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The faculty in brief

The Faculty of Social Sciences at Lund University is one of Sweden’s leading units for research and education within the social and behavioural sciences. With activities in both Lund and Helsingborg, a staff of over 700 and around 6 000 full-time equivalent students, the faculty is one of the largest at the University.

The building Gamla Kirurgen in Lund
The Faculty Office building Gamla Kirurgen, dating back to the 19th century. Photo: Helena Lind

To understand, explain and improve our world

Most of the challenges of our time are the result of human activity and must be solved through societal processes. International conflicts and crises, social conditions, environmental problems and health issues require knowledge about what determines individual and collective decisions and how societal systems can be changed. The Faculty of Social Sciences at Lund University conducts research and education that contributes to this knowledge.

Our research

Our education

Departments and units

The faculty's daily activities are concentrated at its 14 departments and specialised centres/networks in Lund and Helsingborg.

Departments and units


  • 5 874 full-time students (2023)
  • 14 undergraduate programmes
  • 21 master's programmes
  • 4 professional qualification programmes
  • About 300 free-standing courses

Doctoral studies

  • Doctoral studies in 12 subjects
  • 146 doctoral students (full-time equivalents 2023)
  • About 25 thesis defences each year


  • Total number of faculty staff (2023):
    • 804 individuals 
    • 646 full-time equivalents:
      •  50 professors
      •  462 teachers/researchers
      •  134 technical and administrative staff


  • Education SEK 446 million (2023)
  • Research SEK 383 million (2023)