12 months
16830 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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Are you captivated by how people interact in today's global societies? Do you want to deepen your knowledge of the dynamics in our society? Then this Social and Cultural Anthropology MSc programme offered at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam may be for you! 

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You’ll explore all these issues and more if you follow the Master's programme in Social and Cultural Anthropology at VU Amsterdam.

During this one-year Social and Cultural Anthropology MSc programme offered at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam , you’ll learn and apply anthropological theories to issues such as social inequality and cultural diversity. You’ll then immediately put that into practice during a three-month fieldwork research project.

Career prospects

The skills you’ll learn are applicable in a wide range of sectors and roles and there is not one specific "career" that anthropologists may pursue.

These skills include data processing and analysis, communication, ability to see the bigger picture, interpersonal interaction, ethnographic writing, problem solving, teamwork, empathy, time management, ability to construct an argument, critical thinking, and independent research/fieldwork.

The demand for anthropologists is increasing at large organisations: whether commercial, governmental or NGOs. They are seeking professional problem solvers to help them with their organisational challenges. Businesses are microcosms of society, each with its own culture and way of engaging with the outside world. Large companies hire anthropologists to observe their social environment, and determine how to make it function better.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Master's Thesis in Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Theoretical Orientation on Mobility
  • Field Research Design
  • Field Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You can apply to the Master’s programme in Social and Cultural Anthropology (SCA) with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Sociology, or a related field, or if you have completed a minor in Anthropology.

  • NUFFIC regularly compares universities around the world in order to estimate academic levels of the universities abroad in relation to the acquired level of the Master’s programmes in the Netherlands.
  • If you are applying for one of our English-taught Master's degree programmes you will have to demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency by submitting English test results.  

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16830 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16830 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.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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