Quick facts about Uppsala University

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 50,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

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 7,398 million
  • Employees: 7,387 (year average). 6,403 full-time equivalents
  • Number of teachers: 1,967 full-time equivalents (42% women) including professors: 617 full-time equivalents (32% women)
  • Other academic staff:  2,168 full-time equivalents (47% women)
  • Technical and administrative staff: 2,150 full-time equivalents (64% women)
  • Facilities: approximately 399,300 square metres
  • Since 2021, Anders Hagfeldt is the University’s Vice-Chancellor.

Research and PhD programmes

  • Doctoral education in 199 subject areas.
  • Number of PhD students: 2,228 (49% women)
  • Number of PhDs conferred: 293
  • Number of peer-reviewed scholarly publications: 4,987
  • Revenue for research and PhD programmes: SEK 5,146 million (69.6% of total turnover)
  • 54% of research funding comes from external sources

Education at Bachelor’s and Master’s level

  • Bachelor’s programmes: approximately 70
  • Master’s programmes: approximately 70
  • Freestanding courses: approximately 1,950
  • Number of registered students: 52,241 (60% women) Full-time equivalents: 28,289 (26% at Master’s level)
  • Most popular study programmes: law, medicine and psychology
  • Number of degrees awarded: 6,418 (52% at Master’s level)
  • Some 60 international Master’s programmes
  • Freestanding courses taught in English: approximately 850
  • International student exchanges: Partner agreements with more than 400 universities worldwide, approximately 1,000 incoming students and 350 outgoing
  • Number of fee-paying students: 1,518 (946 full-time equivalents)

Source: Uppsala University’s annual report 2020

Famous alumni

Among the University’s alumni there are 15 Nobel Prize laureates, of which 8 received their prizes for discoveries made during their time at Uppsala University. 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: 2021-09-16