University news

Fluoreszenzmikroskopische Aufnahme von Pilzhyphen

Fungal infections: systemic suppression of the immune system of wheat

How certain harmful fungi suppress the immune system of their host plants, making them susceptible to new infections

Mikroskopische Aufnahme

Locust wing wins

Hamed Rajabi receives Image of the Year Award 2019 for microscopic photography

Das Hochhaus der Kieler Universit?t.

The sommer semester is taking place

The federal states have agreed on a common approach for the summer semester 2020 due to the spread of the coronavirus.

Visualisierung der beiden Sonden

Podcast: Space missions return to science

After a brief shutdown: ESA’s planetary missions are getting back to gathering science data from Solar System.

Rekonstruktion der Westantarktis vor rund 90 Millionen Jahren.

A sensational discovery: Traces of rainforests in West Antarctica

Climate History: New study led by AWI and in cooperation with Kiel University provides unexpected evidence for exceptionally warm climate near the…

Joachim Thiery im Labor

Joachim Thiery is the new full-time Dean at the Faculty of Medicine

Joint press release UKSH/CAU

Türschild am Sprechzimmer der Hochschulambulanz.

University outpatient clinic for psychotherapy (HPK) at Kiel University sets up a telephone helpline

Those who need advice can now contact the university outpatient clinic by telephone.

Wissenschaftler h?lt Objekttr?ger

3D printer sensors could make breath tests for diabetes possible

International research team develops simple production process for acetone sensors


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 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 KLS: Kiel Life Science
Logo Kiel Nano, Surface & Interface Science
Logo Kiel Marine Science. Connected Research
Logo Graduiertenschule Human Development in Landscapes

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.

Siegel Theologische Fakult?t
Siegel Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakult?t
Siegel Medizinische Fakult?t
Siegel Philosophische Fakult?t
Siegel Agrar- und Ern?hrungswissenschaftliche Fakult?t
Siegel Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakult?t
Siegel Wirtschafts- & Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakult?t
Siegel Technische Fakult?t

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-Universit?t 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.