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Master’s Degree in Advanced Studies in Modern History: “The Spanish Monarchy XVI-XVIII C.”

This master does not offer the admission of new students and is not taught in the 2015-2016 academic course because entering extinction by the introduction of the new Master's Degree in Modern History: "Monarchy of Spain" XVI-XVIII C.

  • This Master’s Programme aims to provide undergraduate students with advanced, specialized scientific training in one the most fascinating studies in modern history: the extensive imperial period known as “The Spanish Monarchy”, the most formidable centre of power in Europe between the 16th and 18th centuries, which marked the European political agenda from 1500 to 1660. In this light, students will find a vast range of possibilities for studying in depth the historical knowledge and understanding of key issues in “The Spanish Monarchy”, and of the ways in which historians have attempted to analyse this subject.


    This Master’s Programme is structured into two specific but not interrelated profiles.

    Basic training in the field of research. Students are taught skills involving research methodology, in particular those relating to resources, archives and libraries containing the major sources for the Modern History of Spain. Likewise, students are introduced to the use of new technologies applied to historical research. In other words, students are given optimal conditions to conduct their final Master’s research project, consisting of original work on “The Spanish Monarchy”.


    Basic training in the fields of archivistics, biblioteconomy, and the use of historical documentation referred to Modern History of “The Spanish Monarchy”. This orientation allows students to gain the basic knowledge and technical and instrumental skills to conduct professional work in the mentioned fields. To this end, students are invited to participate in one of the 6 Practicums offered as part of the Master’s Programme, at some of the principal institutions in Spain, at which works dating from the 16th-18th centuries are kept: Archivo Histórico Nacional; Archivo General de Simancas; Real Biblioteca, Royal Palace, Madrid; Sección Nobleza at the Archivo Histórico Nacional; Real Chancillería de Valladolid; and Archivo Señorial de la Villa de Osuna.


    These practicums allow students:

    1.   To become familiar with instruments for cataloguing, description of items, documental typology, analytical inventories, classification tables, specific databases, document and image digitization projects, design and development of archivistics and biblioteconomy projects, etc., related to the monarchy from the 16th to the 18th centuries.

    2.   An initial approach to other, complementary elements related to historical archivistics and biblioteconomy, such as: restoration, paper typology, book binding or the restoration of historical works, acquisition of new works, bookplates and ornamentation in historical books, etc.


    These two pathways are in no case exclusive, but rather complementary to each other, as they share the general objectives stated above with regard to the acquisition of advanced knowledge, methods and techniques for historical analysis. The orientation within the researcher profile is fully compatible with professional practice – in fact, some of the aspects learned during the Practicum are offered, to a more limited extent, in the practical part of Module I ­ although this orientation is conceived primarily as a means for acquiring conceptual theoretical and methodological skills in studies in The Spanish Monarchy and in the field of research. Moreover, the professional profile also involves research tasks and, consequently, the acquisition of knowledge, conceptual and methodological tools necessary for drawing up the final Master’s project.

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    Accession and admission requirements

    The most suitable profile for accession is a Bachelor’s Degree in a discipline related to this Master’s Programme, or belonging to a branch of the Arts and Humanities. However, graduates in other disciplines may request admission to this Master’s Programme provided they meet the entry requirements.


    Complementary training may be required, depending on applicants’ background. Complementary courses may be required of graduates in other fields not related to Arts and Humanities.


    Students must take up to 30 credits ECTS as complementary training in Modern Spanish History, of which a part will be online and another in-class. In-class credits will consist of basic subjects in Modern Spanish History from the Bachelor’s Degree in History curriculum. A course must also be taken from the Degree in Paleography programme.


    Online credits will be supervised by a complementary training tutor, one at UAM and another at UC, and will consist of tasks, text appreciation, recensions, etc. The number of credits to be undertaken by the applicant (up to a maximum of 30 ECTS), the number and choice of subjects, and the out-of-class tasks they need to perform, will be decided by the Master’s Programme Coordination Committee after examining the applicant’s CV and profile.


    Other requirements:

    Linguistic requirements: Students choosing International Seminars in a working language that is not the official language, must have reached level B2 according to the Council of Europe standards, equivalent to ALTE 3, Intermediate level.

    Modules I, II, III, V and VI require proficiency in reading in one of the following languages: English, French, Portuguese, and Italian.

    Information Technology: Students should have medium knowledge of IT, and students applying for the practicum in new technologies should have advanced IT skills.

    Paleography: Students applying for the practicum in Archiving should have a basic knowledge of Paleography, accredited by the inclusion of an optional or compulsory Paleography course unit in their degree. Alternatively, applicants may take a complementary course in this subject (5 ECTS).


    Assessment criteria

    1. Degree at the time of accession, preference being given to degrees in History or History of Art.  

    2. Academic transcript

    3. Other academic merits (academic sojourns abroad and knowledge of foreign languages, etc.).  

    4. Professional experience in any of the fields covered in the theoretical and practical content of this Master’s Programme   

    5. Financial aid or grants to research received.  Publications.  

    6. Personal interview


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Description of the degree

  • Current academic offer
  • Joint Title: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Universidad de Cantabria
  • Centre, department or institute responsible: Department of Modern History UAM Department of Modern and Contemporary History UC
  • Location: Faculty of Philosophy and Arts
  • Year established: 2010-2011
  • Type: In-class
  • Credits 60
  • Minimum ECTS per enrolment / per year: 24/part-time students; 36/full-time students
  • Teaching languages Spanish
  • Número de plazas ofertadas: 50

Contact Details


UAM: Pablo Fernádez Albaladejo and Esperanza Mo

UC: José Ignacio Fortea

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Department of Modern History

Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, UAM. Module VI. Office 2.12



Any query on the procedure for admission to this Master’s degree should be addressed to posgrado.oficial@uam.es