M.Sc. On Campus

Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

Leiden University

12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Are you interested in how people create the world around them? Do you want to conduct three-month ethnographic research on a socially relevant topic of your own choice anywhere in the world? Then choose the Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology MSc programme from Leiden University!


Do you feel engaged with a particular group of people or society? Do you have a socially relevant question in mind which you want to explore? The Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology MSc programme from Leiden University enables you to develop a research on a topic of personal preference. Possible topics vary from the fate of LGBT refugees to initiatives of global sustainable tourism, from water management in African gold mines to digitalisation of heritage in Holland, from kickboxing Muslimas to storytelling in the Caribbean.

The programme offers outstanding Field Research and Training support in the Netherlands, Ghana and The Philippines. Hands-on training by experienced staff members from Leiden University speeds up your process of settling in your field site and understanding its research context.

Theory and practice

Thorough coursework and intensive coaching by individual supervisors helps to develop your research. In order to select and organize your field site, this programme provides access to extensive research networks of our staff members. 

The master’s programme offers you also the possibility to join staff members into their own research specialities. The combination of in-depth courses and your individual ethnographic fieldwork enables you to learn how to enter, participate in, understand and report on particular ways of living among different social communities. You acquire valuable skills for in and outside academia, including cultural awareness, analytical, critical and problem-solving skills.

Career prospects

Graduates of the master's programme in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology are proficient in analysing and reporting global vulnerabilities and local forms of resilience.

Skills after graduation

Graduates of this master's specialisation are independent, critical thinkers with a problem solving, creative mind set and the ability to express themselves very well. You are proficient in analysing and reporting global vulnerabilities and local forms of resilience thereby specifically studying environmental challenges and issues of sustainability, economic precariousness and the impact of media culture. 

Programme Structure

  • Global Ethnography 
  • Policy in Practice 
  • Visual Ethnography 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor degree in Cultural Anthropology, or a bachelor degree with a major in Cultural Anthropology, or its equivalent in Social and Behavioural Studies, Cultural Studies, or Humanities from a recognised university (according to NUFFIC classification). 
  • Basic training in the anthropological research process and methodology (research proposal, fieldwork, and data analysis).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19300 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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