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.

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You could be interested in the continuous workings of colonisation, the making and remaking of subjectivities, the transformations related to people, idioms, popular culture, and objects circulating globally, the changing relations between people and their natural and built environment, their cultural and religious life, social movements, etc.

As an aspiring anthropologist you will do this by taking the perspective of the people involved, emphasising the daily experiences and practices of women, men, and children, related to the agency of the objects, plants and animals they are interacting with, enabled and restrained by institutions and traditions, governmentalities and political economies of varying glocal reach and potency.

Such a power-sensitive, agency-driven and collaborative approach is unpacked, reflected upon, designed and tested in a brand new anthropology programme at KU Leuven .

Career opportunities after the Master of Social and Cultural Anthropology at KU Leuven

Graduates of anthropology have developed the ability to familiarize with other’s perspectives, as well as the scientific rigor to translate their observations in realist representations to wider publics.

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
  • cultural and educational consultancy
  • policy advise and policy making
  • academic and applied research
  • youth work business and marketing
  • management of socio-cultural organisations
  • investigative / citizen journalism

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Culture, Intimacy and Relatedness    
  • Power, Politics and Cultures of Late Capitalism in Anthropological Perspectives    Anthropology of Religion    
  • Culture, Migration and Mobility    
  •  Posthuman Anthropology    
  • Race, Ethnicity and the Postcolonial Condition

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.

Other requirements

General requirements

inside the EEA

  •   Diploma(s) and transcripts of academic records: Scans of original transcripts and diplomas are required for all applicants. If you are still studying at the time of your application, you are requested to upload the provisional transcripts of your current studies to your application.
  •  Letter of Motivation
  •  CV.
outside the EEA:
  •  Diploma’s and transcripts of academic records:
  •  Translation of diploma(s) and official transcripts: if the documents are not in English, French, Dutch or German, these documents should be translated by a registered translator.
  •   English proficiency certificate (or proof of registration for the test, if it has not yet been taken).
  • Proof of payment of application fee (bank transfer or credit card).

  •   Copy of passport identity page (copy of national ID card suffices for EEA citizens).

  •  Letter of Motivation
  •  CV.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    947 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 947 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    947 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 947 EUR per year during 24 months.

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Living costs for Leuven

810 - 1280 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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