Research profile

The University of Münster promotes internationally renowned, cutting-edge research in the humanities and social sciences, the natural sciences and life sciences. These areas comprise outstanding basic research and application-oriented projects. In addition to overseeing two Clusters of Excellence, the University of Münster is the designated spokesperson in ten DFG collaborative research centres. Ten Leibniz Prize winners currently work at the University of Münster. Around 20 grants by the European Research Council (ERC - Starting, Consolidator and Advanced) and six Max Planck Research Awards underscore the excellent research performance.

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Core profile areas and emerging fields

The research profile of the University of Münster is distinguished by five research focuses, two emerging fields and a diverse range of individual research projects conducted at the highest level of performance.

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International News

The University of Münster regularly publishes international press releases from research, teaching, transfer and higher education policy news.

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Research Centres

Around 30 faculty-affiliated and cross-disciplinary research centres at the University of Münster demonstrate excellent diversity in research activities, promote interdisciplinary collaboration, and encourage dialogue and productive debate.

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Coordinated research programmes

High-profile, cutting-edge research takes place in numerous scientific and academic projects. The DFG-funded collaborations at the University of Münster include collaborative research centres (SFB), priority programmes and research training groups. These are accompanied by other outstanding research projects, financed by the European Commission and German federal- and state-level agencies.