Humboldt University of Berlin: Statistics



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#150 of 14,131 In the World
#47 of 2,785 In Europe
#8 of 369 In Germany
#2 of 46 In Brandenburg
#2 of 36 In Berlin
#29 of 1,000 For Forensic Science
Top50% For 223 other topics
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Highest Degree
Acceptance rate

* The Humboldt University of Berlin is among the institutions that don't provide data on acceptance rates. This might happen because the university has programs where applicants only need to meet admission requirements to enroll and don't necessarily compete with others.

We estimate the above acceptance rate based on admission statistics of closely ranked nearby universities with similar research profiles that do publish such data.

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Admissions RequirementsSecondary school certificate (Abitur)
Academic CalendarOctober to September (October - March; April-September)
Full time employee1,933
Student:staff ratio19:1

Research profile

Humboldt University of Berlin is a world-class research university with 87,499 scientific papers published and 2,108,098 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Genetics, and Biochemistry.


Humboldt University of Berlin majors

by publication & citation count

50,006 / 1,573,919
39,477 / 1,240,995
38,547 / 1,094,796
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
34,976 / 652,246
34,179 / 922,139
32,865 / 869,005
Computer Science
30,270 / 818,320
Environmental Science
25,938 / 721,358
25,853 / 904,526
25,168 / 903,911
Quantum and Particle physics
24,035 / 643,772
21,296 / 322,460
20,055 / 571,584
Organic Chemistry
18,634 / 591,464
Materials Science
15,919 / 428,790
15,358 / 507,385
Political Science
15,065 / 239,166
14,404 / 341,997
13,663 / 421,407
Geography and Cartography
13,311 / 317,211
11,718 / 225,804
11,383 / 292,048
11,326 / 351,752
11,142 / 345,695
Optical Engineering
10,797 / 289,470
10,745 / 236,013
10,514 / 334,654
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
10,192 / 239,579
10,052 / 274,558
10,010 / 198,845
9,746 / 206,749
9,550 / 294,502
9,503 / 363,423
8,647 / 189,903
8,461 / 163,330
8,358 / 171,898
Radiology and Nuclear medicine
7,506 / 223,141
Metallurgical Engineering
6,527 / 181,130
Electrical Engineering
5,967 / 158,125
5,876 / 215,042

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 576 1762
1992 538 1884
1993 549 2214
1994 728 2528
1995 1054 3464
1996 1609 4951
1997 1776 7074
1998 1990 10239
1999 1948 13789
2000 2142 17508
2001 1996 21921
2002 2263 27132
2003 2322 32882
2004 2041 38111
2005 1712 44581
2006 1643 49408
2007 1770 53002
2008 1867 55137
2009 1839 59448
2010 1785 63675
2011 2027 69795
2012 2094 74555
2013 2280 79828
2014 2418 84596
2015 2536 89905
2016 2644 91468
2017 3085 95231
2018 3770 104729
2019 4257 120758
2020 4857 151780
2021 5720 182617
2022 5852 190802
2023 5673 199123
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Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by Humboldt University of Berlin.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design Yes Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering No No No
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine Yes Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor's Degree Administration, African Studies, Agriculture, American Studies, Archaeology, Art History, Biology, Biophysics, Business Administration, Business Education, Catholic Theology, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Eastern European Studies, Economics, Educational Sciences, English, Ethnology, European Studies, French, Gender Studies, Geography, German, Greek (Classical), Health Education, History, Horticulture, Hungarian, Information Management, Information Sciences, Information Technology, Islamic Theology, Italian, Latin, Library Science, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Media Studies, Modern Languages, Music, North African Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Protestant Theology, Psychology, Regional Studies, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Russian, Scandinavian Languages, Slavic Languages, Social Sciences, Spanish, Special Education, Sports, Teacher Training
Kirchliche Abschlussprüfung Protestant Theology
Master Adult Education, African Studies, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Education, Agriculture, American Studies, Ancient Civilizations, Aquaculture, Archaeology, Art History, Asian Studies, Biological and Life Sciences, Biology, Biophysics, Business Administration, Business Computing, Business Education, Central European Studies, Chemistry, Classical Languages, Comparative Law, Computer Education, Computer Science, Continuing Education, Cultural Studies, Eastern European Studies, Economics, Educational Sciences, English, English Studies, Ethnology, European Studies, Fishery, Foreign Languages Education, French, French Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Geography (Human), German, Greek (Classical), Health Education, History, Horticulture, Humanities and Social Science Education, Industrial Management, Information Sciences, International Relations and Diplomacy, International Studies, Latin, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Media Studies, Modern Languages, Molecular Biology, Music, Native Language Education, Natural Resources, Neurosciences, North African Studies, Optics, Philology, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Polymer and Plastics Technology, Production Engineering, Psychology, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Religion, Religious Education, Rural Studies, Safety Engineering, Scandinavian Languages, Science Education, Slavic Languages, Social Sciences, South Asian Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, Special Education, Sports, Statistics, Theology, Translation and Interpretation, Urban Studies
PhD African Studies, Agriculture, Archaeology, Asian Studies, Biological and Life Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Dentistry, East Asian Studies, Economics, Educational Sciences, English, Ethnology, Gender Studies, Geography, German, History, Horticulture, Information Sciences, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Media Studies, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Public Health, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Romance Languages, Science Education, Slavic Languages, Sociology, Southeast Asian Studies, Sports, Theology

Humboldt University of Berlin alumni

  1. Karl Marx

    Karl Marx
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1818-1883 (aged 65)
    Enrolled in the Humboldt University of Berlin
    In 1836 studied jurisprudence and philosophy

    Karl Marx was a German-born philosopher, economist, political theorist, historian, sociologist, journalist, and revolutionary socialist. His best-known works are the 1848 pamphlet The Communist Manifesto (with Friedrich Engels) and the three-volume Das Kapital (1867–1894); the latter employs his critical approach of historical materialism in an analysis of capitalism and represents his greatest intellectual achievement. Marx's ideas and theories and their subsequent development, collectively known as Marxism, have exerted enormous influence on modern intellectual, economic and political history.

  2. Arthur Schopenhauer

    Arthur Schopenhauer
    Born in
    Poland Flag Poland
    1788-1860 (aged 72)
    Enrolled in the Humboldt University of Berlin
    Studied in 1811
    writeruniversity teachertranslatormusicologistphilosopher

    Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher. He is known for his 1818 work The World as Will and Representation (expanded in 1844), which characterizes the phenomenal world as the manifestation of a blind and irrational noumenal will. Building on the transcendental idealism of Immanuel Kant (1724–1804), Schopenhauer developed an atheistic metaphysical and ethical system that rejected the contemporaneous ideas of German idealism.

  3. Max Weber

    Max Weber
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1864-1920 (aged 56)

    Maximilian Karl Emil Weber was a German sociologist, historian, jurist and political economist, who is regarded as among the most important theorists of the development of modern Western society. He was one of the central figures in the development of sociology and the social sciences, and his ideas profoundly influence social theory and research.

  4. Angela Davis

    Angela Davis
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    1944-.. (age 80)
    women's rights activistprofessorphilosopherautobiographerwriter

    Angela Yvonne Davis is an American Marxist and feminist political activist, philosopher, academic, and author; she is a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Davis was a longtime member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) and a founding member of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS). She was active in movements such as the Occupy movement and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign.

All 100 notable alumni

Humboldt University of Berlin faculties and divisions

Faculty : Agriculture and Horticulture Agriculture, Horticulture
Faculty : Arts and Humanities I Ethnology, European Studies, History, Library Science, Philosophy
Faculty : Arts and Humanities II American Studies, English Studies, Linguistics, Philology, Romance Languages, Slavic Languages
Faculty : Arts and Humanities III African Studies, Archaeology, Art History, Asian Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Media Studies, Musicology, Social Sciences
Faculty : Arts and Humanities IV Educational Sciences, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Sports
Faculty : Economics and Business Administration Business Administration, Economics
Faculty : Law Law
Faculty : Mathematics and Natural Sciences I Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Physics
Faculty : Mathematics and Natural Sciences II Computer Science, Geography, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Psychology
Faculty : Theology Theology
Graduate School : Humboldt Safety Engineering, Service Trades
Graduate School : International Humboldt Electronic Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Natural Sciences
Graduate School : Mind and Brain Behavioural Sciences, Neurosciences

General information

Alternative names HU
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Founded 1809
Motto Universitas litterarum
Colors blue, white

Location and contacts

Address Unter den Linden 6
Berlin, 10099
City population 3,677,000

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