Kiel University (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, CAU) is a university in the city of Kiel, Germany. It was founded in 1665 as the Academia Holsatorum Chiloniensis by Christian Albert, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp and has approximately 26,000 students today. Kiel University is the largest, oldest, and most prestigious in the state of Schleswig-Holstein. Until 1864/66 it was not only the northernmost university in Germany but at the same time the 2nd largest university of Denmark. Faculty, alumni, and researchers of the Kiel University have won 12 Nobel Prizes. Kiel University is a member of the German Universities Excellence Initiative since 2006. The Cluster of Excellence The Future Ocean, which was established in cooperation with the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel in 2006, is internationally recognized. The second Cluster of Excellence “Inflammation at Interfaces” deals with chronic inflammatory diseases. The world-renowned Kiel Institute for the World Economy is also affiliated with Kiel University.
The Faculty of Medicine was established as one of Kiel University’s four founding faculties alongside the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Theology and the Faculty of Law in 1665.
Members of the Faculty of Medicine are spread over numerous institutions, pre-clinical institutes and institutes of clinical theory, as well as departments of the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) based at the Campus Kiel. In addition to their research and teaching activities, most faculty members at UKSH are involved in patient care.
Around 2,100 students are registered on medical and dentistry courses at Kiel University. The Faculty of Medicine offers other degree programmes, too, including the Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Programme in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, as well as Master’s Degree Programmes in Medical Life Sciences and Hospital Management and the International Master of Applied Scientific Dental/Medical Education and Research .