24 months
17280 EUR/year
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The Cultural Anthropology - Sociocultural Transformation programme at Utrecht University has a strong international focus, and it introduces you to the complex interplay of cultural diversity and power in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. You’ll conduct ethnographic fieldwork abroad.

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Cultural Diversity In An Interconnected World

Despite strong forces of globalisation, socialcultural sameness does not increase. Power tensions and violent conflicts continue to persist and even erupt. Why? 

To answer this question, we need an anthropological analysis of the relation between cultural diversity and power within the process of sociocultural transformation. 

The Cultural Anthropology - Sociocultural Transformation  programme at Utrecht University  equips you with the knowledge and skills to make this analysis.

Interdisciplinary character

Several courses offer an interdisciplinary setting, in which you can explore topics that relate not only to anthropology, but also to other areas, such as political sociology, social justice, and psychology.

Best in the field

The renowned Keuzegids Masters 2018 rated Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation at Utrecht University as the Best Master’s Programme in its field in the Netherlands.

Programme Objective

The Master's Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation prepares you for a research career, in academia (including further PhD training), in other research institutes or in private companies. On the foundation of your Bachelor’s degree, this Master’s programme trains you to operate as a qualified cultural anthropologist. 

As a science practitioner you'll develop the academic skills and knowledge necessary to initiate and develop groundbreaking research on the relationship between cultural diversity and power within the process of sociocultural transformation. Being educated at Utrecht University guarantees that you are equipped with a strong methodological basis.

Career Prospects

The Master’s programme Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation prepares you for subsequent PhD training, but also serves as a freestanding programme for graduates who aspire to research positions outside academia.

This Master's programme prepares you for a scientific career, whether in academia (PhD training), research institutes, government organisations, NGOs or private companies.


Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contemporary Approaches in Anthropological Theory
  • Qualitative Research Methodology
  • Power, Politics and the State: Anthropological Perspectives
  • Armed Conflict, Collective Violence, and Conflict Transformation
  • Ethnographic Methods and Research Design
  • Political Conflict and Social Trauma

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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Other requirements

General requirements

The Admissions Committee strives to admit around 20 suitable applicants per year. This Master’s programme has the following entry requirements:

  • An academic Bachelor's degree in Social or Behavioural Sciences with sufficient Anthropology courses (approximately 20 ECTS)
  • A minimum average grade of 7.5 in the Dutch system or an international equivalent (please consult this document for more information per country).
  • English writing sample: applicants are required to submit an English academic writing sample in the form of a term paper, thesis or published article, preferably on a topic related to the programme. 
  • Sufficient command of the English language (see below).
  • Motivation that fits the aim of this programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17280 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17280 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2168 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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