Looking back on the period 1450 to 1850, we are often struck by phenomena that seem strange and repulsive to us: devastating witch crazes, horrendous torture, spectacular manifestations of power and subordination, ubiquitous religious fervour, war, riots and revolution. They all inspire a sense of the past being a foreign country.
At the same time, the early modern period presents phenomena and processes that appear more familiar to us:
the establishment of states with growing bureaucratic power, burgeoning trade that makes possible new consumption patterns, a range of new survival strategies among the poor, the birth of public spheres that are entangled in political life, and an increasing preoccupation with individuals rather than corporations. These tendencies can be interpreted as the roots of modern society, which is precisely the reason why historians label the period as early modern.
The Master programme in Early Modern Studies - Northern Europe 1450-1850 from Uppsala University has an explicit comparative approach in that it focuses on the early modern societies of Scandinavia, Britain, the Netherlands, Russia, Poland and the German territories.
Moreover, all of Northern Europe changed drastically in the period, not least because of its many contacts with communities in other parts of the world. Thus, a focus upon Northern Europe will help you develop a sense of differences and similarities between countries. In this way, you will be in a position to better frame your object of study
After successful completion of the programme, you will have obtained a broad knowledge of the early modern history of Northern Europe and a deep knowledge of political, economic, cultural and social development of the region.
You will also have attained extensive skills in problem identification and solving, and in planning and executing complex research tasks.
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 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 Masters degree in history is a prerequisite for a successful career in historical research.
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 Master’s thesis. During the first year you will take five courses based on various topics within the field of Early Modern Studies.
For Master's level studies, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an internationally recognised university. Applicants who have not been awarded a Bachelor's degree but are in their final year of studies may be conditionally admitted.
Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in English, and this is usually done through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent.
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Application Fee: SEK 900
Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000
Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000
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