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Research profile

LMU Munich’s long-term goal is to become one of the most highly visible universities worldwide in all of its four subject groups - Humanities and Cultural Sciences; Law, Economics and Social Sciences; Natural Sciences; and Medicine. LMU Munich therefore aims to attract outstanding academics at all career levels to the University, to support innovative research ideas, and to further develop its Governance and Equality concepts.

By implementing university-wide strategy processes (LMUinnovativ and the “50-40-10 process”), LMU Munich has succeeded in permanently enhancing its profile as a research-intensive university based on Focus areas, Areas of High Potential and top-level individual research in all of its four subject groups.


Focus Areas
The nine Focus Areas constitute internationally established interdisciplinary fields of research, to which the participating research groups have been making significant contributions for quite some time.

  • Ancient Studies
  • Area Studies with an emphasis on Eastern Europe
  • Nanosciences
  • Origin of the Universe
  • Photonics and Quantum Optics
  • Molecular Biosystems
  • Neurosciences
  • Protein Sciences
  • Translational Health Science

Areas of High Potential
The eight currently designated Areas of High Potential are interdisciplinary in character, and all possess considerable potential to develop into Focus Areas.

  • Globalization and Art Production
  • Pre-Modernity and Early Modernity
  • Environment and Society
  • Governance and Decision-Making in Economic Systems
  • Learning Sciences
  • Earth Sciences
  • Plant Sciences
  • Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

Individual research
Many academics at LMU Munich conduct internationally acknowledged research outside of large collaborations. In addition to the top-level research performed in Focus Areas and Areas of High Potential, their outstanding individual contributions form a key component of LMU Munich’s  international research profile.


The successful projects in the first and second phase of the Excellence Initiative have developed in the context of the Focus Areas that were identified in these strategy processes.

The Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) provides a platform for interdisciplinary exchange between academics at LMU Munich. Additionally, it offers numerous events in order to communicate significant advances in research to the public at large.