Kiel University: Statistics



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#269 of 14,131 In the World
#100 of 2,785 In Europe
#23 of 369 In Germany
#1 of 12 In Schleswig-Holstein
#1 of 3 In Kiel
#94 of 2,294 For Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN)
Top50% For 201 other topics
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Acceptance rate

* Kiel University is among the institutions that don't provide data on acceptance rates. This might happen because the university has programs where applicants only need to meet admission requirements to enroll and don't necessarily compete with others.

We estimate the above acceptance rate based on admission statistics of closely ranked nearby universities with similar research profiles that do publish such data.

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Admissions RequirementsSecondary school certificate (Abitur) or equivalent
Academic CalendarOctober to September (October - March; April-September)

Research profile

Kiel University is a world-class research university with 69,972 scientific papers published and 1,966,809 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, Physics, Engineering, Environmental Science, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Genetics, Computer Science, and Biochemistry.


Kiel University majors

by publication & citation count

41,730 / 1,527,560
36,937 / 1,204,859
28,509 / 1,035,252
28,119 / 762,462
27,954 / 717,673
Environmental Science
26,537 / 814,825
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
23,122 / 552,583
20,561 / 830,156
Computer Science
20,419 / 684,579
20,359 / 799,958
Quantum and Particle physics
18,954 / 512,908
Organic Chemistry
18,890 / 558,317
17,596 / 589,480
Materials Science
14,951 / 379,205
13,022 / 467,627
12,438 / 197,427
Geography and Cartography
12,359 / 348,231
11,869 / 542,303
11,591 / 428,706
10,081 / 359,216
8,526 / 314,228
Optical Engineering
7,957 / 191,151
7,921 / 386,120
Political Science
7,663 / 132,441
7,488 / 211,387
6,870 / 258,905
6,816 / 202,156
Metallurgical Engineering
6,784 / 184,523
6,753 / 278,122
6,401 / 222,373
6,166 / 251,454
6,132 / 126,084
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
5,710 / 119,082
5,698 / 125,544
Astrophysics and Astronomy
5,662 / 138,503
5,490 / 222,456
5,478 / 215,454
5,339 / 176,540
Electrical Engineering
4,921 / 96,959
Earth science and Geophysics
4,487 / 138,517

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 792 7123
1992 780 7585
1993 873 7805
1994 924 8121
1995 919 9002
1996 1146 10021
1997 1223 11283
1998 1259 12012
1999 1229 14116
2000 1166 16457
2001 1268 18621
2002 1286 20807
2003 1316 25987
2004 1362 27293
2005 1333 33064
2006 1518 36198
2007 1376 40016
2008 1548 43298
2009 1753 49186
2010 1946 54919
2011 1780 61689
2012 2006 70076
2013 2125 77653
2014 1910 83089
2015 2212 87933
2016 2312 90746
2017 2434 96539
2018 2497 106086
2019 2727 116065
2020 3033 135539
2021 3296 153904
2022 2981 155526
2023 3089 155148
Academic rankings


The tuition table for Kiel University gives an overview of costs but prices are approximate and subject to change and don't include accommodation, textbooks, or living expenses. The costs of programs might differ significantly for local and international students. The only source of truth for current numbers is the university's official website.

Program Tuition Cost (per semester)
Bachelor's Degree Free
Master's Degree €350
Doctoral Degree Free

All costs are in Euros (€).

Kiel University has financial aid programs and on-campus housing.

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by Kiel University.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design No TBD TBD
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine Yes Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor's Degree Agriculture, American Studies, Archaeology, Art History, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Business Computing, Chemistry, Computer Science, Czech, Danish, Earth Sciences, Economics, Electronic Engineering, English Studies, Ethnology, Fine Arts, Folklore, French, Geography (Human), Geophysics, German, Germanic Languages, Greek (Classical), History, Industrial Chemistry, Industrial Engineering, Information Technology, Islamic Studies, Italian, Latin, Marine Science and Oceanography, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Meteorology, Molecular Biology, Musicology, Nutrition, Pedagogy, Philology, Philosophy, Physics, Polish, Political Sciences, Portuguese, Prehistory, Protestant Theology, Psychology, Religious Studies, Russian, Scandinavian Languages, Slavic Languages, Sociology, Spanish, Sports
Kirchliche Abschlussprüfung Theology
Diplom (Univ) Theology
Master Agriculture, American Studies, Applied Mathematics, Archaeology, Art History, Automotive Engineering, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Business Computing, Chemistry, Computer Science, Consumer Studies, Cultural Studies, Dairy, Danish, Demography and Population, Earth Sciences, Ecology, Econometrics, Economics, Educational Administration, Educational Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Engineering, English, English Studies, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Ethnology, Finance, Fine Arts, Food Science, French, Geography, Geological Engineering, Geophysics, German, Germanic Languages, Germanic Studies, Greek (Classical), Health Administration, History, Industrial Chemistry, Information Technology, International Law, International Relations and Diplomacy, Islamic Studies, Italian, Latin, Linguistics, Literature, Marine Biology, Marine Science and Oceanography, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Media Studies, Meteorology, Molecular Biology, Musicology, Natural Resources, Nutrition, Pedagogy, Pharmacology, Philology, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Prehistory, Protestant Theology, Psychology, Regional Planning, Religion, Religious Education, Romance Languages, Russian, Scandinavian Languages, Slavic Languages, Sociology, Spanish, Sports, Town Planning, Vocational Education
PhD Agriculture, Economics, Engineering, Food Science, Law, Mathematics, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Theology
Habilitation Agriculture, Economics, Food Science, Law, Mathematics, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Theology

Kiel University alumni

  1. Juliane Koepcke

    Juliane Koepcke
    Born in
    Peru Flag Peru
    1954-.. (age 70)

    Juliane Margaret Beate Koepcke, also known by her married name Juliane Diller, is a German-Peruvian mammalogist who specialises in bats. The daughter of German zoologists Maria and Hans-Wilhelm Koepcke, she became famous at the age of 17 as the sole survivor of the 1971 LANSA Flight 508 plane crash; after falling 3,000 m (10,000 ft) while strapped to her seat and suffering numerous injuries, she survived 11 days alone in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest until she was rescued by local fishermen after finding their camp.

  2. Hjalmar Schacht

    Hjalmar Schacht
    Born in
    Denmark Flag Denmark
    1877-1970 (aged 93)

    Hjalmar Schacht was a German economist, banker, centre-right politician, and co-founder of the German Democratic Party. He served as the Currency Commissioner and President of the Reichsbank under the Weimar Republic. He was a fierce critic of his country's post-World War I reparations obligations. He was also central in helping create the group of German industrialists and landowners that pushed Hindenburg to appoint the first NSDAP-led government.

  3. Klaus Fuchs

    Klaus Fuchs
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1911-1988 (aged 77)
    Enrolled in Kiel University
    Studied in 1931-1933
    university teachertheoretical physicistphysicistatomic spypolitician

    Klaus Emil Julius Fuchs was a German theoretical physicist and atomic spy who supplied information from the American, British and Canadian Manhattan Project to the Soviet Union during and shortly after World War II. While at the Los Alamos Laboratory, Fuchs was responsible for many significant theoretical calculations relating to the first nuclear weapons and, later, early models of the hydrogen bomb. After his conviction in 1950, he served nine years in prison in the United Kingdom, then migrated to East Germany where he resumed his career as a physicist and scientific leader.

  4. Jürgen Drews

    Jürgen Drews
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1945-.. (age 79)
    singerrecording artist

    Jürgen Ludwig Drews is a German Schlager singer.

All 100 notable alumni

Kiel University faculties and divisions

Faculty : Agriculture and Nutritional Sciences Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Engineering, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Crop Production, Food Science, Natural Resources, Nutrition, Plant Pathology, Soil Science
Faculty : Arts and Humanities American Studies, Archaeology, Art History, Arts and Humanities, Classical Languages, Educational Psychology, Educational Sciences, English, English Studies, Ethnology, Folklore, German, History, Linguistics, Literature, Media Studies, Music, Oriental Studies, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Phonetics, Prehistory, Psychology, Romance Languages, Scandinavian Languages, Slavic Languages, Social Sciences, Sports
Faculty : Business, Economics and Social Sciences Business Administration, Econometrics, Economics, Social Sciences, Statistics
Faculty : Engineering Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Information Technology, Materials Engineering
Faculty : Law Commercial Law, Criminology, European Union Law, Fiscal Law, International Law, Law, Private Law, Public Law
Faculty : Mathematics and Natural Sciences Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geography, Marine Science and Oceanography, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Pharmacy, Physics
Faculty : Medicine Anaesthesiology, Biomedicine, Cardiology, Dental Technology, Dentistry, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Gerontology, Health Sciences, Hepatology, Medical Technology, Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Nutrition, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatrics, Periodontics, Pneumology, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Psychotherapy, Radiology, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Rheumatology, Surgery, Urology, Venereology
Faculty : Theology Archaeology, Bible, History of Religion, Holy Writings, New Testament, Protestant Theology, Theology

General information

Alternative names CAU
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Founded 1665
Accreditation Akkreditierungsrat
Motto Pax optima rerum
Peace is the greatest good
Colors purple, white

Location and contacts

Address Christian-Albrechts-Platz 4
Kiel, 24118
City population 246,000

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