Gender equality in academic life

Several faculties of the University of Münster offer courses which emphasise gender studies and gender equality. In addition to lecture series on gender issues, the gender perspective has been integrated into all bachelor’s programmes in General Studies since 2006. Gender-related courses aim to establish gender competence as a key qualification. An essential aspect of these is their cross-faculty, interdisciplinary character.

Promotion programmes for (female) students

  • Network of student equal opportunity representatives (all genders welcome)

    At WWU Münster, student representatives from various levels (institutes, departments, central institutions) as well as interested and active students organising events or partaking in projects concerning equal opportunities shape university life. But the university encorporates a student body of over 45.000 - things get handled differently in a different department, or you may be new in your role as student equal opportunity representative and don't know too much about your role. The network provides a space to get to know each other and our respective work, pool our knowledge and connect our engagement.

    In cooperation with the autonomous women's unit of the AStA (Autonomes Frauen*referat), the central student equal opportunity representative invites all students working on equal opportunity issues to a semesterly meet-up. We are additionally keeping contact through the mailing-list as well as the digital platform Slack. If you would like to be added to the mailing-list or our Slack workspace, please write an e-mail to


    Information for students active in equal opportunities areas have been compiled at a networking event in summer 2019: The guideline How to Gleichstellung (German only - if needed, please ask for a translation via entails information on (legal) groundwork, ideas on further relevant topics, for projects and how to finance them, and additionally, information on advisory offices.


  • Doctoral programme information event for female students

    Every year the Equal Opportunity Office stages an information event titled “More Women into Science – Is a doctoral degree the way to go?”. The event is especially targeted at female students who are thinking about pursuing a doctoral degree.
    In cooperation with the Graduate Centre, the Careers Service and SAFIR, the students learn more about the doctoral opportunities available to them at the University of Münster, the chance of finding employment with or without a doctoral degree, and ways to finance doctoral programmes. The participants are invited to meet at an “Infocafé” during break time where they can speak with University representatives in the foyer of the lecture building. The organisers plan to conclude the event with a discussion forum with female academics who are pursuing or have already completed their doctoral degrees. The event will be held in German.

    Next date: will be announced soon

  • Seminars for female students

    In cooperation with the Schreib-Lese-Zentrum and the Centrum für Rhetorik, seminars for female students are offered on a regular basis. The events take place in german.

    Centrum für Rhetorik:

    • Präsentationstechniken für Frauen
    • Ich trau mich! Selbstbewusstes Auftreten für Studentinnen

    The current seminar program and registration options are available on the website of the Centrum für Rhetorik.


    • Journalistische Schreibwerkstatt
    • Leseforum - Bücher im Gespräch

    The current seminar program and registration options are available on the website of Schreib-Lese-Zentrum.

  • Advice for female students and (future) doctoral candidates

    Are you a female student thinking about earning a doctorate? Would you like some advice regarding the pros and cons of pursuing a doctoral degree? This support service offered by the  Graduate Centre is targeted at female students and doctoral candidates. We would like to offer you orientation and put you on an easier path to earning your doctorate. We offer both short-term and long-term academic advice services.

    Our support staff can help you in the following areas:

        Clarifying perspectives
        Career development
        Conflict management

    If you are interested in learning more or arranging a personal appointment, please contact the WWU Graduate Centre [en].