Uppsala University

Uppsala University (Swedish Uppsala universitet) is a public university in Uppsala, Sweden, 78 kilometres (40 miles) north-northwest of Stockholm. Founded in 1477, it claims to be the oldest university in Scandinavia, outdating the University of Copenhagen by two years (although there was no teaching in Uppsala between 1515 and 1595). After a turbulent period following the reformation, the university rose to some significance with the rise of Sweden as a Great Power and a leading Lutheran state from the end of the 16th century (circa 1593). Uppsala University was given a relative financial stability with the large donation of King Gustavus Adolphus in the early 17th century.

The university has for centuries been an important place of science and learning, represented by names such as Linnaeus, Celsius, and Ångström, and in more recent times by several Nobel laureates in the sciences - such as Svante August Arrhenius. In addition, Uppsala also has an important place in Swedish national culture and identity: in historiography, literature and music, represented by names such as Rudbeck, Geijer, Atterbom, and Strindberg. Many aspects of Swedish academic culture in general, such as the white student cap, originated in Uppsala. It shares some peculiarities, such as the student nation system, with Lund University (founded in 1666) and the University of Helsinki.

The university has nine faculties distributed over three so-called disciplinary domains. It has about 40,000 students studying on an undergraduate level or enrolled in professional programs, and about 2,400 doctoral students. It has a teaching staff of 3,800 out of a total of 6,000 employees. Of its annual turnover of around 4 billion SEK, approximately 60% goes to graduate studies and research. It belongs to the Coimbra Group of European universities.

Uppsala University has traditionally had a strong presence in the area around the cathedral on the western side of the River Fyris, and although lack of space has forced it ever since the late 19th century to seek areas for expansion further towards the western and southwestern periphery of Uppsala, the presence of the university still dominates the historic centre of the

Uppsala University is a comprehensive international research university dedicated to advancing science, scholarship, and higher education. For more than 500 years, Uppsala University has been a distinguished seat of learning with rich opportunities for students and researchers at all levels. Our history is part of our strength – but our sights are on the future.

World-Class Research

Research is pursued across nine faculties. In a great many fields, Uppsala University research is on the international cutting edge. International collaboration is a key link in the University's activities. A tradition of learning and outstanding research have earned the University an excellent reputation and a given place in the international research community. The University is much in demand as a collaborative partner from universities around the world.

First-Class Education
Uppsala University offers a great variety of basic and advanced-level programmes. New master programmes attract students from Sweden and abroad.

Creative settings
The University strives to create optimal environments for interdisciplinary research and education. Creative forums for research and education have been built up at different campus areas in Uppsala, each with a distinct focus.

Living Tradition and Culture

Uppsala is the oldest university in the Nordic countries – founded in 1477. Today’s advances in research and education are based on traditions of learning with deep historical roots. Living tradition and culture are part of our strength.


The University is divided into faculties for education and research. Faculties are governed by faculty boards. Uppsala University consists of nine faculties.

Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences:
Social Sciences

Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy:

Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology:
Science and Technology

Educational Sciences:
Educational Sciences

Numbers and Facts

Uppsala University

Oldest university in the Nordic countries—founded in 1477.

Three Disciplinary Domains: Arts and Social Sciences, Medicine and Pharmacy, and Science and Technology.

Education and research in nine faculties: theology, law, arts, languages, social sciences, educational sciences, medicine, pharmacy, science and technology.
Undergraduate and graduate education

Uppsala University offers some 50 programmes for beginners, about 45 master programmes, and close to 2,000 single-subject courses.

Every year more than 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students enroll for classes. This corresponds to about 20,000 full-time students.

The most sought-after programmes at Uppsala University are dietetics, psychology, human resources, and medicine.

Every year some 4,000 undergraduate and graduate degrees are conferred. More than half are in professional fields such as law, psychology, pharmacy, medicine, nursing, engineering, and teaching.

Postgraduate education and research
Postgraduate education includes 2,000 doctoral students.
Nearly 400 doctorates and about 100 licentiate degrees are conferred each year.
Uppsala University has 6,000 employees. About 4,000 are teachers/researchers.
Some 500 full professors, about 20% of them women.
Uppsala University has a turnover of about mSEK 4,300. Nearly 70% goes to research and postgraduate education. About 50% of research is funded by external sources.


Uppsala University offers more than 20 international master programmes and 300 single-subject courses taught in English.
Uppsala University has agreements for student exchange with nearly 500 foreign universities in 50 countries.
Uppsala University has some 3,000 international research partnerships with more than 1,000 universities throughout the world, primarily in Europe, the U.S., and Asia.
Roughly 5,000 academic publications per year, about 50 % articles in international scientific journals.

Uppsala University ranked 71st (tied with Dartmouth College) in the 2007 THES-QS World University Ranking

Uppsala University ranked 63 in the 2008 THES-QS World University Ranking

Uppsala University ranked 75 in the 2009 THES-QS World University Ranking

Uppsala University ranked 62 in the 2010 QS World University Ranking

Uppsala University ranked 83 in the 2011 QS World University Ranking

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruits is sweet ~ Aristotle

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world ~ Nelson Mandela

Education is not a preparation for life, Education is life itself ~ John Dewey
William Butler Yeats: Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.