Syllabus for Master's Programme in Global Environmental History

Masterprogram i global miljöhistoria

Entry 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 Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Social Sciences or the Faculty of Science and Technology.

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


The program aims to provide students with advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge in the social sciences and humanities analysis of the relationship between man and nature. The program is designed to provide methodological and analytical skills that are necessary to critically and independently conduct studies in Global Environmental History at the level required of for a professional career or research in the field.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program, students will have fulfilled the objectives of a Master's degree, as specified in the decree of higher education. At the completion of the programme students will be able to demonstrate:

  • knowledge and understanding of the subject global environmental history, including both an overview of the field and in-depth knowledge of certain parts of the field, and also insight into current research and development,
  • deeper methodological knowledge in Global Environmental History,
  • ability to integrate knowledge and to analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena in Global Environmental History and the contextualise questions and situations even with limited information,
  • ability to identify and formulate questions in Global Environmental History and to plan and carry out advanced tasks within specified time limits;
  • an ability to make judgments with respect to scientific, social and ethical aspects of Global Environmental History and demonstrate an awareness of ethical aspects of research and development,
  • an understanding of the possibilities and limitations of science, its role in society and the responsibility for its use,
  • the ability to identify needs of further knowledge and the ability to take responsibility for their learning.

Layout of the Programme

The program extends over two years and gives 120 credits. The program runs over four semesters and is taught in English. The first term focuses on an introduction to Global Environmental History through four required courses (each 7.5 credits):

  • Historical Ecology
  • The Process of Research: Theories and Methods
  • Modern Natures: Conflicts and Transformations
  • Changing Perceptions of Humans and Nature

During terms 2 and 3, the students follow a required course of 7.5 credits, Current Themes and Debates in Global Environmental History, where lectures are interspersed with seminars, the writing of essays and student presentations. In addition to elective courses in Uppsala University, there are also a range of courses at SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) that are eligible within the program (the supply is determined by the academic year). In addition, there is the opportunity to do field work, to study courses at foreign universities through exchange studies and to do a 7.5 or 15 credits internship.The thesis work begins during term 3 at the latest. Term 4 focuses on the Master's thesis, and students are able to choose to write a thesis of either 45 or 60 credits. The thesis is examined at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.


Instruction will be in English and consists of lectures, seminars, discussion groups and independent work. Students have the opportunity to arrange and run workshops. Courses are usually a part-time and students are required to study two part-time courses in parallel.

The thesis is supervised by teachers with relevant specialist skills in one of the collaborating departments, i.e. Dept. of Archaeology and Ancient History, Dept. of Art History, Dept. of Social and Economic Geography, Dept. of Economic History, Dept. of Earth Sciences or Dept. of Urban and Rural Development (SLU).

The program coordinator is responsible for establishing an individual study plan with each student on the program. The individual curriculum is established at the beginning of the education and is followed up continuously.


Upon completion of the program a student will receive a Master of Arts degree in Global Environmental History (Masterexamen i global miljöhistoria).

Syllabus revisions

Last modified: 2022-04-26