New science and technology programmes to ensure future skills provision


Four new international master’s programmes at Uppsala University will provide necessary competences in areas crucial to tomorrow’s labour market and sustainable societal transition. “We will be able to offer a unique range of programmes adapted to the teaching, research and collaboration on which our future will be built,” enthuses Johan Tysk, vice-rector for the Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology.

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Uppsala University will be launching four new international master’s programmes in autumn 2022, in biophysics, quantum technology, electric propulsion systems, and battery technology and energy storage. Several of these fields have been identified as crucial to long-term sustainable societal development. The University’s new investment therefore offers opportunities in research-based education in innovative fields that contribute to global sustainable development goals.

Two areas of particular importance to the transition to a sustainable society are battery technology and electric propulsion systems. These will be the focus of two of the new master’s programmes. According to deputy dean for education Cecilia Johansson, these are areas in which the University is a global leader and in which there is strong demand for skills and labour.

“Biophysics is another of these exciting new interdisciplinary fields. It is undergoing significant development and involves using advanced measurement methods from the field of physics to study and solve complex biological questions. When it comes to quantum technology, the new programme will provide knowledge to develop future applications in areas such as quantum computers, encryption and telecommunications. Our students will play their parts in shaping the future of the field!”

Increased internationalisation of education

The hope is that the richer diversity of programmes, with more international perspectives, will attract a great many students. The University also excels in cutting-edge research in exciting environments, something that Johan Tysk believes is reinforced by the international students who make their way here.

“This ongoing internationalisation and international workplaces are here to stay. The coming years will be a period of dynamism the like of which we have not seen in education, with both the international classroom and older students.”

New international master’s programmes for autumn semester 2022:

  • Master’s Programme in Biophysics, 120 higher education credits
  • Master’s Programme in Quantum Technology, 120 higher education credits
  • Master’s Programme in Electric Propulsion Systems, 120 higher education credits
  • Master’s Programme in Battery Technology and Energy Storage, 120 higher education credits

Anneli Björkman

Last modified: 2023-08-04