Uppsala University facts and figures

Uppsala University was founded in 1477 and is today a strong, comprehensive research university, ranked among the best in the world. Here you will find 50,000 students and close to 5,000 researchers.

Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. At the heart of this mission is the endeavour to advance sustainable development, engage with the wider community, and promote openness and respect. Our most important asset are all the individuals whose curiosity and commitment make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces.

Uppsala University by the numbers

Source: Uppsala University’s annual report for 2022 (in Swedish)

General statistics

  • First Nordic university – founded 1477
  • Uppsala University is divided into three disciplinary domains: humanities and social sciences, medicine and pharmacy, and science and technology
  • Nine faculties
  • Approximately 60 departments and similar units
  • Turnover (revenue): SEK 8,046 million
  • Employees: 7,705 (year average). 6,709 full-time equivalents
  • Number of teachers: 1,822 full-time equivalents (43% women)
  • Number of professors: 642 full-time equivalents (34% women)
  • Other academic staff: 2,226 full-time equivalents (48% women)
  • Technical and administrative staff: 2,235 full-time equivalents (64% women)
  • Facilities: approximately 406,100 square metres

Research and PhD programmes

  • Doctoral education in 166 subject areas.
  • Number of PhD students: 2,458 (52% women)
  • Number of PhDs conferred: 314
  • Number of peer-reviewed scholarly publications: 5,198
  • Revenue for research and PhD programmes: SEK 5,617 million
  • 56% of research funding comes from external sources

Education at Bachelor’s and Master’s level

  • Bachelor’s programmes: approximately 75
  • Master’s programmes: approximately 90
  • Freestanding courses: approximately 2,000
  • Number of registered students: 53,658 (61% women) Full-time equivalents: 28,332
  • Most popular study programmes: law, medicine and psychology
  • Number of degrees awarded: 6,543 (56% at Master’s level)
  • Number of international Master’s programmes: approximately 70
  • Number of international Bachelor’s programmes: approximately 6
  • Freestanding courses taught in English: approximately 650
  • International student exchanges: approximately 1,300 incoming students and 961 outgoing
  • Number of fee-paying students: 1,738 (1,069 full-time equivalents)


Some of our study programmes are funded by the EU’s Recovery and Resilience Facility. Find out more about Sweden’s recovery plan on the Swedish Government’s website.

Famous alumni

One of the University's famous alumni is Svante Pääbo, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2022. Carl Linnaeus, Anders Celsius and Olof Rudbeck Sr. are a few examples of prominent scientists in Uppsala University’s history.