Uppsala universitet / UU

Founded in 1477

Founded in 1477, Uppsala is Sweden’s first university. Moreover, it is one of the top universities in the world according to major rankings. Eight Nobel laureates have been connected with Uppsala. Notable alumni include astronomer Anders Celsius, physicist Anders Ångström and botanist and zoologist Carl Linnaeus. Uppsala has a strong profile in international research, and with 9 faculties and 50 or so departments, houses over 40 000 students and 2 000 Ph.D. students. Read more about Uppsala University.

The Master’s Programme in International Humanitarian Action is administered by the Faculty of Theology, which is the university’s oldest faculty. The programme is not faith-based and is provided in conjunction with highly qualified researchers and senior lecturers from other departments and disciplines such as cultural anthropology, peace and conflict, women’s and children’s health and law. Read more about the Master’s in International Humanitarian Action at Uppsala.

Below you will find an outline of the courses offered at Uppsala University, including links to more detailed descriptions. Please note that Uppsala University reserves the right to amend the course information and that in the event of conflict, information provided directly by Uppsala – such as the official course syllabuses and reading lists – takes precedence over that on the NOHA website.

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  • First semester

    The semester is composed of an inter-university joint course that brings together all NOHA students and a set of common courses which provide a space to debate the essentials of humanitarian action and its current trends.

    Intensive Programme
    UU: Geopolitics
    UU: International Law in Humanitarian Assistance
    UU: Anthropology in Humanitarian Action
    UU: Management
    UU: Public Health in Humanitarian Action
  • Second semester

    In the second semester, Uppsala students must go on exchange to one of our NOHA partners in Europe to study a thematic specialisation. Uppsala will in turn welcome exchange students from its partners to study its own specialisation. 

    Thematic specialisation: Conflict, peace-building and religion
    The thematic specialisation is covered by two modules: (1) Conflict and Peace-Building and (2) Religion and Humanitarian Action.
    Conflict and Peace-Building focuses on concepts and theories of conflict resolution, peace-making/peace-building with a specific relevance for situations of humanitarian disaster situations, and the conditions and consequences of humanitarian action in conflict situations
    Religion and Humanitarian Action looks at the benefits and challenges that religion poses to the humanitarian field, including the contribution that religion can have for initiating and sustaining conflicts and how religious actors can contribute to peace-building efforts.
    Uppsala’s specialisation is complemented by a module in Advanced Management – which builds upon the course held in the first semester and focuses on leadership, security and logistics – and a course in Methodology, which covers different methods of data collection and how methods are incorporated into academic research

    Conflict and Peace-building (15 ECTS) >
    Religion and Humanitarian Action (5 ECTS) >
    Coming soon
    Advanced Management (5 ECTS) Coming soon
    Methodology (5 ECTS) Coming soon
  • Third semester

    During the third semester, students currently undertake an internship and study other courses of their choice. This semester is under review and may be revised in line with new NOHA developments.
    Internship in Humanitarian Action (15 ECTS) >
    plus one of the following three options:
    Literature Course in Humanitarian Action I / II (2 x 7.5 ECTS) >
    NOHA Research Track (15 ECTS) >
    other relevant course(s) from a university (max 15 ECTS).
    As they involve distance learning, the literature courses allow students to take a longer internship if they wish. The NOHA Research Track involves the selection of students for a limited number of places at NOHA partner universities outside Europe.
  • Fourth semester

    The fourth and final semester is devoted to the Master's Thesis, which aims to provide students with the ability to develop a scientific and multidisciplinary approach to a problem of relevance for International Humanitarian Action.
    Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS) >

Useful info

  • Studying in Uppsala

    Uppsala is an old city with strong academic and cultural traditions. With its river, many green areas and cycle paths, it offers a pleasant living environment in which to pursue an active student life.
    Uppsala is characterised by its university, castle and cathedral, which is the largest in the North. It lies just 70 kilometres north of Stockholm (40 minutes by train) and is only 30 kilometres away from the international airport, Stockholm Arlanda. The fourth largest city in Sweden, Uppsala was once an important trading centre to the Vikings – as you will find out if you visit nearby Gamla Uppsala (Old Uppsala). The Viking centres of Birka (8th century) and Sigtuna (10th century) also lie nearby; Birka is a World Heritage site.
    On the New Students page you will find a wealth of information on getting settled in Uppsala, including the “Study – Live – Enjoy” videos and an International Student Guide (see bottom of the page).
    The student Nations offer a wide variety of activities to those studying at the university (users of Firefox may need to switch to another browser for the English version). 
  • Academic calendar

    Autumn semester: end August / beginning September to mid-January.
    Spring semester: beginning February to early / mid-June.
    There are no classes in late December or around the Easter period.
  • Accommodation

    NOHA students can apply for accommodation from Uppsala University Housing Office (UUHO). You will find a list of housing sites here.
  • Living costs

    Estimated living costs are around 8 000 Swedish crowns per month. For more on living costs, see the Study in Sweden site here.
  • Language courses

    Swedish: Uppsala University offers a Basic Swedish course throughout the academic year. The course is free of charge and is offered at several different levels. For those who already have some knowledge of Swedish, there will be a diagnostic test. Basic Swedish courses are at pre-university level, which means that although they award credits, they cannot be included as part of a degree. An intensive summer course for a more limited number of participants is also available. More on Basic Swedish here.
    In addition, the Swedish Institute offers a free online course in beginners’ Swedish here.
    English: resources permitting, international students wishing to improve their English skills may be able to apply for an oral proficiency or academic writing course through the Department of English. The courses are free of charge but do not award credits. More information on English courses here.
    Language Workshop: if you are having difficulty structuring a written assignment or require feedback on an oral presentation, the Language Workshop can help you. The workshop is open to all Uppsala University students and is free of charge. The tutors involved at the Language Workshop have extensive experience in teaching oral and written communication techniques in different academic disciplines, and can provide individual consultations in both English and Swedish.
    More information on the Language Workshop.
    See also the English Department's Writing in English page.
  • Other

    There is a lot happening at the university – see Uppsala University’s main calendar of events (lectures in English: for full list, click on svenska at top of page).
    The university library dates back to 1620 and offers a wide variety of physical and digital resources. If its books were to be stacked in one pile, they would stand higher than 15 Mount Everests! The main library, Carolina Rediviva, houses precious collections of books, manuscripts, pictures, maps and even musical scores.
    If you have a disability that may affect your studies, you can get support during your time at Uppsala University: support for disabilities.
    The Student Health Centre stands ready to assist if things get tough.
    The student gym, Campus 1477.
    Uppsala’s study and career counsellors can advise on studies, work and the labour market. During the year, special sessions are organised to provide tips on writing CVs and attending interviews.
    Once you have finished your studies you must apply for your degree – it is not issued automatically. Information on applying for a degree.
    If you want to take a break from study and clear your mind, you could do worse than take a walk in the Botanical Garden, which is right next door to the English Park (Humanities) campus. The garden, which is divided into two parts, plays host to a tropical greenhouse and orangery and is one of 3 run by Uppsala University. You will find more information on all the gardens here.
  • Useful links

    Study in Sweden from A-Z.
    How to be a student in Sweden.
    Promotional film on Uppsala.
    Uppsala Tourist Office.
    Uppsala City library: membership is free and gives electronic access to the print edition of thousands of publications from around the world – from 100 countries and in more than 50 languages.
    You can keep up to date with events in Sweden on The Local’s English-language news site.


  • Dr Lars Löfquist NOHA Director & Senior Lecturer
  • Cameron Ross NOHA Coordinator
  • Dr Lars Löfquist NOHA Director & Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Jesper Bjarnesen Senior Researcher
  • Dr Brian Palmer Senior Lecturer
  • Ms Kirsten Bowman PhD Candidate
  • Dr Luz Paula Parra Rosales Senior Lecturer/Research Administrator


Uppsala universitet / UU

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Last updated: 14 July 2017