Quick facts about Uppsala University

Uppsala University is the Nordic region’s oldest university – founded in 1477 – and is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. There are more than 40,000 students here and they are seen, heard and make their mark everywhere. The University’s nearly 5,000 researchers and teachers conduct world-leading research and offer a seemingly endless number of courses.

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.

Three discliplinary domains

Uppsala University is divided into three disciplinary domains: humanities and social sciences, medicine and pharmacy, and science and technology. These in turn consist of nine faculties and nearly 50 departments in total. Since 2012, Eva Åkesson is the University’s Vice-Chancellor.

Uppsala University by the numbers

Turnover and staff

  • Turnover (revenue): SEK 7,300 million (EUR 691 m)
  • Revenue for Bachelor’s and Master’s level education : SEK 2,147 million (13 % external sources)
  • Revenue for research and PhD programmes: SEK 5,153 million (56% external sources)
  • Employees: 7,265 (average) – 6,251 full-time equivalents (FTEs) – 51% women
  • Facilities: 393,000 square metres

Education

  • Bachelor’s programme: approximately 70
  • Master’s programmes: approximately 70
  • Freestanding courses: approximately 1,950
  • Number of registered students: 45,925 – full-time equivalents: 26,045 (Master’s level: 26%) 59% women
  • Number of degrees awarded: 5,841 – of which 53% Master’s degrees
  • Number of international Master’s programmes: approximately 60 
  • Freestanding courses in English: approximately 750
  • International student exchanges: agreements with over 400 universities worldwide, approximately 1,420 incoming and 940 outgoing students. 
  • Number of fee-paying students: 1,414 – FTEs 833 (47% women)
  • 27 000 alumni in more than 130 countries in the alumni network

Research

  • Number of PhD students: 2,260 (48% women)
  • Number of new PhD student admissions: 391 (49% women)
  • Number of PhDs conferred: 362 (46% women)
  • Total number of licentiate degrees: 31 (48% women)
  • Number of professors: 605 – FTEs (30 % women)
  • Number of teachers (incl professors): 1 678 – FTEs (43% women)
  • Number of peer-reviewed scholarly publications: 5,167

All numbers for 2019.

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