Social and Cultural Anthropology

KU Leuven

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
947 EUR/year
947 EUR/year
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Anthropology studies the socializing, meaning-making and world-building practices of humans in different places, networks and settings, all around the world. The Master of Social and Cultural Anthropology at KU Leuven studies social processes from the perspectives of the actors involved.


Anthropology researches the complex composition and interplay of economic, political, social and cultural dynamics, through the critical and reflexive engagement of the researcher.

As an anthropologist, you study the social and cultural processes of societies from a bottom-up, actor-centred and situational perspective. Doing fieldwork is at the heart of anthropological research and allows for a combination of multiple, specific qualitative methods such as participant observation, in-depth interviews, life histories, audiovisual data collection, etc. A critical and reflective attitude, from the moment you define a topic, throughout the writing process, is what makes anthropological research distinct.

Career opportunities

Graduates of Social and Cultural Anthropology at KU Leuven have developed the ability to familiarize with other’s perspectives, as well as the scientific rigor to translate their observations in realist representations. 

They are well-versed in independently setting up, executing and evaluating (research) projects and, educated in an international setting, they are skilled in communicating and reporting effectively in an intercultural environment. Their professionalized sensitivity to the complexity of issues of difference, spatiality, movement … makes them valued in numerous fields, both specialist and related:

  • diversity officer
  • cultural and political formation consultants
  • educational consultancy
  • policy advise and policy making
  • research
  • youth work business and marketing
  • management of socio-cultural organisations

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Political Anthropology
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology: Basic Concepts and Theories
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Urban Anthropology
  • Culture, Migration and Mobility
  • Current Issues in Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Cultural Anthropology: Material Culture

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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English requirements

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    947 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 947 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    947 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 947 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

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