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Departments and units

Most of the education and research at the University takes place at departments.

Departments carry out education as well as research within one or several related fields. The department is the primary workplace, not just for students, teachers and researchers, but also for other professionals such as administrators, service staff, technicians and instrument makers. The department is normally led by a departmental board where at least two students are members. The manager of every department has the title head of department (in Swedish: prefekt).

Find our departments and sections in this list of the University organisation.


Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University (Arcum)


Bildmuseet (Museum of Contemporary Art and Visual Culture)


Campus Services Office
Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Physics (CMTF)
Centre for Demographic and Aging Research at Umeå University (CEDAR)
Centre for Digital Social Research (DIGSUM)
Centre for Educational Development
Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics (CERE)
Centre for Principal Development
Centre for Regional Science at Umeå University
Centre for Sami Research (Cesam) - Várdduo
Centre for Sustainable Cement and Quicklime Production
Centre for Transdisciplinary AI
Climate Impacts Research Centre (CIRC)
Communications Office


Department of Applied Educational Science
Department of Applied Physics and Electronics
Department of Biobank Research
Department of Chemistry
Department of Clinical Microbiology
Department of Clinical Sciences
Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation
Department of Computing Science
Department of Creative Studies (Teacher Education)
Department of Culture and Media Studies
Department of Ecology and Environmental Science
Department of Education
Department of Epidemiology and Global Health
Department of Food, Nutrition and Culinary Science
Department of Geography
Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
Department of Informatics
Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB)
Department of Language Studies
Department of Law
Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics
Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics
Department of Medical Biosciences
Department of Molecular Biology
Department of Nursing
Department of Odontology
Department of Physics
Department of Plant Physiology
Department of Political Science
Department of Psychology
Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine
Department of Radiation Sciences
Department of Science and Mathematics Education
Department of Social Work
Department of Sociology
Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences


Environmental Archaeology Lab
European CBRNE Centre


Finance Office
Faculty of Medicine, Dean's Office


High Performance Computing Centre North (HPC2N)


ICT Services and System Development
Internal Audit Office
International Office


Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS)


Human Resources Office


Planning Office
Police Education Unit at Umeå University
Property Management Office


Research Support and Collaboration Office


Student Services Office


The Innovation Office at Umeå University


Umeå Academy of Fine Arts
Umeå Centre for Comparative Biology (UCCB)
Umeå Centre for Functional Brain Imaging (UFBI)
Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS)
Umeå Institute of Design (UID)
Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR)
Umeå Centre for Molecular Medicine (UCMM)
Umeå Marine Sciences Centre (UMF)
Umeå Mathematics Education Research Centre (UMERC)
Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC)
Umeå School of Architecture (UMA)
Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics (USBE)
Umeå University Library
Unit of Economic History
University Administration
University Management


Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine at Umeå University (WCMM)


Legal Affairs Office