Syllabus for Master's Programme in Euroculture

Masterprogram i Euroculture

  • 120 credits
  • Programme code: HEC2M
  • Established: 2010-11-19
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Theology
  • Revised: 2022-08-29
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Theology
  • Syllabus applies from: Autumn 2023
  • Responsible faculty: Faculty of Theology
  • Responsible department: Department of Theology

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university in a subject relevant for Euroculture (principally humanities and social sciences).

Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. This is usually done through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS or through previous university studies.
The minimum test scores are:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 with at least 6.5 for the written section and no other section below 6.0;
  • TOEFL: Internet-based – a total score of 93 with at least 24 (scale 0–30) in the written test;
  • Cambridge: CAE (C1), CPE (C2).

Decisions and Guidelines

The Master's Programme in Euroculture is given in cooperation with seven other European universities within the Euroculture Consortium: the University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain; the University of Groningen, the Netherlands; the University of Göttingen, Germany, the Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland; Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic; the University of Strasbourg, France; and the University of Udine, Italy. Euroculture partner universities outside Europe may also be involved.

The degree programme is based at the Department of Theology.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the programme, a student is expected to be able to:

- formulate and present a critical and reflexive understanding of European identity/ies, civil society/ies, the ongoing European unification process in itself, its cultural and social dynamics and the consequences for its citizens and the wider world; this involves developing a critical understanding of the European integration process from a cultural-social perspective, including awareness of the push and pull factors in the process of European identity formation and in relation to third countries;

- analyse and interpret current multicultural problems, develop feasible solutions and transfer this knowledge to relevant audiences; this includes developing a high level of sensitivity based on knowledge and insight regarding cultural-social differences and comparabilities at group, local, regional, national, European and global levels;

- plan and discuss theoretical frameworks and choice of method in a personal research project with a very high degree of independence; define, design and carry out a research task related to a topic related to European affairs, cultures, religions, political systems and civil societies;

- independently prepare and write project applications by identifying the central contributions of an outlined project with particular attention being given to developing the most effective approach to and structure of the project, its cost effectiveness, and the target audiences;

- plan, design and manage complicated medium-term (research) projects in a transnational and multicultural environment, and also demonstrate the ability to identify a suitable work placement, outline a work plan for it and participate in the placement;

- verbally and in writing, communicate issues of relevance to the course to an academic as well as a non-academic audience and accept and give critical constructive feedback to others;

- effectively participate in group work, and even take the lead on occasion, presiding over debates and discussions in an international/multicultural group; this includes the ability to learn from and effectively respond to unexpected developments and develop suitable strategies to complete assigned groups tasks;

- produce an empirically based, structured, well-argued and well written academic thesis in English.

Layout of the Programme

The programme is made up of the following courses:

First semester, 30 credits
1. Euroculture: Legal and Political Perspective, 12 credits
2. Euroculture: Historical and Religious Perspectives, 13 credits
3. Eurocompetence I, 5 credits

Second semester, 30 credits
Uppsala students must go on mobility during the second semester to another Euroculture university in Europe and take 30 credits of approved studies there.
In turn, the following courses are offered to incoming exchange students from Euroculture partner universities and are not available to Uppsala students of this Master's programme:
4. Research Seminar, 10 credits
5. Intensive Programme with Methodology Seminar, 10 credits
6. Eurocompetence II, 5 credits
7. Intensive Programme II, 5 credits
At the end of the second semester all students in the network will meet for a seven-day Intensive Programme including seminars, discussions, and the presentation of a shorter research paper. Successful participation earns 5 credits.

Third semester, 30 credits
8. Internship, 25 credits or Research track, 25 credits
Within the programme two tracks can be distinguished: a professional track containing vocational education and training and a research-oriented track preparing for PhD ('third cycle') studies. The internship may be carried out in an organisation/institution in Sweden or abroad. The Research Track may be pursued at Uppsala, a Euroculture partner university in Europe, or in some cases at a Euroculture partner university outside Europe. The number of Research Track places at Uppsala is limited.
9. Thesis, Stage 1: thesis preparation for the equivalent of 5 credits

Fourth semester, 30 credits
10. Eurocompetence III, 5 credits
11. Thesis, Stage 2: thesis completion equivalent to 25 credits. Students may not start Stage 2 until they have passed Stage 1 (see third semester).

In order to be admitted to the second semester, students must have earned at least 20 credits from the first semester of the degree programme.

In order to be admitted to the third semester, students must have earned all 30 credits from the first semester and at least 20 credits from the second semester of the degree programme.

In order to be admitted to the fourth semester, students must have earned all 30 credits from both the first and second semesters of the degree programme.

Exemption from the prescribed compulsory order of examinations shall only be given in exceptional cases and must be approved by all universities involved.


The methods of instruction on the programme vary according to teacher, course and specialisation. Common methods of instruction are lecturing, seminar discussions, and teacher supervision, but other types of instruction such as self-study and group work are occasionally employed. Both written and oral examinations may be given. The thesis is written with the support of 2 supervisors.

See relevant course syllabus for further information.


The programme leads to a Master of Arts in Theology (120 credits) with Euroculture as the main field of studies from Uppsala University.

Other Directives

Exchange studies second semester
All students spend their second semester at a host university chosen from among the other European universities in the Euroculture network.

Last modified: 2022-04-26