Have you wondered what social factors incite instances of genocide and other forms of mass violence? 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 drawing from academic fields such as:
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 in forming your own educational experience. Ideally, you already have a fairly clear idea about what subject you want 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 the feelings of 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 Theoretical Approaches to Genocide and Mass Violence, 7.5 credits (compulsory) Genocide and Mass Violence I, 7.5 credits (compulsory) Genocide and Mass Violence II, 7.5 credits (compulsory) The Holocaust in European History and Historiography, 7.5 credits (compulsory)
Semester 2 The Social and Psychological Dynamics of Violence 15 credits (compulsory) Master's Thesis in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (One-Year), 15 credits (compulsory)
Two-Year Master's Degree, 120 credits Semester 1 Theoretical Approaches to Genocide and Mass Violence, 7.5 credits (compulsory) Genocide and Mass Violence I, 7.5 credits (compulsory) Genocide and Mass Violence II, 7.5 credits (compulsory) The Holocaust in European History and Historiography, 7.5 credits (compulsory)
Semester 2 The Social and Psychological Dynamics of Violence 15 credits (compulsory) Transitional Justice: Retribution, Coexistence, Reconciliation, 7.5 credits (compulsory) Master's Thesis in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Two-Year), 7.5 credits (compulsory)
Semester 3 Teaching about the Holocaust and Other Genocides, 7.5 credits (elective) History and Memory in Comparative Genocide Studies, 7.5 credits (elective) Internship for Master's Programme in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 7.5 credits (elective) Method in Comparative Genocide Studies, 7.5 credits (compulsory) Master's Thesis in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Two-Year), 7.5 credits (compulsory)
Semester 4 Master's Thesis in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Two-Year), 30 credits (compulsory)
Instruction will take the form of lectures, seminars, independent group work, and individual and group tutorials.
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, including defending your thesis orally and leading a discussion of another student's thesis.
The programme is taught in Uppsala. The language of instruction is English.
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
The Council of Europe
Governmental ministries, including defence and foreign services,
International NGOs ( Human Rights Watch, IDEA),
Museums and other institutions of commemoration (Forum for Living History)
If you choose to pursue a PhD, this Master's programme will qualify you to apply for doctoral studies in your own main discipline.
Career support During your time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and events that will prepare you for your future career. Learn more about UU Careers.
Below you will find the details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and tuition fees. For information on how to apply and what documents you need to submit, check the application guide. For this programme, besides the general supporting documents, you also need to submit one programme-specific document: a statement of purpose.
Master's Programme in Holocaust and Genocide Studies
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 Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at universityadmissions.se.
Students are selected based on:
an overall appraisal of previous university studies; and
a statement of purpose (1 page).
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.
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.
Once you are admitted to your programme, you must register in order to begin your studies. To do so, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org five days before the start of the first course. Also, make sure to activate your student account.
If you have been admitted conditionally, you will have to prove that you meet the admission requirements before registering. To that end, make sure you have your university diploma with you upon your arrival to Uppsala. Also, contact email@example.com no later than five days before the programme's start to make sure you keep your place.
If you are placed on the waiting list, you will be contacted by email if a place can be offered to you. An acceptance of a place will have to reach us within the stipulated time-frame.
The programme starts with an introductory session on 29 August. You will receive more information about the start of the programme in the letter from the programme coordinator.