Why Uppsala University?

Choosing where and what to study is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. Many factors will influence your choice, such as the quality of education, rankings, cost, and student life. Your final decision will depend on your ambitions and future plans. On this page we will tell you what we are looking for in a student and, if you fit this profile, why Uppsala University should be at the top of your list.

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Current rankings

#62 - Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019 (the Shanghai ranking)

#116 - QS World University Rankings 2020

#102 - Times Higher Education 2020

Who we are looking for

You acquired a broad theoretical base during your Bachelor’s studies and now want to expand your skillset and dig deeper into your chosen subject. You may have gained some practical experience in a professional role after earning your Bachelor’s degree, but the knowledge you obtained as an undergraduate student is still fresh, as are the study techniques you acquired.

You have a good working knowledge of the English language. You are willing and able to express your thoughts in both written and oral form and expect to contribute as much to the educational experience of others as you expect to learn from their experiences and knowledge.

You are capable of critically analysing problems, and creative and innovative enough to come up with your own ideas. You enjoy problem solving and your natural curiosity drives you to seek a deeper understanding of issues, and not just learn the facts.

A PhD education is a distinct possibility in your future. You would therefore value an education that puts you in close contact with current research and prominent researchers at Uppsala University and around the world. You may also be interested in gaining a job directly after graduation so you want to keep your options open for now

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Who we are

  • 40 000 students at 11 campus areas

  • About 20 000 Master's applications from 192 different countries in 2020

  • Sweden's First University - Founded 1477

Pave the way for your research career

Uppsala University is a comprehensive university in every sense of the word. Research and education are closely linked, and regardless of what you study, as a student you will have close contact with research groups and make important academic connections. You will be able to partake in research seminars and other activities at your department, and gain practical, hands-on experience conducting field and laboratory work. In a 2011 peer-reviewed evaluation of all of our research groups, almost 100 of them were deemed “Top-quality/World leading”, the highest possible ranking. This means that as a student at Uppsala University, you will be immersed in a world-class research environment.

It is no surprise that as many as 35% of our international Master's students continue with PhD studies somewhere in the world after graduation. So if your future plans hold the possibility of a PhD education and a career as a researcher, Uppsala should be one of your top choices.

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World-leading research

  • 8 Nobel Prizes
  • 3 000 teachers/researchers
  • 2 500 PhD students
  • 5 000 peer reviewed scientific publications in 2015

Prepare to enter the job market

If you intend to look for employment directly after graduating with a Master's qualification, having a degree from Uppsala University will prepare you to jump straight into the international job market. The close proximity you will have to research during your studies will ensure that the knowledge and methods you acquire will be the most current and up-to-date. Our approach to teaching and learning means that as a student, you will gain finely-tuned skills in creative and critical thinking, and learn to apply your knowledge innovatively in new and different contexts. Those are skills that are becoming increasingly important to employers. 

As an international student at Uppsala University you can also take advantage of the range of career support services on offer, including lectures and workshops on how to best prepare for professional life, networking events to put you in direct contact with potential future employers, and one-on-one sessions with study and career counsellors to make sure your studies align with your professional goals. You can even receive help with writing a CV and cover letter, finding volunteer opportunities and starting your own company.

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Last modified: 2021-12-13