Department of Musicology

History - Master Programme in the Humanities 2018/2019

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. With a focus on theoretical and methodological developments in the humanities, as well as on more practical skills and competences pertinent to professional careers, you will graduate with a Master of Arts.

Why this programme?

The Master Programme in the Humanities currently offers five international specialisations: (1) Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, (2) Archaeology, (3) Cultural Anthropology, (4) Cultural Heritage and Sustainability, and (5) Musicology. As a student in the Master Programme in the Humanities, you will take a number of mandatory courses together with students in the other specialisations, as well as a number of open elective courses at the advanced level in the humanities and social sciences.


The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits). It is also possible to graduate after one academic year with a Master of Arts (60 credits).

All specialisations of this programme


The Master Programme in the Humanities consists of a degree project worth 30 credits for the one-year Master’s degree and 45 credits for the two-year Master’s degree. As a student in the programme you will also take mandatory and/or open elective courses within your chosen specialisation. In addition, you will select from a wide range of elective courses in this area of study as well as neighbouring disciplines, a list of which will be published each term at the Faculty of Arts homepage.

Learning experience

The Master Programme in the Humanities is taught by means of one or several of the following forms: lectures, seminars, tutorials, field exercises and supervision. As a student you will receive supervision for your Master’s thesis. The courses are normally given at a 50% study pace and within designated ten-week periods. Exceptions to this are the thesis writing, special courses, and, if applicable, fieldwork and practice.


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.

Contact and further resources

Please contact the department of your chosen subject:

Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology

Telephone: +46 18 471 22 87

Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Department of Art History (Cultural Heritage and Sustainability)

Telephone: 018-471 28 87

Department of Musicology

Telephone: +46 18 471 15 84

For general information about Master's studies at Uppsala University, including information about the application process, please send an email to