The university master's degree programme in World History is organized by the Jaume Vicens i Vives University Institute of History and UPF's Department of Humanities, and involves what has been one of the most innovative lines of historical study in the last twenty years. Unlike traditional history, world history emphasizes the analyses of interconnections between different human societies and their evolution over time. It is vital that future generations of historians be aware of both contemporary diversity and the historical roots of the globalized world's plural traditions.
This master's degree programme offers rigorous postgraduate training, and its graduates acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to explore transnational phenomena. The programme provides those who subsequently opt to specialize in a more specific area or pursue a career with essential training to be able to analyze regional, national and imperial history in global contexts. Against a backdrop of ever-increasing globalization, students are turning to world history master's degree programmes to prepare themselves for their future careers and studies. The teaching staff on UPF's programme consists of internationally renowned experts from universities in Spain, the USA, Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Mexico, Argentina and Singapore.
The master's degree programme in World History is intended for anyone who holds a university degree and is interested in broadening their knowledge of modern societies' historical roots or in learning to think about today's world from a historical perspective. In particular, it will enable those who have undertaken university studies in humanities or social sciences (history, humanities, journalism, sociology, economics, etc.) to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of the fields in question, on the basis of an interdisciplinary approach.
Official undergraduate degree/diploma (or a bachelor's degree, a degree in engineering or architecture, diplomas, technical engineering and technical architecture diplomas, or, for foreign qualifications, the equivalent qualification awarded by an accredited higher education institution). Degrees only in the following academic fields of study will be accepted: Humanities, History, Geography, History of Art, Philosophy, Economics, Business Management and Administration, Labour Relations, Political Sciences, Anthropology, Education and Pedagogy, Journalism, Audiovisual Communication, Psychology, Sociology, Languages or Literatures.
Academic transcript of the accredited official training with the average grade at the university of origin.
Curriculum Vitae in English, Spanish or Catalan.
A letter of motivation in Spanish or Catalan, stating the candidate's interest in following the master's programme (400 to 600 words).
Proof of other foreign languages (English, French and/or German).
A letter of recommendation.
Professional experience in any of the fields related to the master's programme.
Additional academic training in areas related to the master's programme.
Additional professional experience.
In addition, the Departments' selection committee may decide to interview the candidate.
The undergraduate degree/diploma and the academic transcript
If you have finished your Bachelor degree when you formalise your application, you will need to send us the following documents:
A photocopy of your undergraduate degree/diploma or Certification/proof of degree completion.
A photocopy of your official final undergraduate transcript.
However, if you have not yet completed your undergraduate studies when formalising application, you will need to provide us with the following documents:
A signed declaration of obtaining your degree before the commencement of the master's programme.
A photocopy of the provisional undergraduate transcript.
If the diploma or the academic transcript are not written in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Portuguese or Italian, you will also have to include the respective sworn translations into Catalan or Spanish.
Some of the programme's graduates go on to study for a doctorate at UPF or for other qualifications elsewhere in Europe, many of which receive competitively awarded grants and funding.
For those seeking a non-academic career, the programme boosts their prospects of working in publishers, documentation centres, museums, international organizations, state companies with a history-related activity, cultural institutions and secondary schools.