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Top 30 German Universities for PhD Study in 2021

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 2021
University THE 2021 QS 2021 ARWU 2020
LMU Munich 32 63 51
Technical University of Munich 41 50 54
Heidelberg University 42 64 57
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin =75 - -
University of Tübingen =78 =175 151-200
Humboldt University of Berlin =80 117 -
University of Freiburg 83 =175 101-150
RWTH Aachen University =107 145 201-300
University of Bonn =114 =240 87
Free University of Berlin =118 130 -
University of Göttingen 130 195 101-150
University of Hamburg 135 =228 201-300
University of Mannheim =140 307 -
Technical University of Berlin =140 148 301-400
Ulm University =140 =344 301-400
University of Würzburg =140 =437 201-300
University of Cologne =145 =282 151-200
TU Dresden =152 =173 201-300
Bielefeld University =158 801-1000 701-800
University of Münster =195 356 151-200
University of Erlangen-Nuremburg =198 =317 201-300
University of Duisburg-Essen 201-250 751-800 301-400
University of Hohenheim 201-250 651-700 701-800
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology 201-250 131 201-300
Friedrich Schiller University Jena 251-250 =323 401-500
Goethe University Frankfurt 251-300 =311 101-150
Jacobs University 251-300 - -
University of Kiel 251-300 501-510 201-300
University of Konstanz 251-300 =443 601-700
University of Potsdam 251-300 801-1000 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 2020 Times Higher Education top 100 (behind only the UK and USA), 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 08/12/2020

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