Cultural Anthropology

Eötvös Loránd University

M.A. On Campus
24 months
6000 EUR/year
3100 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Cultural Anthropology programme of Eötvös Loránd University wants to provide relevant knowledge to students about the common universal human characteristics and values in their diverse and complex manifestations from the perspective of cultural anthropology.


During the Cultural Anthropology programme of Eötvös Loránd University students will learn about theories and approaches, main research topics and results of cultural anthropology. The program particularly focuses on fieldwork research. The students of the program make participant observations in micro communities to attain the cultural anthropological skills and obtain anthropological experience. The students write and defend their thesis from interpretations of their fieldwork research. Each student chooses a fieldwork supervisor who will permanently consult with them about their fieldwork experiences and research results.

Critical anthropological thinking and fieldwork experiences help the students understand the differences and difficulties of social interactions, cultural and intercultural communication and their significances in a sensitive and interpretative way.

Cultural knowledge is the basis of international communication and cooperation.

Using professional competencies acquired in the program, as fieldwork experience, practicing anthropological skills, interpretive thinking, inter-cultural mediation, the students will be able to apply their social and cultural anthropological knowledge and skills in decisions of the social and economic life, international relations and communication, as well as in their professional career.

The program places particular emphasis on the Central and Eastern European cultures, social questions and problems. Consequently, the students of the program have the chance to visit and research local communities, sub- and countercultural, ethnic, and minority groups in Hungary and the neighboring countries with their professors’ supervision.

Strength of program

The Department of Cultural Anthropology has a special friendly atmosphere. The students and professors have free and fraternal professional relationship. We see cultural anthropology as “profession and mission”. Consequently, cooperation between students and professors is very strong at our department. We organize discussions together, edit publications and take part in numerous activities.

The students also have the opportunity to work in research groups. Richard Papp, Associate Professor of our department, and his former students have set up the Anthropology of Religion Research Group. The members of the research group constantly discuss their research experience and results.  The Anthropology of Religion research group also organizes visits to different religious communities in Hungary for the students of the program.

Career paths

Career opportunities of our students embrace scientific-academic, applied and practicing anthropological perspectives.

Cultural anthropologists are applied in non-governmental organizations. Some of them have also found job possibilities in market research and multinational companies. Others work as social workers, social politicians or members of social developments.

International companies look for anthropologist employees who have skills of working in multicultural environment and cooperation with colleagues from different cultural background. Several former students of us work recently in communication fields, they can be found in communication companies, communication departments and media.

More students have become journalists, reporters and editors in different media.

In summary, career opportunities for anthropologists have been increasing in the last few years, because more and more social institutions, multinational companies and organizations have realized the importance of intercultural sensitivity and knowledge. The acquired knowledge, experience and skills for the students of the program will guarantee their success in the above-mentioned carrier fields beside the academic carrier possibilities.

Job examples

  • Academic researcher 
  • Market researcher 
  • International aid/development worker 
  • Social researcher 

Also work in the public and not-for-profit sectors, all branches of the Civil Service, local government, charities, central government bodies, universities, international organizations, museums and voluntary organizations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • History of Cultural Anthropology – An Introduction
  • Anthropological Theories and Methods
  • Fields of Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Anthropology of Economics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must have a BA/BBA degree in any of the following areas: Social Science, Communication and Media Science, International Studies, Political Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Social Pedagogy, Cultural Anthropology, Political Science, Community Coordination, Ethnography, Roma Studies. In case of other bachelor degrees: individual consideration.
  • Minimum level of language proficiency (oral) (A1-C2): B2
  • Minimum level of language proficiency (written) (A1-C2): B2
  • Online application form
  • Record of the final two years in secondary school
  • Bachelor-level degree
  • Transcript of records
  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Copy of the main pages of the passport
  • Copy of application fee transfer

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3000 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3100 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1550 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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Cultural Anthropology
Eötvös Loránd University