Holocaust and Genocide Studies is a dynamic field of research and education of the highest international relevance. The goal of the Master's Programme in Holocaust and Genocide Studies is to give you the ability to independently understand and analyse the phenomenon of genocide and other forms of mass violence in their historical and cultural contexts. Empirical knowledge and sharpened analytical abilities have become sought-after skills for a variety of potential employers.
Why this programme?
The history and memory of the Holocaust is central to this field of study, but you will also study other episodes of genocide, genocidal violence and other forms of mass violence and their historical, political and cultural contexts.
These violent events have usually occurred in conjunction with major economic, social and political crises, mobilisation of ethnic identities, formation of new states, colonial processes and modernisation. While studying different cases of genocide and mass violence closely, you will also learn methodologies and analytical perspectives from various disciplines.
The Master's Programme in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Uppsala University is a cross-disciplinary course of study drawn from:
cultural and social anthropology
peace and conflict studies
history of ideas
During the programme you can expect to:
independently and critically identify and analyse problems that are of central importance to the field of Holocaust and genocide studies.
learn methodologies and analytical perspectives from various disciplines.
gain empirical knowledge and sharpened analytical abilities that are sought-after skills for a variety of potential employers.
Student profile You have a Bachelor's degree within the humanities or social sciences and the Bachelor's thesis you wrote gave you experience in the appropriate identification and use of theories and methods. You are extremely motivated and willing to take a lot of responsibility to form your own educational experience. Ideally, you already have a rather clear idea about what subject to base your Master's thesis on.
Your social skills are good and you are both able and willing to communicate your ideas and thoughts in written and spoken English. You also understand that studying the Holocaust and episodes of genocide can be a very emotional experience and that honesty about your own feelings and respect for others is important.
The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with Holocaust and Genocide Studies as the main field of study. After one year of study it may also be possible to obtain a Master of Arts (60 credits).
As a student in the Master's Programme in Holocaust and Genocide Studies you will write a Master's thesis worth 45 credits (or 15 credits if you choose to finish after one year). You will also have the possibility of combining your studies with methodology courses and courses at other departments.
During the first semester you will study compulsory courses in Holocaust history and other episodes of genocide and mass violence from cross-disciplinary perspectives. Other case studies you will analyse include Armenia, Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Episodes of genocidal violence that have occurred in Latin and North America, Africa and Asia will also be studied. You will learn about the historical, political and cultural processes and contexts in which mass violence has occurred, including fascism, colonialism, and communism.
The second semester will begin with a compulsory course on theories of genocide and mass violence, followed by the opportunity to choose from different courses covering specific aspects of mass violence, including psychology, social psychology, cultural and social anthropology, peace and conflict studies, international law and the study of (historical) memory.
You will also have the opportunity to take relevant courses from other cooperating departments within the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences.
During the third semester you will choose a specific method for your thesis, take a methodology course, and begin drafting your Master's thesis.
The fourth semester is devoted to writing and defending your Master's thesis.
Courses within the programme
One Year Master's Degree (60 credits) Semester 1 5HG009 Theoretical Approaches to Genocide and Mass Violence, Obligatory 7.5 credits 5HG005 Genocide and Mass Violence I, Obligatory 7.5 credits 5HG006 Genocide and Mass Violence II, Obligatory 7.5 credits 5HG016 The Holocaust in European History and Historiography, Obligatory 7.5 credits
Semester 2 5HG011 The Social Mechanisms of Violence, Elective 7.5 credits 5HG010 The Psychology of Violence, Elective 7.5 credits 5CM016 Master's Thesis in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (One-Year) Obligatory 15.0 credits
Two Years Master's Degree (120 credits) Semester 1 5HG009 Theoretical Approaches to Genocide and Mass Violence, 7.5 credits (Compulsory) 5HG005 Genocide and Mass Violence I, 7.5 credits (Compulsory) 5HG006 Genocide and Mass Violence II, 7.5 credits (Compulsory) 5HG016 The Holocaust in European History and Historiography, 7.5 credits (Compulsory)
Semester 2 5HG011 The Social Mechanisms of Violence, 7.5 credits (Elective) 5HG010 The Psychology of Violence, 7.5 credits (Elective) 5HG015 Transitional Justice: Retribution, Coexistence, Reconciliation, 7.5 credits (Elective) 5CM013 Master's Thesis in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Two-Year), 7.5 credits (Compulsory)
Semester 3 5HG017 History and Memory in Comparative Genocide Studies, 7.5 credits (Elective) 5HG014 Teaching about the Holocaust and Other Genocides, 7.5 credits (Elective) 5CM012 Internship for Master's Programme in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 7.5 credits (Elective) 5HG018 Method in Comparative Genocide Studies, 7.5 credits (Compulsory) 5CM013 Master's Thesis in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Two-Year), 7.5 credits (Compulsory)
Semester 4 5CM013 Master's Thesis in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Two-Year), 30 credits (Compulsory)
The Master's Programme in Holocaust and Genocide Studies is offered in Uppsala. Instruction will take the form of lectures, seminars, independent group work, and individual and group tutorials. The language of instruction is English.
All course instructors are highly qualified in their fields and have been published internationally and in Sweden. This ensures a close connection between ongoing research and education. Your active participation in all phases of the Master's programme is compulsory. You are entitled to supervision only during regular term time. Grading will be based on active participation in seminars, written assignments and other written and oral examinations. You will also be graded on your completed thesis, defending it orally and leading a discussion of another student's thesis.
The programme will provide you with empirical knowledge and theoretical insights based on state-of-the-art research and pedagogy in the field of Holocaust and genocide studies. A variety of international organisations actively seek students equipped with such knowledge and analytical skills.
the European Union and Council of Europe.
Governmental ministries including defence and foreign services, and a wide variety of international NGOs, such as Amnesty International, Save the Children, Human Rights Watch, IDEA, etc. Museums and other institutions of commemoration are also potential employers.
In Sweden, institutions such as the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, SIDA, Forum for Living History and others are potential future workplaces for holders of this Master's degree.
If you choose to pursue a PhD, this Master's programme will qualify you to apply for doctoral studies in your own main discipline.
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be within the humanities or social sciences.
Language requirements All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies. The minimum test scores are:
IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
a statement of purpose (1 page).
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.