Today when issues such as biodiversity, environmental management, energy, sustainable development and social justice are crucial to human survival, Global Environmental History is a current and very important topic. The Master Programme in Global Environmental History is intended to give you advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge of social scientific and humanistic analyses of relationships between man and nature. The collaborating departments at Uppsala University are the Departments of Archaeology and Ancient History, History, Art History, Economic History, Human Geography, the Uppsala Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD Uppsala)/Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS), and the Department of Urban and Rural Development at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
As a student in the Master Programme in Global Environmental History, you will experience Uppsala Universitys broad expertise in this field of research, with teachers who specialise in aspects of African, European, Asian and American Environmental History. The programme provides an overview of long-term historical processes of interaction between human societies and natural conditions, and deeper insight into various aspects of how the relationship between man-nature has changed over time with the emergence of modern states and global power relations. During the Masters programme, you will be able to critically and independently identify and analyse key issues and debates in Global Environmental History and relate them to problems of sustainability today. The programme is concluded with an in-depth thesis that is supervised by teachers and researchers from various disciplines.
The programme begins with an interdisciplinary introductory term. The multi-disciplinary range of courses will give you as a student a good opportunity to tailor the educational programme without losing the broadness required by Environmental History. The programme provides a good basis for further research studies, and will enable you to compete on a labour market that increasingly demands broad, interdisciplinary skills of social analysis in the environmental field.
Graduates will attain a Master Degree in Global Environmental History and develop a strong foundation in the chosen disciplines of the collaborating institutions. Within the programme, you are given the opportunity to participate in international student exchange programmes and research networks established by the collaborating departments, and will also be able to undertake fieldwork abroad.
As a graduate you will possess a Master Degree in Global Environmental History, with clear disciplinary affiliations to one or more of the collaborating departments. The programme is especially suited to those looking for future careers in which knowledge of environmental analysis and the analysis of human impact on the environment or the conditions that nature provides for human communities is important. This includes, for example, work in government administration, in businesses engaged in environmental analyses or sustainability consulting, and in non-governmental and international organisations where environmental and sustainability issues are central. The programme also provides a solid foundation for continued graduate studies in Environmental History and related topics, as well as for broad interdisciplinary research.
The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with Global Environmental History as the main field of study.
The students who are admitted to this Master’s programme have diverse backgrounds and experiences; therefore, the first term focuses on an introduction to Global Environmental History through four compulsory courses:
During semesters 2 and 3, students take the compulsory course Current Themes and Debates in Global Environmental History, 7.5 credits, where lectures are combined with seminars, essay writing and student presentations.
During this time students can also choose from a wide number of elective courses (7.5 credits each) and are given the opportunity to participate in fieldwork, take courses at foreign universities, or do an internship outside academia. Students commence working on their thesis during term 3 at the latest.
Semester 4 focuses on the Master’s thesis, and students must choose between writing a thesis worth either 45 or 60 credits.
You can apply until:
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
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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