University of Iceland

Welcome to the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences

The Faculty offers a diverse variety of undergraduate and graduate programmes

Social and Human Sciences

About the Faculty

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Social and Human Sciences was established on 1st July 2008 when a new structure was introduced at the University of Iceland. The faculty is one of the most populous at the University of Iceland, and it offers a variety of subjects and programmes that can be linked in various ways.  Some of these subjects have been taught at the University of Iceland for decades, others have more recently been introduced.

Tenured lecturers at the faculty are respected scholars, who have partaken in shaping the national discourse, both domestically and internationally. Their research productivity is amongst the best at the university. Lecturers publish articles in respected journals and publish books, which amongst other things are useful to students in their studies.

A large group of sessional teachers works at the faculty, thus making possible a broad diversity of course offerings.

The Social Science Research Institute was founded in 1986. The Institute's objectives are to promote the practice of social scientific methods by carrying out practical and academic research. Within the institute there operate several independent research centres, related to lecturer’s research projects.

Head of Faculty: Guðbjörg Vilhjálmsdóttir, professor (
Deputy Head of Faculty: Hanna Björg Sigurjónsdóttir, professor (

Faculty staff:
Brynhildur Lilja Björnsdóttir, office administrator (, Gimli, level 1, room 117. Direct phone: 525-4268 

Project managers:

  • Career Councelling and Guidance: Brynhildur Lilja Björnsdóttir,  direct phone: 525-4268, (
  • Disability Studies and Information Science: Ásdís Magnúsdóttir, direct phone: 525-5497,
  • Sociology and Doctorate Studies: Jóhanna Vernharðsdóttir, direct phone: 525-5498,
  • Anthropology, Development Studies, Folkloristics and Museum Studies: Erna Rut Steinsdóttir, direct phone: 525-5848,
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