This masters degree programme offered in Barcelona provides rigorous postgraduate training in world history, one of the most innovative disciplines in history today. Within a global environment, students are increasingly turning to World History master's in order to prepare themselves for their future careers and studies. Even for scholars and professionals who go on to specialize in more specific subjects and geographical areas, a World History master’s provides essential background and a comparative framework needed to analyze the regional, national, and imperial histories. Our students possess degrees in history, the social sciences, the humanities, journalism, and law from various countries. Our professors are internationally recognized experts who have trained and/or worked in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain and the United States. Our graduates have gone on to advanced degree programmes in Spain, Great Britain, the United States, and the European Institute (Florence), and work in diverse careers, such as journalism, publishing, television, politics, education, and government agencies. 


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Official degree

Master’s in World History from Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona


This Masters programme trains students in the history of power within empires, states, and colonies in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. We explore how global phenomena – hunger, genocide, diasporas, migration, slavery, war, revolution and resistance, colonization and decolonization, science and technology – have unfolded in diverse historical periods and places. Students acquire inter-disciplinary skills needed to analyze politics, society, economics, and international relations over the longue durée. Another focus is on the interpretations of cultures and identities with respect to family, religion, gender, ethnicity, race, class, nation, and status. We place an emphasis on analyzing “globalization” – and global cooperation and competition – within a comparative and transnational framework.


Course times and dates

1 academic year full-time, 2 academic years part-time (60 ECTS credits)

Courses are offered in the afternoon between 16:00 and 21:00, Monday through Thursday.

The Master's takes place during three trimesters.The first usually starts in mid-September and runs through December. The second usually starts in January and ends in late March. The third usually starts in April and ends in late May.


Language of instruction

Spanish and English are the languages of instruction for all required and most optional courses. During any academic year, we offer one optional class in Catalan.


Number of places offered




Courses are grouped in the following modules: (1) Narratives, Methods, and Tendencies; (2) Global Perspectives; (3) Transnational Studies.


Admission requirements

A university's bachelor degree or the equivalent. We do not require students to have a specific degree as we judge all applicants on their individual merits. Our students generally have bachelor's degrees in History, Humanities, Journalism, Political Science, Sociology, Language and Literature, Pedagogy, Art History, Economics, and similar disciplines in the social and human sciences. 

Career opportunities

Some graduates will continue pursuing doctoral studies at UPF in Barcelona or other kind of studies elsewhere in Europe, with many competitive grants and scholarships.

For those who have professional ambitions, the master helps them develop a career in publishing, documentation centers, museums, international organizations, public history companies, cultural institutions, and secondary schools.


PhD programmes offered in the Department of Humanities