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Illustration of a magnetic skyrmion

Hamburg and Kiel researchers observe spontaneous occurrence of skyrmions in atomically thin cobalt films

cauliflower on a blossom

The journey of the pollen

Kiel research team deciphers adhesive mechanisms in pollination

A black and white electron microscope image

Plan B for Cholesterol Transport

Kiel biochemistry research team proves the existence of a previously unknown alternative cholesterol transport mechanism inside cells


severely damaged ash tree

Diversity under threat

Kiel-based ecologists receive 2.4 million euros from the federal and regional governments for research project on ash dieback

SEM-image of a microscope

Artificial heart valves: new coating procedure could reduce risk of thrombosis

A research team from materials science has developed a method of connecting plastics which enables completely new applications. For example in heart...


Towards a light driven molecular assembler

Chemists at Kiel University built the first artificial molecular machines that perform synthesis


the "Competence Centre for Genome Analysis Kiel"

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Assessment of metabolism of intestinal bacteria helps predict treatment success

New approach for personalised medicine

Barberton Mountains

Recycling on Earth for more than 3 billion years

Plate tectonics much older than previously thought


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Exhibitions and hands-on activities in the field of art, history, nature and technology

For the German Unity Day the Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences in Schleswig-Holstein will present themself together on the grounds of...

Illustration of a lighthouse in the colors of Germany. Mut zur Zukunft. Die Hochschulen Schleswig-Holsteins präsentieren sich zum Tag der Deutschen Einheit. Kiel - 2./3. Oktober 2019

German Unity Day 2019

For the German Unity Day the Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences in Schleswig-Holstein will present themself together on the grounds of the Seeburg.

Research at Kiel University

Clusters of Excellence

Kiel University has successfully obtained funding for three projects, each for two funding periods, as part of the Federal Excellence Initiative (2006-2019). The Clusters of Excellence “Future Ocean” and “Inflammation at Interfaces”, plus the Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes”, deal with relevant research issues of our time. In the new Excellence Strategy, Kiel University has been successful with two cluster proposals: “Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation” and "ROOTS - Societal, 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 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.


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 eight faculties at the CAU

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

With 190 degree programmes to choose from, Kiel University offers a great deal to learn and the opportunity to exchange ideas with lots of people. Students can select traditional subjects like law or medicine, as well as disciplines such as humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Applied fields of study such as material and technological sciences or agricultural and nutritional sciences offer particularly good career options.

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 over 27,000 students and around 3,000 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.