Uppsala University facts and figures

Uppsala University was founded in 1477 and is today a strong and broad research university which is 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

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 (revenues): SEK 7,825 million
  • Employees: 7,554 (year average). 6,582 full-time equivalents
  • Number of teachers: 1,780 full-time equivalents (43% women) including professors: 635 full-time equivalents (33% women)
  • Other academic staff:  2,224 full-time equivalents (47% women)
  • Technical and administrative staff: 2,205 full-time equivalents (64% women)
  • Facilities: approximately 418,800 square metres

Research and PhD programmes

  • Doctoral education in 193 subject areas.
  • Number of PhD students: 2,390 (51% women)
  • Number of PhDs conferred: 331
  • Number of peer-reviewed scholarly publications: 5,667
  • Revenue for research and PhD programmes: SEK 5,388 million
  • 54% of research funding comes from external sources

Education at Bachelor’s and Master’s level

  • Bachelor’s programmes: approximately 75
  • Master’s programmes: approximately 75
  • Freestanding courses: approximately 2,000
  • Number of registered students: 53,729 (61% women) Full-time equivalents: 29,126 (26% at Master’s level)
  • Most popular study programmes: law, medicine and psychology
  • Number of degrees awarded: 6,772 (51% at Master’s level)
  • Number of international Master’s programmes: approximately 70
  • Number of international Bachelor’s programmes: approximately 5
  • Freestanding courses taught in English: approximately 890
  • International student exchanges: approximately 1,000 incoming students and 400 outgoing
  • Number of fee-paying students: 1,648 (997 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.

EU logo with the text Funded by the European Union Next Generation EU

Source: Uppsala University’s annual report for 2021 (in Swedish)

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 the Elder are a few examples of prominent scientists in Uppsala University’s history.

The Celsius building in Uppsala during Celsius’ time and now
Uppsala alumnus Anders Celsius, best known for the hundred-degree temperature scale, also founded Uppsala’s first observatory. The lower part is preserved and located at Svartbäcksgatan.
Last modified: 2022-12-12