Master in World History

> LANGUAGE: Spanish or English (with one optional course in Catalan) 
1 academic year full time, 2 academic years part time (60 ECTS credits)
> CALENDAR: From September to June | TIMETABLE: From 4.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday
> TUITION FEE: UE students: € 3,301.8 €   | Non UE students: € 4,639.8
Research, Academic and Professional | DOCTORAL STUDIES TO WHICH IT GRANTS ACCESS: Phd in History 
Jaume Vicens i Vives University Institute of History

This master offers one registration fee grant worth 2,000 € for the 2016-2017 academic year


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 main goal of the master's degree programme is to provide theoretical and methodological training in world history, including:

  • Analysing the history of mechanisms of political power in the empires, states, nations and colonies of Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia.
  • Examining the ways in which global phenomena, such as famine, genocide, diasporas, migration, slavery and war, have manifested themselves at different times and places.
  • Interpreting cultures and identities related to family, religion, sex, ethnicity, race, class, nation and state.
  • Contextualizing "globalization" (and global competition and cooperation) within a comparative, transnational framework.
  • Acquiring the interdisciplinary skills required to be able to analyze politics, economics, culture and international relations in different societies from the perspective of the longue durée.
  • Acquiring skills in written and oral expression, and in examining primary and secondary sources.

Prospective students

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.

Subject categories

The programme's subjects are organized into the following categories:

  • Methods, Theories and Narratives: compulsory subjects that provide a solid interdisciplinary foundation in theory and methodology, and analyse world history's great debates and narratives in the field of the World History.
  • Global Themes: optional subjects on global phenomena (encounters between cultures, ethnic persecution and genocide, diasporas, empires, states and colonies).
  • Transnational Studies: subjects that look at a transnational region or area (Europe; South America; Asia; Africa; and the Mediterranean region and the regions of the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean) over a specific period.
  • Master's Degree Final Project.

Career prospects

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.

Scholarships and grants

See for information on the various ways of obtaining grants for master's degree studies.