Research in Berlin

Berlin has a long history of academic excellence. The lives of some of the world’s most brilliant minds, like Albert Einstein, Alexander von Humboldt or Max Planck, are closely connected to Berlin. Today, the German capital is one of the largest and most diverse scientific regions in Europe and worldwide. Over 200,000 people teach, work, study and do research in the Berlin area.

The region is home to five excellent universities, eight universities of applied science, four art colleges, up to 30 universities of cooperative education, 22 technology parks and business incubators and over 70 non-university research institutes. The University of Potsdam acts as a close co-operation partner in the close vicinity of Berlin. Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin jointly operate the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. It is Europe’s largest medical school and one of Germany’s oldest hospitals.

Berlin's research institutions, universities and companies welcome international researchers and offer excellent opportunities for doctoral candidates. In many cases, the working language is English. Numerous funding organizations support international doctoral candidates.

The German capital has a high standard of living. It is truly international and has a unique cultural range with a huge music and theatre scene. Graduates can expect a most inspiring and intriguing working and living environment. Become a part of Berlin’s vibrant research community!

Further Information


  • 5 universities in Berlin and Potsdam
  • Europe’s largest medical school
  • 4 art colleges
  • up to 30 universities of cooperative education
  • 22 urban technology parks and business incubators
  • 70 non-university research institutes