Techno-Anthropology, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #201 (ARWU) , | ,
The Master’s programme in Techno-Anthropology offered by Aalborg University combines competence in carrying out anthropological studies of techno-science cultures with technological insight.


You deal with collaboration between technical experts in different settings and other stakeholder groups such as consultancy firms, R&D departments at multinational companies, advisory bodies, international organisations, public institutions, think tanks, NGOs, or universities.

You work theoretically and empirically on how such collaborations can be turned into sustainable technological innovation and responsible decision-making regarding new technologies. You also use anthropological theory and methods to study how technology is used, and how it influences users.

The Master's programme in Techno-Anthropology offered by Aalborg University enables you to make a difference globally by contributing to the development of new, sustainable and ethical technologies by applying theories and methods of anthropology. During the Master's progamme, you get to study and influence the development, decision-making and uses of science and technology.

You get insight into:  

  • knowledge production
  • user-driven innovation
  • expert cultures
  • social responsibility

You learn about sustainable and responsible technological innovation, and you gain competencies in carrying out anthropological studies of new technology as well as of the experts who develop cutting edge technology.

Graduating from the programme, you will be able to analyse and understand expert technology cultures and to facilitate and promote this understanding outside of the expert culture.

Job and career

As a techno-anthropologist, you can combine technological knowledge with cultural understanding. This enables you to address cross-disciplinary problems as described below. Graduates who possess such skills are in high demand, and they have numerous possible career paths - both in companies, NGOs and different authorities.

As a graduate you will:

  • have well-developed skills in teamwork with people from different cultural, educational as well as professional backgrounds
  • be able to navigate in specialist technological cultures by bridging culture gaps between scientists, the public, and political and other stakeholders
  • be able to directly take part in responsible technological innovation and decision-making
  • be able to act and interact professionally in cross-disciplinary and intercultural positions - combining and advancing insight in cutting edge technology with applied anthropology

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Organisational Culture: Expertise, Responsibility and Innovation
  • Responsible and Innovative Knowledge Production 
  • Product Development: Value sensitive design, User-driven innovation, Technology-based service or Scientific Advice
  • Mapping Controversies 
  • Master's thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: The Master in Tecno-Anthropology has restricted admission.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

The following bachelor programmes give access to the Master's programme in Techno-Anthropology and can apply for enrollment:

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Techno-Anthropology, Aalborg University (entitled to admission)
  • Professional Bachelor’s degree in Health or Technical Science
  • Bachelor’s degree in Science, Technical Science, Humanist Technology, Art and Technology, or Communication and Digital Media
  • A bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Market and Management Anthropology, Sociology or Psychology if it has addressed technology in a socio-technical perspective as a central element. 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    8500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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63,300 DKK

Living costs

  • Copenhagen, Denmark

    7928 - 13460 DKK/month
    Living Costs
  • Aalborg, Denmark

    5936 - 8300 DKK/month
    Living Costs

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