Research Universities

Baden-Württemberg is one of Europe’s leading regions for research, with a wide range of institutions and excellent prospects. Within the Framework of the Excellence Initiative, four of Germany’s eleven top research universities that have been recognised for their cutting-edge research can be found in Baden-Württemberg. It goes without saying that they offer top-quality teaching, excellent facilities and a wide range of personalised services.

The nine traditional research universities out of the 70 institutions of higher education in Baden-Württemberg provide the cornerstone of university research. Here, research is carried out into almost every field:

  • Engineering
  • The humanities, the social science, the natural sciences
  • The life sciences

The state’s research universities regularly come out on top of rankings of research establishments.

University of Freiburg 

The Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg is one of Germany’s oldest and most famous universities. The university’s many research centres have an important role to play. They include centres for neuroscience, material science, medicine and law.

Heidelberg University 

Heidelberg University is Germany’s oldest University and one of Europe’s leading centres for research. Based on its broad spectrum of research, its four interdisciplinary areas of research are: the molecular and cellular biology foundations of life, creating structures and models in the material world, cultural dynamics in globalised worlds, and “self-regulation and regulation: individuals and organisations”, the core of Heidelberg’s research strategy. The university places a priority on advancing excellent individual disciplines, encouraging dialogue across traditional disciplines and providing research results that are useful to society and business. 

University of Hohenheim 

The University of Hohenheim is currently working on interdisciplinary research in the areas of bioeconomics, global food security and ecosystems and the health sciences. Central academic services, state institutes and laboratories allow interdisciplinary, joint research projects to be carried out in a hands-on way.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology 

KIT is Germany’s oldest technical university and the research university of the Helmholtz Association. It was created by merging the University of Karlsruhe with the Karlsruhe Research Centre. Its specialist areas of research included energy, mobility, information, elementary particle and astroparticle physics, climate and environment, man and technology, materials, structures and functions.

University of Konstanz 

The University of Konstanz takes an interdisciplinary approach to science. Key areas of research are cultural and decision-making studies, chemical biology and ecology, and molecular nanoscience and materials science. This young university has received awards for its approach to gender equality and its family-friendly structures, and it actively promotes careers in new areas of science.

University of Mannheim 

With its focus on business studies, economics and social sciences, the University of Mannheim is one of Germany’s top research centres. Its courses have been ranked very highly for many years.

University of Stuttgart 

The University of Stuttgart enjoys an outstanding position as an internationally renowned research institute with an interdisciplinary approach focusing on the natural sciences and engineering. Its research areas include modelling and simulation technology, new materials, complex systems and communication, technology concepts, energy supply and the environment, mobility, product and production design, and design and technology for sustainable living.

University of Tübingen 

The Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen stands for a 500-year tradition of research in the humanities and the social, natural and life sciences. It is home to a multitude of special research departments and five graduate academies. Its main areas of research include integrative neurosciences, translational immunology and cancer research, geological and environmental research, astrophysics, particle physics, quantum physics, education and media.

University of Ulm 

As a research institution, the University of Ulm draws its strength from its close interdisciplinary collaboration. It specialises in research into trauma, ageing, quantum physics, energy storage, the interaction between man and machine and financial services.