The Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences

Education and training for future company executives, game designers, politicians, teachers, dieticians, translators, historians, librarians, psychologists …

Breadth and diversity

Humanities and social sciences educate and train future company executives, game designers, politicians, teachers, dieticians, translators, historians, librarians and psychologists and … Well, the list is too long to be included here. Humanities and social sciences encompasses a great number of different occupations and the subject knowledge needed to develop society.

What is special about humanities and social sciences at Uppsala University is its huge breadth and diversity combined with in-depth subject knowledge. We have, for example, the largest range of languages, around 40, and the research we do is successful research. A number of evaluations have adjudged our research to be competitive and the best in the world.

The prime purpose of education and research within the humanities and social sciences is to understand and describe:

  • how people’s perceptions and knowledge are shaped over time
  • social and cultural factors in human behaviour
  • progress and developments within society
  • causes and effects of human actions and organisations

Contacts with other universities around the world, companies and official bodies are a natural part of our daily activities. Students within our disciplines study for one or more terms at academic institutions in different parts of the world as part of an extensive exchange scheme.

Quick facts

  • Number of full-time students (first and second cycles): 14 328
  • 61 % of the university’s students do humanities and social sciences
  • Educational turnover: SEK 808 million
  • Research turnover: SEK 617 million
  • 38 first cycle degree programmes
  • 42 second cycle degree programmes
  • 1 469 courses​


Contact us

We would like to make contact with you whether you wish to study here or collaborate with us. In most cases, it is best to contact departments directly since our day-to-day educational and research activities are carried on at 39 departments/units.

If you need to contact us to ask broader, more wide-ranging questions, it would be better to contact the relevant faculty or discipline. The departments are grouped into six different faculties. The faculties have overall responsibility for all courses and research within their own faculty.

he activities of the six faculties are co-ordinated by the Disciplinary Domain Board for Humanities and Social Sciences.

Contact details for the faculties.

Contact details for the Office for Humanities and Social Sciences.