FAQs BSc in Biochemistry

The most important questions regarding the course and the Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) and Master of Science (Biochemistry) qualifications.

Question: What admission qualifications must I have to study biochemistry at the RUB?
Answer: Anyone who has biochemistry as their choice of course should have a good fundamental school education, in particular in chemistry, biology and mathematics. But there is no need to be afraid if most things seem to have become a little rusty: In order to align the starting conditions for all new students, knowledge can be refreshed on a voluntary basis in a preliminary course in the first semester.

Question: When can I begin the course?
Answer: Usually only at the start of the winter semester.

Question: : Do I have to have particular results in order to be admitted to the course?
Answer: No, proof of university entrance qualifications is sufficient.

Question: Are there admission restrictions, a Numerus Clausus?
Answer: Yes, there are. Anyone who wishes to study biochemistry at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) has to take the hurdle of the locally applicable Numerus Clausus entry restriction; the decisive factor for obtaining a place on the course are the overall A-level or high school grades as well as the number of semesters spent in waiting.
The admissions procedure at the RUB is orientated by the guidelines of the central office for the allocation of university places (Zentralstelle für die Vergabe von Studienplätzen: ZVS). In order to be considered, the application must be with the university office by the 15th July each year at the latest. The necessary documents can only be collected personally from the university office or requested in writing, either by post: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universitätssekretariat, Universitätsstr. 150, 44780 Bochum or on the Internet: http://www.uv.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/uni-sekr/.

Question: How long is the Bachelor's/Master's course in biochemistry?
Answer: The Bachelor's (foundation course) takes 6 semesters including the Bachelor's thesis. If the course is to be completed with a Master of Science (focal point course), the duration of the course is extended by another four semesters to a total of 10 - including the Master's thesis. As the Bachelor's/Master's course in biochemistry began in the winter semester 2001/2002 for the first time, no details can be given as yet regarding the average time it takes to complete the course. Just this much: In the diploma degree course at the RUB, which has a regular course duration of 9 semesters, 50 per cent of students obtained their degree after around 9.5 semesters.

Question: Do I have to carry out any work before the course?
Answer: No, that is not necessary. However, it is advisable to take part in the preliminary course, Mathematics for Natural Sciences, in September. In October, the Faculty of Chemistry also offers a preliminary course in Chemistry for Chemists and Biochemists - extremely worthwhile.

Question: What requirements must I fulfil to be admitted to the Master's course of studies?
Answer: 1. A successfully completed Bachelor's course as well as study counselling for the Master's course or 2. A successfully completed pre-diploma; following that, classification into the 5th semester of the Bachelor's course can take place. You get onto the Master's course after study counselling and with a successfully completed Bachelor's, of course.

Question: Do I have to absolve a practical before the start of the course?
Answer: No. All practicals necessary are absolved during the course at the RUB.

Question: What's the situation with examinations, and how much time do I have to write the Bachelor's or Master's thesis?
Answer: Examinations accompany the course and are offered at the beginning and end of each lecture-free period when the knowledge is still quite fresh. Credit Points (CP) are awarded for performance in examinations and work during the course. 180 CP are required to pass the Bachelor's examination, including the Bachelor's thesis. The Master's examination counts as passed if 120 CP are achieved including the Master's thesis. The Bachelor's thesis must be absolved within two months, the Master's thesis in chemistry within six months and in biochemistry within nine months.

Question: When can I take a doctor's degree?
Answer: Basically, a dissertation can be written in any subject at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum; the requirement is a degree (Master's, diploma, state teaching degree) in the elected or a related subject. Details can be gathered from the doctorate course regulations of the Faculty of Chemistry. Students who have performed above average have the opportunity of entering directly into a doctorate course of studies after a successful Bachelor's examination and starting a job a whole year earlier.

Further questions? The Course subject advisors for biochemistry provide help.