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Philipps-Universität Marburg

4.3 out of 5 (18 ratings / 13 reviews) Marburg, Germany
The Philipps-University Marburg, the most traditional university in Hessen, combines cutting-edge research with exemplary promotion of young talent and attractive study programs in a charming environment with a medieval old town. Infection and tumor research, synthetic microbiology, materials science, cognitive and applied neuroscience, the study of language dynamics, research on biodiversity and climate and conflict research form the scientific focus of the Philipps University, which is one of the leading research institutions in Hessen with twelve Leibniz Prize winners.

Bachelor's programmes



The University of Marburg is one of the most historic of German universities. It was founded in 1527 during the Reformation by the 23-year-old Landgrave Philipp the Magnanimous as the second Protestant university (the oldest Protestant university existed from 1526 to 1530 in Liegnitz in Silesia).


Almost all scientific disciplines, with the exception of the engineering sciences, are represented at Philipps-Universität Marburg. The different disciplines are assigned to different faculties, which are to be found under Faculties.


The Philipps-Universität Marburg is a traditional university with a wide range of scientific disciplines. We are convinced that knowledge acquired through outstanding research in single scientific disciplines is the basis for the interaction and mutual thematical and methodical growth of faculty cultures.

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University Ranking

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Student services

The University of Marburg is headed by a Presidium of the President, three Vice Presidents and the Registrar. In addition to the committees Senate, University Conference and University Council, there are various commissions, advisory councils and committees. The university administration assumes central administrative tasks for students and employees, it is divided into departments and staff units.

Housing services

Exchange students, IUSP students, and ISP students are able to apply for a room in student housing when completing their application form for study at UMR. We highly recommend this option to students who are eligible, as finding private housing in Marburg can be challenging.We have developed a brochure with information about how to find accommodation with many useful tips and tricks. This brochure is meant especially for the situation in Marburg.

Library services

The cooperative two-tiered library system of Philipps-Universität Marburg comprises the university library and about 100 departmental libraries (branch libraries, specialized libraries and institute libraries, etc.). The university library, the history of which stretches back to the founding of the Philipps-Universität Marburg, currently comprises about 1.9 million volumes.

ICT services

The University Computer Center is the central facility of the University of Information Processing and Communication Technology (ICT). The HRZ provides ICT services to students, staff and partners of the university and operates the university's ICT infrastructure .

Student Life

Campus life

In order to master the studies well, the general conditions outside the lectures have to be right. For example, the cafeteria menu is one of the most requested information outside teaching. At the beginning of the study, leisure and cultural initiatives can help to gain a foothold in Marburg. And solid student financing is part of the basis for learning.

Student Reviews

Studying EMEA
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

When I started, the EMEA program was still 'finding itself' as it is a very young program. I did not yet participate at all lectures, but it was a strenge hybrid of Middle Eastern topics and pure economics. In both of them were some interestings lectures, but also some that need additional refinement. The students came from various countries, including several from the...

Good Teaching but sometimes a little disorganised
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

- open-minded university teachers/lecturers - lots of choices what to study - mandatory internship is helpful - no mandatory group study project would be a help

Great choices, a lot of freedom
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

I liked that you're very free to chose different courses, you can focus on what concerns you and what you're interested in. I liked that the faculty is very left and you can discuss about topics, that other Universities don't offer. At the same time, that makes the courses a little bit one-sided, one should be aware of that. The Faculty is VERY disorganised and you have...

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