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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.
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.
|University||THE 2020||QS 2020||ARWU 2019|
|Technical University of Munich||43||55||57|
|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|
|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||-|
|University of Würzburg||163||=462||201-300|
|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.|
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.
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.
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.
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!
Last updated 30/09/2019