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Strong in Research

The University of Bremen is among the top 50 European research universities more than 50 years old and is an inspiring center of education – diverse, cooperative and not afraid to experiment. It is a young, mid-sized comprehensive university. Its profile is particularly marked by its five high-profile research areas: Marine, Polar and Climate Research; Social Change, Social Policy and the State; Materials Science and their Technologies; Minds, Media, Machines and Health Sciences. These areas have a total of seven Collaborative Research Centers, as well as the DFG Cluster of Excellence “The Ocean in the System Earth”, the BIGSSS Graduate School, and several Research Training Groups.
At the University of Bremen research takes place in twelve faculties with their working groups and research institutes, the MARUM Research Faculty and is explicitly interdisciplinary with limited-term research units that are not part of the faculties. Cooperation in Bremen is a top priority: Together with the U Bremen Research Alliance and the local research institutes, Bremen research academics work on solutions to the major societal challenges of our time. Here is more information about the research profile.



MARUM Excellence Cluster

MARUM– Center for Marine Environmental Sciences aims at understanding the role of the oceans in the Earth’s system by employing state-of-the-art methods. The excellence cluster “The Ocean Floor - Earth's Uncharted Interface" builds on the DFG research center “Ocean Margins“ that has been supported by the DFG since 2001 .

U Bremen Excellence Chairs

The ‘U Bremen Excellence Chairs’ program underscores the strong international networking of existing research strengths and enhances their visibility. It promotes the University of Bremen’s internationalisation efforts on a high level. The Chairs are funded within the Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state governments. They are primarily established in the University’s High-Profile Areas and other areas of high potential.

Beispielbild Coronaforschung

Corona as a research topic

Since the beginning of the year, the pandemic has had a firm grip on all areas of life. At the university, too, the virus has meant that normal teaching and research activities are not possible. At the same time, scientists in many areas have been dealing with Corona and its consequences over the past months.


Research Institutions and Projects

Research at the University of Bremen not only takes place in faculties but also in various dedicated research institutions. Find an overview of research institutions and funded projects here.



Excellence Initiative and Institutional Strategy

In 2011 the University of Bremen was granted “University of Excellence” status, one of just eleven universities in Germany. The status was given on the basis of its institutional strategy entitled “ambitious and agile”. In addition, the MARUM Cluster of Excellence and the BIGSSS Graduate School are also funded. Find out how the University has used its grants to advance research here.


Collaborative Research Centres

There are currently seven Collaborative Research Centres funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the University of Bremen. Collaborative Research Centres are long-term research institutions at universities, designed to last up to twelve years, in which scientists work together within the framework of an interdisciplinary research programme.


Careers in Academia

Career paths in academia are diverse. The path to becoming a professor or obtaining tenure in academia can be through a position as a research assistant, a junior professor, the head of a Junior Research Group or a position in a third-party funded project. In addition to the professorship career path, the University of Bremen also offers a career path to Senior Lecturer and Senior Researcher. Here you will find information about the various career options after completing a doctorate and the support offered by the University of Bremen.



Ph.D Studies at the University of Bremen

Over 2,000 doctoral students from Germany and abroad make a vital contribution to the University of Bremen’s research strength. The University offers young researchers an attractive framework for doctoral projects in its faculties and institutes, graduate programs and non-university research institutions which are part of the U Bremen Research Alliance. Information for doctoral candidates can be found on the BYRD pages


Support for Researchers

The University offers a wide network of support services to its researchers. These range from its Central Research Development Funding to third-party funding, application coaching, personnel development, the BYRD Graduate Center, the Equal Opportunities Office to the Welcome Center, the University offers support and service providers to its members.



Managing Research Data

The management of research data that begins with the development of a research question, followed by the collection of data and leading to its final publication, is becoming increasingly important in the context of promoting digitalization. This is why the University of Bremen has adopted its own research data strategy.


Knowledge and Technology Transfer

Research and teaching at the University of Bremen are not an end in themselves. They aim to serve the welfare of society in general. The University of Bremen promotes the transfer of ideas, research results and people from the University to business and society. It sees itself as the innovation engine of the region.