Early Modern Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
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    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
The fascination of studying early modern history resides in trying to understand cultures and societies that are at the same time familiar and foreign, to see the consistencies while acknowledging the contradictions. The purpose of this Master’s programme from Uppsala University is to provide you with knowledge of, and insight into, the Early Modern Studies.
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  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


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 at 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 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

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.

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

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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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 21086 International
  • Free EU/EEA

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000


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