Universität Münster

Munster, Germany
WWU Münster has developed a strong research profile in natural sciences, the humanities, medicine, law and business administration. It targets top-level research in high-performance areas for and combines this with promoting first-class young researchers. At the same time, by ensuring that broad research can be carried out it creates a secure basis on which excellence can thrive.

About

WWU Münster has developed a strong research profile in natural sciences, the humanities, medicine, law and business administration. It targets top-level research in high-performance areas for and combines this with promoting first-class young researchers. At the same time, by ensuring that broad research can be carried out it creates a secure basis on which excellence can thrive.

Achieving excellence

For WWU Münster, promoting excellence is a dynamic process which takes up new academic and social challenges to which it responds appropriately.

  • WWU’s central tasks include not only achieving outstanding research results, but also promoting new fields of research which take up social and academic challenges and contribute to mastering them.
  • Successful work in many fields of research today requires cooperation in large groups of researchers. WWU aims at a comprehensive use of the potential set out in its profile to start single-discipline and cross-discipline groups of researchers providing the critical mass necessary for excellent research work.
  • WWU promotes broad research on a wide range of subjects as a basis for the continual creation of new focuses of top-level research.
High-quality teaching

WWU Münster’s aims in the field of research are closely linked with its own commitment to provide high-quality courses of study covering a wide range of subjects. It has taken a pioneering lead in changing teacher training to the double bachelor degree. The second step – a bottom-up process – will involve the masters courses. The development of programmes for structured doctoral courses represents the third step in the realisation of the objectives set out in the Bologna process. WWU thus provides the best possible teaching on the basis of high-quality broad and top-level research.

Promoting young researchers

The WWU Münster organises the promotion of outstanding academic junior researchers in graduate schools which provide structured doctoral courses. Moreover the university creates an environment conducive to top-level research carried out by postdocs. It also supports the setting up of groups of young researchers and the creation of junior professorships in order to strengthen the links between postgraduate education and research.

Gender mainstreaming

WWU Münster considers gender equality to be a task of strategic importance. The aim is to make it easier for women to combine an academic career and family interests. It is in combination with the high quality of life offered by the Münster region that the university hopes to reap benefits in recruiting brilliant researchers in the future. WWU’s second strategic objective in the field of gender mainstreaming is to apply suitable measures to strengthen women’s social qualifications in pursuing academic careers. In order to initiate such measures to reach these goals, WWU subjects its gender mainstreaming policies to an external “family-friendly university audit”.

Measures currently implemented (selection):

  • Since 2000 the WWU has been running an internal gender equality programme, with an annual budget of €200,000, which supports women in their academic activities.
  • The university runs a training programme which is tailored to support young women researchers with respect to their academic careers.
  • WWU is currently setting up its own facilities where the children of academic staff can be looked after all-day; there is a special focus on children under three. WWU will also be offering a flexible and speedy childcare service, for example in cases of weekend seminars or in emergencies. Last but not least, assistance is being planned for supervising schoolchildren while they do their homework.

Main areas of research

In addition to the focus on research into Religion and Politics there are numerous other internationally renowned areas in which Münster University carries out top-level research, for example in Planetology, Life sciences, Network research and Chemistry or Mathematics.

Doctoral degrees at Münster University

Münster University supports its junior academics as much as it can. Once a supervisor has been found for a doctoral thesis the next step is to apply to the University and enrol. Research Training Groups and funding programmes can help to finance the time when the thesis is being written.

Partners

Münster University has strong partners in the fields of research and business. Affiliated institutes, cooperation partners such as the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Biomedicine and endowed professorships in various fields, such as battery research – all of these are extremely valuable for the success of work done at a research university. At the same time Münster University sees itself as a strong partner for the local region around it. The "Münsterland Expedition" is a current example of this.

Research

Main areas of research

In addition to the focus on research into Religion and Politics there are numerous other internationally renowned areas in which Münster University carries out top-level research, for example in Planetology, Life sciences, Network research and Chemistry or Mathematics.

Doctoral degrees at Münster University

Münster University supports its junior academics as much as it can. Once a supervisor has been found for a doctoral thesis the next step is to apply to the University and enrol. Research Training Groups and funding programmes can help to finance the time when the thesis is being written.

Partners

Münster University has strong partners in the fields of research and business. Affiliated institutes, cooperation partners such as the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Biomedicine and endowed professorships in various fields, such as battery research – all of these are extremely valuable for the success of work done at a research university. At the same time Münster University sees itself as a strong partner for the local region around it. The "Münsterland Expedition" is a current example of this.

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (9)
Arts, Design & Architecture (7)
Computer Science & IT (6)
Business & Management (4)
Medicine & Health (4)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (3)
Education & Training (2)
Law (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Universität Münster!

Services

SAFIR (Advisory Service for External Funding Applications)

  • stands for “Servicestelle Antragsberatung zu Forschungsförderungsprogrammen aus nationalen und internationalen Ressourcen” (Service centre offering advice on applications for research funding programmes financed through domestic and international resources) and thus advises on all questions regarding domestic and international funding programmes (with the exception of the European Framework Programmes supported by the European Commission) for research projects at the University of Münster,
  • offers support when it comes to raising external funds from research funding programmes,
  • informs about research funding programmes and tendering procedures of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation), the federal and regional ministries, foundations, and other domestic and international (non-EU) sponsors,
  • advises established researchers, in particular regarding Collaborative Research Centres, research groups, graduate schools, research schools,
  • advises young researchers in particular on their own applications
  • points the way towards research funds dedicated to finding alternatives to animal experimentation
  • offers advice regarding the calculation of income-generating projects (project planner)
  • provides information on how to finance study trips: search engine FuF – Forsch und Fahr (Research and Travel)
  • maintains contact with partners from important sponsors.

We will be glad to advise you in English.

Student Life

LIVING IN MÜNSTER

With around 270,000 inhabitants and about 48,000 students, Münster is the largest city in the Münsterland. As an academic and cultural city, Münster offers a wide variety of museums, theatres and events. The city is also well- known as Germanys bicycle capital after all, statistically every inhabitant owns four bicycles. The historic city centre, Lake Aa and the moated castles in the surrounding region have made Münster very popular as a leisure centre.

"Most liveable city in the world"

In 2004 Münster took part in the LivCon Awards and was promptly voted the most liveable city in the world. Points were awarded for environment, scenery, residents appraisal, the historic heritage and sustainability.

Accommodation

Anyone who wants to study or do research in Münster naturally needs suitable accommodation. There are rooms, flats and small apartments to rent all to suit every taste and budget. There are also guest houses for visiting academics.

Culture

When the Skulptur.Projekte exhibition is held every ten years in Münster, the citys cultural life becomes the focus of attention worldwide. But even without this there is a wide range of culture on offer, with museums, theatres, cinemas and music.

Sports

Anyone studying or doing research at Münster University can take advantage of the wide range of courses provided by University Sports, which offers over 100 different types of sports. In addition, Münster has many sports clubs to join.

International groups

At Münster University there are a lot of university groups that students and staff can get involved in. In addition, there are various religious communities, international students groups and associations.

Information for parents

Good childcare facilities are a must if you want to be at your job full-time. Münster University not only provides comprehensive information and advice but also offers childcare facilities.

Transport

Whether by car, train, plane or bicycle the university town of Münster is very easy to reach.

The Global Study Awards

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