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Top 30 German Universities for PhD Study in 2022

Written by Marcus Holt

With a historic higher education system and many specialist research centres, it makes sense that Germany has some of the top ranked universities in the world. Not only that, Germany is the birthplace of the modern PhD, so it’s no wonder that the country is such a popular place to study.

We’ve examined the latest international university rankings to identify some of the best universities for PhD study in Germany.

Top 30 German Universities in 2022
University THE 2022 QS 2022 ARWU 2021
LMU Munich 32 64 48
Technical University of Munich 38 =50 52
Heidelberg University =42 63 57
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin 73 - -
Humbolt University of Berlin 74 =128 -
University of Tübingen =78 =177 151-200
Free University of Berlin 83 127 -
University of Freiburg =108 172 101-150
RWTH Aachen University =108 165 201-300
University of Bonn 112 =226 84
University of Göttingen =119 204 101-150
University of Hamburg =132 214 201-300
Technical University of Berlin 139 159 201-300
University of Mannheim =146 423 -
Ulm University =146 =365 301-400
University of Würzburg 165 =378 201-300
Bielefeld University 166 801-1000 601-700
University of Cologne =172 =311 151-200
TU Dresden =194 =173 201-300
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology 180 136 201-300
University of Erlangen-Nuremburg =197 =322 201-300
University of Hohenheim =197 601-650 901-1000
Friedrich Schiller University Jena 251-250 - -
University of Konstanz 201-250 501-510 501-600
University of Münster 201-250 411 151-200
University of Duisburg-Essen 251-300 801-1000 301-400
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf 251-300 - 301-400
University of Kiel 251-300 - 201-300
University of Potsdam 251-300 701-750 401-500
Ruhr University Bochum 251-300 =393 401-500
Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Visit their websites for more information.

So, how good are German universities for PhD study?

With seven universities in the 2022 Times Higher Education top 100, Germany is one of the best-ranked countries for higher education.

The fact that it charges no fees for PhD study and has many English-language doctorates makes Germany an excellent destination for postgraduate study.

Rankings for PhD study is not as straightforward as it seems. For a more detailed overview of how the system works and how to get the best out of it, check our guide to PhD rankings.

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Last Updated: 19 November 2021