Uppsala University

Early Modern History, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English
The Early Modern History Masters programme at Uppsala Universitywill provide you with knowledge of, and insight into the early modern world from ca. 1350-1850, focusing especially on Europe but with some attention to other parts of the world.


The Master Programme in Early Modern History at Uppsala University aims to provide students with a greater appreciation and understanding of the late medieval and early modern world (roughly 1350-1850) along with the theoretical and research skills needed to conduct independent historical research. Looking back at this period there is much that can seem strange and repulsive to us: devastating witch crazes, judicial torture, spectacular manifestations of power and subordination, a massive expansion of slavery,  ubiquitous religious fervour, war, riots and revolution.

They all convey a sense of the past as a foreign country. At the same time, the early modern period presents phenomena and processes that look much more familiar: emerging bureaucratic states organized around the ability to tax citizens and wage war, new consumption patterns, new poor relief systems, the birth of public spheres, and an increasingly ‘global’ set of convergences that include intercontinental trade, exploration, conquest and the large scale movement of people around the globe. These developments helped form the basis of modern society, which is precisely why historians often label the period ‘early modern’.

While the main focus of the Master Programme in Early Modern History is European history, comparative approaches are encouraged. As part of the programme, you will gain a broad knowledge of the early modern history of Europe and of political, economic, cultural and social developments in the region, along with some knowledge of developments in other parts of the globe. You will acquire skills in researching and writing, and learn to analyze a wide array of primary sources, including early handwritten materials material artifacts, and digital 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 early modern manuscript and book collections of the Uppsala University Library. You have the opportunity go through an internship at one of the Swedish museums or cultural institutions or to do a research internship working within a research project at the department. Finally, you will complete an original master thesis based on original historical research. The History department holds a conference every year in which both master students and international scholars participate, and at that time you will have an opportunity to present your work to experts in the field.


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. A Master’s degree in history is a prerequisite for a successful career in historical research.

Programme Structure

Year 1

  • Introduction to Early Modern Studies
  • War, Power, Resistance: The Rise of the State in Northern Europe, 1500-1800
  • Survival: Institutions and Strategies in the Early Modern World
  • Consumption and Material Culture in Early Modern Europe
  • Cultures of Inequality: Order, Visuality and Tension in the Societies of Estates of Early Modernity
  • Early Modern Gunpowder Empires in Global Perspective
  • One elective course

Year 2

  • Workshop in Early Modern Studies
  • Master thesis in early modern studies

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 575

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic 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.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 20931 International
  • Free EU/EEA

Application Fee:SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester:SEK 50000

Tuition fee, total:SEK 200000


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