University of Munster: Statistics

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#185 of 14,131 In the World
#60 of 2,785 In Europe
#13 of 369 In Germany
#4 of 64 In North Rhine-Westphalia
#1 of 4 In Munster
#3 of 2,062 For Pharmacy
Top50% For 204 other topics
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Acceptance rate

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate14%
Admissions RequirementsSecondary school certificate (Reifezeugnis) or equivalent
Academic CalendarOctober to September (October - March; April-September)

We've calculated the 14% acceptance rate for University of Munster based on the ratio of admissions to applications and other circumstantial enrollment data. Treat this information as a rough guide and not as a definitive measure of your chances of admission. Different programs may have significantly varying admissions rates.

Research profile

University of Munster is a world-class research university with 80,165 scientific papers published and 2,001,196 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, Physics, Engineering, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Genetics, and Environmental Science.


University of Munster majors

by publication & citation count

44,237 / 1,495,516
42,095 / 1,415,824
34,455 / 1,055,695
32,198 / 964,524
30,407 / 915,118
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
26,324 / 419,917
25,580 / 943,476
Organic Chemistry
23,485 / 793,285
22,696 / 829,451
Environmental Science
21,449 / 620,585
Quantum and Particle physics
21,162 / 648,527
Computer Science
20,376 / 546,519
Materials Science
18,840 / 610,121
16,722 / 197,920
15,532 / 465,028
12,349 / 403,701
12,061 / 459,339
Political Science
11,426 / 131,875
9,334 / 312,461
Optical Engineering
8,970 / 294,750
Metallurgical Engineering
8,846 / 258,382
8,818 / 306,112
Geography and Cartography
8,618 / 202,980
8,235 / 222,100
8,088 / 264,416
7,790 / 251,425
7,506 / 305,323
6,969 / 219,246
6,672 / 118,754
6,598 / 197,775
6,334 / 143,673
6,225 / 114,167
Radiology and Nuclear medicine
5,932 / 187,790
5,805 / 112,802
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
5,802 / 113,137
5,490 / 103,581
Physical chemistry
5,195 / 187,564
Nuclear Physics
5,111 / 172,206
5,098 / 105,086
Anatomy and Physiology
4,896 / 150,334

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 857 5391
1991 836 5700
1992 875 6294
1993 1015 6677
1994 1038 7401
1995 1058 8661
1996 1169 9618
1997 1210 10869
1998 1438 12401
1999 1351 14927
2000 1567 17263
2001 1536 19976
2002 1406 22430
2003 1350 25788
2004 1493 28701
2005 1564 35123
2006 1669 37600
2007 1722 41603
2008 1974 46126
2009 2101 51291
2010 2191 57877
2011 2291 66269
2012 2517 75681
2013 2720 85270
2014 2737 91759
2015 2711 99369
2016 2837 103332
2017 3088 112185
2018 2982 112880
2019 3349 126809
2020 3582 147669
2021 4134 185527
2022 3516 171255
Academic rankings


Local studetns None, semester contribution 299,34 (EUR)

The University of Munster has financial aid programs and on-campus housing.

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 University of Munster.

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 Yes Yes Yes
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 American Studies, Ancient Civilizations, Anthropology, Arabic, Archaeology, Art Education, Art History, Asian Studies, Biological and Life Sciences, Biology, Business Administration, Business Education, Chemistry, Classical Languages, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Dutch, Earth Sciences, Economics, Educational Sciences, English, English Studies, European Studies, Fine Arts, French, Geography, Geography (Human), German, Germanic Studies, Government, Greek (Classical), History, Humanities and Social Science Education, Industrial Chemistry, International Studies, Islamic Studies, Islamic Theology, Italian, Jewish Studies, Landscape Architecture, Latin, Law, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Music, Musicology, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Primary Education, Psychology, Religion, Religious Education, Religious Studies, Scandinavian Languages, Science Education, Social Sciences, Sociology, Spanish, Sports, Surveying and Mapping
Kirchliche Abschlussprüfung Catholic Theology, Protestant Theology
Magister Catholic Theology, Protestant Theology
Master American Studies, Ancient Civilizations, Ancient Languages, Anthropology, Applied Linguistics, Arabic, Archaeology, Art History, Art Therapy, Biological and Life Sciences, Biology, Biomedicine, Biotechnology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Chinese, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Dutch, Earth Sciences, Ecology, Economics, Education, Educational Sciences, English, English Studies, European Studies, Fine Arts, Food Technology, Foreign Languages Education, French, Geography, Geography (Human), Geophysics, German, Germanic Studies, Government, History, Humanities and Social Science Education, Industrial Chemistry, Information Technology, Islamic Studies, Islamic Theology, Italian, Latin, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Medieval Studies, Modern Languages, Music, Musicology, Pedagogy, Pharmacology, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Prehistory, Psychology, Religious Education, Romance Languages, Scandinavian Languages, Science Education, Social Sciences, Sociology, Spanish, Sports, Surveying and Mapping
PhD American Studies, Ancient Civilizations, Ancient Languages, Anthropology, Applied Linguistics, Arabic, Archaeology, Art History, Astronomy and Space Science, Baltic Languages, Biology, Biotechnology, Business Administration, Business Computing, Catholic Theology, Chemistry, Chinese, Classical Languages, Communication Studies, Comparative Literature, Computer Education, Computer Science, Dentistry, Dutch, Earth Sciences, Ecology, Economics, Education, Educational Research, Educational Technology, English, English Studies, Ethnology, European Languages, European Studies, Fine Arts, Folklore, Food Technology, Foreign Languages Education, French, Geography, Geography (Human), Geology, Geophysics, German, Greek (Classical), Hebrew, History, Home Economics, Humanities and Social Science Education, Industrial Chemistry, Islamic Studies, Islamic Theology, Latin, Latin American Studies, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Medicine, Mineralogy, Music, Music Education, Musicology, Native Language Education, Orthodox Theology, Paleontology, Pedagogy, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Philology, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Political Sciences, Portuguese, Prehistory, Protestant Theology, Psychology, Religious Education, Religious Studies, Romance Languages, Russian, Scandinavian Languages, Science Education, Slavic Languages, Social Studies, Sociology, South Asian Studies, Spanish, Sports, Technology, Technology Education, Textile Design
Habilitation Biology, Catholic Theology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Economics, Education, History, Law, Mathematics and Computer Science, Medicine, Pharmacy, Philology, Philosophy, Physics, Protestant Theology, Psychology, Social Sciences, Sports

University of Munster alumni

  1. Ursula von der Leyen

    Ursula von der Leyen
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    1958-.. (age 65)
    international forum participantpoliticianphysicianequestrian

    Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen is a German politician who has been serving as the 13th president of the European Commission since 2019. She served in the German federal government between 2005 and 2019, holding successive positions in Angela Merkel's cabinet, most recently as minister of defence. Von der Leyen is a member of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its EU counterpart, the European People's Party (EPP).

  2. Ulrike Meinhof

    Ulrike Meinhof
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1934-1976 (aged 42)

    Ulrike Marie Meinhof was a German left-wing journalist and founding member of the Red Army Faction (RAF) in West Germany, commonly referred to in the press as the "Baader-Meinhof gang". She is the reputed author of The Urban Guerilla Concept (1971). The manifesto acknowledges the RAF's "roots in the history of the student movement"; condemns "reformism" as "a brake on the anti-capitalist struggle"; and invokes Mao Zedong to define "armed struggle" as "the highest form of Marxism-Leninism".

  3. Judith Rakers

    Judith Rakers
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1976-.. (age 47)
    Enrolled in the University of Munster
    Studied in 1995-2001
    journalistactorvoice actortelevision presenternon-fiction writer

    Judith Deborah Rakers is a German journalist and television presenter.

  4. Thomas de Maizière

    Thomas de Maizière
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1954-.. (age 69)
    juristinternational forum participantministeruniversity teacherpolitician

    Karl Ernst Thomas de Maizière is a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) who served as Federal Minister of the Interior from 2009 to 2011 and 2013 to 2018, as well as Federal Minister of Defence from 2011 to 2013. He previously served as Head of the Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Affairs in the First Merkel cabinet from 2005 to 2009. Since 2009, he has been a member of the Bundestag for Meißen.

All 100 notable alumni

University of Munster faculties and divisions

Department/Division : Biology Biology, Biomedicine, Biotechnology
Department/Division : Chemistry and Pharmacy Chemistry, Pharmacy
Department/Division : Economics Business Administration, Economics
Department/Division : Education and Social Studies Communication Studies, Education, Political Sciences, Sociology
Department/Division : Geosciences Earth Sciences, Ecology, Geography, Geology, Mineralogy, Paleontology
Department/Division : History/Philosophy History, Philosophy
Department/Division : Law Law
Department/Division : Mathematics and Computer Science Mathematics and Computer Science
Department/Division : Medicine Medicine
Department/Division : Music Music
Department/Division : Philologies Philology
Department/Division : Physics Physics
Department/Division : Protestant Theology Protestant Theology
Department/Division : Psychology, Sport and Exercise Sciences Psychology, Sports
Department/Division : Roman Catholic Theology Canon Law, Catholic Theology

General information

Alternative names WWU
University of Münster
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universitat Münster
Founded 1780
Accreditation AACSB
Motto living.knowledge
Colors ral 9004, ral 5021

Location and contacts

Address Schlossplatz 2
Münster, Nordrhein-Westfalen, 48149
City population 316,000

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