About Ruhr-University Bochum:

The Ruhr-University Bochum, located on the southern hills of central Ruhr area Bochum, was founded in 1962 as the first new public university in Germany after World War II. Instruction began in 1965. The Ruhr-University Bochum is one of the largest universities in Germany and part of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the most important German research funding organization. The RUB was very successful in the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments (2007), a competition between Germany's most prestigious universities. It was one of the few institutions left competing for the title of an "elite university", but did not succeed in the last round of the competition. There are currently nine universities in Germany that hold this title. The University of Bochum was one of the first universities in Germany to introduce international bachelor's and master's degrees, which replaced the traditional German Diplom and Magister. Except for a few special cases (for example in Law) these degrees are offered by all faculties of the Ruhr-University. Currently, the university offers a total of 184 different study programs from all academic fields represented at the university.



World University Rankings

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
World University Rankings 223 224 217 236 252 259 255 249 273 294 300 290 301 335 338

By Fields

Field 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Agriculture - - - - 275 - - - - 401-450 451-500 451-500 451-500 -
Engineering 264 240 262 239 247 238 287 294 - 301-350 301-350 301-350 351-400 401-450
Life Sciences 260 243 245 271 263 270 251 279 290 296 290 301-350 301-350 301-350
Medicine 246 263 245 274 267 260 255 264 270 288 272 273 261 296
Natural Sciences 121 132 138 169 173 188 198 209 227 233 232 249 285 275
Social Sciences - - - - - - - - - - - - - 451-500

By Subjects

Subject 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Agricultural Sciences - 275 271 200 227 217 247 351-400 401-450 - -
Biology & Biochemistry - - - - - - - - - - 290
Chemistry 187 177 172 171 187 179 171 161 161 163 181
Chemical Engineering - - - - - - - 301-350 351-400 351-400 -
Civil Engineering - - - - - - - 401-450 451-500 - -
Clinical Medicine - - - - - - - - 288 272 301-350
Computer Science - - - - - - 351-400 401-450 401-450 451-500 -
Economics & Business - - - - - - - - - - -
Electrical Engineering - - - - - - 401-450 451-500 451-500 451-500 -
Environment / Ecology - - - - - - - - - - -
Geosciences 231 247 236 268 - - - - - - -
Immunology - - - - - - - - - - 297
Materials Science 156 178 176 222 210 188 231 234 231 243 301-350
Mathematics 244 269 - 277 284 267 241 243 268 301-350 351-400
Mechanical Engineering 194 225 291 - - 275 232 275 301-350 299 -
Microbiology - - - - - - - - - - -
Molecular Biology & Genetics - - - - - - - - - - -
Neuroscience & Behavior - - - - - - - - 139 138 152
Pharmacology & Toxicolog - - - - - - 351-400 401-450 451-500 401-450 -
Physics 135 149 160 174 168 212 230 249 298 351-400 351-400
Plant & Animal Science - - - - - - - 301-350 301-350 351-400 -
Psychiatry / Psychology - - - - - - - - 200 195 165
Social Sciences, General - - - - - - - - - - 401-450
Space Science - - - - - - - - 230 289 268
Energy Science & Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -
Environmental Science & Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -
Biomedical Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -