Global Environmental History, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
Global Environmental History programme at Uppsala University is an interdisciplinary field where the complex relationship between man and nature over time and space is at the centre. This 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.


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 Global Environmental History programme at Uppsala University 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

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

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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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 Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Social Sciences or the Faculty of Science and Technology.
  • 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

  • 8200 - 12300 SEK/month
    Living Costs

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