Objectives and competences

The master's degree in Economic History is a research-focused interuniversity master's degree taught by the University of Barcelona and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. It aims to prepare researchers capable of analysing, understanding and solving problems related to the economic development of societies from the analysis of historical economic facts. It aims to generate new knowledge pertaining to economic history and long-term economic development.

To achieve these general objectives, the master's degree offers students a broad understanding of advanced tools (theoretical and empirical) for economic analysis and the historical perspective necessary to understand, analyse and solve problems related to the economic development of societies.
The master's in Economic History is an interuniversity degree offered by the University of Barcelona (UB) in conjunction with the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and the University of Zaragoza. It is intended primarily to train researchers capable of examining, understanding and solving problems related to the economic development of societies through the analysis of past economic events. As a longer-term goal, it is also designed to create knowledge in the areas of economic history and economic development.

As a general rule, teaching will be in Spanish. Students will also need a good level of English to take part in the range of planned teaching activities.
Teaching is carried out at the faculties of Economics and Business of the University of Barcelona and the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

 

Basic information

TypeMaster's degree
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Economics and Business
Branch of knowledge
  • Economic sciences, business administration and management, marketing, commerce, accounting and tourism
  • History, archaeology, geography, philosophy and humanities
Mode of delivery
  • Face-to-face
Credits60
Number of places available25
Length of course1 academic year
Approximate price per credit27.67 euros per credit (75 euros for students who are not EU or China nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2023-2024.
CoordinationFRANCISCO JAVIER SAN JULIAN ARRUPE
Course detailsIndicators
Open pre-enrolmentYes
Open enrolmentNo
Lead to doctoral studiesYes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualificationNo
InteruniversityYes
Main universityUniversitat Barcelona
Universities
  • Universitat Barcelona
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Bridging coursesYes

Objectives and competences

Objectives

The master's degree in Economic History is a cross-disciplinary programme offering students advanced training in the skills, techniques and methodologies they will need to carry out research with a global perspective in the field of economic history. This programme provides advanced training in the analysis of historical-economic problems and aims to familiarize students with current practices in the study of economic history at the leading academic institutions in this field. Economic history is an inherently interdisciplinary field, with its unique position in related disciplines such as history, economics and the social sciences.

 



The advanced training that the master's degree provides is designed to give successful graduates the competence to:




  • conduct innovative research in areas of economic history;

  • carry out research and disseminate the results of international advances in the field of economic history, and

  • pursue further studies in economic history at doctoral level, acquiring the specialized research training to excel in the preparation of the doctoral thesis.

Competences

General competences




  • Capacity to acquire knowledge and use it to solve problems.

  • Capacity to integrate knowledge and tackle the complexity of formulating judgements based on incomplete or limited information, giving due consideration to the social and ethical responsibilities that are implicit in applying knowledge and making judgements.

  • Capacity to communicate knowledge, conclusions and the grounds on which they have been reached.

  • Capacity to acquire the learning skills to pursue further study independently.

  • Capacity to establish original research questions or hypotheses within a relevant theoretical framework, which can by empirically assessed or contrasted.







Specific competences




  • Capacity to analyse the procedure and the principal challenges of the development process in the long term.

  • Ability to analyse the operation of past economies.

  • Capacity to critically assess research articles in the field of economic history.

  • Ability to use the appropriate theoretical and methodological knowledge and tools to resolve problems related to long-term economic development.

  • Capacity to use theoretical reasoning to describe and understand past socio-economic realities.

  • Capacity to apply knowledge of quantitative economics to analyse long-term development.

  • Ability to search for and analyse historical data and relevant sources of information to acquire a full understanding of past economies.

  • Capacity to critically appraise sources of documentation pertinent to historical-economic analyses.

  • Capacity to select and apply the most suitable methodologies, information sources and digital tools for the thorough systematic analysis of each historical-economic problem considered.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

To access the degree, students must hold an official academic qualification that grants access to official master's degree study and must be able to demonstrate a good command of English (level B1 or equivalent) and Spanish (level B2 or equivalent), of which some form of documentary evidence will be required. If this cannot be accredited, the Admissions Committee may choose to arrange a face-to-face or online interview to assess the student's knowledge of these languages.
Students will require a basic level of competence in economics and history. Students who have not completed at least two subjects in economics or history during their undergraduate degree must take the following bridging course, which has been specifically designed to complement the training offered by the main master's syllabus:
- Introduction to Economics and to Economic Statistics (5 ECTS credits).
In this subject, students gain an introduction to basic economic concepts, the general theoretical principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics, and descriptive statistics.
This subject is taught during the week immediately prior to the start of the course.

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
To access the degree, students must hold an official academic qualification that grants access to official master's degree study and must be able to demonstrate a good command of English (level B1 or equivalent) and Spanish (level B2 or equivalent), of which some form of documentary evidence will be required. If this cannot be accredited, the Admissions Committee may choose to arrange a face-to-face or online interview to assess the student's knowledge of these languages.
Students will require a basic level of competence in economics and history. Students who have not completed at least two subjects in economics or history during their undergraduate degree must take the following bridging course, which has been specifically designed to complement the training offered by the main master's syllabus:
- Introduction to Economics and to Economic Statistics (5 ECTS credits).
In this subject, students gain an introduction to basic economic concepts, the general theoretical principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics, and descriptive statistics.

This subject is taught during the week immediately prior to the start of the course.

Pre-enrolment

Calendar

First Period: from 1 February to 31 March 2024.

Resolution: 10 April

Second Period: from 1 April to 30 June 2024.

Resolution: July 10

Third Period: from 1 July to 3 September 2024.

Resolution: 10 September

 

  • To upload the documentation in the form, you must first confirm the request. 

  • Further information(Catalan).

Notes:

  • 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

Selection criteria

Applications from candidates who meet the general requirements will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria, weighted as shown:




  • Academic experience acquired by the candidate in previous studies (45%). The Committee will look particularly at credits acquired for subjects in economics and history. Candidates should demonstrate that they have a sufficient level of training to meet the requirements of the master's degree subjects.

  • A previous qualification in a field related to the master's degree content (18%). Greater value is given to degrees in economics, history and related disciplines.

  • Statement of interest (17%). The statement of interest must clearly reflect the students' interest in taking the master's degree in Economic History and the objectives they aim to achieve, which may be to pursue a PhD in economic history or to carry out research for the public or private sector. Credit will be given to candidates who present research proposals or highlight areas of interest in which they wish to work in the future. Credit will also be given for a particular interest in the research activities carried out by the staff assigned to the doctoral programme.

  • Curriculum vitae (15%). Credit will be given for previous knowledge of economics and history, participation in and attendance of academic conferences, participation in scientific projects and academic publications, and teaching experience in economics, history and other areas.

  • Letters of recommendation from former lecturers or people who have had a close working relationship with the candidate (5%). Credit will be given for letters of recommendation from former lecturers that describe the candidate's performance in specific subjects and over their course of study as a whole (the lecturer is usually asked to rate the candidate against other former students). The letter should also describe the candidate's analytical skills and motivation.

Notification

The body in charge of resolving applications is the master's degree Admissions Committee. This procedure is carried out in the period established in the pre-enrolment calendar. Once the Committee has met and the corresponding resolution has been reached, electronic confirmation is sent. The faculty's Master's and Doctoral Office will contact admitted students to inform them of the steps to take to complete enrolment.

Enrolment

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

Placements

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 500 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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Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

Students will carry out a variety of general and specific tasks through which they acquire the expertise to conduct quality research in public or private universities and research centres. Students who do not choose to pursue doctoral studies and prefer to continue as professionals in public administration, private enterprise or the third sector will have the expertise to carry out work with an important research component and to advise to governments, non-governmental organizations of economic cooperation and public and private institutions.

Access to the labour market

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