Early Modern History, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
The Master Programme in Early Modern History at Uppsala University aims to provide students with a greater appreciation and understanding of the late Medieval and Early Modern world (roughly 1350-1850) along with the theoretical and research skills needed to conduct independent historical research.


While the main focus of the Master Programme in Early Modern History is European history, comparative approaches are encouraged. As part of the programme, you will gain a broad knowledge of the early modern history of Europe and of political, economic, cultural and social developments in the region, along with some knowledge of developments in other parts of the globe. You will acquire skills in researching and writing, and learn to analyze a wide array of primary sources, including early handwritten materials material artifacts, and digital databases. 

You will be introduced to digital humanities approaches, and you will have access to a number of digital resources and databases, and to the rich early modern manuscript and book collections of the Uppsala University Library. You have the opportunity go through an internship at one of the Swedish museums or cultural institutions or to do a research internship working within a research project at the department. Finally, you will complete an original master thesis based on original historical research. The History department holds a conference every year in which both master students and international scholars participate, and at that time you will have an opportunity to present your work to experts in the field.


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.

The Early Modern History programme is offered at Uppsala University.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 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
  • Workshop in Early Modern Studies
  • Master thesis in early modern studies

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish degree of at least 180 credits (i.e. three years of full-time studies), in humanities or social sciences with at least 60 credits in historical studies. 
  • Proof of skills in English to a level corresponding to English B in the Swedish secondary school.
  • Selection: Students are selected based on a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    10422 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20844 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Application Fee: SEK 900
  • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000
  • Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000

Living costs for Uppsala

  • 7620 - 12070 SEK/month
    Living Costs

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