M.A. On Campus

Social Anthropology

Stellenbosch University

12 months
1276 EUR/year
1276 EUR/year
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The department, which offers the Social Anthropology programme at the Stellenbosch University, enjoys an excellent reputation as a centre of expertise in the teaching of social theory and research methodology within and across sociology and social anthropology, etc.


Key facts

The Social Anthropology programme at the Stellenbosch University focuses on the development of critical thought as well as theoretical, conceptual and research competence in a specialised area. You choose your specialisation area in consultation with the Department. The programme comprises the writing of a thesis containing the results of independent research on a research problem. You must do additional course work in support of the development of a research proposal.

What we offer

The MA programme offers students the opportunity to develop a structured research programme on a selected topic at a more advanced level than the Honours programme, drawing on the theoretical and methodological traditions within the disciplines of either Sociology or Social Anthropology.

The programme is an essential step along the career path of academics and researchers and will also be of benefit to social analysts, planners, developers and consultants, as well as to those working professionally in specific fields, such as government, health, development, education, the environment, social policy, gender programming and the media.

Students are expected to develop and demonstrate the conceptual and research skills necessary for the study of society and human relations at an advanced level, while deepening their knowledge of and insight into society, including from a comparative perspective. The focus is on deepening the student"s grasp of the theoretical and methodological foundations of Sociology or Social Anthropology as well as his/her ability to apply sociological or social anthropological theory, analysis and research methodology in a selected field of study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Thesis (Social Anthropology)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Your contract 
  • Student support form (Students with special needs)  
  • Qualification documents - Please ensure that you upload qualification documents for each tertiary qualification obtained and that the documents is official and certified. This implies that your original qualification documents (academic transcript and accompanying degree certificate) which you recieved upon graduation must be stamped and signed by the awarding institution
  • Proof of English Language proficiency
  • An Honours degree in Sociology or Social Anthropology or an equivalent qualification on NQF-level 8
  • An average final mark of at least 65%, with demonstrated academic ability

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1276 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1276 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • National

    1276 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1276 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • R21 948

Living costs for Stellenbosch

7630 - 10640 ZAR /month
Living costs

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


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