With over 40,000 students, the University of Hamburg (UHH for short) is the largest university in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the largest research and educational institution in northern Germany and one of the ten largest universities in Germany. It offers a broad range of subjects with numerous interdisciplinary specialisations and has an extensive cooperation network with leading institutions at regional, national and international level. Furthermore, alongside 10 universities and 1 university alliance, Universität Hamburg was named a University of Excellence and was deemed a "flagship university."
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The University of Hamburg offers the opportunity to choose from more than 180 degree programmes within eight faculties. These include:

  • Biology (Bachelor & Master)
  • Bioinformatics (Master)
  • Chemistry (Bachelor & Master)
  • Computing in Science (Bachelor)
  • Health Economics & Health Care Management (Master)
  • Industrial Mathematics (Bachelor & Master)
  • Medicine (State exam)
  • Molecular Life Sciences (Bachelor & Master)
  • Nanosciences (Bachelor & Master)
  • Pharmacy (State exam)


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Universität Hamburg is northern Germany’s largest and most diverse center of research. The University is known for its outstanding basic research as well as its applied and transfer research projects. 6 core research areas shape research at our University, including:

  • Photon and Nanosciences
    The core research area integrates a broad spectrum of successful projects investigating questions in basic research. Topics range from magnetism, laser and quantum physics, and nanochemistry to biophysical problems such as the decoding of molecules using ultrafast lasers and cutting-edge radiation sources at the research campus in Hamburg-Bahrenfeld. The areas of application for basic research in these fields are diverse. Research with laser rays has enabled us to develop precision medical technologies such as laser scalpels for surgery. Research into nanoparticles opens up new therapeutic approaches in medicine.

  • Inflammation, Infection and Immunity
    The Hamburg Metropolitan Region is in a unique position to be at the international forefront in infection research. Hamburg is already home to academic research groups at Universität Hamburg and the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, both of which make significant contributions to a better understanding of infections. In addition, Hamburg has excellent non-university research institutions like the Leibniz Institute for Virology (LIV) and BNITM (Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine), which, together with the Research Center Borstel (FZB), form the Leibniz Centre Infection (LCI), and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).

    Unique to Hamburg is the access to Europe’s most modern radiation sources, the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchroton (DESY) and the European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Facility (XFEL), and the broad host-pathogen spectrum (human, plant, animal) provided by the diversity of research activities at the different institutes. These advantages make it possible to study and understand the mechanisms of infections in their entire breadth and structural depth.

  • Neurosciences and Cognitive Systems
    The main task of HCNS is to promote and facilitate large collaborative research projects. A second, equally important goal is to optimize the education of students and the career development of researchers in the neurosciences.The HCNS comprises more than 400 scientists and PhD students from 31 institutes and clinical departments of the University of Hamburg and Helmut Schmidt University.The HCNS follows the general philosophy that modern neuroscientific methods enable us to understand the normal and pathological function of the brain and to develop new and more effective treatments for diseases by understanding disease mechanisms.
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