Kiel University


Kiel University is Germany’s northernmost State University and the scientific centre of Schleswig-Holstein. At our institutes, 25,000 students learn their trade, about 2,000 scientists teach and do research in one of our eight faculties. They educate students in 185 degree programs and approximately 80 different areas ranging from Agricultural Science to Zoology. Founding members of Kiel University in 1665 were the faculties of Arts and Humanities, Theology, Law, and Medicine. Since then, four additional faculties have been established: Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Business, Economics and Social Sciences, Engineering as well as Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences. During its long history, the city of Kiel and the University have formed tight bonds. With its clinic, the University is one of the biggest employers in the region. It sees itself as a modern State University of interconnecting academic cultures.

As a state institution, Kiel University has a special responsibility: It offers students from Schleswig-Holstein a broad range of subjects so they can study in state. Kiel University also offers a clearly structured scientific profile that attracts students from all over Germany and the world. Contributing to this are the bachelor and master programs, which are available in almost all disciplines. They are designed to make it easier for international students to get their degrees accepted. Kiel University also attaches great importance to the education of their doctoral candidates, who do research on their own and have established strong networks – such as Research and Training Groups, Graduate Schools and the Graduate Center. Various international Summer Schools invite future students to get to know their area of interest or to join supervised studies.

Connecting the various scientific areas has been given top priority by Kiel University because societal issues can often only be answered through collaboration of various disciplines. These communalities enable scientists from all over the world to work together in Northern Germany.

Photo: Kiel University / Jürgen Haacks

Marine research

Kiel’s geographical location by the ocean is the basis for the wide-ranging and internationally recognized marine research carried out here. The Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean” is the field of work for about 200 scientists. They analyse manifold aspects of the marine sciences in a unique and unprecedented breadth. The extraction of mineral commodities from the deep sea and its consequences, new solutions for sustainable fisheries management, the effects of ocean acidification on the marine environment or the legal consequences in connection with the economic use of the oceans are examined within the interdisciplinary network of marine sciences. Furthermore, the Cluster of Excellence also facilitates knowledge transfer to the general public, industry and politics; it promotes international collaborations and supports young researchers within the Graduate School “Integrated School of Ocean Sciences” (ISOS) and the postdoctoral network “Integrated Marine Postdoc Network” (IMAP).

Life Sciences

Anyone working in the area of Life Sciences today will know Kiel University. Numerous Scientists working in Medicine, Biology, Nutritional Science and like disciplines contribute to the University’s reputation. An outstanding collaborative project within this research focus is the Cluster of Excellence “Inflammation at Interfaces”. As many as 200 scientists want to deepen their understanding of chronic inflammations triggered by disturbances on the interfaces of organs such as skin or mucous membranes. They are searching for unique molecular signatures and examine these in genetically modified models. They aim to develop customizable anti-inflammatory therapies. The Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes” which is part of the social science research focus “Societal, Environmental and Cultural Change” trains excellent young scientists in collaboration with the Natural and Medical Sciences. About 40 postgraduate students are carrying out research on how humans interact with their environment. They use archaeological, climatological and sociological approaches. Modern analytic methods taken from molecular genetics, material science and geo-biology are part of their modus operandi. The Baltic Sea is a topic central to numerous areas in the Arts and Humanities. The scientific focus “Northern and Eastern Europe” deals in an interdisciplinary manner with cultures of the Baltic Sea area, including legal and social systems, language and history.

Nano Science and Surface Research

“Nano Science and Surface Research” is carried out at the highest level by members of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine. Scientists from Nano Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Bionics, Electrical and Information Engineering, Computer Science, and other medical disciplines along with partners from all over northern Germany are striving to analyse how microscopic elements function and may be regulated. Based on these findings the scientists develop methods that will result in new material systems for continuous monitoring and treatment of critical medical conditions.

“family friendly”

Being “family friendly” is a high priority at Kiel University. The parents among the students and employees might be interested to know that the university was certified as family friendly in 2002 for the first time through the nation-wide “audit familiengerechte hochschule” by berufundfamilie gGmbH. In 2013, Kiel University was awarded the certificate for the fourth time. The university is constantly working to make it easier for students with small children to keep their schedules. In order to draw qualified employers, the university tries to establish a family friendly work policy. As a recognised partner of top level sports, Kiel University supports its ambitious sports students so that they can manage both – elite sports such as beach volleyball or sailing, and their studies.