Uppsala University in Brief

Quality, knowledge, and creativity since 1477. World-class research and first-rate education of global use to society, business, and culture.

Uppsala University’s goals:

  • Conduct research and provide education of the highest quality.
  • Be broad-minded and open to change.
  • Take an active role in global society and promote development and innovation.
  • Stengthen its position as a world-leading university and contribute to a better world.

Uppsala University is the oldest university in the Nordic countries, with a living cultural environment and fantastic student life. There are 40,000 students here, and they are seen, heard, and noticed everywhere. World-class research and high quality education pursued here benefit society and business on a global level. The University is characterized by diversity and breadth, with international frontline research at nine faculties and limitless educational offerings at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels.


  • International cutting-edge research within all nine faculties
  • Strong research environments
  • High proportion of research grants
  • Large share of ERC grants to Uppsala University
  • Specialization and multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Pure research and innovations
  • National and international research collaboration


  • Broad course offerings from undergraduate to doctoral level in nine faculties
  • Lifelong learning through continuing and mid-career education
  • Dedicated investments in high quality and stimulating study environment
  • Educational development work
  • Student participation


  • Enabling interplay between academy, business and society
  • Offering courses for mid-career education
  • Facilitating contacts between students and business
  • Forging contacts with alumni

Uppsala University – Facts and Figures

Uppsala University

  • Oldest Nordic university – founded in 1477.
  • Three disciplinary domains: Arts and Social Sciences, Medicine and Pharmacy, and Science and Technology.
  • Nine faculties
  • Turnover: SEK 5.9 billion
  • Number of employees: 6,505 – equalling 5,615 full-time employees

Undergraduate and graduate education

  • 70 study programmes for beginners
  • 60 Master’s programmes
  • 2,100 freestanding courses
  • 41,069 registered students, equalling 23,886 full-time students
  • Most popular study programmes: psychology, medicine, law, dietetics and economics.
  • Degrees conferred: 5,182 – 42% at Master’s level
  • Roughly 40 international Master’s programmes and nearly 800 freestanding courses taught in English
  • Student exchange agreements with almost 400 universities in 50 countries
  • Approx. 2,000 incoming exchange students and 1,500 outgoing. 337 paying international students.

Postgraduate education and research

  • Doctoral students: 2,427 – 48% women
  • PhD degrees conferred: 285
  • Licentiate degrees conferred: 63
  • Peer-reviewed scientific publications: 4,571
  • Teachers: 1,841 (Dec 2013) – equalling 1,469 full-time employments – 42% women
  • Teachers with PhD degrees: 1,045 – 37% women
  • Professors: 674 (Dec 2013) – equalling 563 full-time employments – 25% women
  • Spending on research and PhD studies: SEK 3,9 billion (67% of total spending)
  • About 50% of research is funded by external sources
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