The Social and Cultural Anthropology programme is offered by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam teaches you to apply anthropology to the challenges facing us in today’s globalizing world.
You will gain in-depth insights into a variety of topics, ranging from Islam in Europe, to politics and power, to urban anthropology and anthropology of crises, to migration, development and globalization. You will participate in public debates and write blogs and articles that communicate anthropological knowledge about the way people live around the world.
Anthropologists today are key players in development, governance, social work, culture and education. Your coursework and fieldwork will help you develop the skills to:
- Analyze complex situations.
- Question the obvious.
- Document perspectives and agendas of different stakeholders.
- Understand intercultural sensitivities and group identities.
- Resolve conflicts.
- These skills are highly valued in both the public and private sectors
Promotion alumni sessions Master’s day
During the Master’s day, you can also meet our (international) alumni during several workshops. In these sessions they will tell you more about career opportunities after finishing your Master’s degree.
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- September – December: You will receive a comprehensive theoretical orientation on Mobility, Diversity & Development and choose a profile. You will also prepare for your fieldwork by completing your research proposal and getting intensive training in ethnographic research skills.
- January – March: You will carry out your field research. You can choose any topic or region as long as it is related to the overarching themes in our programme. You can also join one of the many ongoing staff projects.
- April – June: You will write your Master’s thesis, in which you analyze the empirical data from your fieldwork and connect it to anthropological theory. You will receive support from a weekly graduate seminar, which will guide you through the writing process, as well as meetings with your individual supervisor.
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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- EU/EEA or Dutch students: 1 June
- Non-EU/EEA students who do not need a study visa and/or a residence permit: 1 June
- Students who need a study visa and/or a residence permit: 1 April.
DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies Anthropology Sociology View 61 other Masters in Sociology in Netherlands
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
The Master’s degree programme in Social & Cultural Anthropology is an international programme. To gain admission, you must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university in Anthropology or a related discipline. You must have had qualitative social sciences research methodology and good grades. You also need an excellent working command of English.
International16630 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 16630 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA2168 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 2168 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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