MA in History

Aarhus University

Program Description

MA in History

Aarhus University

MA in History


The world has never been more interconnected. With a track specialising in International and Global History, the MA in History at Aarhus University provides an important new historical approach that is not defined by national boundaries. Students explore in depth the historical forces and processes that have created the present-day world, in both global and comparative perspective. The International and Global History track is designed to allow students to deepen their interests in international and global history, and to gain a thorough preparation for further study and research in the field.


During the two-year programme track, students learn both to analyse large-scale historical processes and to pursue empirical research. In year one, they are introduced to differing theoretical, methodological and historiographical approaches to writing international and global history. Students acquire a solid grounding in key themes in international history, are introduced to the history of international organisations, and gain insight into Scandinavia’s international position and role.

In year two, students choose between several options. They may specialise in particular geographical regions or other aspects of international history. They can choose to go abroad to study, or they can put the knowledge they have gained into practice through an internship. In their last semester, students write their thesis under regular, supportive one-to-one supervision.

Courses are taught in seminars, colloquia and one-on-one consultation. The programme track offers students the opportunity to work closely with experts in the field.


The programme track is based in an environment that is international in both research and teaching. Although there are particular strengths in Scandinavian and European history, many researchers specialise beyond the field of Europe. The programme track offers students the opportunity to engage with the latest research on a variety of topics at an advanced level. The Department of Culture and Society hosts several MA programmes taught in English, and both faculty and students in the department come from all over Europe and from further afield.


The International and Global History track of the MA in History provides students with solid analytical and research skills, a strong capacity to process and present information critically and reflectively, and sensitivity to complex historical, political and cultural issues. As well as providing a firm foundation for further academic study, the programme is an excellent basis for careers in government, journalism, international organisations and NGOs, as well as libraries and museums.


We aim to provide our students with a broad spectrum of methodological and theoretical competencies, as well as a robust knowledge of international and global affairs.


Understanding International and Global History introduces students to key theoretical and historiographical discussions in international and global history. The aim of the course is to give students the basic tools to understand and analyse core themes and problems in international and global history, and to introduce them to current theoretical and historiographical debates in the field.

International Organisations and Institutions in History provides students with an overview of, and insights into, the emergence and development of international organisations and institutions. The creation, role and functioning of the United Nations and the European Union are among the themes that may be explored in this course.

Key Themes in International and Global History trains students to understand history in a deep chronological and broad international perspective by introducing them to key themes in international and global history. Issues that may be touched upon include: imperialism, nationalism, the two world wars, the Cold War and globalisation.

Scandinavia in the World introduces students to a central theme in twentieth-century Scandinavian history in a broad chronological and international perspective. Among the possible themes to be explored are the Scandinavian welfare state, gender equality, and social democracy.

Topic in Modern International and Global History provides students with insights into a core theme in nineteenth- and twentieth-century international and global history, such as imperialism, the Cold War, or genocide.

Individual Profile In the third semester, students have several options. They may choose to specialise in a particular historical topic, or add an interdisciplinary profile to their MA degree. They can also gain practical work experience through an internship, or they may choose to study abroad.

Thesis In the last semester, students write their master’s thesis on a topic of their choice.

“An earthquake in Japan, a revolution in Libya – there is always a historical perspective to world events. Unlike programmes that focus on a single country or region, ours recognises that the world looks different depending on where you stand: from Japan, from the US or from Africa. Graduates with this degree will be well placed for careers both in international organisations and in academia, as more universities take an international perspective.”






EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: FREE

Others: EUR 8,000  

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated June 15, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
2 years
Full time
8,000 EUR
Start date Sept. 2016
Denmark Aarhus
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Denmark Aarhus
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Duration 2 years
Price 8,000 EUR
; EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: FREE