Social Anthropology

University of Oslo

Master On Campus
24 months
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Are you interested in the causes of burning issues such as climate change, financial crises, migration, social activism and how they influence people's lives? Do you want to plan your own project and conduct fieldwork in an unfamiliar setting, at home or abroad? If so, the Master in Social Anthropology at University of Oslo is the right choice for you.


Social Anthropology is a discipline that studies contemporary social issues through empirically grounded studies of people’s lives. Through our two-year master’s programme, you learn how anthropologists have developed theoretical and methodological tools for conducting such studies, and you learn to apply these yourself.

This Master in Social Anthropology at University of Oslo is a unique opportunity to do your own fieldwork aligned with your interests. You will design your own research project, carry out ethnographic fieldwork in a place and on a topic of your choice, and write up a master’s thesis based on your own fieldwork data.


  • advanced knowledge within the field of Social Anthropology, with a particularly thorough knowledge of political, socio-economic and cultural-historical perspectives on contemporary issues.
  • advanced knowledge of qualitative research methods.
  • advanced knowledge of how ethnography can be applied in contexts outside academia.
  • specific in-depth knowledge on the theme, theory and region chosen for your master’s thesis.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Academic Writing and Project Development
  • Advanced Anthropological Theory
  • Advanced Anthropological Methods
  • The Anthropology of Globalization

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

  • Scan of non-Norwegian passport or ID card        
  • Documentation of English language proficiency        
  • Documentation of completed upper secondary education        
  • Final bachelor's degree diploma(s)/certificate(s)        
  • Transcript of records for your bachelor's degree        
  • Degree/ relevant courses to be completed - Only applicable for Nordic and EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway
  • Final degree diploma and transcript of records        
  • Documentation of financing (if applicable)     

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.


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Social Anthropology
University of Oslo


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