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Facts and figures

An overview of interesting facts and figures. We cover the most important details at a glance.

General organisation

Faculties

  • 15 faculties

Numbers of students

  • 44.692 students

  • 54% women

  • 8% (3,568) international students

(Winter semester 2016/17)

Employees

7,900 members of staff (excluding student assistants and free-lance lecturers), including

  • 614 professors
  • 62 Juniorprofessur
  • 5,050 academic staff

Buildings

  • 238 buildings spread over the whole city

  • 279,755 sqm of useable space

Budget

  • 610.2 million euros in 2016

Research

Institutions

  • 2 Clusters of Excellence: "Religion and Politics" and "Cells in Motion"
  • 8 Collaborative Research Centres (SFB)
  • 4 graduate schools
  • 1 international graduate school
  • 9 internal graduate schools
  • 8 Emmy Noether independent junior research groups
  • 1 research school
  • 1 international Max Planck research school
  • 1 Max Planck institute
  • 1 Fraunhofer institute
  • 27 research centres
  • 12 affiliated institutes
  • 1 Helmholtz institute

(Winter semester 2016/17)

Third-party funding

  • 148,0 million euros (income in 2016)
  • the humanities achieved 5th place in the DFG funding ranking (2015)

DFG-Förderprofil Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Teaching

Subjects

  • more than 120 subjects in over 280 degree courses

  • subjects ranging from A for Anglistik (English) to Z for Zahnmedizin (Dentistry)

  • large selection of so-called "luxury subjects"

Graduates

  • approximately 6,800 graduates in 2015

  • ranked sixth place in Germany for number of final examinations

Degrees (in 2015)
  • Bachelor: 2,715

  • Master: 2,137

  • State examination: 1,101

  • Diplom (equivalent to Master of Science): 131

    PhD/MD: 773

  • Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification): 46 (in 2016)

International partnerships

Partnerships

  • over 550 partnership agreements with universities and educational establishments all over the world, from Enschede in the neighbouring Netherlands to Beijing, China.

  • member of the China-NRW Alliance

  • a Brazil Centre here in Münster and an external office in São Paulo, Brazil

  • focus areas in Latin America, South-East Asia and the Baltic States

  • international  exchange programmes awarded the European Quality Seal by the national Agency for ERASMUS

At home throughout the world

  • 700 guest scholars from around the world are currently lecturing and doing research at the University
  • 8% of students come from abroad, particularly from Turkey, Eastern Europe, Southern and Eastern Asia (3,489)

  • 1,300 of our students are on exchange in another country

  • signatory to the National Code of Conduct on Foreign Students at German Higher Education Institutions

  • awarded the German Foreign Office Prize for excellent support of international students (1999 and 2007)