithmetic mean of the separate grades. However, if there is a discrepancy of more than one whole grade point, the examination committee shall determine the final grade.
You have passed the Bachelor’s examination when you have absolved all necessary modules and the bachelor’s thesis successfully. When calculating the final grade of the Bachelor’s program we calculate the mean grade. We take module grades and credit points, as well as the grade and credit points of the Bachelor’s thesis, into account. The grades in module I count once, the grades in module II are multiplied by the factor 1,5, as are the project grades. The Bachelor’s thesis grade is multiplied by 2,0. Elective modules are not taken into account.
The student will receive a certificate stating that they have passed the bachelor’s examination when they apply for it and can prove that they have accumulated at least 180 credit points. With the certificate the candidate receives the Bachelor’s degree certificate with the date of the certificate. Furthermore, it certifies the conferment of the Bachelor’s degree.
Switching from the Bachelor’s program ‘Civil Engineering’ to the Master’s program ‘Environmental Engineering and Resources management’ is possible.
No, this is not envisaged.
Students in the Master’s program must register (for the first time) for the compulsory exams of the first subject semester at the latest in the second semester after the designated study semester. Otherwise the registration occurs automatically in the following semester.
Master's examinations may only be taken after the Bachelor's degree. Early attendance is not possible.
The Master’s thesis is a written examination paper which should demonstrate that the student is capable of self-sufficiently working on a complicated theory of civil engineering using scientific methods within a certain time frame (six months).
The distribution of a Master’s thesis topic is only permissible once the candidate has accumulated at least 70 CPs.
According to studies in regular time the Master’s thesis is due in the 4th semester. We recommend registering the thesis at the latest in the 6th semester.
The student has the right to suggest a topic for their Master’s thesis. The topic supervisor takes this into account and then names the thesis topic to the chairman of the examination committee. The final decision on the topic lies with the chairman of the examination committee.
The written documentation of the Master’s thesis must be handed in to the examination committee in three copies, as well as an electronic copy. The thesis must be graded by two examiners, one of which should be the topic supervisor. The final grade is calculated with the arithmetic mean of the separate grades. However, if there is a discrepancy of more than one whole grade point, the examination committee shall determine the final grade.
You have passed the Master’s examination when you have absolved all necessary modules and the Master’s thesis successfully. When calculating the final grade of the Master’s program the grades in compulsory modules count once, the grades in elective compulsory modules are multiplied by the factor 1,5, and the Master’s thesis grade is multiplied by 2,0.
Upon application the student may receive a certificate stating that they have passed the Master’s examination, with the module grades, the topic of the master’s thesis and the final grade of the Master’s exam. Furthermore, the candidate receives the Master’s degree certificate certifying the conferment of the academic degree ‘Master of Science’.
After completing their studies each candidate has the chance to inspect their examination files. In order to do so they must hand in an application to the chairman of the examination committee within one month after the delivery of the examination certificate. The chairman then determines the place and time of inspection.
If the candidate cheated during an examination achievement and this fact becomes known after the delivery of the certificate, the examination committee can retrospectively correct the valuation and grades for the respective exam and declare it failed. In this case the Bachelor’s or Master’s degree shall be withdrawn.
Exam papers may be returned to the candidate after two years.
You may apply for a second copy of a degree certificate at the examination department for a fee of 25 euros within 30 years.