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2020 German University Rankings - Top Choices for Postgraduate Study

Germany isn't just a popular study abroad destination. It's also one of the best in the world, with a number of top-ranked universities and particular expertise in subjects such as Computer Science, Engineering, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences.

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

Top Ranked German Universities

The following table gives the 30 best universities in Germany, overall, based on global rankings.

For more information on using international rankings as a postgraduate, see our guide.

Top 30 German Universities in 2020
University THE 2020 QS 2020 ARWU 2019
LMU Munich =32 63 52
Technical University of Munich 43 55 57
Heidelberg University 44 66 47
Humboldt University of Berlin 74 =120 -
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin =80 - -
University of Freiburg 86 =169 101-150
University of Tübingen =91 =169 151-200
RWTH Aachen University =99 138 201-300
University of Bonn =105 243 70
Free University of Berlin =117 =130 -
University of Göttingen 125 197 101-150
Ulm University =141 =340 201-300
University of Hamburg =149 =227 201-300
Technical University of Berlin =149 147 301-400
University of Cologne =157 308 151-200
University of Mannheim =157 =314 -
TU Dresden =157 =179 201-300
University of Würzburg 163 =462 201-300
Bielefeld University =166 751-800 501-600
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology =175 124 201-300
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg 183 319 201-300
University of Münster =189 347 151-200
University of Duisburg-Essen =194 601-650 301-400
University of Hohenheim 201-250 651-700 701-800
University of Konstanz 201-250 =424 401-500
University of Kiel 251-300 =478 201-300
University of Passau 251-300 - -
University of Potsdam 251-300 701-750 401-500
Ruhr University Bochum 251-300 =432 301-400
University of Stuttgart 251-300 279 301-400
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.

Do rankings matter for Masters degrees?

International rankings use various metrics to assess universities and they aren't all equally relevant to postgraduate study. That's why we've put together a guide to university rankings for Masters students.

So, how good are German universities for Masters study?

With eight universities in the 2020 Times Higher Education top 100 Germany is actually the best-ranked country outside the UK and USA.

This makes the country an excellent destination for postgraduate study. The fact that most Masters degrees in Germany charge no fees (and many are taught in English) makes things even better.

The CHE Ranking of German universities

International rankings are great if you want a broad evaluation of universities - or if you want to compare universities across countries. But many countries also have domestic rankings systems, focussing on their own universities.

The main league table of German universities is the CHE Ranking.

How useful is the CHE Ranking for Masters students in Germany?

Rather than producing an overall list of the 'best' German universities, the CHE Ranking looks at performance in 30 different subject areas.

This actually makes it much more useful as a tool for postgraduates. Looking at how a university performs in your specific subject is often more valuable than knowing how it sits in a broad league table.

After all, you aren't going to be studying a Masters in every subject a German university offers - so it's probably best to base your decision on one or two!

Learn more about postgraduate study in Germany

There's more to choosing a study abroad destination than league tables. Why not take a look at our full guide to Masters study in Germany? Or check out our overview of German Masters fees and funding?

Last updated 30/09/2019

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