General Course Information

For more than a decade, the developing field of Computational Engineering has become increasingly important in science and high-tech industrial applications. Reacting on this, the department of Civil Engineering at Ruhr-Universität Bochum established the Master of Science programme 'Computational Engineering' in 2000. Since then, the Master course has been providing to its students key-skills in engineering mechanics, mathematics and computer science required for innovatively designing and analysing high-tech engineering systems and materials.

The Master programme 'Computational Engineering' starts every winter term and takes four semesters (2 years) to complete. During the first three semesters, students attend several compulsory and elective courses (see curriculum). The 4th semester is dedicated to the Master thesis. In this context, students are free to either write their Master thesis in an academic environment at various university departments or in the industry while being supported by a lecturer of the Master programme. Due to the faculty's close connections to the industry, support can also be offered to students in finding a suitable company. When they have completed the programme, Ruhr-Universität awards the title Master of Science (M.Sc.) to the successful candidates.

Due to the high academic standards of the programme and the condensed timetable we demand a strong commitment from our students. In order to study successfully, students are expected to work focussedly and with effort and dedication.

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The Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB), founded in 1962, is located outside the city center in the south of Bochum. It is one of the ten largest universities in Germany and serves around 41.000 students. More than 3.000 foreign students and several partnerships with universities from countries all over the world ensure the university's cosmopolitan and international character. The Bochum university thus not only provides excellent conditions for interdisciplinary studies, but also on- and off-campus cultural and leisure-time facilities.
In addition, the RUB offers a wide spectrum of disciplines and is a front runner in the Bologna process. Thus, it was among the first German universities which reviewed all of its programmes according to the international Bachelor and Master system. Different from other, more traditional universities like Muenster or Aachen, all RUB faculties are located on one campus, thus bringing about a major strategic advantage for the cooperation between the faculties: Only some hundred meters in a walking distance separate the mechanical engineers from the chemists, the psychologists from the biologists and the civil engineers from the physicians.

Since the Federal Government aims at establishing internationally recognized research institutions of higher education, it promotes research activities of top-class universities with its so-called Initiative for Excellence. In this context, the German Research Association (DFG) - supported by the Science Council - decides about which institutions shall be funded. In 2006, the Ruhr-University succeeded in winning the funding of the Initiative for Excellence of the Federal Ministry with its concept of a campus-wide, international graduate school - the RUB Research School. Since then, the RUB Research School has been providing structured doctoral programmes to highly-qualified doctoral candidates. Besides, it offers highly-qualified junior professors a platform to do research in collaboration with experienced researchers.

For more general information about the RUB, please visit the RUB homepage.

The Master programme is embedded in a strong research environment with an excellent international reputation. Especially in the second year, students work side by side with university researchers, thus gaining unique insights and experience in terms of scientific methodologies. From the experience with the previous generations of students it can be said that graduates have excellent chances on top-level positions in high-tech companies and other research institutions. The scientific education given in the Master programme provides the essential qualifications required for both – pursuing an academic career and a successful career in an industrial environment. The teaching of key qualifications such as communication skills and the ability to work in a team is integrated as an integral part of the programme alongside the subject-specific curriculum. Particular career opportunities arise in companies in the fields of environmental technology, construction, medical technology, automotive engineering, and aerospace, where advanced skills in the creation and application of computer-oriented processes play a role.

Owing to the international focus of the programme, all lectures and examinations are held in English. Most of the lecturers spent an important part of their career in countries abroad, thus having profound teaching skills paired with a lot of international experience.
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.

Our students are coming from all over the world. Therefore, the composition of the classes is very diverse. Studying Computational Engineering in Bochum, you will find yourself in a stimulating, culturally diverse environment. Internationalisation is a word that has much been talked of lately - here, it comes to life when students are talking and working with other people from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
Like in most engineering subjects, women are a minority in Computational Engineering; only about 15 percent of our students are female. Thus, we would expressly like to encourage female students to apply for our course and to join us. We feel a strong commitment to supporting our female students. In fact, the better part of them went on to work on their Ph.D. after completing the Master's programme.

If you get an acceptance for the master’s course Computational Engineering you will be assigned to one of our personal tutors from the CompEng Support team, who will be your future contact person for any organizational questions (Visa, Accommodation, Health Insurance, etc). In addition, senior students and members of the student council will be available to answer your questions and give you tips to make sure that you will have the best possible starting conditions at Ruhr-University Bochum.

A stay abroad is not explicitly included in the curriculum but is generally possible. We recommend that our German students spend at least one semester at one of our partner universities.

You can find more information about a stay abroad here.

The Master's course Computational Engineering has been accredited by ASIIN since 2010. The latest quality seal was awarded to CompEng on 24 June 2022 after a quality review by the ASIIN Accreditation Commission. During the assessment, the accreditation commission visited the faculty and talked to the professors, the coordinators, as well as to the students to evaluate the quality and standards of CompEng as a Master's programme. ASIIN is a partner of universities for accreditation of degree programmes in engineering, computer science, the natural sciences, mathematics and in teaching qualification. A successful accreditation confirms that a degree programme fulfils the given requirements of the commission. Computational Engineering is therefore accredited until 30.09.2030.

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The programme offers interested students the opportunity to earn a VGU (Vietnamese German University) degree in addition to the RUB degree. In this variant, the first year of study (1st and 2nd term) takes place at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Students wishing to obtain a double degree spend their third term at VGU in Vietnam, with the possibility of also writing their Master's thesis there afterwards. As part of this programme, three courses per year are offered at VGU by RUB lecturers as part of a Flying Faculty scheme.

A long stay abroad, as offered by this programme, strengthens intercultural competence and flexibility in thinking and openness to alternative approaches. This is unquestionably very useful for your future professional career Furthermore, graduates of this programme can rightly claim to have mastered the challenges of learning and working in a culturally distinctly different environment.

The programme's student body is highly international, and the language of instruction is English at both RUB and VGU

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In general, all students of Ruhr-Universität Bochum have to pay a social contribution of about EUR 362,- per semester. The social contribution includes free use of public transport in whole North-Rhine Westphalia, and reduced prices for food and drinks bought in the canteen (Mensa) and the cafeterias. The semester contribution must first be paid after enrolment. Thereafter, it is due before the start of the next semester.
Beyond that, there are no further tuition fees at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

More information about the social contribution the Registrar's office website.

Subject: Computational Engineering
Duration: 2 years
Degree: Master of Science
Location: Bochum, Germany
Language of Instruction: English
Social Contribution: 362,62€ per semester
Course Start: October (winter semester)