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Master's Thesis Course in Economic History

The aim of the course is for students to learn how to plan and carry out independent research within the field. Additionally, the course aims to foster the development of students' abilities to engage in academic seminar discussions.


Important Notice: From the Spring term of 2025 onwards, this course will be available only to students enrolled in the department's master's programmes.

  • Course structure

    To obtain a passing grade, students should be able to:

    • Demonstrate the ability to independently plan, execute, and present a research project in economic history within given time frames. This includes:
      • Identifying a research problem and formulating research questions
      • Placing the study within a relevant research context and societal framework, reflecting on its contribution to previous research.
      • Critically and systematically applying methods and theories suitable for the research problem and subject matter to relevant material.
      • Demonstrate a deep understanding of a scholarly approach and referencing techniques.
      • Critically reflect on the implementation, results, and societal implications of the study.
      • Demonstrate the ability to critically and constructively evaluate and discuss one or more other students' written research projects.


    Teaching format

    The teaching consists of individual supervision and seminars.

    A student is entitled to individual supervision during the first term of registration only. However, the student has the right to have their thesis assessed at a subsequent examination opportunity. 

    Attendance at seminars is mandatory unless otherwise specified.

    The seminars cover the various stages of thesis work, principles of academic opposition, and provide a forum for presentation, critical analysis, and constructive discussion of the participants' texts throughout the course.

    The thesis is written individually in English or in Swedish.


  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Contact

    For general questions regarding application, registration and more
    The Department's Master's Student Office


    Question about the course
    Course convener: Fia Sundevall