Kiel University: Statistics

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#259 of 14,131 In the World
#98 of 2,785 In Europe
#22 of 369 In Germany
#1 of 12 In Schleswig-Holstein
#1 of 3 In Kiel
#100 of 2,092 For Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN)
Top50% For 198 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 61,510 scientific papers published and 1,732,484 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, Physics, Engineering, Environmental Science, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Genetics, Biochemistry, and Computer Science.


Kiel University majors

by publication & citation count

36,776 / 1,330,376
32,583 / 1,065,929
25,060 / 904,916
24,685 / 641,358
24,404 / 606,599
Environmental Science
23,060 / 691,971
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
19,223 / 448,605
18,334 / 749,413
18,105 / 725,968
Computer Science
17,582 / 566,125
Organic Chemistry
16,417 / 473,818
Quantum and Particle physics
16,386 / 415,552
14,950 / 495,205
Materials Science
13,041 / 318,082
11,037 / 370,798
Geography and Cartography
10,608 / 280,275
10,502 / 476,482
10,175 / 169,182
9,668 / 353,819
8,932 / 311,174
7,456 / 260,133
7,094 / 347,982
Optical Engineering
6,810 / 155,850
Political Science
6,279 / 107,903
6,242 / 161,422
6,172 / 222,608
5,873 / 227,123
Metallurgical Engineering
5,792 / 149,094
5,725 / 153,995
5,306 / 175,953
5,293 / 199,499
5,155 / 100,998
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
4,929 / 98,516
Astrophysics and Astronomy
4,905 / 114,209
4,858 / 188,031
4,841 / 188,499
4,641 / 101,799
4,563 / 150,168
Electrical Engineering
4,186 / 77,084
3,956 / 97,407

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 677 5606
1991 714 6330
1992 731 6879
1993 792 6970
1994 838 7322
1995 885 8075
1996 1040 9092
1997 1138 10282
1998 1144 11073
1999 1143 12942
2000 1094 15043
2001 1200 17334
2002 1104 19023
2003 1158 23302
2004 1244 24812
2005 1217 30245
2006 1322 33405
2007 1190 36614
2008 1389 40255
2009 1627 45821
2010 1750 50294
2011 1688 56703
2012 1790 64331
2013 1973 72318
2014 1800 75992
2015 1931 81322
2016 2136 83488
2017 2132 92590
2018 2304 94537
2019 2539 108019
2020 2675 126277
2021 3224 159443
2022 2683 148826
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 69)

    Juliane 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 Amazon rainforest until local fishermen rescued her.

  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 in 1918 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 forced Hindenburg to form the first NSDAP-government.

  3. Jürgen Drews

    Jürgen Drews
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1945-.. (age 78)
    recording artistsinger

    Jürgen Ludwig Drews is a German Schlager singer.

  4. Klaus Fuchs

    Klaus Fuchs
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1911-1988 (aged 77)
    Enrolled in Kiel University
    Studied in 1931-1933
    university teachernuclear physicistpoliticianatomic spyphysicist

    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 National 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.

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 247,000

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