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 6.3 billion
  • Number of employees: 6,840 (year average) – equalling 5,907 full-time employees

Undergraduate and graduate education

  • 70 study programmes for beginners
  • 60 Master’s programmes
  • 2,100 freestanding courses
  • 45,354 registered students, equalling 24,730 full-time students (57% women at Bachelor’s level, 56% at Master’s level.)
  • Most popular study programmes: law, economics, medicine, psychology, social work
  • Degrees conferred: 5,401 – 44% at Master’s level
  • Roughly 40 international Master’s programmes and nearly 800 freestanding courses taught in English
  • Student exchange agreements with nearly 400 universities in 50 countries
  • Approx. 1,600 incoming exchange students and 1,000 outgoing. 428 fee-paying international students.

Postgraduate education and research

  • Doctoral students: 2,522 – 45% women
  • PhD degrees conferred: 326
  • Licentiate degrees conferred: 70
  • Peer-reviewed scientific publications: 4,639
  • Teachers: 1,534 full-time equivalents – 41% women
  • Teachers with PhD degrees: 1,029 full-time equivalents – 37% women
  • Professors: 559 full-time equivalents – 25% women
  • Spending on research and PhD studies: SEK 4.4 billion
  • 53% of research is funded by external sources

Figures updated in January 2015.

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