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Ralph Schneider is the new Vice-President of Kiel University

Senate elected the marine geologist and climate researcher as Vice-President for international affairs, young researchers, equality and diversity

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Renovating the Kunsthalle zu Kiel: the art gallery will be closed as from 25 September 2023

The university, the art gallery and the state jointly presented the structural measures and initial plans for the interim period.


Johanna Mestorf Academy honours milestone in environmental archaeology

Iris Nießen (Jena) receives the prestigious Johanna Mestorf Award for her dissertation at the opening meeting of the Kiel Conference 2023.

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Economics for technical climate protection

Wilfried Rickels is the Professor for the Economics of Negative Emissions Technologies (endowed chair) at Kiel University and the Kiel Institute for…

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Mesolithic contacts with the East 8000 years ago

Kiel archaeologist contributes to the largest genome analysis of ice-age and post-glacial ancestors to date

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Towards a better water quality in the Baltic Sea

New research project tests cultivation of algae on foundations of wind power plants

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New insights into the bacterial immune system

Research team from Kiel University describes unknown defence mechanism

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Kiel Conference 2023: How humans and the environment have influenced each other since the Stone Age

300 scholars from 30 nations will meet at Kiel University from March 13-18 for the international conference "Scales of Social, Environmental, and…


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.


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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.

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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.