About the Faculty
At Lund University’s Faculty of Science, we study and describe the physical world. We seek to understand everything from the smallest components of nature and molecular processes in the human body to the sensitivity of climate systems and the capacity of exoplanets to support life. Research in science enables the development of new drugs, new building materials and models that predict climate change, and offers us the giddy realisation that we may not be alone in the Universe.
Education and research
The Faculty of Science is ranked among the top 50 in the world for several subjects (Times Higher Education and QS). We have undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and courses that aim both to satisfy our students’ burning interest in science and to meet the need of society for competent science graduates.
The Faculty of Science has a clear mission to primarily carry out research that increases our fundamental understanding of the world, because this understanding is absolutely essential to lay the scientific foundation required for more applied research. The Faculty of Science is very research-intensive – around 80 per cent of its resources go to research and research studies. This means that undergraduate and Master’s education has very close links to research at the forefront, and the education we offer provides a large amount of flexibility for those who want to take courses in other fields or undertake work placements outside the University.
Our education and research activities are carried out at ten departments and equivalent units, gathered on the northern part of the university campus in Lund. The departments conduct research and education in astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, mathematics, medical radiation physics, molecular biology, physical geography, physics and theoretical physics. In addition, we also operate at the MAX IV Laboratory.
Into our two core areas of operation, research and education, we also integrate external engagement. Every year we put on a range of events, aimed at audiences including school classes and the public, in order to illustrate science and our research in an accessible manner. Examples of activities include our action-packed science shows, popular science lectures for upper secondary school pupils, and the annual science festival Naturvetarstråket (Science Trail). The staff of the faculty also contribute to external engagement through popular science, research news, consultation responses, planetarium shows and question and answer services.