Objectives and competences

The master's degree in History and Identities in the Western Mediterranean (15th-19th Centuries) aims to train specialists in the historical evolution and configuration of societal identities in the Western Mediterranean during the modern age. It focuses on in-depth analysis of a set of complex processes (formation of states, international relations and the dynamics of society, culture and ethnicity) that took place during this period of history and played a role in the configuration of Europe and its internal relationships and dealings with neighbouring territories, such as the complex interactions with the Maghreb. 

The knowledge acquired over the course of the degree allows for a better understanding of the problems encountered in the political construction of the European Union, such as reciprocal limits of sovereignty between the various members, the harmonization of organizations with different cultural and historical traditions, and the need to find a common ideological foundation that respects the identities of all member countries.

The master's degree in History and Identities in the Western Mediterranean is focused mainly on research, as it prepares students to enter the doctoral programme. However, it is also of clear professional use in broader sectors such as teaching, archive studies, museography, the publishing world, cultural management, heritage and the management of interculturalism. These last sectors are highly significant in the current political and cultural context of relations of the European Union with the Mediterranean world and the Maghreb.

Basic information

TypeMaster's degree
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Geography and History
Branch of knowledge
  • History, archaeology, geography, philosophy and humanities
Mode of delivery
  • Blended learning
Number of places available20
Length of course1 academic year
Language(s) of instructionCatalan, Spanish
Approximate price per credit27.67 euros per credit (82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2023-2024
Course detailsIndicators
Open pre-enrolmentYes
Open enrolmentNo
Lead to doctoral studiesYes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualificationNo
Main university information Master's degree course homepage
Main universityUniversitat València Estudi General
  • Universitat Barcelona
  • Universitat València Estudi General
  • Universitat Alacant
  • Universitat Jaume I
Bridging coursesYes

Objectives and competences


  • To acquire specialized knowledge of the historical evolution and configuration of societal identities in the Western Mediterranean during the modern age.

  • To acquire research skills based on the use of archival materials and direct synthesis of specific historiographical sources on topics covered in the programme.

  • To gain the in-depth knowledge required for interpreting the relationships between different areas in the Western Mediterranean region, in the current context of growing human and economic connections.

  • To acquire an understanding of the historical references essential to managing multiculturalism in Europe.



  • Capacity to correctly identify and use diverse sources of information to solve problems relating to research in the modern history of the Western Mediterranean.
  • Capacity to prepare written briefs, reports and action plans suited to the problems raised by research in the modern history of the Western Mediterranean.
  • Ability to apply new technologies to research in modern history of the Western Mediterranean.


  • Capacity for comparative analysis of the modern history of the Western Mediterranean.
  • Ability to analyse local and regional history in the Western Mediterranean in the modern age.
  • Awareness of history as a constantly growing body of knowledge constantly and ability to compare and critically appraise different historical perspectives.
  • Ability to annotate and edit documents and texts on the modern era.
  • Ability to define historical research topics relating to the modern age.
  • Capacity to apply the most appropriate methods and techniques to problem solving in the various branches of historical research into the modern age.
  • Capacity to organize complex historical information in a coherent manner.
  • Capacity to plan, conduct and present original research contributions to historical knowledge, using the methodologies and procedures typical of modern history research.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

The most appropriate prior training for the master's is a bachelor's degree in history, history and heritage, or humanities and intercultural studies, or any other bachelor's degree in which modern history is a key focus of the course content. Pre-EHEA degrees (such as the Spanish licenciatura degree) in humanities, history, and history-based disciplines such as geography, philosophy and art are equally suitable.

Applications from graduates of other degrees will be examined by the Academic Committee on the basis of their CV and, when deemed necessary, a personal interview. The Committee may require these applicants to complete additional bridging courses as a condition for admission to the master's degree.

Access requirements and conditions

General requirements
In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, students wishing to be admitted to a university master's degree must hold one of the following qualifications:

  • Official Spanish university 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 issued by an institution outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, applicants must request homologation of the degree to its equivalent official Spanish university qualification or obtain express approval from the University of Barcelona, which will conduct a study of equivalence to ensure that the degree is of a comparable level to an official Spanish university qualification and that it grants access to university master's degree study 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
Graduates in disciplines that have no direct link history must complete bridging courses in modern history from the bachelor's degree in History, under the direction of a lecturer form the master's programme and the supervision of the Academic Committee.



First period: 16 February'16 April 2024.
Notification of resolutions: 30 April.

Second period: 18 April'20 June 2024.
Notification of resolutions: 1 July.


  • Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
  • Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.

Required documentation

  • Pre-enrolment application
  • Photocopy of degree certificate or equivalent qualification. In case of admission, foreign degrees that require so should be translated and authenticated through diplomatic channels before completing the enrolment.
  • Other specific documentation related to the selection criteria
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Motivation letter

Selection criteria

Pre-selection takes into account:

  • CV: 60%.

  • Statement of interest, outlining the applicant's motivation for applying: 40%.



As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned

Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Compulsory 30
Optional 15
Compulsory placements 0
Compulsory final project 15

List of subjects

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: History and Identities in the Western Mediterranean (15th-19th Centuries)
Final Project Compulsory 2nd semester 15
Hierarchies and Social Dynamics Compulsory 1st semester 5
Historians and Historiography of the Western Mediterranean in the Middle Ages Compulsory 1st semester 5
Historical Landscape, Risk and Natural Environment Optional 2nd semester 5
Knowledge Creation and Transfer Optional 2nd semester 5
Political Institutions and Territorial Powers Compulsory 1st semester 5
Power Systems and Political Thought Optional 2nd semester 5
Productive Activities and Mercantile Networks in the Western Mediterranean Compulsory 1st semester 5
Religions and Cultural Circulation Compulsory 1st semester 5
Sources, Paleography and Introduction to the Work of a Historian Compulsory 1st semester 5
Territorial and National Identities in the Western Mediterranean Optional 2nd semester 5
The Mediterranean Sea: A Space of Exchange Optional 2nd semester 5
War and Society Optional 2nd semester 5

Bridging courses

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: BC for admission to the Master's Degree in History and Identities in the Western Mediterranean (15th-19th Centuries)
Modern History of Spain Optional 1st semester 6

Previous years


Placements in a company or another type of organization are an integral part of university studies, providing first-hand experience of working methodologies in students' chosen professional fields. They offer invaluable practical experience for the transition into work after graduation.

Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment. They are therefore included in the academic record.  There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 750 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.

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