Master’s Studies

Master Programme in Holocaust and Genocide Studies 2013/2014


Holocaust and Genocide Studies is a dynamic field of research and education of the highest international relevance. The goal of this ­Master of Arts is to give you the ability to understand and analyse independently the phenomenon of genocide, and episodes of genocidal violence in their historical and cultural contexts. Empirical knowledge and sharpened analytical abilities have become sought-after skills for a variety of potential employers.

Future employers include UN orga­nizations, branches of the European Union and Council of Europe, national EU governments, and international NGOs. Domestic Swedish organizations such as SIDA, IDEA, The Forum for Living History, and others are also the potential employers. This degree also qualifies you to apply for doctoral studies. The Master Programme in Holocaust and Genocide Studies is open to students holding a bachelor in the humanities or in social sciences.

About the programme

The Master Programme in Holocaust and Genocide Studies is a cross-disciplinary course of study drawn from:

  • history,
  • political science,
  • cultural and social anthropology,
  • international law,
  • sociology,
  • peace and conflict studies,
  • psychology, and
  • the history of ideas.
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, mobilization of ethnic idenities, formation of new states, colonial processes and modernization. While studying different cases of genocide and mass violence closely, you will also learn methodologies and analytical perspectives from various disciplines.

You will write a degree project worth 45 credits (30 credits if you choose to finish after one year). You will also have the possibility of combining the studies with methods courses and other courses at other departments.

First semester
The first semester you will study obligatory courses in Holocaust history, and other episodes of genocide and mass violence from cross-disciplinary perspectives.

Other case studies analysed 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 also study the historical, political and cultural processes and contexts in which mass violence has occurred, including fascism, colonialism, and ­communism.

Second semester
The second semester will commence with an obligatory course on theories of genocide and mass violence, to be ­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.

Third semester
During the third semester you will choose a specific method for the degree project, take a methodology course, and commence the drafting of the degree project.

Fourth semester
The fourth semester is devoted to writing and defending the Master’s degree project.


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).


Instruction will take the form of lectures, seminars, independent group work, individual and group tutorials.

The language of instruction is English.

All course instructors are highly qualified in their fields and have been widely published internationally and in Sweden. This ensures a close connection between on-going research and course instruc­tion. Your active participation in all phases of the course of instruction is obligatory. You are entitled to an instructor’s supervision only during regular term time. Grading will be based on active participation in seminars, minor written assignments and other minor written and oral examinations. You will also be graded for the completed thesis, defending it orally and leading a discussion of another student’s thesis.


Courses within the programme

Semester 1
Genocide and Mass Violence I
Genocide and Mass Violence II
The Holocaust in European History
The Holocaust in European Historio­graphy

Semester 2
Theoretical Approaches to Genocide and Mass Violence
The Psychology of Violence
The Social Mechanism of Violence
The Legacies of the Holocaust
on the Deve­lopment of
Democracy in EU (elective)

Semester 3
Transitional Justice: Reconciliation, Retribution and Co-existence (elective)
Teaching of the Holocaust and
other Genocides (elective)
Internship (elective)
Master’s Degree Project

Semester 4
Master’s Degree Project


The programme will provide you with knowledge and theories present within the most up-to-date research and educational trends in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. A variety of international organizations actively seek students equipped with such knowledge and analytical skills.
These include:

  • UN organizations,
  • the European Union and Council of Europe,
  • governmental ministries including defence and foreign services,
  • a wide variety of international NGOs also recruit amongst students with these qualifications, 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 UD, SIDA, Forum for Living History and others are also potential employers for holders of this Master’s degree.
If you choose to pursue a PhD, this Master programme will qualify you to apply for doctoral studies.

Application and requirements

Master Programme in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

120 credits

Autumn 2013 100% Campus

Location for Studies: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2013-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-P5115 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Requirements: General entrance requirements for Master programmes or B.A. in the Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences. Proof of skills in English to a level corresponding to English B in the Swedish secondary school. This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test with the following minimum scores:

  • 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

  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE


Selection: Higher education credits


For citizens of countries outside of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, application and tuition fees are required. Read more about fees.

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 45000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 180000

Contact & More Info

The Hugo Valentin Centre

Thunbergsvägen 3 D, Hus 4

Box 521

Telephone: +46 18 471 23 59

Madeleine Sultán Sjöqvist

Telephone: +46 18 471 23 67