12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Are you eager to explore traditional and experimental audiovisual methods for ethnographic research? Do you consider translating your research findings into a documentary? The Visual Ethnography MSc programme at Leiden University provides an important framework, toolkit, and skillset to address the pressing concerns of Global Vulnerabilities and Social Resilience.


The Visual Ethnography MSc programme at Leiden University draws upon audiovisual media’s unique ability to share insights about people and places on multiple registers – discursive, sensory, embodied, spatial, etc. Furthermore, with the growing prominence of digital media, Visual Ethnography offers an expanded framework for producing contemporary anthropological research. 

Multimodal approaches have become increasingly important components in ethnographic research for collaborating with research communities and expanding the range of scholarly outputs. Visual Ethnography highlights the vital role anthropology plays in the greater public.

Are you eager to explore traditional and experimental audiovisual methods for ethnographic research? Do you consider translating your research findings into a documentary? Are you highly motivated, committed and hard working? Then Visual Ethnography is the right specialisation for you! 

Reasons to choose Visual Ethnography at Leiden University

  • Training in how to use audio-visual methods during your master's field research; 
  • Know-how of audiovisual methods – from drawing and photography to sound and video recording – during each phase of the research process in order to create your own independent audiovisual research project;  
  • The ability to apply different media in different stages of research, producing full-length documentaries and/or combining text, image, and sound in digital multi-media environments.

Programme Structure

Programme overview:

  • Large Issues, Small Places 
  • Research Design for Visual Ethnography 
  • Research Proposal for Visual Ethnography 
  • Ethnographic Fieldwork 
  • Thesis Seminar for Visual Ethnography 
  • Master thesis project 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

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

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor degree in Cultural Anthropology, or a bachelor degree with a major in Cultural Anthropology, or its equivalent in Social and Behavioural Studies, Cultural Studies, or Humanities from a recognised university (according to NUFFIC classification). 
  • Basic training in the anthropological research process and audio-visual methods (research proposal, fieldwork, and data analysis).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19300 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.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 EUR /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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