Universität Hamburg is the largest institution for research and education in the north of Germany. As one of the country's largest universities, we offer a diverse course spectrum and excellent research opportunities.
The University boasts numerous interdisciplinary projects in a broad range of subjects and an extensive partner network with leading institutions on a regional, national and international scale.
Sustainable science and scholarship
Universität Hamburg is committed to sustainability and all of our faculties have taken great strides towards sustainability in research and teaching.
In 2007 Universität Hamburg received funding approval for a cluster of excellence in climate research as part of Germany's Excellence Initiative. The cluster "Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction" (CliSAP) is home to a center providing skills and training in climate research and earth system sciences.
In 2012 Universität Hamburg received funding for an additional cluster of excellence, the Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging (CUI): Structure, Dynamics and Control of Matter at the Atomic Scale, which observes the movement of atoms in real time.
Key research areas
Besides Climate, Earth, Environment, further successful key research areas include: Photon and Nanosciences, Manuscript Cultures, Neurosciences, Infection Research / Structural Systems Biology, Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Mathematical Physics, and Health Economics.
Outstanding variety: over 170 academic programs
Universität Hamburg offers approximately 170 degree programs in the following eight faculties: Faculty of Law; Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences; Faculty of Medicine; Faculty of Education; Faculty of Humanities; Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences; Faculty of Psychology and Human Movement; Faculty of Business Administration (Hamburg Business School).
Universität Hamburg also maintains several museums and collections, such as the Zoological Museum, the Herbarium Hamburgense, the Geological-Paleontological Musuem, the Botanical Gardens, and the Hamburg Sternwarte.
Universität Hamburg was founded in 1919 by local citizens. Important founding figures include Senator Werner von Melle and the merchant Edmund Siemers. Nobel prize winnters such as Otto Stern, Wolfgang Pauli and Isidor Rabi were active at the University. Other well-known scholars, such as Ernst Cassirer, Erwin Panofsky, Aby Warburg, William Stern, Agathe Lasch, Magdalene Schoch, Emil Artin, Ralf Dahrendorf, and Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, to name but a few, also taught here.