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Anthropology, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #96 (ARWU) ,
Ethnology is the science of man as a social being in all its breadth. Therefore, the name social anthropology is becoming more and more popular in German as well.


Ethnological research deals above all with the embedding of local cultures in regional, national and global spaces. Villages and urban spaces in North and South, everyday practice, social and religious movements, jurisprudence as well as conflicts and the activities of state and international organizations are among her research subjects. A look at local patterns of order, practices and oral traditions, the consideration of artefacts and images, the emphasis on the comparative perspective and not least participation and observation as ethnographic methods shape the profile of ethnology within the cultural and social sciences. The field research, which often took a year or more, was and is constitutive for ethnology as a scientific discipline.

Programme Structure

The regional focus of anthropology at the University of Basel is Africa and Oceania, but there are also courses on other regions. In addition to general anthropology with its theories and methods, political anthropology, ethnology of artistic expression, medical ethnology, religious ethnology are among the core areas of the subject, as well as ethnicity, identity, and migration. Ethnology makes an important contribution to European and Global Studies, the Image Sciences and the Department of Social Sciences. All teachers are involved in research groups and projects, so there is a lively exchange between research and teaching. The anthropology in Basel is suitable for many disciplines and creates a unique basis for interdisciplinary cooperation in research and practice.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

The admission to the master’s degree program requires a bachelor’s degree with 180 credit points from a higher education institution recognized by the University of Basel.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    1466 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 733 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1466 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 733 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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  • CHF 850 per semester

Living costs for Basel

  • 1615 - 2340 CHF/month
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