Modern History, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
The Master Programme in Modern History at Uppsala University will provide you with knowledge of, and insight into, the modern world. The programme will give special consideration to the 20th century until today, with some attention to the 18th and 19th century background.


The focus is on Europe but the programme also pays attention to other parts of the world.  We offer a broad understanding of modern times coupled with a strong emphasis on research skills.

The place of instruction is the beautiful Swedish town of Uppsala, which boasts a medieval cathedral, a sixteenth-century castle, a university dating to the fifteenth century and the famous student nations. The programme stresses research skills and an independent thesis project. Since 2009 more than a third of the graduates with a Master’s degree in history from Uppsala University have been accepted into a PhD programme in Sweden or abroad.

The Master Programme in Modern History at Uppsala University is committed to the belief that a greater appreciation and understanding of European history is critical for understanding today’s social and political problems. As part of the program, you will gain a broad familiarity with the some of the main political, social, economic and cultural developments and processes characteristic of the past 100 to 200 years. These include state and nation building; the struggle between democracy and dictatorship, European imperialism and anti-imperial movements, the rise of identity-based social and political movements, political extremism and governments’ responses to it, and changing policies on migration out of and into Europe. 

The programme also aims to give you the theoretical and research skills you need to conduct your own independent historical research. You will acquire skills in researching and writing, and learn to analyse a wide array of sources, including handwritten materials, images and material artefacts, and online databases. You will be introduced to digital humanities approaches, and you will have access to a number of digital resources and databases and to the rich collections in the Uppsala University Library. You will have the opportunity to apply to an internship at a cultural or government institution, or to do a research internship within one of the research projects at the department.


Graduates with a Master’s 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 at 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. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Modern History 
  • Historical Theories
  • Historical Methods 
  • Political Extremism in Historical Perspective 
  • Popular Culture as History 
  • Refugees and Migrants in Global Historical Perspective 

          Detailed Programme Facts

          • Programme intensity Full-time
            • Full-time duration 24 months
          • Credits
            120 alternative credits
          • Languages
            • English
          • Delivery mode
            On Campus

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          Academic Requirements

          • A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish degree of at least 180 credits (i.e. three years of full-time studies), in humanities or social sciences with at least 60 credits in historical studies.
          • Proof of skills in English to a level corresponding to English B in the Swedish secondary school. 

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          Tuition Fee

          • International Applies to you

            10422 EUR/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 20844 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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            Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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          • Application Fee: SEK 900
          • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000
          • Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000

          Living costs for Uppsala

          • 7620 - 12070 SEK/month
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