Degree programmes

Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) has been a pioneer in IT security education since 2000. With around 1000 students, 200 annual enrolments and 120 graduates each year, the RUB is the largest educational institution focused on IT security in Europe. Our comprehensive range of degree programmes is distinguished by its interdisciplinary combination of computer science and engineering. What is truly groundbreaking, however, is the focus on IT security. Our students attend lectures on cryptography, network security and computer security from the very beginning of their study courses.

Our research-based courses are exemplary in the depth and breadth of education provided. In addition to equipping students with solid foundations in IT security studies, we offer specialised lectures and modules on highly topical research subjects, such as cryptocurrencies (e.g. Bitcoin), privacy and digital forensics.

We offer a Bachelors programme and three Masters programmes. Researchers at the RUB teach on all four courses:

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The only requirement for entry onto our undergraduate course in IT security is an appropriate school qualification (Abitur, A-levels or comparable qualification). You should display a keen interest in logical thought and the relationships among technologies. There are foundational modules on cryptography, mathematics and an introduction to computer science. In subsequent modules, students acquire a comprehensive familiarity with modern IT security. Finally, successful completion of the course involves an industry internship and a bachelors thesis.

The Masters in IT Security / Information Technology is targeted to graduates of the Bachelors in IT Security programme. It allows students to build upon and expand the knowledge gained on the previous course and is notable particularly for the wide range of over 25 elective modules in the area of IT security and privacy. Students will complete a masters thesis on a research topic relevant to contemporary IT security issues.

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The Masters in IT Security / Networks and Systems is aimed at students with a bachelors degree in computer science, electrical engineering, information technology, mathematics or physics. In addition to required modules on cryptography, network security and operating system security, for example, students may choose from over 30 elective modules covering a diverse array of topics in modern IT security.

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The RUB, in collaboration with the isits AG International School of IT Security, offers a distance-learning degree programme in Applied IT Security. Founded over ten years ago as the first distance-learning degree in IT security in Germany, the programme is very well regarded. It allows interested students, anywhere in Germany or even abroad, to complete a masters in one of the most in-demand technological fields today, part-time whilst working. Prerequisites include at least one year of relevant professional work and a bachelors degree in computer science, electrical engineering, information technology, mathematics or physics. As with the campus-based masters programmes, this course provides a solid and comprehensive understanding of the foundations of and specific contemporary topics in IT security.

Students in four interdisciplinary degree programmes in IT security
Newly enrolled students annually
Highly qualified graduates each year
Top three places in the CAST Award for best thesis in the field of IT security

Why IT security?

If you want to help protect private and public data, self-driving cars or public infrastructure from cybercriminal attacks – essentially: if you’re looking to help save the world – then you have come to the right place.

Our graduates enjoy excellent career prospects in a wide variety of areas, from the development of cryptographic processes for electronic cards to leading major corporate security divisions and working in the growing field of IT security consulting. They are sought after by governmental entities, such as the Federal Office for Information Security or intelligence agencies. Our degrees are also excellent preparation for engaging in further research at a university or in industry.

Our courses’ broad approach prepares students exceptionally well for a number of career paths outside of IT security too. We are particularly distinguished by the way we connect computer science and engineering – a combination that is in high demand in the IT industry. Our graduates are consequently very well prepared for careers in the mobile phone industry and in telecommunications or software companies.


We have enjoyed tremendous success over the past ten years in organising the ITS.Connect careers fair, the only Germany-wide event that connects attractive employers with highly qualified IT security graduates. In addition to providing an opportunity for personal exchange amongst companies, public authorities, other organisations and students, the ITS.Connect offers visitors a multifaceted programme of events focused on finding jobs in the industry and career development and planning. The ITS.Connect has grown steadily since its first year in 2008 and set its latest record in 2019. The next ITS.Connect will take place on 05 May 2020.

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Why study IT security? And in Bochum no less?

We answer these questions and more in our video (German only), which you can access here.

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What others are saying about the HGI

Alumnus and co-founder of Kasper & Oswald GmbH
Dr.-Ing. Timo Kasper
"The training is fantastic and totally unique in Europe. Anyone who studies here won’t be waiting long for a job offer afterwards. Or they’ll start a company of their own, like I did.”
Student on the Bachelors in IT Security course
Frederic Schulz
"In the hacker practical training, students assumed the role of an attacker and simulated an attack on a large network. This way we learn how to stay one step ahead of attackers and how to safeguard systems."
Doctoral researcher at the HGI
David Rupprecht (M.Sc.)
"Ruhr-Universität Bochum is a one-of-a-kind place to study, with internationally renowned professors who collaborate closely with one another. As a student, you have access to a wide range of expertise."