Department of History

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


Education at the Undergraduate Level

The Department of History offers several free-standing courses and a three-year Bachelor’s programme at the undergraduate level. The introductory course, as well as intermediate and Bachelor’s courses are offered every semester. The Bachelor’s programme in history commences every autumn semester. We also offer the introductory course and the intermediate course as on-line courses. 

History can be the main subject in a Bachelor’s degree (via program or free-standing courses).

The majority of our education is in Swedish, but we also offer a selection of English-taught courses.

Education at the Graduate Level (Master’s Degrees: 1 and 2 year)

The Department offers a Master’s Programme in Historical Studies at the graduate level. The programme is offered jointly together with History of Ideas and Sciences at the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences. The language of instruction is Swedish. 

History can be the main subject in both a one-year and a two-year Master’s degrees.

Do you want to be a teacher?

Lund University has its own teacher’s education. In this education, there is a subject-teacher education for the compulsory school system as well as upper-secondary education. Read more about the teacher’s education in history:

Education at the Doctoral Level

The department has doctoral educations in both history and human rights. In history, we have ca. 25 active PhD students. Acceptance to the doctoral education occurs when scholarships are advertised by The Faculties of Humanities and Theology, or by The National Graduate School in Historical Studies. The advertisements normally occur yearly, but can sometimes occur every other year. There is usually a large amount of competition for the scholarships. To be accepted to the doctoral education in history the applicant must have the ability to comprehend texts in Swedish. The National Graduate School in Historical Studies has had, with few exceptions, advertisements for scholarships once a year since 2001.

The PhD studies comprise 240 ECTS-credits (four years of full-time studies). The studies include reading-courses and a dissertation project. The dissertation is deemed to take six semesters (180 credits).

At the higher seminar and The National Graduate School in Historical Studies’ seminar-conferences, the PhD students’ dissertations, as well as other texts, are discussed during their development, and guest speakers are arranged. Both the teaching in the courses and the seminars are, generally, done in Swedish.

During the last few years, an average of six PhD students have graduated every year.

Read more about the Doctoral level education:

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