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2019 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 2019
University THE 2019 QS 2019 ARWU 2018
LMU Munich =32 62 53
Technical University of Munich =44 61 48
Heidelberg University 47 64 47
Humboldt University of Berlin 67 121 -
University of Freiburg 76 =186 101-150
RWTH Aachen University =87 144 201-300
University of Tübingen 89 168 151-200
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin =90 - -
Free University of Berlin 104 130 -
University of Bonn =110 255 101-150
University of Göttingen =123 197 99
University of Mannheim =123 =338 -
Technical University of Berlin 131 147 301-400
University of Hamburg =135 =223 151-200
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology =135 116 201-300
University of Cologne =146 =306 151-200
Ulm University =149 =332 -
TU Dresden 151 191 151-200
University of Würzburg =159 521-530 151-200
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg 175 =299 201-300
University of Münster =184 =329 151-200
University of Konstanz 189 =397 401-500
University of Duisberg-Essen =190 601-650 301-400
Bielefeld University 201-250 701-750 401-500
University of Hohenheim 201-250 =495 -
University of Kiel 201-250 =453 201-300
University of Passau 201-250 - -
University of Potsdam 201-250 601-650 -
Goethe University Frankfurt 201-250 =279 101-150
Jacobs University 251-300 - -
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 ten universities in the 2018 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 02/10/2018

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