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Cities in Past, Present, and Future

The Cluster of Excellence ROOTS publishes a booklet on "Urban Design".

Aerial view of research vessel Polarstern

Research vessel Polarstern sets course for the East Antarctic

Upcoming expeditions, one led by Kiel University, will focus on the history of ice sheet instability

Reed belt in front of a dike section

Being prepared for storm surges on the German Baltic Sea coast

Kiel researchers evaluate the future protection potential of dikes and show flooding scenarios until 2100

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Collaborative Research Center on metaorganism research successfully extended

German Research Foundation continues to fund the CRC 1182 until 2027


Cambridge University honours Kiel archaeologist

Johannes Müller is the only scientist from Germany to be an Honorary Research Associate of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

[Translate to English:] Nervenpopulationen

Bacteria contribute to the modulation of animal behaviour

Nerve cells and microorganisms cooperate to control feeding behaviour


Kiel University is a diverse place – hate has no home here

Statement by the Board of Kiel University.

Microscopic image of Nematostella

Microbiome development: Bacteria lay the foundations for their descendants

Study on the development of the microbiome published in the journal Microbiome


This & that

Inez Faul, MSc, Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology  lectures on: "Modern human origins in the Kalahari Desert: A case study from…

Dr. Sharif Najafi Shirtari, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, lectures on: " Investigating Catalytic Materials in Operation"

Research at Kiel University

Clusters of Excellence

As one of only 17 top German universities and two university consortia, the CAU was able to acquire two Clusters as part of the German Excellence Strategy: "Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation" (PMI)  and "ROOTS - Societal, Environmental and Cultural Connectivity in Past Societies”. They will be funded with around 100 million euros until the end of 2025.


Logo PMI - Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation
Logo Roots - Social, Environmental, and Cultural Connectivity in Past Societies

Priority Research Areas of Kiel University

Kiel University’s four priority research areas (KMS - Kiel Marine Science, KLS - Kiel Life Science, SECC - Societal, Environmental and Cultural Change, KiNSIS - Kiel Nano Surface & Interface Science) enable close interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration between different research fields on shared core topics. The priority research areas are also interlinked with one another and closely related to the CAU’s eight faculties.


Logo Kiel Marine Science. Connected Research
Logo KLS: Kiel Life Science
Logo Kiel Nano, Surface & Interface Science

Research at Kiel University

The CAU is Schleswig-Holstein’s only fully-fledged university with a major focus on research. Over time, four dynamic priority research areas have systematically developed which are based on strong disciplines interacting together - Marine Science, Life Science, Societal and Cultural Change, and Nano Surface & Interface Science. Each individual research area makes a substantial contribution towards dealing with at least one of the grand challenges of our time. Around 800 research projects - in national and international partnerships or by individual researchers - are funded by the federal or state government, the EU and by companies. There is also enormous research potential in addition to third-party funding grants.


The 8 Faculties of the University

When Kiel University was founded in 1665, the four traditional sciences were organised into faculties - Theology, Law, Medicine and Philosophy. These have expanded over the years to include separate faculties:

So the Natural Sciences and Humanities, the Business, Economics and Social Sciences as well the  Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences received their own faculty. The most recent addition is the Faculty of Engineering on the Ostufer (east bank), which was founded in 1990.

Studying at Kiel University

Degree programmes on offer

Courses from A to Z, teacher training, business education, Bachelors, Masters, state examinations or doctoral degrees: Schleswig-Holstein’s only comprehensive university offers 190 degree programmes.

In addition to this, the CAU also offers a junior study programme for school pupils, lectures as part of a guest auditor scheme or special courses for adults without Abitur or who have a different university entrance qualification within the scope of the contact studies programme.

Studying beyond the boundaries of one discipline – a range of initiatives at the CAU is now offering this, with specific courses for students who are already registered on a Master’s degree programme or who are working towards an interdisciplinary Master’s.

More about studying at the CAU


Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Kiel University (CAU) was founded back in 1665. It is Schleswig-Holstein's oldest, largest and best-known university, with 27,000 students and around 3,700 members of staff. It is also the only fully-fledged university in the state. Seven Nobel prize winners have worked here. The CAU has been successfully taking part in the Excellence Initiative since 2006.