Kiel University

Kiel University

Founded in 1665 by Christian Albrecht, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, Kiel University is the largest university in Schleswig Holstein. Today more than 26.000 students are enrolled in one of our  185 degree programmes.



Facts and Figures

4 Research Foci
26.000 Students
3.170 Staff members
> 400 Professors
> 165 Mio. Euro Annual budget (incl. Medicine 198 Mio. €)
> 90. Mio. Euro Third party funds


Research Foci and Excellence Projects

Kiel Marine Science

Kiel Marine Science

Marine Sciences, „Future Ocean“, Earth Systems, Climate and Coastal Zone Research, Economic and Social Consequences 
Kiel Nano Science

Kiel Nano Sciences

Functional Nanosystems and Materials for Technological and Medical Applications 
Societal, Environmental and Cultural Change

Societal, Environmental and Cultural Change

Interconnection of Mankind and Environment from Inter- disciplinary Perspectives 
Kiel Life Science

Kiel Life Science

Interaction of Organism and Environment Inflammation at Interfaces Nutrition and Health


International Master programmes

Quantitative Economics
Quantitative Finance
Environmental and Resource Economics
Mathematical Finance
Diary Science
Materials Science 
Digital Communications
Electrical and Information Engineering
Materials Science and Business Administration (2019/20)
Marine and Geoscience
Biological Oceanography 
Climate Physics: Meteorology and Physical Oceanography
Marine Geosciences 
Environmental Studies
Environmental Management
Applied Ecology 
Sustainability, Society and the Environment
Environmental and Resource Economics
Life Science/Medicine
Molecular Biology and Evolution
Medical Life Science
Applied Scientific Dental/Medical Education & Research
Hospital Management
Language and Cultural Studies
English and American Literatures, Cultures, and Media
Interkulturelle Studien: “Polen und Deutsche in Europa”
LL.M. Programme

International PhD Programmes

Quantitative Economics – International Doctoral Programme

Integrated School of Ocean Sciences (ISOS)   (= integral part of the Excellence cluster “Future Ocean”)

Human Development in Landscapes 
(International Graduate School funded in the framework of the    Federal “Excellence Intiative”)

International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for   
  Evolutionary Biology 
  (International Graduate School dedicated to highest level research   
  and training in all areas of contemporary Evolutionary Biology)

Institutions affiliated to the University

  • Kiel Institute for World Economics
  • German National Library of Economics (pictured)
  • GEOMAR-Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung
  • Leibniz Institute for Science Education (IPN)
  • Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf
  • Lorenz-von-Stein-Institut für Verwaltungswissenschaften
  • Institute for Security Studies
  • Forschungs- und Technologiezentrum Westküste

Global academic network

  • University-wide partnership agreements with ~ 40 different universities worldwide
  • 225 ERASMUS partner institutions in Europe with more than 440 bilateral agreements
  • Key European links, concentrated in the Baltic Sea Region
  • Key links with the USA
  • Key links with China