Master's Programme in Euroculture

120 credits

What role can Europe play in the world? How will Europe's past shape its future? Answers to such questions will be forged by you and others in a new generation of leaders with a new kind of interdisciplinary, Europeanist education and training. The Master's Programme in Euroculture gives you the tools needed to understand and influence Europe's ongoing integration process and is recognised by the European Commission as an Erasmus Mundus Programme of Excellence.

Autumn 2023 Autumn 2023, Uppsala, 100%, On-campus, English

Autumn 2024 Autumn 2024, Uppsala, 100%, On-campus, English

Euroculture focuses on the study of modern European society in a global context. It is for students who realise that Europe's future will be moulded not only by economics and politics but also through struggles over identities and values - in a word, culture. The programme is given in English, with students from across Europe and around the world.

We work in particular with questions of cultural identities and social values that play such a vital role in today's debates about Europe and its place in the world. Our interdisciplinary approach combines coursework in at least two countries and can include an internship. We will prepare you to make a difference in fields such as diplomacy, international business, journalism, cultural management, and European institutions.

Euroculture stands out from traditional European Studies programmes in several ways.

  • Interdisciplinary courses explore modern European society through history, political science, law, and religious studies.
  • Practical Eurocompetence modules equip you with communicative and managerial skills, challenging you to use your theoretical and academic knowledge in a practical setting.
  • You can tailor the programme to prepare yourself for further study and an academic career or other important fields of work in Europe-related areas.

Student profile

Students in the programme have a Bachelor's degree in a discipline of relevance to Euroculture – that is, a degree in the arts, humanities or social sciences. The programme welcomes students from a wide range of backgrounds, and you will find those with an interest in museums, cultural centres and arts festivals studying alongside those more focused on politics and social issues.

Some will see the programme as a launching pad to further study or research, others to a career outside academia. All, however, are united in their passion for Europe and its position in a global context – past, present and future.


The programme leads to the degree of Master of Arts in Theology (120 credits) with Euroculture as the main field of study.

This two-year programme is spread over four semesters worth 30 credits each. It comprises theoretical courses as well as practical modules such as an internship and "Eurocompetence". Eurocompetence is taught over several semesters and covers academic writing and career issues (Eurocompetence I), creating projects and teamwork (Eurocompetence II) and project/research applications (Eurocompetence III). A high degree of mobility is possible, with students having the chance to study for up to three semesters abroad.

Within the programme, two tracks can be distinguished: a professional track, based on a substantial internship experience at suitable organisations or a research-oriented track preparing for the PhD level (third cycle) study. The latter can be followed at a Euroculture university in Europe or possibly in Canada, India, Japan or Mexico.

Year 1

In the first semester, you take core courses in Uppsala offering historical, religious, political and legal perspectives on Europe plus Eurocompetence I.

In the second semester, you will take a specialisation at one of our European partners: Deusto (Bilbao, Spain), Krakow (Poland), Groningen (the Netherlands), Göttingen (Germany), Olomouc (Czech Republic), Strasbourg (France) or Udine (Italy). See information about the partner universities.

In addition to the specialisation, you will take a course in methodology and Eurocompetence II before meeting up with all students in the Euroculture network for the final course of the semester, "Intensive Programme" (IP). The IP involves seminars, discussions, and the presentation of an original research paper which you have worked on during that semester. The IP also includes workshops, public lectures, and group work in an international setting; it lasts for a week and is held at one of the Euroculture universities in Europe.

Year 2

In the third semester, you can take an internship or follow more research-orientated studies at a Euroculture university in or possibly outside Europe.

In the fourth semester, you focus on the Master's thesis. The course Eurocompetence III consists of preparing and writing a research application or professional project application (depending on the track chosen in the third semester). The fourth semester is studied either in Uppsala or at your second-semester university.

Courses within the programme

Semester 1

  • Historical and Religious Perspectives, 13 credits
  • Legal and Political Perspective, 12 credits
  • Eurocompetence I (including academic writing and career issues), 5 credits

Semester 2

  • Research seminar reflecting the specialities of that university, 10 credits
  • Methodology seminar including preparation for the network's joint "Intensive Programme", 10 credits
  • Eurocompetence II (group project work), 5 credits
  • Intensive Programme, 5 credits

Semester 3

  • Master's Thesis Stage 1, 5 credits
  • Research Track, 25 credits or Internship, 25 credits

Semester 4

  • Master's Thesis Stage 2, 25 credits
  • Eurocompetence III (project / research applications), 5 credits

This is a campus-based, full-time programme, which means around 40 hours of study per week. It is not possible to study this programme part-time or as distance learning. You must study for at least one semester at another partner university outside Sweden.

Swedish academic culture is fairly informal. This means that university lecturers are considered more like partners in students' educational and learning processes. Less time is dedicated to traditional classroom lectures and more to personal reading and individual and group tasks. The aim is to give students a balanced workload between taking part in lectures, reading the assigned course materials, critical consideration of the readings, and group discussions, all of which are important parts of the advanced learning experience. Active participation in class discussions and student interaction outside the classroom is encouraged, giving therefore a substantial amount of responsibility to students in their preparations for their future lives as professionals.

Work on the Master's thesis is supervised by two qualified researchers, one from Uppsala University and one from your second-semester university.

The language of instruction is English.

There is a growing need for professionals able to understand cultural exchanges and conflicts. This is highlighted by the prominent role played by cultural issues in debates on virtually every aspect of European political, social, and economic life, all in the context of the complex economic and cultural processes we call globalisation.

Euroculture will prepare you to answer the demand that exists today for sensitive and well-informed professionals to address these issues in fields such as:

  • diplomacy,
  • administration,
  • project management,
  • journalism,
  • cultural consultancy,
  • research.

Euroculture graduates have gone on to careers in cultural management, government, research, journalism, policy-making, international business, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and European institutions; as well as to PhD level study in many fields in the humanities and social sciences. Examples of employers include consultancy firm ECORYS, the European Centre for Minority Issues, the Irish Universities Association and the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Alumni stories can be found on the Euroculture website's career page.

Career support

During your time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to participate in various activities and events that will prepare you for your future career.

Read about Arete, Euroculture's alumni network.