Holocaust and Genocide Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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    Tuition (Full programme)
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Holocaust and Genocide Studies is a dynamic field of research and education of the highest international relevance. The goal of this Master of Arts from Uppsala University is to give you the ability to understand and analyse independently the phenomenon of genocide, and episodes of genocidal violence in their historical and cultural contexts. Empirical knowledge and sharpened analytical abilities have become sought-after skills for a variety of potential employers.
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The Master Programme in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from Uppsala University is a cross-disciplinary course of study drawn from:

  • history,
  • political science,
  • cultural and social anthropology,
  • international law,
  • sociology,
  • peace and conflict studies,
  • psychology, and
  • the history of ideas.

The history and memory of the Holocaust is central to this field of study, but you will also study other episodes of genocide, genocidal violence and other forms of mass violence and their historical, political and cultural contexts.

These violent events have usually occurred in conjunction with major economic, social and political crises, mobilization of ethnic idenities, formation of new states, colonial processes and modernization. While studying different cases of genocide and mass violence closely, you will also learn methodologies and analytical perspectives from various disciplines.


The programme will provide you with empirical knowledge and theoretical insights based on state of the art research and pedagogy in the field of Holocaust and genocide Studies. A variety of international organisations actively seek students equipped with such knowledge and analytical skills. These include: UN organisations, the European Union and Council of Europe, governmental ministries including defence and foreign services, and a wide variety of international NGOs, such as Amnesty International, Save the Children, ­Human Rights Watch, IDEA, etc. Museums and other institutions of commemoration are also potential employers. In Sweden, institutions such as UD, SIDA, Forum for Living History and others are potential future workplaces for holders of this Master’s degree.

If you choose to pursue a PhD, this Master’s programme will qualify you to apply for doctoral studies in your own main discipline.


The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with Holocaust and Genocide Studies as the main field of study. After one year of study it may also be possible to obtain a Master of Arts (60 credits).

Programme Structure

You will write a thesis worth 45 credits (or 15 credits if you choose to finish after one year). You will also have the possibility of combining the studies with methods courses and courses at other departments.

First semester

During the first semester you will study compulsory courses in Holocaust history and other episodes of genocide and mass violence from cross-disciplinary perspectives.

Other case studies analysed include Armenia, Cambodia, Rwanda and ­Bosnia-Herzegovina. Episodes of ­genocidal violence that have occurred in Latin and North America, Africa and Asia will also be studied. You will learn about the historical, political and cultural processes and contexts in which mass violence has occurred, including fascism, colonialism, and ­communism.

Second semester

The second semester will begin with an obligatory course on theories of genocide and mass violence, ­followed by the opportunity to choose from different courses covering specific aspects of mass violence, including psychology, social psy­chology, cultural and social anthropology, peace and conflict studies, international law and the study of (historical) memory.

You will also have the opportunity to take relevant courses from other cooperating departments within the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences.

Third semester

During the third semester you will choose a specific method for your thesis, take a methodology course, and begin drafting of your degree project.

Fourth semester

The fourth semester is devoted to writing and defending your Master’s thesis.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: August 28, 2017
  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

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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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


Uppsala University provides several different scholarships for students. The scholarships cover exclusively the tuition fees for courses within the programme, i e 30 credits per semester.

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