Political and Social Sciences

How can we understand the globalisation, digitalisation, and the economic and social change in the 21st century? The Master's programmes in the areas of political and social sciences at Uppsala University are designed to develop your ability to critically assess conceptual and empirical problems, conduct independent problem-solving and research, and will get you well prepared for an academic or professional career working with social or political phenomenon.

Whatever your background and interest, we have the programme for you. Here you can specialise in, for example, psychology, sociology of education, gender studies, Euroculture or digital media to name a few of our programmes related to political and social sciences.

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The Faculty of Social Sciences

“Social sciences” is a broad term ranging from politics and sociology to advanced computer systems and dietetics. At this faculty, research is conducted in several different areas such as economic, economic history, government, psychology, and peace and conflict to name a few.

The research helps us to explain and understand the consequences of humans interacting in different parts of society, and provides tools for consciously shaping our society.

Read more about the research on the Faculty of Social Sciences' website.

The Faculty of Educational Sciences

Research in educational sciences is central to the development of methods and tools for teachers and other professional practitioners in teaching and education. In other words, research in educational sciences involves studies about liberal education, education, teaching, child raising, and learning.

At this faculty, the research primarily involves fields relevant for understanding children, conditions for adolescents and adults, and conditions for learning.

Read more about the research on the Faculty of Educational Sciences' website.

The Faculty of Theology

Here research is carried out concerning, amongst other issues, classic theological and ecclesiological questions, assimilation processes amongst Swedish immigrants and biblical interpretation and fiction.

The faculty of theology also studies the meeting between science and religion, ritual and mental health in a secularised Sweden, theological and philosophical aspects of animal rights ethics and religion and welfare.

Read more about the research on the Faculty of Theology's website.

The Faculty of Arts

In the humanities, approaches may differ, but human beings, human products and human cultures are always central.

The research at this faculty aims to provide insight into how our attitudes and our knowledge are tied up with our time and our environment and also an understanding of the human and cultural aspects of societal development.

Read more about the research on the Faculty of Arts' website.

Why Uppsala University?

Uppsala University is recognised around the world as a leading, first-class university dedicated to advancing science, higher education and international student mobility.

As one of Sweden’s most internationally prominent institutions of academic education, research and scholarship, Uppsala University’s foremost aim is to safeguard and pursue the open and unbounded quest for knowledge.

If you have what it takes, and you want to be part of our mission, Uppsala should be one of your top choices in Europe.

See why Uppsala University is an excellent choice for you.

Current rankings

#82 - Academic Ranking of World Universities 2023 (the Shanghai ranking)

#105 - QS World University Ranking 2023

#140 - Times Higher Education 2023

#12 - QS World University Ranking: Sustainability 2024