Syllabus for Master's Programme in Early Modern History

Masterprogram i tidigmodern tid

  • 120 credits
  • Programme code: HTM2M
  • Established: 2016-05-02
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Arts
  • Revised: 2017-06-14
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Arts
  • Reg. no: HISTFILFAK 2017/5
  • Syllabus applies from: Autumn 2018
  • Responsible faculty: Faculty of Arts
  • Responsible department: Department of History

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 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
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements


The aim of the Master’s programme in Early Modern History is to give the students a systematic understanding of early modern history in a global perspective and to give them the ability to independently formulate and solve scholarly relevant problems within the field of early modern history, and to be able to assess critically the work of others.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the programme a student will be able to

  • independently and critically identify and analyse problems that are of central importance to the field of Early Modern history
  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the Early Modern period
  • use theories and methods currently accepted within the discipline that are relevant to the research question at hand
  • independently plan, manage and carry out advanced and complex research within a given scope and timeframe
  • systematically examine and interrogate historical source material in terms of plausibility and evidentiary value and also analyse this material in light of relevant historical context
  • independently describe and discuss, in keeping with current academic standards, research findings including clear justification of topical and methodological choices and concluding argumentation
  • make judgments on relevant scholarly, societal, and ethical aspects and show an awareness of ethical aspects in historical research
  • use a critical approach in working with historical sources and historical accounts.

Layout of the Programme

During the first semester, the students take two compulsory courses in Early Modern history, one course in historical theory and one course in historical methods. During the second semester, the students take three compulsory courses in Early Modern history and start working on their thesis. Students that will end the programme after one year spend the entire second semester working on their thesis. During the third semester, the students take three elective courses and continue working on their thesis. The fourth semester consists entirely of thesis writing. During the course of the programme, students can also choose to do an internship or participate in a student exchange programme.


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. Students are expected to take greater responsibility for their learning as the programme progresses and the thesis should reflect the students’ ability to critically, independently, and creatively formulate and solve problems based on knowledge and skills acquired from the programme’s courses. The language of instruction is English.


The programme leads to a degree of Master of Arts (120 credits) with History as the main field of study. The two-year Master's degree requires 120 credits with at least 60 credits being in History, including the Master’s thesis of 45 credits. After one year of study it is also possible to get a degree of Masters of Arts (60 credits) with History as the main field of study, with at least 30 credits being in History, including a Master’s thesis of 30 credits.