The Cultural and Social Anthropology programme of the University of Amsterdam deals with questions surrounding migration and mobility, sexuality and gender, infrastructure and labour, environment and sustainability, globalization and identity, political activism, STS, race and care.
About the programme
Contemporary Cultural and Social Anthropology aims to understand and explain particular ways of living and behaving in societies all over the world, among different groups of people. How do people relate to each other and their social and material environment?
The Master’s in Cultural and Social Anthropology is a broad, one-year programme in which you design and conduct your own high quality anthropological research. After completing a period of twelve weeks of fieldwork, you are expected to write a well-argued thesis. This programme is designed to transform you into an active participant in the production of anthropological knowledge and the principles and practices of the discipline. A distinctive feature of this programme is the relative freedom in choosing the topic for your Master’s thesis. As there is a wide range of regional, thematic and theoretical specialisations among the Cultural and Social Anthropology staff who will support and supervise your project, almost all interests can be accommodated within the programme.
For students who wish to conduct research that has an applied character, we offer the possibility to specialize in Applied Anthropology. If you wish to apply for the specialization Applied Anthropology, please follow the normal steps for an application for the MSc programme Cultural and Social Anthropology. In your motivation letter you can indicate that you wish to specialize in Applied Anthropology. A second track we offer is Visual Anthropology.
- Key Debates in Anthropology
- Theory for Ethnographic Practice
- Designing Fieldwork
- Ethnographic Fieldwork
- Writing Ethnography
- Designing Visual Anthropology
- 12 months
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DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies Anthropology Sociology View 68 other Masters in Sociology in Netherlands
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- A Bachelor's degree in Anthropology or in another closely related discipline (such as social sciences or humanities) are invited to apply, provided they meet all other entry requirements
- International degrees are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the degree should be equivalent to a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree
- A substantial number of courses in anthropology, including a one semester (or trimester) course in anthropological theory completed with a good grade
- A solid basis in both qualitative and (less important) quantitative social sciences research methodology reflected by the completion of at least (an equivalent of) 20 ECTS during previous study
- English language proficiency
International16060 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 16060 EUR per year during 12 months.
EU/EEA2168 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 12 months.
Living costs for Amsterdam
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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