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Changing Societies, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #151 (QS) ,
This claim is met by the Master's Degree Program Changing Societies of the University of Basel, where societal change is examined against the background of the three main topics of migration, conflicts and resources, including anthropological, political and sociological perspectives


The Master is the second degree after the Bachelor and comprises a total of 120 credits (CP). The Master's Degree Program Changing Societies is a so-called mono-study course without further subjects, which is completed with 100 credits. 

Added to this is the complementary area with 20 CP. One credit point ECTS equals approximately 30 working hours.

Career opportunities

After successful completion of theMaster's Degree Program Changing Societies of the University of Basel, both an academic and an extra-university career can be sought. With a corresponding thematic focus, there is the possibility of a subsequent doctorate in one of the participating sociological subjects. In the non-academic world of work, the degree program offers graduates many interesting fields of activity in international organizations and non-governmental organizations, in politics, public administration or cultural and knowledge management. In addition, the program also qualifies for occupations that are not directly linked to the topics of the degree program, but require independent, methodical and analytical work. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Ethnology
  • Gender studies
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Sustainability research
  • Middle East studies
  • Political science
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Admission without conditions is made with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Basel in the field of ethnology, gender studies, social sciences, Islamic studies, cultural anthropology, political science or sociology or with proof of equivalent academic achievements, provided at a university recognized by the University of Basel. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1544 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 772 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1544 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 772 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
    Living Costs

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