The master’s degree in World History at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona focuses on the study of historical processes from a transcultural and global standpoint. It aims to provide training in historical research as well as the necessary intellectual tools for grasping today’s globalized world.
By considering the connections and the entanglements between different world regions, cultures, and societies from the past, this master’s degree programme encourages students to critically engage with globalization, diasporas, transcultural encounters, and colonization. This approach highlights trans-border processes, transnational flows, and inter-continental mobility. It brings to the fore the circulation of goods, ideas, and individuals throughout the world from ancient times to the present day.
The master’s degree in World History programme has a duration of one academic year combining specific courses on both global history and area studies, and a master’s degree final project. Students will learn by one of the most innovative approaches to the study of history today. Leading experts in the field will provide the keys on this master’s degree programme for interpreting a world in constant fusion and movement where the interconnection of societies is seen as being crucial for interpreting the present day.
The master’s degree in World History targets any university graduate, especially those holding degrees in humanities and the social sciences, interested in gaining expertise in historical research and transcultural studies. Also, any person holding a degree seeking to widen their knowledge on the historical roots of the present day will find this programme suitable. This master’s degree especially highlights transcultural contacts, inter-continental population shifts and global encounters among various cultures, and therefore fits in with the plans of those shaping an academic career targeting transnational, transcultural, and global issues.
Official university bachelor's or master's degree from the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) or equivalent foreign degree allowing access to a postgraduate degree in the country that issued the degree. Should the applicant have not finished yet their studies at the time of application, they will be asked to sign a statement certifying that they will have completed them before the start of the master degree program.
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.