The Master's Programme in Modern History is committed to the belief that a greater appreciation and understanding of European history is critical for understanding today's social and political problems. You will gain a broad familiarity with the some of the main political, social, economic and cultural developments and processes characteristic of the past 100 to 200 years. We offer a broad understanding of modern times coupled with a strong emphasis on research skills.
Why this programme?
The Master's Programme in Modern History will provide you with knowledge of, and insight into, the modern world. The programme will give special consideration to the 20th century until today, with some attention to the 18th and 19th century background. The focus is on Europe but the programme also pays attention to the main political, social, economic and cultural developments and processes in other parts of the world.
These processes include state and nation building; the struggle between democracy and dictatorship; European imperialism and anti-imperial movements; the rise of identity-based social and political movements; political extremism and governments' responses to it; and changing policies on migration out of and into Europe.
You will acquire skills in researching and writing, and learn to analyse a wide array of sources, including handwritten materials, images and material artefacts, and online databases. You will be introduced to digital humanities approaches, and you will have access to a number of digital resources and databases and to the rich collections in the Uppsala University Library.
During this programme you can expect to:
gain the theoretical and research skills you need to conduct your own independent research.
have access to a number of digital resources and databases and to the rich collections in the Uppsala University Library.
present your original Master's thesis to experts in the field.
have the opportunity to apply for an internship at a cultural or governmental institution, or do a research internship within one of the research projects at the department.
Student profile You have a broad interest in the humanities or social sciences and have studied a good amount of history during your Bachelor's programme. Having an interest in current issues in society and some social engagement will probably also help during your Master's studies. You are extremely motivated and have confidence in your own ability and knowledge. You enjoy an opportunity to study primary sources and discuss them with your peers.
Talking and writing in English is not a problem for you and you expect to contribute as much to the educational experience of others as you expect to learn from their previous experiences and knowledge. A future PhD education is a distinct possibility, but starting to work right after graduation is also something you are considering.
The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with History as the main field of study. It is also possible to graduate after one academic year with a Master of Arts (60 credits).
During the first semester, you will take two compulsory courses in modern history, one course in historical theory and one course in historical methods. During the second semester, you will take three compulsory courses in modern history and start working on your Master's thesis. If you graduate from the programme after one year, you will spend the entire second semester working on your thesis.
During the third semester, you will take three elective courses and continue working on your thesis. The fourth semester consists entirely of thesis writing. During the course of the programme, you can also choose to do an internship or participate in a student exchange programme.
Courses within the programme
One Year Master's Degree, 60 credits Semester 1 5HA600 Introduction to Modern History, 7.5 credits 5HA740 Historical Theory, 7.5 credits 5HA741 Historical Methods, 7.5 credits 5HA727 Political Extremism in Historical Perspective, 7.5 credits
Semester 2 5HA702 Master's Thesis in History (Degree of Master (One Year)), 30 credits
Two Years Master's Degree, 120 credits Semester 1 5HA600 Introduction to Modern History, 7.5 credits 5HA740 Historical Theory, 7.5 credits 5HA741 Historical Methods, 7.5 credits 5HA727 Political Extremism in Historical Perspective, 7.5 credits
Semester 2 5HA721 Popular Culture as History, 7.5 credits 5HA716 From Poor Relief to Welfare State, 7.5 credits 5HA765 Refugees and Migrants in Global Historical Perspective, 7.5 credits 5HA701 Master's Thesis in History (Degree of Master (Two Years)), 7.5 credits
Semester 3 Three elective courses of 7.5 credits each (including potential internship) 5HA701 Master's Thesis in History (Degree of Master (Two Years)), 7.5 credits
Semester 4 5HA701 Master's Thesis in History (Degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits
The specific forms of teaching and assessment vary across courses within the programme. Generally, teaching takes the form of lectures, seminars, and thesis supervision. Assessment is usually based on individual oral and written work. Requirements for class participation vary across courses.
You are expected to take greater responsibility for your learning as the programme progresses and the thesis should reflect your ability to critically, independently, and creatively formulate and solve problems based on knowledge and skills acquired within the programme. In addition to interacting with other students in the programme, you will have the opportunity to meet students enrolled in other Master's programmes in history and in other disciplines. The language of instruction is English.
Graduates with a Master's degree in history will be employable in a wide variety of occupations. It provides you with a good basis for advanced positions in secondary and higher education, civil service at local, regional and national levels, personnel management, journalism, international organisations, tourism, as well as in enhancing cultural heritage in its various manifestations including archives, museums and libraries. A Master's degree in history is a prerequisite for a successful career in historical research.
Since 2008 more than forty percent of the graduates with a Master's degree in history from Uppsala University have been accepted into a PhD programme in Sweden or abroad. Graduates have done their PhDs at the universities of Alberta, Budapest, Cambridge, Lund, Seoul, Sheffield, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Uppsala.
Other graduates work at, for example, Radio Free Europe, International IDEA and SIDA. Job titles include editor, programme officer and policy specialist.
Career support During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Read more about UU Careers.
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. Also required is 60 credits in historical studies.
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).
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.
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