12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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Are you eager to conduct your own three-month research project? Do you have excellent analytical, organisational and communication skills? Are you creative, flexible and hard-working? Then this Global Ethnography MSc programme at Leiden University is for you!


Today people are increasingly connected across places, which redefines the local in terms of the global. Our globalising world demands comparative and holistic approaches to cultures and societies. 

At this Global Ethnography MSc programme at Leiden University you will acquire the methodological skills for a localised study of global connections, both in far away places but also closer to home in your own society. Experienced scholars will teach you how to investigate, analyse and report on pressing and contemporary societal issues, by using in-depth ethnographic research methods. You will learn how to situate the everyday practice of individuals within the complex processes of the social changes and global challenges that confront societies worldwide today.

Reasons to choose Global Ethnography at Leiden University

  • Acquire skills to study the everyday practice of individuals, groups, and communities worldwide to situate them within the complex global challenges of diversity, sustainability, and digitalisation; 
  • Learn how to set up and conduct a personalised three-month ethnographic fieldwork project, and how to present your research outcomes;  
  • Take part in one of our Field Schools in the Netherlands or in Ghana, and receive excellent on the spot coaching by our experienced staff members.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Large Issues, Small Places 
  • Research Design for Global Ethnography 
  • Research Proposal for Global Ethnography 
  • Field Research 
  • Thesis seminar for Global Ethnography 
  • Master thesis project 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor degree in Cultural Anthropology, or a bachelor degree with a major in Cultural Anthropology, or its equivalent in Social and Behavioural Studies, Cultural Studies, or Humanities from a recognised university (according to NUFFIC classification). 
  • Basic training in the anthropological research process and methodology (research proposal, fieldwork, and data analysis).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19300 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 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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