Uppsala University

Humanities, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English
The Master Programme in the Humanities at Uppsala University provides you with the tools needed to better understand encounters between peoples, cultures and societies, in past societies as well as in today’s globalised world. 


The international Master Programme at Uppsala University in the Humanities consists of a main discipline for the one-year and the two-year Master’s degrees. At present, four profiles: (1) Archaeology, (2) Cultural Anthropology, (3) Cultural Heritage and Sustainability, and (4) Musicology are offered as international Master’s programmes. Besides mandatory courses, as a student in this programme you will select a number of open elective courses at the advanced level in the humanities and social sciences.


The focus here is Archaeology. The programme provides a solid base for a future career in Archaeology, Cultural Heritage Management, Historical Ecology and Landscape Analysis, and provides students with advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge of the practice of Archaeology. It is designed to give the analytical skills necessary for critical and independent studies in Archaeology as well as in the Humanities. The programme also offers the possibility to participate in fieldwork and courses at other universities as well as professional practice, such as in contract archaeology and museums.

Cultural Anthropology

The focus here is Cultural Anthropology. The programme provides you with professional, analytical capacities in areas such as international development and humanitarian assistance, migration, multiculturalism, journalism and media, tourism, museums and exhibitions. It also gives you a solid basis for pursuing a research career in Anthropology. The first year provides an in-depth knowledge of theory and method in Anthropology; including the completion of minor anthropological fieldwork. The second year adds a broader anthropological competence by including professional practice and work-oriented courses in Practical Anthropology.

Cultural Heritage and Sustainability

The focus here is Cultural Heritage and Sustainability. The programme is offered at Campus Gotland, located in the World Heritage Site of Visby. The studies will provide you with professional, analytical capacities in areas such as heritage conservation and management, international relations and development with a focus on heritage issues. They will also give you a solid basis for pursuing a research career within the academic discipline of Conservation. You will graduate from the programme with a Master of Arts in Conservation.


The focus here is Musicology. The programme gives you a broad basis for pursuing a professional or research career in Musicology, combining up-to-date theoretical perspectives with solid methodological skills. It provides you with analytical tools for understanding the function of music and musical cultures in present and past societies. You can chose to specialise in different sub-disciplines, such as Historical Musicology, Ethnomusicology or Popular Music Studies. The programmes' breadth and the advanced courses give you a stable foundation for ensuing your professional career.


The Master Programme in the Humanities provides a solid ground for pursuing a research career in the Humanities, as well as a professional career in senior positions in various sectors of the labour market. Both the one-year Master’s degree and the two-year Master’s degree fulfil the entry requirements for the PhD programme.

Programme Structure

The programme consists of a degree project for a Master’s degree – 30 credits for the one-year Master’s degree and 45 credits for the two-year Master’s degree. You will also do mandatory and /or open elective courses within your chosen discipline. In addition, you will select from a wide range of elective courses in this area of study as well as neighbouring disciplines.

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

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.

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


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.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.