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Social and Cultural Anthropology

University of Hamburg

24 months
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The Social and Cultural Anthropology MA programme from University of Hamburg takes an analytical approach to anthropology that aims to explain fundamental social questions via ethnographic field research and intercultural comparison. 


The concept of “learning through research” forms the basis of the Social and Cultural Anthropology MA programme from University of Hamburg  and ties together the development of theoretical issues, individual research design, the acquisition and application of advanced ethnographic methods, and comparative analysis of existing sources. The Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology maintains an extensive network of international partners in both teaching and research. The focus on project work in particular enables students to prepare for a career in a whole range of exciting fields. The program is one of the largest master’s degree programs in social and cultural anthropology on offer in Germany. Students benefit from very good supervision and a broad range of course options.

Students engage in contemporary issues such as migration, urban and rural transformation, consumption, governance, family transformation, natural resource management, and climate change and investigate these issues in a variety of regional contexts across the world. 

Career Opportunities

The program's focus on expertise in research methods and socially relevant topics prepares students for careers in a variety of areas such as research, teaching, development cooperation, roles in international organizations, museum and cultural management, media, and tourism.

Programme Structure


The curriculum reflects the research interests of staff in the Institute and aims to introduce students to these specific fields of study and research projects early on.

  • Semester one: Students explore current anthropological theories, research areas within the Institute, and the basics of research design.
  • Semester two: Students commence individual research projects, engage in research methods, exchange and evaluate research ideas with teachers and fellow students in a joint colloquium, and prepare and complete a field research exercise.
  • Semester three: Students either go abroad to carry out in-depth ethnographic fieldwork or work on a topic in the area of comparative cultural theory.
  • Semester four: Students analyze their research data, write up the master’s thesis, participate in a writing workshop, and take the final oral examination.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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Partially taught in English, Partially taught in German
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Proof of first degree, language proficiency.
  • A first degree in social and cultural anthropology (e.g., bachelor’s degree) from Universität Hamburg or a comparable degree from another university.
    • Proof of sufficient proficiency in English (Internet-based TOEFL: 70, GER: B2, or German Abitur grade / Abitur intensive courses: 12 points).

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    • No tuition fee, only semester contribution.
    • The semester contribution is €328. 

    Living costs for Hamburg

    897 - 1417 EUR /month
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