This is also how it all began in 1878. Even then it was Natural Science which symbolised the future. Precedents could be found in the leading industrial nations of the time, England and France, where new seats of learning had been created. Once the financial support for Stockholm University had been guaranteed, tuition in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Geology were started. Soon lectures were also given in Botany and Zoology.

Stockholm University has attracted outstanding researchers right from the very start, such as Gösta Mittag-Leffler in Mathematics, Wilhelm Leche in Zoology and, a little later, Svante Arrhenius in Physics, who was also vice-chancellor for a time and awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1903. One must not forget the Russian mathematician Sofia (Sonya) Kovalevskaya, who was sensationally elected professor in Mathematics in 1884, thus becoming the country's first female professor, and probably also Europe's, at the age of 34.

These proud traditions are still very much alive. Many widely recognised discoveries and scientific breakthroughs originate in the departments of the Faculty of Science. Perhaps it is the combination of breadth and depth that results in these research achievements.

Education of high quality

Research is also of great importance for the students' opportunities once their education is completed. At the Faculty Science, Stockholm University, the links between research and teaching are strong. The proportion of researchers who teach is high, in a national as well as an international context, and the professors are deeply engaged in the transfer of knowledge. In this way the students are directly exposed to the latest research results during their training, and obtain useful knowledge in demand on the job market.

Many international contacts

Being in the centre of events also means rich possibilities for international exchange. There are many opportunities for study abroad, mainly within Europe but also in, e.g. the USA, Canada and Australia. As the time for the 'examination project' approaches, it is an advantage to have access to the large labour market of the Stockholm area. It is easy to find interesting and challenging tasks which will lead you towards a good job, or give you an entry ticket into the research world.