About the Faculty
The Faculty of Science and Technology at Umeå University has around 5 000 registered students, 300 doctoral students and a very strong research environment. The departments and three institutes under the umbrella of the faculty, assemble both education and research in the areas of chemistry, physics, biology, computer science, mathematics, teachers education, architecture and design.
In order to compete and excel in the national and international arena, a great deal of focus and priority is being laid on four strong research environments: biological chemistry, ecosystem dynamics, mathematics education and plant and forest biotechnology. There is also prominent research done in the areas of applied IT, sustainable development and physics. The applied research very often develops in close collaboration with industry like the forestry industry and the chemical technology related industry here in Norrland, and IT companies like Tieto Enator, IBM and Microsoft.
Education for the future
Proximity to research, good pedagogy and relaxed atmosphere are the hallmarks of the faculty's education. The faculty offers undergraduate programmes for budding engineers, designers, architects, natural science candidates and teachers. The master's programmes are offered in English for those students who need to complement their bachelor's degree. As many as around 300 international students, a majority of them coming from Germany and India, have chosen to study industrial design, biological sciences or technology relates courses at Umeå University. The faculty is also highly experienced in conducting distance education and internet based courses with the help of very modern web based technology.
Umeå Arts campus
Umeå Institute of Design and Umeå School of Architecture are situated on Arts Campus alongside the Umeå river. The Institute of Design has been declared to have one of the best educational programmes in the area of industrial design, by the magazine Business Week. Two years in a row, the Umeå institute of Design has been top ranked among all design schools in Europe and America. The faculty hosts since 2009 the School of Architecture with 250 study seats in the 5-year Architectural programme. Umeå School of Architecture distinguishes itself through the integration of scientific, artistic and professional methods and means of study in an international profile.