About Free University of Berlin:

Freie Universität is one of the eleven universities to have been successful in all three lines of funding in the German government's Excellence Initiative in 2012. The future development concept of Freie Universität is based on three key strategic centers: the Center for Research Strategy, which focuses on research planning; the Center for International Cooperation; and the Dahlem Research School, which supports next-generation academic talent. The main features of Freie Universität’s research activities include the broad variety of global academic and scientific cooperation arrangements in place as part of alliance projects and networks with other entities active in research, alongside the university’s innovative support concepts for junior scholars and scientists and the scope of the external funding the university raises. The various areas of focus in the research conducted at Freie Universität are organized into various structures, including interdisciplinary focus areas, excellence clusters, collaborative research centers, and research centers. Freie Universität is a full-spectrum university, comprising twelve departments and three Central Institutes that together offer more than 150 different academic programs in a broad range of disciplines. Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin is the joint medical school of Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Dahlem Research School (DRS) at Freie Universität Berlin offers the framework encompassing a range of outstanding structured doctoral programs. By establishing the DRS, Freie Universität Berlin broke new ground in the field of graduate education in Germany, all with the aim of offering junior scholars and scientists the best possible conditions for their academic development. At the DRS, strategies to support doctoral candidates and postdoctoral students at Freie Universität are developed, research within interdisciplinary and international alliances is fostered, and established graduate schools and research training groups receive support alongside new initiatives.



World University Rankings

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
World University Rankings 174 146 140 120 155 206 231 79 77 79 77 78 75 78 85

By Fields

Field 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Agriculture 180 175 172 193 - 159 164 173 171 152 177 165 152 181
Engineering - - - - - - - - - 301-350 301-350 351-400 301-350 351-400
Life Sciences 108 91 86 113 145 157 64 41 38 43 40 33 38 52
Medicine 135 96 83 99 190 254 63 42 48 44 40 39 35 48
Natural Sciences 193 196 197 201 201 199 193 215 212 216 241 260 272 253
Social Sciences 256 196 268 261 - 268 226 204 188 208 210 205 178 223

By Subjects

Subject 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Agricultural Sciences 187 - 291 193 161 171 137 160 164 182 196
Biology & Biochemistry - - - - - - - - 49 50 56
Chemistry 119 132 120 108 151 152 139 155 161 173 178
Chemical Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -
Civil Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -
Clinical Medicine - - - - - - - - 41 39 55
Computer Science - - - - - - - - - - -
Economics & Business - - - - - - - - 263 289 -
Electrical Engineering 215 - - 260 283 - 301-350 301-350 351-400 351-400 -
Environment / Ecology - - - - - 282 261 262 230 217 220
Geosciences 104 105 107 119 127 124 127 136 143 159 152
Immunology - - - - - - - - 19 21 26
Materials Science - - 287 251 272 265 251 253 254 246 269
Mathematics 293 - 232 215 263 209 273 281 279 263 301-350
Mechanical Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -
Microbiology - - - - - - - - 70 80 62
Molecular Biology & Genetics - - - - - - - - 63 55 59
Neuroscience & Behavior - - - - - - - - 22 23 26
Pharmacology & Toxicolog - 74 102 40 24 23 26 27 38 43 67
Physics - - 283 297 - - 351-400 351-400 351-400 351-400 401-450
Plant & Animal Science 109 83 80 86 80 97 82 97 93 83 84
Psychiatry / Psychology - - - - - - - - 72 59 60
Social Sciences, General - - - - - - - - 184 176 197
Space Science - - - - - - - - - - -
Energy Science & Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -
Environmental Science & Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -
Biomedical Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -