Student profile and admission requirements

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The master's degree is primarily addressed to graduates in humanities and social sciences. Candidates should have a reasonable level of English and French, equivalent to A2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, as well as user-level IT skills.

The programme is intended for:

  • Degree holders and professionals who wish to broaden their understanding of contemporary history and the recent dynamics that account for the complexity of today's world.
  • Candidates with previous training in historical research who wish to pursue further study of contemporary historiography and various lines of research addressing recent trends in the field of contemporary historical science.
  • Professionals whose work involves the application of historical knowledge to fields of culture and communication.

Classes are taught in Spanish and Catalan. Some teaching materials may contain texts in English and French.

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:

  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

Specific requirements

There are no specific requirements.

Some candidates will be required to take bridging courses before starting the full master's programme, to ensure that they have the necessary fundamental knowledge. The participating universities offer bridging subjects with a total study load of 20 credits, taken from the UB bachelor's degree in History and the UOC bachelor's degree in Humanities:

  • Contemporary History of Catalonia (UB): 5 credits.
  • Contemporary History of Spain (UB): 5 credits.
  • History IV. Century of Contrasts (UOC): 5 credits.
  • The World Today (UOC): 5 credits.

The Admissions Committee will determine which credits must be taken on a case-by-case basis.