Further study and academia in Germany

Postgraduate study in Germany

Germany is a popular destination for students to undertake a master's or PhD after graduation. There are options for further study even if you don’t speak any German.

The university system is very highly regarded and in most cases is free of tuition fees.  Deadlines and admission criteria vary so you are advised to check with individual institutions.

  • Target Jobs - studying in Germany 
    Includes courses you can study, how to apply for courses, fees and scholarships and visas.
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
    Searchable database of first degree, graduate and doctoral level courses. Language of study is one of the search criteria for those not speaking German.
  • Study in Germany
    German government site promoting Germany with advice on living and studying in Germany as well as a searchable database of programmes and institutions.
  • Guide to studying in Germany
    University and scholarships search along with practical guides about studying in Germany.

Academic and research careers

An overview of academia in German is available from European University Institute: Academic Careers Observatory (ACO). The ACO facilitates the flow of knowledge among researchers about national academic careers and research opportunities in the social sciences and humanities, throughout Europe and beyond.

The pages on German higher education and academic career progression are informative.


German universities are normally strongly research-oriented and typically offer a wide range of subjects. Some universities specialise in particular fields (eg. technology, art, or medicine). Universities in Germany also include a number of religious and philosophical-theological institutions.

A searchable database of the institutions in Germany can be found on the Higher Education Compass.

Academic vacancies

Vacancies for researchers throughout Europe, along with individual country portals and practical information is available through the researcher's portal of EURAXESS. This is written in English and is easily searchable by country, discipline and level of experience.

Permanent academic positions are rare for new academics in Germany. Typically tenure is not achieved before an academic is 42 years old and short term contracts often of six years is normal at the start of your career. Vacancy sites posting higher education jobs in Germany include:

Postdoctoral funding opportunities

Further information from LSE Careers