Facts and figureS

General information

Faculties

  • 15 faculties

Students

  • 45,371 students

  • 54% female

  • 8% (3,632) international students

(winter semester 2017/18)

Employees

  • 7,900 members of staff (not including student assistants and freelance lecturers)
    • 614 professors (in 2016)
    • 62 associate professors (Juniorprofessoren)
    • 5,050 academic staff

Buildings

  • 238 buildings throughout the city of Münster

  • 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 research training groups
  • 1 international research training group
  • 9 University-operated 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 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 and over 280 degree programmes

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

  • large selection of so-called "exotic subjects"

Graduates

  • approximately 7,000 graduates in 2016

  • ranked 7th in Germany for number of final examinations

  • graduate surveys conducted each year

Degrees (in 2016)
  • Bachelor: 2,974

  • Master: 2,101

  • State examination: 1,097

  • Diplom (comparable to Master of Science): 41

  • Doctorate/PhD: 735

  • Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification): 46

International collaboration

Partnerships

  • over 550 partnership agreements with universities and academic institutions all over the world, from Enschede in the Netherlands to Beijing, China

  • member of the China-NRW Alliance

  • Brazil Centre here in Münster and field office in São Paulo, Brazil

  • focus on partnerships with Latin America, Southeast Asia and Europe

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

At home throughout the world

  • 700 visiting researchers 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 (3,632)

  • 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)