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.
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