Social Anthropology

University of Bern

M.A. On Campus
24 months
897 EUR/year
708 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The MASA program at the University of Bern addresses all the varied aspects of Social Anthropology. The program also focuses on innovative research in both traditional areas, such as kinship, social exchange, religious and ritual practices, ethnicity, material culture and the human-environment relationship, and new fields such as gender studies and the anthropology of climate change.


Key Features

The Social Anthropology MA program at the University of Bern is designed for graduates of a BA program in social or cultural anthropology, or ethnology. The program conveys in-depth knowledge and extensive expertise in theory and methodology, as well as in specific research fields and regions chosen by the student. The focus here is on the topics and regions addressed by the lecturers (see institute research profile). Students are taught how to conduct research work independently, how to critically and knowledgeably participate in current theoretical debates, and how to address relevant questions related to both their own societies and other societies.

Graduates of the MASA program (major and minor) are able to analyze the complexities people and societies have to deal with today, which in turn enables them to understand the circumstances in which actions are taken, as well as the possibilities associated with such actions. This involves social, political, economic, symbolic and ritual actions, as well as the way identities are constructed, inequalities are created and legitimized, and conflicts are carried out.


recognised by the Swiss Confederation

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • General knowledge and methodology
  • Training in empirical research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

You can only apply after the regular closing date for applications if you do not require a visa for entering and residing in Switzerland. 


Partially taught in English, Partially taught in French, Partially taught in German


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a recognized Swiss or foreign university in the branch of studies Social and Cultural Anthropology
Bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a minor in one of the following branches of studies:
  • Sociology
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • or in another branch of studies
provided that the master's degree can be successfully completed with an additional maximum 60 ECTS credits.Additional attainments can either be admission requirements which must be fulfilled in order to complete the master's degree program or admission requirements which must be fulfilled before admission to the master's degree program. The ECTS credits will be listed separately in the diploma supplement as extracurricular attainments.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    897 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 897 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    708 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 708 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • Regular tuition fee: CHF 750 per semester
  • Non-Swiss students: CHF 950 per semester


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Social Anthropology
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