24 months
3000 EUR/year
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The Anthropology degree programme from Heidelberg University centres around the comparative study of societies and cultures. The aim of the programme is to understand and be able to describe commonalities and differences in the ways in which humans live and think. 


The consecutive Anthropology degree programme from Heidelberg University provides a theoretically and empirically well-founded and in-depth training in Social and Cultural Anthropology. In a globalised world, Anthropology plays a special role as a comparative discipline in the humanities that looks at the variety of human ways of life and cultural perspectives. 

The subject of the programme is the advanced study of cultural processes and dynamics in a globally connected world, without losing sight of the local and emplaced dimensions of everyday life. 

Key Features

  • The programme qualifies students to recognise and understand local, regional and global cultural processes in terms of meanings, values, communications and practices. These cultural processes draw together aspects of economy, religion, politics, health, kinship, aesthetics and other aspects of culture and society. The regional foci lie on Southeast Asia, South Asia and Oceania, but other world regions and Western societies are also covered under the programme’s comparative scope. 
  • The Master programme deepens theoretical, methodological and regional knowledge, while it equips students with the tools necessary to conduct independent scientific research, tackle complex problems, and carry out in-depth analyses of socio-cultural issues. 
  • Graduates are subsequently able to work independently in various professional settings or carry out PhD work.
  • The main language of instruction is English.

Programme Structure

The Anthropology degree programme is divided into the following sections:   
  • a specialisation in basic cultural and social-anthropological theory (Module 1). An analysis of anthropology classics will be performed to view the relationship of these to current anthropological debates, theories, and methods. 
  • a specialisation in one or more theoretical foci or in a particular region (Modules 2 – 3). 
  • support for both independent and guided research projects, including fundamental training in methodology. 
  • excellent opportunities for acquiring language skills outside of – but also within – the traditional European languages (Module 5). 

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

Admission to the Master's Course requires the following:

  • Applicants must submit proof of an above-average degree in a degree programme in Anthropology (Anthropology share at least 50%), or in a degree programme with an essentially comparable methodological and theoretical focus, or a degree recognised as equivalent.
  • German native speakers or applicants who have completed a degree at a German university must submit proof of English proficiency rated B2 of the European Framework of Reference.
  • English native speakers or applicants who have completed a degree at an English-speaking university are not required to submit proof of German language proficiency. 
  • If the applicant is neither a native English- or German-speaker, he or she must submit proof of sufficient. English language proficiency. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1500 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per semester during 24 months.

EU/EEA- Fees and contributions: 171.80 € / Semester

Living costs for Heidelberg

922 - 1397 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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