Global Environmental History, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
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Global Environmental History is an interdisciplinary field where the complex relationship between man and nature over time and space is at the centre. The programme from Uppsala University focuses on the historical changes, events, debates and analytical perspectives that have impacted and shaped the link between man and nature. By analysing these relationships in the past, the Master Programme in Global Environmental History also has the ambi­tion to interpret, explain and debate contemporary issues of sustainability.
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  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


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 University’s 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 Master’s 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.

Programme Structure

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:

  • Historical Ecology, 7,5 credits
  • The process of research: Theory and Methods , 7,5 credits
  • Introduction to Global Environmental History 1, Modern natures: conflicts and transformations, 7,5 credits
  • Introduction to Global Environmental History 2, Changing perceptions of humans and nature, 7,5 credits

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.

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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