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Top Universities in Germany by Subject 2017

By Sabrina Collier

Updated April 11, 2021 Updated April 11, 2021

Click here to discover the top universities in Germany by subject in 2018.

Want to study at one of the top universities in Germany? Well, fortunately, there are lots to choose from. The QS World University Rankings® features 43 German universities in the latest edition – only the US and the UK are represented more often.

To help you make your decision, we’ve highlighted the best German universities for each subject, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017. You can also use our compare tool to help narrow down your options further, based on factors such as tuition fees, ranking history and size.

To get you started, here are this year’s leading German universities in 12 of the most popular study areas…

Top universities in Germany for accounting & finance

  1. Universität Mannheim (ranked 51-100 in the world for accounting & finance)
  2. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (101-150)
  3. Technical University of Munich (101-150)
  4. Universität Frankfurt am Main (101-150)
  5. University of Cologne (151-200)
  6. WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management (151-200)

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Top universities in Germany for art & design

  1. Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (ranked 101-150 in the world for art & design)
  2. Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin, 101-150)
  3. Universität der Künste Berlin (101-150)

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Top universities in Germany for biological sciences

  1. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (ranked 36th in the world for biological sciences)
  2. Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg (41st)
  3. University of Göttingen (51-100)
  4. Technical University of Munich (51-100)
  5. Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg (51-100)

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Top universities in Germany for business & management

  1. Universität Mannheim (ranked 51-100 in the world for business & management)
  2. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (101-150)
  3. Technical University of Munich (101-150)
  4. Freie Universitaet Berlin (151-200)
  5. RWTH Aachen University (151-200)
  6. WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management (151-200)

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Top universities in Germany for civil & structural engineering

  1. Technical University of Munich (ranked joint 48th in the world for civil & structural engineering)
  2. KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (51-100)
  3. RWTH Aachen University (51-100)
  4. Technische Universität Dresden (51-100)
  5. Universität Stuttgart (51-100)

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Top universities in Germany for computer science

  1. Technical University of Munich (ranked 40th in the world for computer science)
  2. KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (51-100)
  3. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (51-100)
  4. RWTH Aachen University (51-100)
  5. Technische Universität Berlin (51-100)

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Simply narrow the results down by country to see the remaining 21 German universities in the ranking.

Top universities in Germany for economics

  1. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (ranked 51-100 in the world for economics)
  2. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (51-100)
  3. Universität Mannheim (51-100)
  4. Freie Universitaet Berlin (101-150)
  5. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (101-150)
  6. Universität Frankfurt am Main (101-150)
  7. University of Göttingen (101-150)

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Top universities in Germany for electrical engineering

  1. Technical University of Munich (ranked 41st in the world for electrical engineering)
  2. KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (51-100)
  3. RWTH Aachen University (51-100)
  4. Technische Universität Berlin (51-100)
  5. Technische Universität Darmstadt (101-150)
  6. Technische Universität Dresden (101-150)

View the full ranking of top electrical engineering schools >

Top universities in Germany for law

  1. Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (ranked 39th in the world for law)
  2. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (joint 40th)
  3. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (51-100)
  4. Universität Frankfurt am Main (51-100)
  5. Universität Hamburg (51-100)

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Top universities in Germany for mathematics

  1. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (ranked 41st in the world for mathematics)
  2. Technische Universität Berlin (50th)
  3. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (51-100)
  4. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (51-100)
  5. RWTH Aachen University (51-100)
  6. Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg (51-100)
  7. Technical University of Munich (51-100)

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Top universities in Germany for medicine

  1. Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (ranked joint 42nd in the world for medicine)
  2. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (45th)
  3. Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (51-100)
  4. Technical University of Munich (51-100)
  5. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (101-150)
  6. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (101-150)
  7. RWTH Aachen University (101-150)
  8. Universität Frankfurt am Main (101-150)
  9. Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg (101-150)
  10. Universität Hamburg (101-150)

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Top universities in Germany for politics

  1. Freie Universitaet Berlin (ranked joint 17th in the world for politics)
  2. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (50th)
  3. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (51-100)
  4. Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg (51-100)
  5. Universität Mannheim (51-100)

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This article was originally published in April 2017 . It was last updated in April 2021

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The former Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, Sabrina wrote and edited articles to guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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