What role can Europe play in the world? How will Europe's past shape its future? Answers to such questions will be forged by you and others in a new generation of leaders with a new kind of interdisciplinary, Europeanist education and training. This is what the Master's Programm in Euroculture offers you.
The Master's Programme in Euroculture at Uppsala University provides great opportunities for those of you interested in understanding and helping to shape the future of European integration. Recognised by the European Commission as an Erasmus Mundus Programme of Excellence, Euroculture is for students who realise that Europe's future will be moulded not only by economics and politics, but also through struggles over identities, values, and heritage - in a word, culture.
Why this programme?
You will focus on the study of modern European society, politics and culture in a global context. We work in particular with questions of cultural identities and social values that play such a vital role in today's debates about Europe and its place in the world. Our interdisciplinary approach combines coursework in at least two countries. We will prepare you to make a difference in fields like diplomacy, international business, journalism, cultural management, and the European institutions.
Euroculture stands out from traditional European Studies programmes in several ways:
Depth of perspective Our interdisciplinary courses offer you a broad and deep training, exploring modern European society through history, political science, law, and religious studies. We train Europeanists with the skills to see below the surface of contemporary issues.
Theory and practice Our practical training courses, called Eurocompetence modules, equip you with communicative and managerial skills. These courses will challenge you to use your theoretical and academic knowledge in a practical setting, developing the intercultural skills needed for work in transnational networks.
Exchange studies All students spend at least one semester at one of the seven other highly-ranked European universities in the Euroculture consortium. There is also the possibility of study outside Europe.
Flexibility You can tailor the programme to prepare yourself for further study and an academic career or for other important fields of work in Europe-related areas. In the third semester, you choose whether to take a placement in a wide variety of fields or to follow research seminars at one of Euroculture's universities in Europe or perhaps at one of our partner universities in India, Japan, Mexico and the United States.
Erasmus Mundus Euroculture has been recognised by the European Commission as an Erasmus Mundus Programme of Excellence.
Euroculture graduates have gone on to careers in cultural management, government, research, journalism, policy-making, international business, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and the European institutions; as well as to PhD level study in many fields in the humanities and social sciences. Courses are conducted in English, with students from across Europe and around the world.
Student profile The programme welcomes students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities, and you will find those with an interest in museums, cultural centres and arts festivals studying alongside those more focused on politics and social issues. Some will see the programme as a springboard to further study or research, others to a career outside academia. All, however, are united in their passion for Europe and its position in a global context - past, present and future.
Students should have an academic Bachelor's degree in a discipline of relevance to Euroculture - that is, a degree in the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences. For example: European Studies, History, International Relations, Cultural Studies, Literature, Sociology, Political Sciences, Anthropology, Philosophy, Communication and Media Studies, International/European Law or Theology. Candidates who took more applied studies such as languages are also welcome but must be able to show - like everyone else - good academic writing and research skills.
This 2-year programme is spread over 4 semesters worth 30 ECTS credits each. It comprises theoretical courses as well practical modules such as an internship and "Eurocompetence", which is taught over several semesters and covers academic writing, career issues, creating projects, teamwork and project/research applications. A high degree of mobility is possible, with students having the chance to study up to 3 semesters abroad.
In the first semester you take core courses in Uppsala offering historical, religious, political and legal perspectives on Europe, and in the second a specialisation at one of our European partners; in the third semester you can take an internship or follow more research-orientated studies at a Euroculture university in or possibly outside Europe. In the fourth semester you focus on the Master's thesis at either Uppsala or your second-semester university. Eurocompetence courses are taught in Semesters 1, 2 and 4.
a methodology seminar including preparation for the network's joint "Intensive Programme" in June, 10 credits;
Eurocompetence II (group project work), 5 credits;
Intensive Programme, 5 credits (see below).
During the summer following the second semester all students in the Euroculture network will meet for the week-long "Intensive Programme" (IP), which includes seminars, discussions, and the presentation of an original research paper to be completed before the IP begins. The IP also includes workshops, public lectures, and group work in an international setting and is usually held in Cracow or Olomouc.
Master's Thesis Stage 1, 5 credits
Research Track, 25 credits
Internship, 25 credits
Within the programme two tracks can be distinguished: a professional track, based around a substantial internship experience at suitable organisations or a research-oriented track preparing for the PhD level (third cycle) study. The latter can be followed at a Euroculture university in Europe or - subject to the number of places available - India, Japan, Mexico or the US.
During the third semester all students also begin work on the required Master's thesis, for the equivalent of 5 credits.
Master's Thesis Stage 2, 25 credits
Eurocompetence III, 5 credits
Eurocompetence III which consists of preparing and writing a research application or professional project application (depending on the track chosen in the third semester).
The fourth semester is studied either in Uppsala or at your second-semester university.
This is a campus-based, full-time programme, which means around 30-40 hours of study per week. It is not possible to study this programme part-time or as distance learning. The language of instruction is English. You must study at least one semester abroad.
Teaching on the programme includes lectures and seminars in which you are expected to play an active part. Traditionally a Swedish Master's programme involves less class time than in other countries, with more personal reading plus individual/group assignments and presentations. Greater responsibility is placed on students to manage their own work. You will have plenty to do, but the aim is also to give you a balanced workload and the time to think about what you are studying. Note that the pace of courses at partner universities will vary.
Work on the Master's thesis is supervised by two qualified researchers, one from Uppsala University and one from your second-semester university.
Euroculture graduates have gone on to careers in cultural management, government, research, journalism, policy-making, international business, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and the European institutions; as well as to PhD level study in many fields in the humanities and social sciences.
There is a growing need for professionals able to understand cultural exchanges and conflicts. This is highlighted by the prominent role played by cultural issues in debates on virtually every aspect of European political, social, and economic life, all in the context of the complex economic and cultural processes we call globalisation.
Euroculture will prepare you to answer the demand that exists today for sensitive and well-informed professionals to address these issues in fields such as:
Examples of employers: consultancy firm ECORYS, the European Centre for Minority Issues, the Irish Universities Association and the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Career support During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Read more about UU Careers.
Apply through the online application tool of the Euroculture Consortium's website. Candidates wishing to apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship must apply by 10 January 2020 at the latest. For all other candidates: the second application round closes on 1 March 2020, the third on 1 April 2020 and the fourth on 1 May 2020. After 1 May, applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
All students who begin the programme (including students from Sweden and other EU or EFTA countries) shall pay tuition fees to the Euroculture Consortium.
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university in a subject relevant for Euroculture (principally humanities and social sciences).
Language requirements All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. This is usually done through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS or through previous university studies. The minimum test scores are:
IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 6.0;
TOEFL: paper-based: score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 580; Internet-based: score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 92;
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Faculty and research Breadth, depth and diversity are three concepts which illustrate well the research undertaken at the faculty. The Faculty of Theology is a leading centre for the study of different world religions and plays host to the Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism and the Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre. The faculty carries out research on, amongst other issues, immigration, racism, the meeting between science and religion, ritual and mental health, theological and philosophical aspects of animal rights ethics and religion and welfare. These examples also show the relevance of research to society at large and its importance for a deeper understanding of historical and contemporary occurrences and phenomena.