Staff & students

More than 2,000 staff members work in research, teaching and administration at the Faculty of Medicine. Many are also involved in health care at the University Hospital.

  • 121 university professors
  • 8 new appointments in 2020
  • 28 post-doctoral lecturing qualifications granted (Habilitations) in 2020

The Faculty of Medicine currently trains more than 3,200 students. Münster is one of the few medical training programs that offer studies beginning in the summer, as well as the usual winter semester.

  • 2,177 students of human medicine (as of summer semester 2020)
  • 686 students of dentistry (as of summer semester 2020)
  • 405 freshmen in the academic year 2019/20
  • 323 graduates in 2019 (without doctorates)
  • 284 doctoral degrees in 2020

The Faculty of Medicine and the University Hospital are divided into approximately 70 institutes, clinics and centres.

Budget and third-party funding

In addition to basic funding supplied by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, scientists within the Faculty of Medicine regularly apply for third-party funding for their research and teaching.

  • The budget in 2020 was approximately 142 million Euros; a portion thereof was performance-based funding (LOM). This funding is provided by the state of NRW to award medical faculties on the basis of analyses of their third-party funding, publications, as well as the strength of their medical training programs.
  • Approximately 50 million euros in third-party funding granted in 2019 (just under one-third of total third-party revenue for the entire WWU)
  • Ranked 7 in a nationwide comparison of the 40 German universities with the highest DFG approvals in the years 2014 to 2016 in the field of medicine (improvement by 7 places in comparison with the years 2011 to 2013)
  • Cells in Motion - Interfaculty Centre (spokesperson role) in cooperation with the Faculties of Biology, Chemistry and Pharmacy, Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science as well as the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine in Münster
  • 3 Collaborative Research Centres with a spokesperson role, participation in 4 further Collaborative Research Centres
  • 6 research schools
  • 4 ongoing ERC grants
  • 13 junior research groups funded by external as well as internal programs


The Faculty of Medicine actively collaborates within research and education with partners in Münster, Germany and around the globe.

The scientists at the Faculty of Medicine work together with numerous international cooperation partners in order to acquire new knowledge: The number of scientific publications produced by the Faculty of Medicine in conjunction with cooperation partners and their respective countries are shown here. Publications from 2015 to 2017, which are recognized for the distribution of performance-based funding (LOM) in North Rhine-Westphalia were analysed with the aid of the database "Web of Science", – publications with several authors from the same country are counted only once.

The Faculty of Medicine's closest collaborator is the University Hospital Münster [de] (UKM); the hospital supports the faculty's research and teaching and is responsible for patient care. The scope of endeavours undertaken by these two institutions are closely intertwined by shared subject matter, personnel and location.

  • The scientists within the Medical Faculty work intensively with colleagues in other departments of the University of Münster. For example, the Centre for Molecular Biology of Inflammation (ZMBE) sustains a fruitful and long-term cooperation with the Faculties of Biology, Chemistry and Pharmacy. In addition, collaborative research projects link the Faculty of Medicine with the Faculties of Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics as well as History/Philosophy, Psychology and Sports Science.
  • Traditionally, the Faculty of Medicine and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine in Münster maintain an intensive cooperation. Examples include numerous joint research projects as well as the joint graduate program of the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence and the Max Planck Institute.
  • In a public-private partnership, the Department of Neurology with Institute for Translational Neurology collaborates with the biotechnology company Amgen; the interfaculty European Institute for Molecular Imaging cooperates with Siemens Healthineers.

Numerous institutes and clinics within the Faculty of Medicine belong to competence and cooperation networks that focus on specific topics – the following are examples:

The Faculty of Medicine is also nationally and internationally active in teaching:

  • The Faculty of Medicine cooperates with universities in Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Slovakia, Spain, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Hungary within the framework of the Erasmus program [de] of the European Union which coordinates and promotes studies abroad.
  • In non-European countries, cooperations exist between universities in Mexico, Japan and the USA, which allow students the opportunity for exchange semesters.
  • The Faculty of Medicine is a partner in the international training research network LOOOP. In the related web portal "Learning Opportunities, Objectives and Outcomes Platform" (LOOOP), medical faculties in Europe, Africa and Asia organize, evaluate and develop their curricula as well as supplement education curricula.
  • To ensure transparency and equality in the nationwide allocation of training positions for medical students during their clinical internship year (PJ), the following universities work together: Berlin, Bochum, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Erlangen, Göttingen, Halle/Saale, Jena, Kiel, Munich, Münster, Oldenburg, Rostock and Würzburg. To this end, they utilize an online platform designed and operated in Münster known as the PJ-Portal [de].

Location & History