The goal of the masters programme is that students should acquire knowledge and understanding of how northern Europe developed socially, politically, economically and culturally in the early modern period (c. 1450-1850). Of particular interest are the causes and consequences of the long term and diverse lines of development within the region.
Central importance rests upon comparative perspectives and methods. The geographical areas of Scandinavia, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Russia, Poland, and the German-speaking area provide an ample basis for questions about similarities and differences. For instance, England and the Netherlands are often described as the first modern economies while Russia is described as radically different with its residual serfdom and other traces of a feudal economy. Positioned between the two, Scandinavia takes on particular comparative interest.
The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with History as the main field of study.
Graduates with a Masters 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 on 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 Masters degree in history is a prerequisite for a successful career in historical research.
The programme is structured so that both thesis work and course work take place simultaneously, focusing on courses the first year and thesis writing the second year. A more detailed programme structure will be drawn up in your individual study plan, which you will discuss with the programme coordinator.
The teaching methods include seminars, lectures and individual and group tutorials. Apart from other students of the programme and the teachers involved, you will have the opportunity to meet students enrolled in other Masters programmes. The language of instruction is English.
The programme consists of a degree project (60 credits) and eight courses. Seven of the courses are mandatory and one is elective.
The first year ends with a workshop where you present a research proposal for your thesis in the presence of other programme students and researchers within the early modern field. The second year also ends with a workshop open to the public, where you will present and defend your Masters thesis. During the first year you will take five courses based on various topics.
Uppsala University provides several different scholarships for students. The scholarships cover exclusively the tuition fees for courses within the programme, i e 30 credits per semester.
Read more about scholarships on www.uu.se/scholarships.